Let it be known: One man can change the world. The Recording Academy announced today (June 16) that streaming-only releases are now eligible for Grammy consideration.
This fares well for one Chancellor Bennett, who on “Ultralight Beam” rapped, “I hear you gotta sell it to snatch the Grammy.”
_Coloring Book _was released May 13 as an Apple Music exclusive. To say it was instantly beloved would not be off-base. It made history as the first album to chart on the Billboard 200 solely from streams, and was further proof of Chance’s ability to impact the industry as an indie artist — just like when he became the first unsigned artist to perform on Saturday Night Live.
“Applicable streaming services are paid subscription, full catalogue, on-demand streaming/limited download platforms that have existed as such within the United States for at least one full year as of the submission deadline,” the Academy said in its new rule changes.
“The GRAMMYs aren’t just peer-awarded, they’re peer-driven,” Bill Freimuth, senior vice president of awards for the Recording Academy, said in a statement. “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.”
For the 59th annual Grammy Awards, music released between Oct. 1, 2015 and Sept. 30, 2016 is eligible. The awards show is set for February 12, 2017.
Looks like Lil Chano already started giving his thank you speech: