Recording Academy attempts to define 'Alternative' and increases Grammy No

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The Recording Academy has made several changes and amendments to its awards process, including an increase in the number of nominees in the "Big Four" General Field categories: Record of the Year, Album of the Year, Song of the Year and Best New Artist, increasing from five to eight.

According to the official memo, "This change will better reflect the large number of entries in these categories and allow voters greater flexibility when selecting this year's best recordings."

Additionally, the  The Recording Academy's memo also (attempted) to clarify some of the category definitions and guidelines, including the always  nebulous definition of "Best Alternative Music Album," which reads:

"To address confusion surrounding this category, the criteria and definition have been broadened and updated as follows: Alternative is defined as a genre of music that embraces attributes of progression and innovation in both the rock or a more intense version of pop and is typically regarded as more original, eclectic, or musically challenging. It may embrace a variety of sub-genres or any hybrids thereof and may include recordings that don't fit into other genre categories."

The term 'Alternative' seems to mean something a little different to anyone you ask, though we (most of us) know it when we hear it. What do you think of the Recording Academy's definition?

Have you ever wondered about the history behind the GRAMMY? Named in a national contest in 1959 the winner, Jay Danna was not alone in suggesting "GRAMMY" but her entry was the first received! The award was designed by @CapitolRecords executive Marvin Schwartz, and was a hybrid creation based on three antique gramophones. Did you know? The GRAMMY awards you see on TV are stunt #GRAMMYs which are polished for each new presentation and photo session 📸. The GRAMMY winners are mailed their personalized awards following the show.

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