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Grammys change the number of nominees in Big Four categories

16 June 2023, 15:43 | Written by Tyler Damara Kelly

The categories which make up the Big Four of the Grammy Awards are Grammys categories, Album of the Year, Record of the Year, Song of the Year, and Best New Artist.

For first six decades of the Grammys, there were five nominees in each category, but that number has risen over the years. In 2018, the number of nominees in each category grew to eight, and just four years later, the number was increased to ten.

It has now been reported that the number of nominees per category will be brought back down to eight.

The New York Times reported that some members of the academy complained that expanding the nominee pool theoretically allowed an artist to win with just over 10% of the vote. Grammys president Harvey Mason Jr. denied being aware of any complaints, but he said members considered similar questions when voting last month to shrink the nominees lists back down: “Does the vote get split? Is ten too many? Does it minimise the nomination? All these conversations were happening in trying to find what is the best number.”

The Grammys recently added three new categories for 2024 – Best African Music Performance, Best Pop Dance Recording, and Best Alternative Jazz Album.

In addition to the three new Categories for the 66th Grammys, the Producer of he Year, Non-Classical and Songwriter of the Year, Non-Classical categories will now be a part of the General Field, which includes the Big Four.

The eligibility period for next year’s awards is an unconventional 11 1/2 months, from 1 Oct 2022 to 15 Sept 2023.

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