“Grammy” was allowed to nominate released on streaming audio releases

National Academy of arts and recording Sciences (NARAS), presenting the music award “Grammy”, has made changes to the rules of nomination. Now it will be possible to nominate releases via streaming services, said in a statement on the website of the Academy.

“During the year members of the music community come to us with a request to amend the award process, and we work with them to find out how these changes can work” — presented in the statement of the word of the senior Vice-President of the Academy, bill freimuth.

Still, the award nominated digital-only releases, available for download, and releases on physical media.

As noted by The New York Times, this decision reaffirms the fact that streaming has become the most important format of the music industry. However, the publication emphasizes that while only one album, released exclusively on the streaming service, ranked in the top 10 of the Billboard-200 — the album “Coloring Book” rapper Chance the Rapper.

At the end of 2014, streaming music services surpassed revenues of CD sales and are very close to digital downloads. Revenue from subscription streaming services such as Spotify and Rhapsody, and commercial radio stations with streaming services reached $1.87 billion, amounting to 27% for the entire music market.

59th Grammy awards will be held on 12 February 2017. Awards will be given to the artists, which issued new releases from 1 October 2015 until 30 September 2016.