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Awards

Tonys to drop sound design trophies

The Tony Awards will have fewer trophies next year and Broadway’s sound designers are the ones being dropped.

The Tony Awards Administration Committee met Wednesday to determine the eligibility rules for the 2014-15 season and cut the categories of best sound design of a play and best sound design of a musical. That drops to 25 the number of competitive Tonys next year.

The committee did keep a door open to honor sound designers, saying a Special Tony Award may be given “when it determines that extraordinary sound design has been achieved.”

Grammys update rules, add category

The Recording Academy has made a number of changes to its rules, most notably allowing samples to be used on songs nominated in all songwriting categories, including the all-genre song of the year.

Previously, samples – snippets of previously recorded material or songs incorporated into a new work – had been allowed only in the Grammy Awards’ best rap song category.

The academy also reorganized the Gospel and contemporary Christian category, formalized the definition for the alternative music field and added a category for best American roots performance.

The addition means 83 awards will be given at the 2015 Grammys, and it brings the American roots music field into step with other major categories.

The changes, announced Thursday, were made at the academy’s recent spring board of trustees meeting.

The Grammys will next be awarded Feb. 8.

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