*The Recording Academy has announced a change to its awards criteria that will permit samples and interpolations of previously written songs to be allowed in all Grammy Award songwriting categories, reports Billboard.
Previously, samples or interpolations were allowed in only the Best Rap Song category. The change comes in recognition of the craft of writing rap songs, as it is now common for songs to include a few lines of an old song as a reference point, says a press release announcing the change, “providing creative and interesting compositions that often reach across genre lines.”
Now, for example, Jay Z and Alicia Keys’ “Empire State of Mind,” which won the Grammy for Best Rap Song in 2011 and features a sample of “Love on a Two-Way Street,” written by Sylvia Robinson and Bert Keyes and performed by the Moments, would also be eligible for a Song of the Year award.
The announcement comes along with an extensive list of additional alterations made at the Academy’s annual spring trustees meeting, intended to continue the evolution of the Grammy Awards categories and process.