Information including chart numbers, sales figures and number of streams will be banned from future ‘For Your Consideration’ (FYC) ads seen by Grammy Awards voters.
The Recording Academy, which hosts the annual Music Awards ceremony, announced the changes as part of a supposed bid to better favor artists based on merit.
as Board Reportedly, the Academy has updated its book of rules and guidelines with notes regarding advertisements.
The new rules, which will apply to the upcoming 64th Annual Grammy Awards in January 2022, state that FYC communications may not include “chart numbers, number of streams, sales figures, or RIAA awards”.
In a section titled Voter’s Code of Conduct, the guide states that “voters shall not suggest, direct, or allow their choices to be influenced by anything other than their own analysis of merit, which includes, but to are not limited to: personal friendliness, company loyalty, regional preferences, or sales volume/popularity”.
The news follows other changes made by the Academy for future concerts. The latest rule specifically pertains to the Album of the Year category, which Taylor Swift won this year for her record ‘Folk Song’.
Beginning in 2022, any producer, songwriter, engineer, or featured artist on an album nominated for Album of the Year will also earn a nomination, even if they only worked on one song from that album. Previously, nominations were only given to personnel who were credited for 33 percent or more of an album’s playing time.
The change follows, among others, an announcement in April that the organization would be abolishing its nomination review committee, which had attracted substantial controversy in recent years.