The Recording Academy has redefined the parameters of its Grammy Award for Best Alternative Music Album category. The move to “address confusion surrounding [the] category” comes alongside a host of other Grammy changes. The Recording Academy announced its broadening of the criteria for the Best Alternative Album which was first awarded in 1991. “Alternative is defined as a genre of music that embraces attributes of progression and innovation in both the music and attitudes associated with it. It is often a less intense version of rock or a more intense version of pop and is typically regarded as more original, eclectic, or musically challenging. It may embrace a variety of sub-genres or any hybrids thereof and may include recordings that don’t fit into other genre categories.”
Other changes include next year’s Recording Academy voters will now be able to select between eight nominees for an album, record, and song of the year, as well as the best new artist, up from five nominees previously. The other 80 award categories will continue to feature five nominees apiece. Last month, Academy President, Neil Portnow, announced he would step down from his position at the end of his contract, which expires after next year’s ceremony in July 2019. The 2019 Grammy Awards will take place at the Staples Center in Los Angeles; the exact date has not yet been announced.