There was a petition that was made earlier this year urging the Grammys to consider free albums and mixtapes in their nominations. The change is now here. Starting today the change is effective, so artists releasing projects may be considered for a Grammy in February 2017. Bill Freimuth, SVP of Awards for The Recording Academy said:
“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.”
The 59th Annual Grammy Awards is on February 12, 2017.