Don't trash-talk the competion and other Grammy rules.
For the first time in its 63-year history, the Recording Academy posted its entire rule book online on Wednesday morning (June 10). (OK, there was no “online” for much of the Academy’s history, but you get the point.) Under the direction of Harvey Mason, Jr., the Academy’s chair and interim CEO/president, the organization is striving for greater transparency.
Here are 12 rules that struck me as surprising or at least interesting as I read through the rulebook. Passages in quotation marks are taken straight from the rulebook.
1. An album—defined: The rules state “To qualify as an album, a release must contain at least five tracks (different songs, not different mixes) and have a total playing time of at least 15 minutes or it may have any number of tracks if the total playing time is at least 30 minutes.” Lil Nas X’s EP 7, an album of the year nominee this past year, just barely qualified. It has eight tracks and runs 18:44.