Grammy-seeking recording artists just got some ever-so-slight good news today, as the Recording Academy has upped the number of nominations in such major awards categories as record, song and album of the year, as well as best new artist categories. The number of nominees will jump from five to eight, effective immediately for the 61st Grammy Awards set for 2019 in Los Angeles.
Bruno Mars won album, song and record of the year at this year's show, while Alessia Cara was named best new artist. "This creates more opportunities for a wider-range of recognition in these important categories and gives more flexibility to our voters when having to make the often challenging decisions about representing excellence and the best in music for the year". The other 80 categories remain capped at five nominations each.
The Recording Academy's decision echoes an expansion undertaken by the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences in 2009 when it doubled the number of Best Picture nominees from five to up to 10.
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For years, the organization has been called out for the lack of diversity when it comes to winners in the top four categories, where awards tend to go to acts in the pop, rock or country music genres, instead of hip-hop or R&B stars, even in years where Kanye West, Eminem and Mariah Carey were predicted to win.
Some big changes are in store for the Grammys.