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AI Song "Heart on My Sleeve" Submitted for Grammy Nominations

AI Song Drake The Weeknd Grammy Ghostwriter Heart on My Sleeve
By Nicolo Finazzi
Nicolo Finazzi

3 Min

September 8, 2023
  • AI-generated song resembling Drake and The Weeknd submitted for Grammys.
  • Controversy arose as it was initially mistaken for a leaked demo from the artists.
  • The Recording Academy allows AI-assisted music but emphasizes human creativity.

The music industry is witnessing a groundbreaking moment evolving around the AI-generated song, "Heart on My Sleeve". The song, which remarkably emulates the voices and style of Drake and The Weeknd, is now up for Grammy consideration. Crafted by the anonymous artist known as Ghostwriter, the track gained rapid viral popularity earlier this year due to its uncanny resemblance to the voices of these acclaimed artists.

This AI-driven composition was initially mistaken for a leaked demo from Drake and The Weeknd. However, Ghostwriter soon revealed his authorship, asserting that neither of the mentioned stars participated in its production. Now, this AI-generated masterpiece is submitted for potential Grammy recognition in two categories: Best Rap Song and Song of the Year.

Notably, both these Grammy categories focus on songwriters rather than performers, rendering the song eligible in its current form. While the performances within the song are computer-generated, Ghostwriter penned the lyrics.

Harvey Mason Jr., CEO of the Grammys, has also confirmed the policy. He further stated that music with AI elements is “absolutely eligible” for a Grammy nomination.

Present and Future of AI Music

The song's journey hasn't been without controversy. "Heart on my sleeves" was officially released on platforms like YouTube and Spotify. However, it was promptly removed due to "takedown notices" issued by Universal Music. Despite this, it continued to proliferate across the internet.

However, a potential obstacle remains. To qualify for a Grammy nomination, a song must be widely accessible on common platforms, and "Heart on My Sleeve" isn't currently available on most of them.

This move by the Recording Academy underscores the evolving landscape of music creation, where AI plays an increasingly prominent role. The Academy clarified earlier this year that songs generated with AI assistance are eligible for recognition, provided human creativity remains integral to the process.

The future of music is officially here, and this seems to be just the beginning for Ghostwriter. On Tuesday (Sept. 5), he officially returned with a new AI song titled “Whiplash”. This time the featuring vocals involve two other popular voices: Travis Scott and 21 Savage.

You can listen to the new song below.

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