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Grammy CEO Harvey Mason dismisses theories about eligibility of Drake, The Weeknd’s AI songs

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Grammy CEO Harvey Mason dismisses theories about eligibility of Drake, The Weeknd’s AI songs

Grammy CEO Harvey Mason dismisses theories about eligibility of Drake, The Weeknd's AI songs
Grammy CEO Harvey Mason dismisses theories about eligibility of Drake, The Weeknd’s AI songs

Grammy CEO Harvey Mason Jr. calls it “inaccurate information” about Drake and The Weeknd’s artificial intelligence song, Heart on My Sleeve, being submitted for consideration for next year’s Grammy Awards.

The anonymous producer of AI songs using computer-generated vocals from musicians such as Travis Scott, 21 Savage and more, known only as Ghostwriter, has reportedly submitted his popular AI song Heart on my sleeve for a Grammy nomination on Tuesday, according to New York Times.

The song, which uses AI vocals to mimic the vocals of Drake and The Weeknd, was uploaded to music streaming services such as Spotify, Apple Music and YouTube Music on April 4, but was soon faced with a copyright infringement claim by Universal Music Group and immediately taken down.

The Ghostwriter team claims in the Times article that Heart on my sleeve was nominated for Grammy Awards in the categories of Best Rap Song and Song of the Year for the 2024 ceremony. The winners of these two categories receive awards from the writers of the winning song.

“On the creative side, it’s absolutely appropriate because it’s written by a person,” Mason said of the eligibility of Heart on my sleeve in an interview with the Times.

Mason’s response added to the complication and sparked a backlash on social media. The Recording Academy’s CEO tried to explain the eligibility requirements Thursday by sharing a small video on his Instagram.

“I’m sorry, but I need to clear up some of this bad and really inaccurate information that’s starting to get around,” Mason said. “This AI voice modeling version of ‘Heart on My Sleeve’ that sounds like Drake and The Weeknd is not eligible for Grammy consideration.”

“Let me be extremely, extremely clear, even though it was written by a human creator, the vocals were not obtained legally, the vocals were not approved by the label or the artists, and the song is not commercially available and is therefore ineligible – continued Mason.

He added: “I accept that [AI] things very seriously. Everything is complicated and moves really, really fast. I’m sure things will continue to evolve and change. But please, please, don’t get confused. The Academy is here to support, protect and defend and represent artists and human creators.”

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