LOS ANGELES: Streaming-only tracks from services such as Apple Music and Spotify will be considered for next year’s Grammy Awards for the first time, organizers announced on Thursday (Friday in Manila).
The Recording Academy said it had tweaked its definition of “general distribution” to include “paid subscription, full catalogue, on-demand streaming/limited download platforms” that are at least a year old.
The change means the Chicago hip-hop star Chance the Rapper—who made music-business history in May when his album “Coloring Book” became the first streaming-only release to chart on the Billboard 200—would be eligible.
“The Grammys aren’t just peer-awarded, they’re peer-driven,” said Bill Freimuth, senior vice president of awards for The Recording Academy.
Next year’s ceremony—the music industry’s biggest night—will take place on February 12, with nominations to be announced December 6.