The music industry was recently thrown into a state of confusion when AI-generated songs began to circulate online. Despite initial indifference from rappers like Kendrick Lamar and Lil Wayne, the situation escalated when The Recording Academy, responsible for the Grammys, stated that these AI creations could be eligible for awards in the 2024 season. The controversy centered around an AI track that used programmed vocals from Drake and The Weeknd.
The song in question, “Heart On My Sleeve”, has since been removed from streaming platforms. However, rumors suggested it had been submitted for consideration for a Grammy award. Harvey Mason Jr., the CEO of the Grammys, initially seemed to confirm this in an interview with The New York Times on September 4, stating that it met eligibility requirements.
However, on September 8, Mason clarified his previous statement. He told The Hollywood Reporter that the song was not eligible for Grammy consideration because it used AI voice modeling to mimic Drake and The Weeknd. He emphasized that the vocals were not legally obtained or cleared by the label or the artists, and the song was not commercially available.
Mason further stated, “I take this [AI] stuff very seriously. It’s all complicated, and it’s moving really, really quickly. I’m sure things are going to continue to have to evolve and change. But please, please, do not be confused. The Academy is here to support and advocate and protect and represent human artists, and human creators, period.”
While musicians like Meek Mill and Grimes have responded positively to the track, Drake has expressed disapproval. In April, he voiced his disdain when a fan used AI software to recreate Ice Spice’s song “Munch” using his voice. With the next Grammy Award ceremony not due until next year, it remains uncertain how this situation will develop.
Note: Meek Mill is a Warner Music artist. Uproxx is an independent subsidiary of Warner Music Group.