Ever thought of creating a mixtape and getting nominated for the Grammy? This may be a reality soon.
A petition by Max Kasowitz was uploaded on Change.org as he claimed that Grammy has done a complete disservice to the true artists by ignoring free music and mixtapes from the nomination categories.
“This means that artists like Chance the Rapper, who are now getting national recognition and performing on national platforms … are being punished for making their music available to everyone, rich or poor, by releasing their music for free,” the petition reads.
The petition said that those artists who release their mixtapes for free should not be punished by the Grammys just because they refused to profit from their music.
Back in February, Vox called out the “ridiculous” voting process by the Grammys when the award seems to hinge on the total sales of the album, or the position in the charts, instead of focusing on the quality of the music.
It is this skewed yardstick that excluded such music luminaries like Bob Marley, Jimi Hendrix and Diana Ross from winning a Grammy, the report claimed.
Chance the Rapper himself weighed in on the issue about mixtapes being excluded by the Grammys because they are free.
“He said let’s do a good ass job with Chance Three,” he spits during the Ultralight Beam by Kanye West. “I hear you gotta sell it to snatch the Grammy, Let’s make it so free and the bars so hard, That there ain’t one gosh darn part you can’t tweet.”
A FAQ for the Grammys revealed that those nominated should be “commercially released in general distribution,” along with “sales by a label to a branch or recognized independent distributor.”
Uproxx noted that Grammys overlooking the mixtapes and free releases was the reason why “Section 80” by Kendrick Lamar or “So Far Gone” by Drake, and even “Acid Rap,” by Chance were not considered for the best albums, even if they deserve the plum.