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Grammy CEO: AI Drake Song Ineligible for Award Due to Copyright Concerns

In a recent Instagram video released on September 8, Harvey Mason Jr., the CEO of the Grammy Recording Academy,

addressed the eligibility concerns surrounding an artificial intelligence (AI)-generated Drake song.

Mason clarified that the track in question is “not eligible for Grammy consideration.”

He emphasized the need for absolute clarity on this matter and provided a definitive statement regarding the song’s ineligibility for a Grammy nomination.

“Even though it was written by a human creator, the vocals were not legally obtained, the vocals were not cleared by the label or the artist, and the song is not commercially available — because of that, it’s not eligible.”

He emphasized the seriousness with which the Recording Academy approaches this topic and anticipated further advancements and transformations in the industry.

Mason clarified that Grammy nominations can consider music that incorporates AI elements,

but it must meet certain requirements.

Crucially, any part of a track that is eligible for nomination must be created by a human.

For instance, in the category of vocal performance, the award-winning track must be sung by a human artist.

This distinction ensures that the human element remains a vital aspect of Grammy recognition.

“Please, do not be confused: the Academy is here to support and advocate and protect and represent human artists and human creators period.”

Grammy CEO Highlights Commercial Availability as a Criterion for Award Eligibility

Aside from emphasizing the importance of the human element in Grammy nominations,

Harvey Mason Jr., the CEO of the Recording Academy, underscored another key requirement during his statement.

In order to be eligible for an award,

a track must be commercially available on major streaming platforms like Spotify and Apple Music.

However, in the case of the scrutinized AI-generated track,

platforms removed it due to copyright violations and the artist and label not granting approval.

Labels have been actively advocating for platforms to take proactive measures in removing content that infringes upon artists’ intellectual property rights.

In a related development, Universal Music Group (UMG) initiated efforts to combat AI deep fakes by collaborating with Google.

UMG and Google are currently negotiating the licensing of melodies and vocal tracks for AI-generated music,

thereby actively addressing the dynamic landscape of AI in the music industry.

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