On June 16th, the Recording Academy announced that streaming only releases will now be eligible for consideration for Grammy nominations. This is only one of five big changes that will be implemented immediately. The Grammys are scheduled to take place February 12th, 2017.
Under the new guidelines, any recording released under at least one of the major streaming sites- such as Spotify, Apple Music, Tidal, or Google Play- would qualify for a nomination. Recordings released under Pandora, Soundcloud Go, or Youtube would not be eligible. Mixtapes released for free on sites like Datpiff or LiveMixtapes will also be ineligible.
This will come as good news to Chance the Rapper, whose latest release ‘Coloring Book’ became the first ever streaming only release to chart on the Billboard 200 in May.
This should also come as good news to Queen Bey as well, seeing how she has had several videos, including the Lemonade Documentary, available for free streaming on Tidal. Beyonce actually dropped her latest project first on Tidal, helping to bring in more subscriptions for the service. Rihanna also dropped her latest album, ‘Anti, exclusively on Tidal for its debut. Maybe we will see Rihanna, Beyonce or Chance take home an award for this new category.
Written by Tyra Mills