There might just be a mixtape category coming to the Grammy’s! Under the Recording Academy’s current rules, music must be “commercially released” to be eligible for a Grammy nomination. This means that music which is released for free like certain mixtapes can’t be entered.
We have good news though! The Academy is open to adding a category for only free music. Every year the Academy considers changes to its nomination process:
“The Grammy Awards process is fluid and, like music, continues to evolve. As a peer-voted award, the awards process is also peer-determined. Each spring, music creators in the community work with Recording Academy staff to prepare and submit proposals, which are then reviewed by the Board and announced shortly thereafter.”
The news of this broke after a petition was made on Change.org called “Allow Free Music to be Eligible for Grammy Nomination” raised over 30 thousand signatures:
“Ridiculously talented artists who are releasing free mixtapes and projects are not getting the recognition they truly deserve. Artists like Chance the Rapper who are now getting national recognition and performing on national platforms are being punished for making their music available to everyone, rich or poor, by releasing their music for free.”
You can sign the petition here!