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The Grammys Awards are transitioning to on-
line voting and have updated rules for its top
category, album of the year.
The Recording Academy announced new chang-
es Wednesday, including its official switch to online
voting for its 13,000 members. Voting for the 2018
Grammy Awards will take place in the fall and will
include songs and albums released between October
1, 2016, and September 30, 2017.
Bill Freimuth, the academy's senior vice president
of awards, said the academy expects to attract younger
voters and touring musicians who are away from home
during voting season.
"It is something that has been long-desired, long-
talked about and long-investigated," he said of online
voting, which comes a year after the Latin Grammys
made the switch.
Freimuth said there were concerns about securi-
ty issues, but added they have "done everything we
can to make sure the integrity of the system will be
Another major change is the addition of song-
writers to the nominees for album of the year, which
was previously reserved for artists, producers and
engineers. However, all participants in the album,
including featured artists, songwriters, producers and
engineers, must now be credited with at least 33 per
cent or more playing time on the album to be eligible
for nomination. Prior to the new rule, all participants
on an album would earn a nomination for album of
the year even if they worked on one song.
The album of the year rule change would mainly
affect pop, rap and contemporary R&B albums where
producers typically vary throughout the project, as
opposed to country and rock albums, where fewer
producers are present.
Beyonce's Lemonade, Drake's Views and Justin
Bieber's Purpose---all nominees this year for album
of the year---each had at least 20 producers credited.
Adele's 25, which won the top prize in February, had
11 producers. The fifth nominee was country singer
Sturgill Simpson, who produced his album by himself.
"Does participation on a single track on a 12- or
15-track album really signify that they really worked
on the album? When it was put that way most people
were saying, 'No, not really,'" Freimuth said.
If the new rule had been implemented at this year's
show, Bruno Mars and Ryan Tedder wouldn't have
earned Grammys for their production work on Adele's
album, for example. Freimuth added that songwriters
and producers who work on a big hit on an album
could earn a nomination for record or song of the
year for their song.
The new changes were approved last month by the
Recording Academy's board of trustees. Other changes
include nomination review committees added to the
rap, contemporary instrumental and New Age gen-
res. The committees serve as an additional layer of
checks and balances, and for rap, could prevent wins
like Macklemore & Ryan Lewis in 2014 over Kendrick
Lamar, which were highly criticised. It could also allow
rising acts to earn nominations over veteran perform-
ers like Eminem and Kanye West, who consistently
"We form these committees only when we hear
from ... those genre communities (when) they feel like
something's wrong, or that our nominations could be
better," said Freimuth. "For rap, what they were find-
ing was that 'legacy' artists, almost no matter what
they released, they would get a nomination because
of their name recognition and fan base."
The rock, R&B and country genres are other genres
that have nomination review committees.
The Grammy Awards have 83 categories. Nominees
will be announced November 28, and the 60th awards
show will take place at Madison Square Garden in
New York on January 28, 2018. (AP)
"The Most Interesting Man in the
World" is giving up beer for tequila.
Actor Jonathan Goldsmith appeared
as the sophisticated, eccentric and
worldly pitchman for Dos Equis beer
for nearly a decade. He's now promot-
ing Astral Tequila.
In a new ad, the 78-year-old Gold-
smith nods at his Dos Equis days by
raising a glass of tequila and saying,
"I told you I don't always drink beer."
Dos Equis announced Goldsmith's
departure from the long-running ad
campaign last year. It has continued
the campaign with a younger actor.
with a bottle of
in the World" for
nearly a decade
in ads for Dos
switching to online
top album rule
Stay thirsty: 'Most interesting
man' now pitching tequila
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