“For Rap, and the other categories to a degree, a lot of their argument was kind of similar — it was going more to big-name folks and felt like more of a popularity contest. That’s not to say that someone who’s very famous can’t put out a fantastic track or album, but maybe some younger up-and-coming folks deserve that spotlight.”- Bill Freimuth (Vice President Of Awards)
Every musician/artist in the music industry understands the significance of a Grammy nomination, and the major impact of attaining a gold gramophone. Consequently, it is one if not the most prestigious awards that some artists’ argue validates and solidifies their accomplishments and their place within the music industry. Nevertheless, this specific award show has been the center of controversy. From artists as well as fans believing their favorite musicians were snubbed to specific artist deciding to boycott the award show (ex: Kanye West and Drake). Nevertheless, the Grammy’s have heard the complaints and concerns loud and clear and have finally decided to do something about it.
According to Hypebeast.com with rap/ hip-hop music dominating both Grammy performances and nominations the Recording Academy has decided that they will implement a review committee for nominees in the rap category. The purpose of this specific committee is to essentially give up and coming artist a fair chance to compete with the heavy hitters. The Grammy’s will also implement a review committee for Contemporary Instrumentals and the New Age awards. Fans and artist can look at the many changes that the award show will be rolling out this year at the official Grammy.org website.