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Grammys: Only ‘human creators’ eligible to win, recording academy says response to AI

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Grammys: Recording Academy States Only “Human Creators” Eligible to Win, in Response to AI

The Grammy Awards are undergoing several revisions, including a new regulation that declares the music industry’s highest accolade can only be awarded to “human creators.” This decision is a response to the growing influence of artificial intelligence in popular music.

The recently released “Artificial Intelligence (AI) Protocols” state that “a work that lacks human authorship is not eligible in any category.”

During the board of trustees meeting held last month, it was decided that works incorporating AI elements can be considered if a human creator has made a “meaningful” contribution to the music and/or lyrics.

The updated requirements specify that the human authorship component of the submitted work must hold significance.

This announcement follows closely on the heels of Paul McCartney’s revelation on Tuesday about a forthcoming “last Beatles record” composed using artificial intelligence by extracting John Lennon’s voice from an old demo. McCartney expressed both excitement and concern about AI, describing it as “kind of scary but exciting” and stating that its potential remains to be seen.

In addition to the AI rule, the Recording Academy has introduced swift changes to other categories. For the album of the year category, a music creator now needs to account for at least 20% of the work to be eligible for a nomination. This includes all credited artists, featured artists, songwriters, producers, engineers, mixers, and mastering engineers. This requirement differs from the previous decision made in 2021, which allowed anyone who worked on the album to receive a nomination.

The number of nominees in the “Big Four” categories—best new artists, as well as album, song, and record of the year—has been reduced from 10 to eight.

Previously, the “best music film” category required 50% of the documentary footage to be performance-based. The Recording Academy has now eliminated this requirement to better reflect the evolution of the music documentary format. However, biopics and dramatic feature films are still ineligible.

The revised guidelines also allow for eligibility of “music-focused and individual music videos that together create a visual album” if the videos are submitted as a cohesive film. This recognizes a trend popularized by Beyoncé’s “Lemonade” film in 2016 and explored across genres, as demonstrated in Halsey’s “If I Can’t Have Love, I Want Power” in 2021.

Furthermore, the Recording Academy has renamed the award for best improvised jazz solo to best jazz performance and the award for best regional Mexican music album (including Tejano) to best música Mexicana album (including Tejano). To qualify for the latter category, 50% of the lyrics must be sung in Spanish, or the majority of the musical content must reflect a traditional Mexican music style such as banda, norteño, corridos, gruperos, mariachi, rancheros, sierreño, jarocho, huasteco, or huapango.

These changes accompany the announcement of three new categories: best pop dance recording, best African music performance, and best alternative jazz album.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Grammys, AI, rule changes, categories, human creators

What changes are being made to the Grammy Awards?

The Recording Academy is implementing several changes to the Grammy Awards, including a rule stating that only “human creators” are eligible to win. They are also revising categories, adding new ones, and making name changes.

Why is there a rule specifying “human creators” for Grammy eligibility?

The rule regarding “human creators” is a response to the increasing use of artificial intelligence (AI) in popular music. The Recording Academy wants to ensure that human contributions play a significant role in the creation of eligible works.

What is considered a “meaningful” contribution by a human creator?

According to the new requirements, the human authorship component of a submitted work must hold significance. While specific criteria are not defined, it implies that the human involvement should contribute substantially to the music and/or lyrics.

Can works that incorporate AI elements still be considered for a Grammy?

Yes, works that include elements of AI can still be eligible for a Grammy as long as a human creator has made a meaningful contribution. The Recording Academy recognizes the potential of AI in music but emphasizes the importance of human involvement.

What other changes have been made to the Grammy categories?

In addition to the AI rule, the Recording Academy has implemented other changes. They now require a music creator to account for at least 20% of the work to be eligible for a nomination in the album of the year category. The number of nominees in the “Big Four” categories has also been reduced from 10 to eight.

Are there any new categories added to the Grammy Awards?

Yes, the Recording Academy has introduced three new categories: best pop dance recording, best African music performance, and best alternative jazz album. These additions reflect the evolving music landscape and provide recognition for artists in these genres.

Have there been any name changes to existing categories?

Yes, the best improvised jazz solo award has been renamed to best jazz performance. Additionally, the best regional Mexican music album category (including Tejano) has been renamed to best música Mexicana album (including Tejano), reflecting a broader scope and inclusivity.

Are there any changes regarding eligibility for music films?

Yes, the requirement that 50% of the documentary footage must be performance-based for the “best music film” category has been lifted. This change aligns with the evolving music documentary format, allowing for a wider range of styles and content.

What are the language and style requirements for the best música Mexicana album category?

To qualify in the best música Mexicana album category, 50% of the lyrics must be sung in Spanish, or the majority of the musical content must reflect a traditional style of Mexican music, such as banda, norteño, corridos, gruperos, mariachi, rancheros, sierreño, jarocho, huasteco, or huapango.

When will these changes take effect?

The Recording Academy has released the new rules and changes; however, the specific effective date for these updates to take effect has not been provided. It is advisable to refer to official announcements and guidelines for the latest information.

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