NEW YORK (AP) — The Grammy Awards are extending the number of nominees in its top categories from five to eight.
The Recording Academy told its members in a letter released Tuesday that the nominee increase “will better reflect the large number of entries in these categories and allow voters greater flexibility when selecting this year’s best recordings.”READ MORE: A Closer Look At Peter Cahill, The Judge Presiding Over Derek Chauvin's Trial
Album of the year, song of the year, record of the year and best new artist are the categories that will be affected. The change comes months after the Grammys were criticized for the lack of women nominees at this year’s show.READ MORE: Protesters March Through Downtown Minneapolis On Eve Of Chauvin Trial
For years, the organization has been called out for the lack of diversity in the top categories, where awards tend to skip hip-hop or R&B stars.MORE NEWS: Jury Consultant: Picking Jurors In Derek Chauvin Trial Will Be 'Herculean Task'
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