Grammy Awards to up number of nominees in top four categories

Since the Grammys began in 1959, only five nominees have been permitted in the album, song, and record of the year and best new artist categories.

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JOHANNESBURG - In one of the most sweeping changes to be made in its history, the Grammy Awards will increase the number of nominees that will be allowed in its top four categories.

Since the Grammys began in 1959, only five nominees have been permitted in the album, song, and record of the year and best new artist categories.

In a statement, the recording academy’s president Neil Portnow says the Grammys are always looking to keep up with the ever-changing industry and meet the needs of music creators.

He says expanding the nominees in the best new artist, song, record and album of the year categories creates more opportunities for wider recognition.

The Grammys came under fire earlier this year over the low number of female nominees and winners.

This decision echoes a move made by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in 2009 when it doubled the number of best picture nominees from five to 10.