Sampling To Be Recognized In All Grammy Songwriting Categories

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Grammy board to acknowledge the art of sampling in all songwriting categories because of the way samples can “reach across genre lines”.

It’s about damn time! Sampling is rarely out of the press when it comes to lawsuits but for once, it’s getting the recognition it deserves as an artform rather than a monetising tool. Until now, sampled songs could only be nominated for Best Rap Song but in a reform of the rules, the Grammy board has opened this up for all songwriting categories, alongside an “extensive list of additional alterations”, according to Billboard.

“The Academy’s Board of Trustees continues to demonstrate its passionate commitment to keeping The Recording Academy a relevant and responsive organization in our dynamic music community […] This year’s changes to our awards process are thoughtful, inclusive, and reflective of the current musical landscape.” – Neil Portnow, President/CEO of The Recording Academy

It might not alter the dirge that gets nominated in the each categories but this one change, acknowledging sampling as more than a “hip hop thing”, that could bring awards to artists who would have otherwise been ignored or pigeonholed. Who knows, maybe we could get an award…

(via Billboard)