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  • Writer's pictureJamal Saafir

AI Back In The News, No GRAMMYs Allowed

AI or artificial intelligence remains to be a hot topic these days. Whether in the world of finance, art, literature, agriculture, or transportation, artificial intelligence is making its mark and stirring up conversation. This time the conversation revolves around music and GRAMMY recognition.

The Recording Academy, bestowers of the GRAMMY Award, have recently updated the criteria for eligibility to win the commonly sought and coveted award. There is a new element in the Recording Academy’s GRAMMY eligibility section of their website and it explains the need for human contribution and human contribution in large amount versus minimal human input.

The GRAMMY Award recognizes creative excellence. Only human creators are eligible to be submitted for consideration for, nominated for, or win a GRAMMY Award. A work that contains no human authorship is not eligible in any Categories. A work that features elements of A.I. material (i.e., material generated by the use of artificial intelligence technology) is eligible in applicable Categories; however: (1) the human authorship component of the work submitted must be meaningful and more than de minimis; (2) such human authorship component must be relevant to the Category in which such work is entered (e.g., if the work is submitted in a songwriting Category, there must be meaningful and more than de minimis human authorship in respect of the music and/or lyrics; if the work is submitted in a performance Category, there must be meaningful and more than de minimis human authorship in respect of the performance); and (3) the author(s) of any A.I. material incorporated into the work are not eligible to be nominees or GRAMMY recipients insofar as their contribution to the portion of the work that consists of such A.I material is concerned. De minimis is defined as lacking significance or importance; so minor as to merit disregard.

The contributions of parties involved in the creation and cultivation of a project to be GRAMMY eligible call for an increased required contribution of at least 20% from featured artist (s), songwriters(s) of new material, producer(s), recording engineer(s), mixers(s) and mastering engineer(s).

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