The highest honor in music might be adding a new harmony to their melody. The Grammys may be adding a new category to their awarding process.
“Ridiculously talented artists who are releasing free mixtapes and projects are not getting the recognition they truly deserve”, says the author of the petition, Max Krasowitz.
Krasowitz speaks on behalf of the listeners who do not discriminate the art from the artist. These people demand that The Grammys include an additional category in their agenda of award recognition, a Free Music award. He goes on to say that the Recording Academy has basically been punishing artists for “making their music available to everyone, rich or poor.” Essentially, they have been making these particular artists feel left out of the process and unheard.
The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences is now finally taking into account the interests of the fans. It has clearly shown by the 25,000 signatures already signed on the petition that this topic has struck a chord in many. It just goes to show how much of an influence our generation has on larger institutions and how, thanks to the push of the digital world and media, we are able to receive a response within minutes and make change.
A spokesperson for the International Business Times said that:
The Grammy Awards process is fluid and, like music, continues to evolve. As a peer-voted award, the awards process is also peer-determined. Each spring, music creators in the community work with Academy staff to prepare and submit proposals, which are then reviewed by the Board and announced shortly thereafter.
Chance The Rapper, who recently dropped his ‘Chance 3 album,’ also known as, Coloring Book, signed the document stating that “everyone deserves a chance.” He has been known to be extremely generous when it comes to releasing music that does not cost even a cent. In a past interview with Rolling Stone, he explained that “the whole point of Acid Rap was just to ask people a question: does the music business side of this dictate what type of project this is? If it’s all original music and it’s got this much emotion around it and it connects this way with this many people, is it a mixtape? What’s an album these days, anyways? Cause I didn’t sell it, does that mean it’s not an official release? So I might not ever drop a for-sale project. Maybe I’ll just make my money touring.”
As of late, any music nominated must be “commercially released” to even be acknowledged in the ceremony.
The rising concern with this acceptance of free music is whether the these songs will be of musical quality or of simple bedroom & closet recordings. Nonetheless, arguments have been made that “nowadays some of the most talented musicians were and are still exactly that: bedroom producers successfully self-releasing and finding legions of fans.”
With this petition in place, it will take Hip-hop on a new path and force the notorious music awarding organization to make some serious considerations. If you’re all about the creativity of mixtapes receiving a shot at the Grammy awards, then sign the petition here!