1. Artists who had already won Grammy Awards could compete for Best New Artist.
Lauryn Hill won two 1996 Grammys with Fugees, but was allowed to compete for best new artist when she released her debut solo album two years later. She won the award. Now, “any artist with a prior Grammy nomination as a performer excludes eligibility in the Best New Artist category (including a nomination as an established member of a nominated group”).
2. The “supergroups” could compete for the best new artist.
Crosby, Stills & Nash, consisting of former members of The Byrds, Buffalo Springfield, and The Hollies, won the award in 1969. Asia, consisting of former members of King Crimson, Yes, The Buggles, and Emerson, Lake & Palmer, was nominated for the 1982 award. As a result, David Crosby (The Byrds, CSN) and Carl Palmer (Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Asia) were nominated for Best New Artist as members of both groups. They are the only musicians in Grammy history to have been nominated twice for best new artist.
Under current rules, “Any artist with a prior Grammy nomination as a performer, including a nomination as an established member of a nominated group, is not eligible for Best New Artist.”
A Grammy spokesperson adds: “Any artist who has made a breakthrough in a previous eligibility year is not eligible for Best New Artist today. Our national selection committee determines if an artist has made a breakthrough in a previous eligibility year. “
3. Artists can win two Grammy Awards in top categories if they also produce or co-produce the recording.
From 1965 to 1978, artists who also produced or co-produced their winning recordings for album or record of the year won two Grammy Awards, one as an artist and one as a producer. This brought in three additional Grammy Awards for both Stevie Wonder (who won album of the year three times in those years with self-produced albums) and Simon & Garfunkel (who co-produced two record of the year winners and one album of the year winner). . . Simon also earned a fourth bonus Grammy for a solo album, Still crazy after all these years, which he co-produced.
Other lucky artists who benefited from this rule were Herb Alpert (1965), George Harrison (1972), Daryl Dragon (1975), Fleetwood Mac (1977), and a handful of self-producing artists who appeared in the Saturday night fever soundtrack, winner of album of the year 1978: Bee Gees, two members of KC and the Sunshine Band (Harry Wayne Casey and Richard Finch), Ralph MacDonald, David Shire and Kool & the Gang.
The Grammys changed the rule in 1979. From that year on, an artist could be nominated only once in each of those categories, even if they contributed to the recording in other capacities.
4. Two solo albums by the same artist could be nominated for album of the year.
This happened only once, in the first year of the Grammys, 1958, when two Frank Sinatra albums (Come and fly with me Y Frank Sinatra sings only for the lonely) were nominated. They probably split the vote, allowing Henry Mancini Music by Peter Gunn to walk away with the prize. This could not happen today.
In 1989, Tom Petty’s first solo album, Full moon fever, competed with an album by Traveling Wilburys, a supergroup of which he was a member. Petty was nominated for both albums. This could happen today. The Grammys allow artists to have two album of the year nominees if the second is with a co-nominee (the Petty / Wilburys example) or both albums have different co-nominees.
5. A track from an album that had won a Grammy could compete the following year.
Paul Simon’s “Graceland” won the record of the year in 1987, although his album of the same name won the album of the year in 1986. Now, once an album wins a Grammy, the tracks on that album are not eligible for the record. of the year. in a later year.
The Grammy Rule: “A track or single from a winning album of the year would not be eligible, because it must be a newly released single from an album that never won a Grammy.”
6. Classic albums could be nominated for album of the year.
In the first three years of the Grammys (1958-60), four classic albums, two by Van Cliburn and one by Sviatoslav Richter and Erich Leinsdorf, were nominated for album of the year. The Academy decided that this was comparing apples and oranges. Starting in 1961, Album of the Year was designed for non-classical albums only and a separate category was created: Album of the Year – Classic.
7. Old songs could win songwriting awards.
“Unforgettable” had been a pop standard for four decades when it won the song of the year award in 1991. Nat “King” Cole had introduced the song in 1951. It won the 1991 award after Natalie Cole recorded a new version. that he presented to his father.
Other song of the year winners who had had varying degrees of success prior to receiving the award include “The First Time I Saw Your Face”, “Always On My Mind” and “Wind Under My Wings.”
In other categories, “Lean on Me” won the 1987 award for best R&B song 15 years after Bill Withers made it a hit; “If You Don’t Know Me By Now” won the 1989 award for best R&B song 17 years after Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes made it a hit; “Layla” won the 1992 award for best rock song 20 years after Derek & the Dominoes made it a hit; and “City of New Orleans” won the 1984 award for best country song 22 years after Arlo Guthrie made it a hit.
Now, “A song … must be a new song or a song that first rises to prominence during the eligibility year.”
8. The instrumentals could compete for the song of the year.
In 1960, “Theme from Exodus” and “Theme From a Summer Place” competed for song of the year. Won “Exodus”. Now, “a song must contain melody and lyrics.”
9. Long-deceased artists could receive Grammy nominations.
Mahalia Jackson and Jim Morrison each received a Grammy nomination for best spoken word album eight years after their death. Billie Holiday received a nod in that category 14 years after her death.
But that’s nothing compared to country legend Hank Williams, who won a 1989 Grammy for Best Country Vocal Collaboration and was nominated in two more categories for “There’s a Tear in My Beer,” a collaboration with his son, Hank. Williams Jr. The elder Williams died on New Year’s Day 1953.
The Grammys tightened the rules thereafter. In 1991, when Natalie Cole joined her father on “Unforgettable,” she alone was nominated for record of the year and best traditional pop performance. (The track won both awards.) The rule now is that artists must have recorded their voices in the last five years, which rules out long-deceased artists.
10. Albums and singles can compete in the same category.
Until the early 1990s, albums and singles competed with each other for performance awards. This is one of the most extreme examples. In 1971, the double-disc rock opera and various artists Jesus Christ Superstar He competed for best pop vocal performance by a duo, group or chorus with Sonny & Cher’s upbeat single “All I Ever Need Is You,” which had a fast 2:34. (The other nominees in the category were Three Dog Night’s “Joy to the World,” Bee Gees ‘”How Can You Mend a Broken Heart,” and Carpenters’ hit album. Carpenters.)
11. Rock and pop artists competed in the same categories.
Before 1979, rock did not have its own dedicated categories, for which rock and pop artists competed. Among the nominated tracks or albums that would likely have been classified as rock if such categories existed back then: Joe Cocker’s Rabid and english dogs (1970), “Me and Bobby McGee” by Janis Joplin (1971), “Bohemian Rhapsody” by Queen (1976), Eagles Hotel California (1977), Fleetwood Mac Rumors (1977) and Jackson Browne Left with nothing (1978).
12. R&B and rap artists competed in the same categories.
Before 1988, rap did not have its own dedicated categories, for which rap and R&B artists competed. In 1986, Run-DMC Raising hell (containing his classic remake of Aerosmith’s “Walk This Way”) and a novelty rap hit, Chicago Bears Shufflin ‘Crew’s “The Super Bowl Shuffle” were nominated for Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group.