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Chance The Rapper’s pledge for the Recording Academy has officially gone through.

The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences has officially given in to Chance The Rapper and the current times. Much like the RIAA has evolved in regards to incorporating streams, the Grammys are doing the same thing. Next year at the 2017 Grammy Awards, the Recording Academy will welcome in streaming-only releases with welcome arms in regards to nominations.

The 59th Grammy Awards will take place on February 12, 2017 in Los Angeles and it will be a rather historic night for the Academy. Out with the old rules, in with the new ones. Effective immediately, the change in regards to streaming is one of many big changes coming to the ways in how the Grammys actually work. According to a Billboard report, Recording Academy SVP of Awards Bill Freimuth says, “Our trustees felt like the time had come; it’s been on our radar for a couple of years now.”

He continued, “The goal was to include recordings that were worthy of Grammy consideration that were streaming-only — which it turns out were a pretty small number — and exclude the 12-year-old singing a Beyonce cover into her comb that’s easy to put up online also these days for streaming.”

What that means is, albums released via streaming services (Tidal/Apple Music/Spotify/Google Play) will now be applicable for nomination. Material uploaded to platforms like YouTube will not be applicable. Mixtapes released via Pandora, LiveMixtapes, DatPiff or Soundcloud Go will not be considered. Which officially opens the door for Chance The Rapper’s Coloring Book to be on a Grammy noms list for the first time. Same for Future’s EVOL & his What A Time To Be Alive joint project with Drake though the projects were sold exclusively on iTunes as a digital release.

Even better, the Recording Academy is making changes to the ways in which certain categories work. For example, the Best New Artist category is far more explicit in who should actually be nominated. The new rules state that an artist, “must have released a minimum of five singles/tracks or one album, but no more than 30 singles/tracks or three albums.” In other words, a career artist with three or four albums and isn’t truly new will not be up for Best New Artist.

Best Rap/Sung Collaboration is now Best Rap/Sung Performance, giving clearance to the Drake’s of the world and other R&B singers who sort of moonlight as rappers and vice versa. It might as well be the Drake Category according to Freimuth. “The artist that I hear most often in reference to this is Drake. He does a lot of singing and rapping together as a single artist, and if we required it to be a collaboration, well, it can’t be Drake featuring Drake,” he said.