The Grammys Enact New Rules To Clarify The Use Of AI In Nominated Tracks

The future of artificial intelligence in music is here as the Grammys have introduced new rules to navigate the complexities and confusion around using AI in nominated songs.

The Grammys recently held a summit, called the World Creators Summit, where industry leaders, artists, entrepreneurs, and music streaming agents came together to discuss intellectual property rights and the respected awards ceremony’s role in regulating AI use in music.

As a result, the Grammys have come up with new guidelines to safeguard the integrity of the awards from the misuse of AI.

The organization stated, “At this point, we are going to allow Artificial Intelligence music and content to be submitted, but the Grammys will only be allowed to go to human creators who have contributed creatively in the appropriate categories. If there’s an AI voice singing the song or AI instrumentation, we’ll consider it. But in a songwriting-based category, it has to have been written mostly by a human. Same goes for performance categories – only a human performer can be considered for a Grammy.”

The new rules are part of a push by the organization to increase transparency, diversity, and fairness including consolidating categories, restoring the number of nominees to eight, and adding three new categories dedicated to diverse genres.

This past year, David Guetta caused a stir when he performed a DJ set live using AI to recreate the voice of Eminem, with some fans enjoying the new technology and others sharing concerns over consent and compensation.

The landscape of music is changing and new rules will be required, including copyright and rights guidelines, in order to keep pace.

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Danielle Levy

Danielle Levy is an MBA with a concentration in Corporate Social Responsibility. Danielle has several years of experience in the sustainability education world and has held various positions in human resources and intern management. Danielle is passionate about the ties between sustainability and social impact.

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