At its semiannual Board of Trustees meeting, held May 24-28, the Recording Academy ratified a new Grammy award field: Production, Surround Sound. All genres will be eligible; best surround sound album

At its semiannual Board of Trustees meeting, held May 24-28, the Recording Academy ratified a new Grammy award field: Production, Surround Sound. All genres will be eligible; best surround sound album awards will be given to commercial releases on DVD-Video, DVD-Audio or Super Audio CD that provide an original surround mix of four or more channels.

The award will go to the surround mix or remix engineer, surround producer (if any) and surround mastering engineer (if any). The surround-sound content on existing DVD-Audio and Super Audio CD titles are often remixes of existing stereo or mono masters, though many are also original multichannel mixes are created specifically for new releases.

New categories were also added in existing fields: best electronic/dance album, best gospel performance (for singles or tracks with Gospel lyrics); and best Hawaiian music album. The total number of categories for the 47th Annual Grammy Awards in February 2005 will be 107.

In other news from the Recording Academy, the second phase of its "What's the Download" public education campaign will launch this summer. Tactics will include grassroots initiatives, radio and TV PSAs.

The Academy also voted at the meeting to re-elect music editor/director Daniel Carlin as chairman for 2004-2005. Jazz vocalist Kurt Elling was re-elected vice chairman. Leslie Ann Jones, director of music recording and scoring at Skywalker Sound, was elected secretary/treasurer.

Questions? Comments? Let us know: @billboardbiz

Print