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The four major categories at the 64th Grammy Awards were expanded from eight to ten entries shortly before the nominees were announced. It was not until a nightly meeting from November 22nd to 23rd that the Recording Academy decided to take this unusual step, according to a report in the “New York Times”.
It was only through this last minute increase that the successful album “Evermore” by Taylor Swift, just like “Donda” by Kayne West, made it onto the list of “Album of the Year”.
Particularly spicy: ABBA’s very first nomination in 64-year Grammy history for “I Still Have A Faith In You” only came about with this successor measure. Together with Lil Nas X, the Swedes landed next to Brandi Carlile and Silk Sonic in the “Record-of-the-Year” category.
The “New York Times” has the original lists with only eight mentions. In a subsequent statement, the Recording Academy announced that it has “created space for more music, more artists and more genres and promoted the idea of inclusion.”
This report fuels the controversy surrounding the general orientation of the Grammy Awards and the non-transparent allocation of list places. Last year the Canadian R’n’B superstar The Weeknd announced a boycott of the awards after his album “After Hours” did not receive a single nomination despite the great success in charts and critics. The Weeknd then declared the Grammys “corrupt”.
In a hasty statement to the “NYT”, Recording Academy President Harvey Mason Jr. denied that Swift and West were nominated for commercial reasons. Nor is it about jazzing up the ratings for the TV broadcast of the Grammys.