AS CREATIVE AWARDS TAXONOMY WEEK CONTINUES: Among the changes for next year's Grammy Awards:
- Songs with "samples or interpolations of previously written songs" now eligible in all songwriting categories, not just rap.
- "Dance/Electronica" awards are now "Dance/Electronic"
- This one, I've just got to include verbatim, because I have no idea what they're trying to accomplish:
"A more formal, official guideline for the Alternative Music Field has been established. The new guideline states that the Best Alternative Music Album category is intended for recordings that take as a starting point any existing musical genre or combination of genres, and expand and redefine the boundaries of those genres. Though there may be considerable overlap with the Alternative radio format, this category is not intended to mirror it.
"Previously, this category was intended for recordings of a nontraditional form that exist (at least initially) outside of the mainstream music consciousness. Its avant-garde approach may utilize new technology or new production techniques and contain elements of rock, pop, dance, folk or even classical music styles.
"Though the difference between the two may not appear to be particularly dramatic or significant, the new definition is more inclusive and foregoes references to any other particular genre, as well as clarifies the category's relationship to the radio format."Trivia: it looks like only two women have ever received a Grammy for Best Alternative Album since its inception in 1991, whether as an individual artist or as part of a group. Name 'em.