Since the first Grammy Awards in1959, five artists have competed for the prestigious categories of Album of the Year, Record of the Year, Song of the Year, and, Best New Artist!!!
That will immediately change with the expansion from five to eight nominees in those categories beginning at the 61st Grammy Awards in 2019.
BILLBOARD Magazine reports Recording Academy CEO/ President NEIL PORTNOW explained;
"Throughout the year, we team up with music people across all genres and disciplines to consider revisions and subsequently make amendments to our rules and entry guidelines to ensure we're keeping up with our ever-changing industry and meeting the needs of music creators. This creates more opportunities for a wider-range of recognition in these important categories and gives more flexibility to our voters when having to make the often challenging decisions about representing excellence and the best in music for the year. We look forward to celebrating all of our nominees when they are announced later this year."
This decision by the Recording Academy echoes an expansion undertaken by the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences in 2009 when it doubled the number of best picture nominees from five to up to 10. The thinking behind that change was to possibly allow more blockbusters to be nominated in the top category and potentially broaden the Oscars' audience. It is unclear how the Recording Academy's decision will affect the February telecast in terms of performances, although in the past, the Grammys usually have tried to highlight all the nominees in the album of the year category in some way.
The 2019 GRAMMY AWARDS returns to Hollywood and will take place at the the Staples Center in Los Angeles.