Chance The Rapper Says Soundcloud Releases Will Be Eligible For Grammys In 2018
Soundcloud releases may soon be up for Grammy consideration in 2018 according to hip-hop phenom Chance the Rapper.This article originally appeared on Uproxx
The music industry is constantly evolving, in the way music is created, consumed and shared. In the last 25 years, music has gone from cassettes to compact discs to MP3s to streaming out of thin air with many stops in-between. The industry has done its best to adjust not only the way it tracks sales but also how it rewards music for its quality.
After a huge uprising both publicly and behind the scenes last year, including an online petition, the Grammy awards decided to finally begin acknowledging music released for free on streaming services as Grammy eligible. Chance The Rapper was one of the figureheads of that movement and one of the biggest beneficiaries of its success when he received seven nominations for the 2017 Grammys last year, and now he’s announcing yet another change to the process. According to Chance, the Grammys will now recognize music released on Soundcloud — a free, online distribution platform utilized by artists of all genres — for eligibility in 2018.