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Grammy Awards drop new rule on artificial intelligence: 'Only human creators are allowed'

By Harold Lemon Tubiano Published Jun 18, 2023 4:20 pm

The Recording Academy announced a new rule to curb the use of pure artificial intelligence from entering any category of the awards show.

An updated rulebook released on Monday, June 16 specifies that "only human creators are allowed to win the music industry's highest award."

"A work that contains no human authorship is not eligible in any category," the rule reads.

AI features are still allowed as long as a human creator is responsible for "meaningful" authorship of the musical work.

"The human authorship component of the work submitted must be meaningful," the Academy says.

The new protocol was dropped in the same week following the news that Paul McCartney revealed that he used AI to produce the "final Beatles song," which he described as "kind of scary but exciting."

Additionally, the Grammys also made several changes to the requirements for its top award.

Music creators must contribute to at least 20% of an album to earn a nomination unlike in the past when any producer, songwriter, or featured artist on an album could be nominated for this category even with minimal input.

Moreover, only eight nominees are eligible to be selected for the big four awards including Best New Artist, Album, Song, and Record of the Year.

The Grammys are the most prestigious awards ceremony in the music industry worldwide since 1959. Their latest awarding ceremony took place on Feb. 6 in Los Angeles.