Amid the growing use of generative artificial intelligence in music, the Recording Academy has updated the rules for the 66th annual Grammy Awards. This is written by Ars Technica.
To be eligible for the award, a song must have significant human authorship. On the other hand, music created solely with the help of AI is not eligible for the Grammy.
At the same time, the Academy does not exclude the potential role of AI in the process of creating music. Works that contain elements of AI-generated material are accepted if they meet two key criteria:
- The human-authored components of the work must be meaningful and more than ‘de minimis.’ (The booklet defines “de minimis” as “lacking significance or importance, or so minor as to merit disregard.”);
- These human-authored components must be relevant to the category in which the work is entered. For instance, if the work is submitted in a songwriting category, there should be significant human authorship involved in the music and/or lyrics. Similarly, for a performance category, the human performance element should be significant.
The rules also state that if a piece contains material generated by AI, the individuals or teams who programmed or directed it to create that material cannot be nominated for an award based on that contribution.
It was previously reported that the legendary band The Beatles used artificial intelligence to release their latest song with John Lennon’s voice. According to band member Paul McCartney, he used AI to “extricate” Lennon’s voice from an old demo to complete the song. He said that the song will be released this year.