September 23, 2023

Recording Academy releases observation on if AI-made songs can win Grammy Awards

The Recording Academy CEO, in a recent interview, confirmed if AI-made songs are eligible to win Grammy Awards in 2024.

Following how fast AI is evolving in the world today, the Recording Academy has also acknowledged the influence of technology and has made changes to its rules ahead of the 2024 edition of the prestigious award. It was confirmed that any AI-produced song without any human contribution would not be eligible for an award nomination or win, but any song that has a combination of both human effort and AI would be eligible for a nomination and win.

The Recording Academy CEO clarified this in an interview with The Associated Press, where he revealed that, Here’s the super easy, headline statement: AI, or music that contains AI-created elements is absolutely eligible for entry and for consideration for Grammy nomination. Period. What’s not going to happen is we are not going to give a Grammy or Grammy nomination to the AI portion. If an AI or voice modeling program performs the lead vocal on a song, the track would be eligible in a songwriting category, for example, but not a performance category, because “what is performing is not human creation. Conversely, if a song was sung by an actual human in the studio, and they did all the performing, but AI wrote the lyric or the track, the song would not be eligible in a composition or a songwriting category. As long as the human is contributing in a more than de minimis amount, which to us means a meaningful way, they are and will always be considered for a nomination or a win,” he continued. “We don’t want to see technology replace human creativity. We want to make sure technology is enhancing, embellishing, or additive to human creativity. So that’s why we took this particular stand in this award cycle.

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