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Grammys switching to online voting, changes top album rule

Associated Press logo Associated Press 6/14/2017 By MESFIN FEKADU, AP Music Writer
FILE - This Dec. 9, 2008 file photo shows a Grammy Award statue. The Grammys Awards are transitioning to online voting and have updated rules for its top category, album of the year. The Recording Academy announced new changes Wednesday, including its official switch to online voting for its 13,000 members. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, File) © The Associated Press FILE - This Dec. 9, 2008 file photo shows a Grammy Award statue. The Grammys Awards are transitioning to online voting and have updated rules for its top category, album of the year. The Recording Academy announced new changes Wednesday, including its official switch to online voting for its 13,000 members. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, File)

NEW YORK (AP) — The Grammys Awards are transitioning to online voting and have updated rules for its top category, album of the year.

The Recording Academy announced the changes Wednesday, including its official switch to online voting for its 13,000 members. Voting for the 2018 show will take place in the fall.

Another major change is the addition of songwriters to nominees for album of the year, which has been reserved for artists, producers and engineers. However, all participants on the album, including featured artists, songwriters, producers and engineers, must now be credited with at least 33 percent or more playing time to be eligible for nomination.

Prior to the new rule, all participants on an album would earn a nomination even if they worked on one song.

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