The Recording Academy announced new rule amendments for next year’s Grammys on Thursday, when they revealed the awards show would take place Feb. 12, 2017.
Per the new rules, streaming-only works and recordings from services like Apple Music, Spotify, and Tidal will now be eligible for the first time in the Recording Academy’s history. This includes recent releases like Chance the Rapper’s Coloring Book, which debuted on Apple Music and became the first streaming-exclusive album to chart on the Billboard 200.
“The Grammys aren’t just peer-awarded, they’re peer-driven. Throughout the year, members of the music community come to us asking to make changes to the Awards process, and we work with them to figure out how those changes might work,” said Bill Freimuth, Senior Vice President of Awards for The Recording Academy, in a statement. “I’m proud of this year’s changes because they’re a testament to the artists, producers, writers – the people who rolled up their sleeves to shape the proposals and, in turn, the future of the GRAMMYs. It’s exactly what they should be doing. It’s their award.”
The eligibility period for next year’s ceremony goes from Oct. 1, 2015 to Sept. 30, 2016 and the nominations date is Dec. 6, 2016.
Per a release, “Recordings released nationwide via download or streaming service must have quality comparable to at least 16-bit 44.1 kHz.”
The new guidelines also state that voters can only vote in 15 categories (instead of 20), plus the four General Field categories (Record Of The Year, Album Of The Year, Song Of The Year, and Best New Artist).
Additional new categories include Best Traditional Blues Album and Best Contemporary Blue Album, and the Best Rap/ Sung collaboration category has been renamed and redefined as Best Rap/ Sung Performance.
For more information on new Grammys guidelines, head to Grammy101.com.