Good news for Chance the Rapper: the Grammy awards rules are changing to make streaming-only albums eligible.
“Our trustees felt like the time had come; it’s been on our radar for a couple of years now,” The Recording Academy’s SVP of awards Bill Freimuth told Billboard.
“The goal was to include recordings that were worthy of Grammy consideration that were streaming-only – which it turns out were a pretty small number – and exclude the 12-year-old singing a Beyonce cover into her comb that’s easy to put up online also these days for streaming.”
That means music released only on YouTube won’t be eligible, nor will mixtapes released solely through sites like Datpiff.
Instead, albums available on at least one of the big, premium streaming services – Spotify, Apple Music, Tidal, Google Play etc – will be eligible.