The Grammys expand nominees from five to eight in the top categories.


The Grammys expand nominees from five to eight in the top categories.


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The Recording Academy is including three more acts to vie for Top Album, Song, Record & New Artist at the Grammys. Billboard calls it “one of the most sweeping changes” since the show began in 1959. Sure.

Recording Academy president/CEO Neil Portnow, the man who said women need to “step up” at this year’s past Grammys, explains the decision.

“Throughout the year, we team up with music people across all genres and disciplines to consider revisions and subsequently make amendments to our rules and entry guidelines to ensure we’re keeping up with our ever-changing industry and meeting the needs of music creators,” Portnow said in a statement.


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“This creates more opportunities for a wider-range of recognition in these important categories and gives more flexibility to our voters when having to make the often challenging decisions about representing excellence and the best in music for the year. We look forward to celebrating all of our nominees when they are announced later this year.”

I think this is a smart decision, but does it matter? Do awards shows matter? Explain that to me in a statement, and if Beyonce and JAY-Z agree I’ll consider them relevant again.


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