Its very obvious how some Ghanaians are flooding their social media platforms with ‘discredit notices’ over Shatta Wale’s Grammy awards nomination as an associate performer on Beyonce’s “Lion King” album which has gain a slot at the “Best Pop Vocal Album” category of the 2020 Grammy awards.
Conflicting of opinions might be a factor to misunderstanding of the category definition and whom the category is awarded to.
The category was first presented in 1968 at the 10th Grammy Awards as “Best Contemporary Album” to “The Beatles for Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band”.
Unfortunately, the category was discontinued until 1995 where it was renamed as ” Best Pop Album”.
In 2001, the category became known as “Best Pop Vocal Album” till now.
In accordance to the category definition guide for the 52nd Grammy Awards which took place on January 31, 2010, the category is awarded/presented to artists who becomes the performer of the album containing at least 51% playing time.
Note that, the “51%” playing time does not affect the performer but the album.
The album has to have at least 51% playing time NOT a performer having 51% playing time on the album.
What does it mean for an album to have 51% playing time?
Considering The Recording Academy’s rules for Grammy Awards, an album MUST comprise a minimum total playing time of 15 minutes with at least five distinct tracks or a minimum total playing time of 30 minutes with no minimum track requirement.
This implies that The Recording Academy for Grammy Award considers a record as an album eligible for nomination if it comprises of a minimum total playing time of 15mins with at least five songs as a requirement.
On the other hand, a record with a minimum total playing time of 30mins without any minimum track requirement is considered by the academy as an Album eligible for nominations.
This explains that, any record (Album) that cuts the required playtime is considered as an album with at least 51% play time.
Therefore one should understand that, the category definition for categories which comprises of Album nominations at the Grammy affects the RECORD (album) but not the performer.
The performers are therefore considered as winners with the main act if the record wins an award as “Best Album of a particular genre”.
Shatta Wale earned a feature on Beyonce’s ” Lion King” album which has gain a nomination at the 2020 edition of the Grammy Awards and such declares him as a nominee.
In case the album emerged winner at the “Best Pop Vocal Album” of the year, it won’t be wrong to credit Shatta Wale as a Grammy award winner.