Earlier this week, The Recording Academy sent out a release that detailed a number of changes that have been approved by the Academy trustees, a number of which will affect the electronic music scene. The smaller change is the fact that “the name of the Dance/Electronica Field and album category to Dance/Electronic Music Field and Best Dance/Electronic Album,” which feels like it’s long over due, but the fact that they are “allowing samples or interpolations of previously written songs in all songwriting categories, including Song Of The Year” will be the real treat. While we’re not sure about the numbers of tunes that end up being rejected due to samples, but it will definitely help those who know how to shift samples without sounding like carbon copies. For the longest, the only category that accepted sampled music was the Best Rap Song category. Now don’t start going buckwild; you’ll still need to CLEAR these samples, but if your work(s) contain samples and are deemed great enough, you could end up being in the running.
These are all changes that will be represented starting now, so we’ll see how this will change the landscape of next year’s GRAMMYs, if at all.