Grammys Expand Major Category Nominations From Five to Eight

The major Grammy categories expanded to 8 nominees from 2019

Bruno Mars at the 2018 Grammy Awards in New York.   Michael Loccisano Getty

The Grammy Awards is expanding the number of nominees for its top awards to eight from five, a move meant to broaden the kinds of artists it recognizes and one that could result in more female, country and rock musicians up for high-profile prizes. The number of nominees will jump from five to eight, effective immediately for the 61st Grammy Awards set for 2019 in Los Angeles. "This creates more opportunities for a wider-range of recognition in these important categories and gives more flexibility to our voters when having to make the often challenging decisions about representing excellence and the best in music for the year. We look forward to celebrating all of our nominees when they are announced later this year". In May, the Academy Trustees ratified the changes.

Bruno Mars won album, song and record of the year at this year's show, while Alessia Cara was named best new artist. The other 80 categories remain capped at five nominations each.

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