At a press conference in Los Angeles this morning, president and CEO Neil Portnow revealed that the number of categories in the annual music ceremony will be reduced from 109 to 78 for next year's event.
"We have restructured the number of categories to 78 to remain a balanced and viable awards process," he explained. "Every submission will continue to have a home; it just may look a little different."
He said that the changes had been proposed following a detailed examination of the "changing landscape of the music community" that began in 2009, adding: "We believe this is an exciting time for music and its creators and we are honoured to continue the Grammy legacy of recognising excellence in recorded music."
Portnow went on to clarify that all the fields remain intact, but explained that some categories have been restructured to fit in with other categories. Changes include the removal of individual male and female vocal awards in fields such as country, pop, rock and R&B, replacing them with a combined award in each field.
In addition, changes to the rules that will take effect for the upcoming 54th ceremony were also announced, including the number of entries per category.
It is expected that each category will now have at least 40 distinct artist entries, which marks an increase from the current 25.
If the category receives between 25 and 39 entries, then there will only be three nominations announced, while fewer than 25 entries will mean that no nominations are announced for those categories and entries will be placed in the next most suitable category.
Other changes include an alteration to the voting procedure, with voters now able to vote in up to nine fields and the general field on their first ballot, and eight fields and the general field on their second ballot.
The four top categories - 'Album of the Year', 'Song of the Year', 'Record of the Year' and 'Best New Artist' - remain the same.