The Recording Academy, which grants the Grammy Awards, has stated that only human creators are eligible for the prestigious music awards. This decision and ruling are strictly there to limit and restrict the use of artificial intelligence (AI) in the music industry, something which has become too popular nowadays.
According to the updated rulebook, music created solely by AI is not allowed, but certain categories may consider music created with the assistance of AI. However, any work without human authorship is not eligible for any Grammy categories.
“A work that contains no human authorship is not eligible in any categories.”
To earn a nomination, music creators now need to contribute at least 20% to an album. Previously, even individuals with minimal involvement, such as producers, songwriters, engineers, or featured artists, could receive a nomination for album of the year.
The Grammy Awards ceremony was first held in 1959 to honor music creators from 1958.
In recent times, AI applications have become widespread, allowing users to animate photos, create avatars for films, and even generate songs, essays, and articles. This has led to concerns among professionals in various fields that AI could potentially replace humans.
For instance, the Writers Guild of America (WGA) and the Screen Actors Guild (SAG-AFTRA) are grappling with the use of AI in screenwriting and acting, respectively.
The WGA aims to regulate the use of AI in screenwriting, while SAG actors want to ensure that they have control over the use of their digital personas and receive fair compensation.
In May, WGA writers went on strike, as they have yet to reach an agreement with studios on various matters, including the use of AI.
Similarly, actors may also go on strike if SAG-AFTRA fails to resolve similar concerns through negotiations.