The Grammys Have a New Award: Songwriter of the 12 months
Coming to the Grammy Awards subsequent yr: a brand new prize for songwriter of the yr.
That award, given in recognition of “the written excellence, career and artwork of songwriting,” is one among a handful of tweaks to the Grammy guidelines for the sixty fifth annual ceremony.
4 different new classes are coming, together with finest various music efficiency, Americana music efficiency, spoken phrase poetry album and rating soundtrack for video video games and different interactive media, the Recording Academy, the group behind the Grammys, introduced Thursday. There can even be a brand new advantage award for finest music for social change, as chosen by a particular committee.
The most important change is the songwriter award. Because the first Grammy ceremony in 1959, music of the yr has been one of the crucial prestigious prizes, going to the composers of a single music. The primary winners had been Franco Migliacci and Domenico Modugno, for “Nel Blu, Dipinto di Blu” (higher generally known as “Volare”), and the latest prize went to Bruno Mars, Anderson .Paak and two collaborators for “Depart the Door Open.”
In recent times songwriters have been lobbying the Recording Academy for larger recognition, which has come steadily. On the sixtieth annual Grammys in 2018, songwriters had been added to the poll for album of the yr, although provided that they contributed to not less than 33 p.c of an LP; for the 2022 present, that restrict was eradicated, permitting any credited songwriter of recent materials to be nominated. (Samples don’t rely, nor do the writers of previous songs — therefore Cole Porter’s omission this yr for Woman Gaga and Tony Bennett’s album “Love for Sale.”) In 2021, the academy created a Songwriters and Composers Wing for its members.
The brand new class, formally known as songwriter of the yr (non-classical) — although no classical counterpart exists — will go to a single songwriter or a staff of writers for a given physique of labor. An identical strategy has lengthy been taken for producer of the yr.
“The intent with this new class is to acknowledge the skilled songwriters who write songs for different artists to make a residing,” mentioned Harvey Mason Jr., the chief government of the Recording Academy. “This devoted award highlights the significance of songwriting’s vital contribution to the musical course of, and as a non-performing songwriter myself, I’m thrilled to see this award come to life.”
Among the many different adjustments this yr is the institution of “craft committees” in three classical classes. Groups of specialists may have the ultimate say in who makes the poll for producer of the yr (classical), finest engineered album (classical) and finest up to date classical composition. The change follows some grumbling within the classical world about final yr’s nomination of Jon Batiste — the jazz bandleader and TV persona who gained album of the yr — for the up to date composition prize. (The award went to Caroline Shaw.)
The change is notable since final yr the academy eradicated its controversial nominating committees, which acted as an invisible hand in dozens of classes, although craft committees had been stored for classes like engineering and packaging that require particular experience.
The brand new classes arrive after a collection of reductions greater than a decade in the past. In 2011, for instance, the academy dropped 31 classes, consolidating many separate female and male awards and reducing some in fields like classical and Latin. Two years earlier, the polka class — the place annual submissions had dwindled to as few as 20 titles — was reduce after a 24-year run.
The most recent Grammy ceremony, in April, had 86 classes. On the first one, there have been 28.
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