Grammy Categories Restructured, Rap Affected

The Recording Academy has decided to restructure the Grammy Awards categories and Rap and R&B are among the genres affected.

From now on, there will only be 78 categories in the ceremony as opposed to 109. Many of the fields that were traditionally separated by sex, have been merged into one. For example, starting at next year’s ceremony, the Best Female Pop Vocal Performance category will no longer exist, just the Best Pop Solo Performance.

The Rap genre was specifically affected by losing one possible trophy. The fields remaining are Best Rap/Sung Collaboration, Best Rap Song and Best Rap Album. The Best Rap Solo Performance and Best Rap Performance By a Duo or Group were merged to simply Best Rap Performance.

The R&B genre lost six categories—both Best Female and Male R&B Vocal Performance, Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group, Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance, Best Urban Alternative Performance and Best Contemporary R&B album. Now there will only be four categories: Best R&B Performance, Best Traditional R&B Performance, Best R&B Song, Best R&B Album.

“Every year, we diligently examine our awards structure to develop an overall guiding vision and ensure that it remains a balanced and viable process,” said President/CEO Neil Portnow Portnow. “After careful and extensive review and analysis of all Categories and Fields, it was objectively determined that our Grammy categories be restructured to the continued competition and prestige of the highest and only peer-recognized award in music. Our Board of Trustees continues to demonstrate its dedication to keeping The Recording Academy a pertinent and responsive organization in our dynamic music community.”

Other changes have been made regarding to the rules. From now on each category must have at least 40 different artist entries as opposed to 25. If it only receives 25-39, there will only be three nominations for that year. If there are less than 25 votes for that category for three consecutive years, the category will be dropped entirely.

For a complete breakdown of the new changes visit —Elan Mancini

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  • dayman

    fuck the grammys

  • Villematic

    Im 4rm the streets i dnt need no fucken grammy bih – Plies / U think i giv a damn about a grammy – Eminem

    • Tyrannical T

      Exactly what I thought. Who the fuck cares.

  • Sha

    I personally believe that ALL ARTISTS should boycott this show. The Grammys have long been outdated and irrelevant. A bunch of old people making decisions about what’s hot and relevant… that’s stupid.

    If all of the artists pulled an NFL vs The Owners move, it would not only help the industry, but it would also put other creative venues on notice. Pimping artists for their chart popularity just to turn around and hand an award to “Artistic Sue” from Alabama is just soooo messed up.

    Boycott!!! Boycott!!! Boycott!!!

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  • makes sense to me

    wh are u all bitchin? why the fuck should r and b have 10 fukin catagories when onl a few r and b artists can even move 100,000 units??

    same goes for rap…. those catagories were left over from when rap/r and b were the driving forces in the industry… there were more fuckin urban catgories than viable urban artists on the chrts, shit needed to be changed…

  • $yk

    those catagories were left over from when rap/r and b were the driving forces in the industry… there were more fuckin urban catgories than viable urban artists on the chrts, shit needed to be changed…

    ^ this

    cats are looking at this from a fan’s perspective…

  • Ama

    that’s bullshit! the grammys already is against rap albums, this just makes it worse. grammys are a joke.

  • Nicole

    See…this is exactly why i don’t watch the Grammy’s anymore. It doesn’t reflect new music or what’s actually popular. It’s all politics and bullshit.

  • $yk

    most of these award shows are political…it’s a business


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