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Don’t worry: AI Drake/Weeknd will not be available for a Grammy

Remember that AI mashup of Drake and The Weeknd that freaked out the internet? Neither Drake nor The Weeknd had anything to do with the song, the whole thing being the work of a YouTuber named AZTECH using an artificial intelligence program.

Will such machine creations become the future of music? A bunch of humans rallied against these sort of things on a moral, creative, and legal basis. Yet earlier this month, we heard the song was going to be submitted for Grammy Awards consideration.

Not so fast. Grammy CEO Harvey Mason Jr. has had to clarify things. Okay, “walking back” may be the best way to describe his position.

I quote: “Let me be extra, extra clear. Even though it was written by a human creator, the vocals were not legally obtained, the vocals were not cleared by the label or the artists, and the song is not commercially available. And because of that, it’s not eligible.”

Well, good. Because…well, duh.

“I take [AI] 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.”

Again, duh.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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