With the music industry becoming more and more modernized, we’re seeing artists put out content that exists solely as an internet commodity rather than a physical one.
One of the biggest issues surrounding the Grammy awards of the past was the fact that stream-only music was not put into contention for award, but now those pieces will be eligible.
Speaking on the change Senior Vice President of Awards for The Recording Academy Bill Freimuth said, “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. I’m proud of this year’s changes because they’re a testament to the artists, producers and 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.”
Only of the largest advocates of the movement was Chance The Rapper, and with the change having occurred, he opted to speak out with his thoughts regarding the decision.