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Grammys to increase nominees in top categories from 5 to 8

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The are extending the number of nominees in its top categories from five to eight.

The told its members in a letter released today that the nominee increase "will better reflect the large number of entries in these categories and allow voters greater flexibility when selecting this year's best recordings." Album of the year, song of the year, record of the year and best new are the categories that will be affected.

The change comes months after were criticised for the lack of women nominees at this year's awards show.

For years, the organisation has been called out for the lack of diversity when it comes to winners in the top four categories, where awards tend to go to acts in the pop, rock or country genres, instead of hip-hop or R&B stars, even in years where Kanye West, and were predicted to win.

Another change at the organisation is with Neil Portnow, the of The Recording Academy, who will step down next year. Portnow, who has led the academy since 2002, was criticised at this year's when he said women need to "step up" when asked about the lack of female winners backstage.

Only two female performers won awards during the live telecast.

won album, song and record of the year at this year's show, while was named best new

Voting for will take place in the fall and will include songs and albums released between October 1, 2017 and September 30, 2018.

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First Published: Tue, June 26 2018. 20:30 IST