We all love watching the Grammys. Every year, we root for our favourite artists to win the awards. And while our happiness shoots through the roof when they do, the disappointment of them not winning is equally great. With every award, our feelings fluctuate more than an app for cricket betting in India does. It makes us wonder how on earth are the Grammy nominees and winners nominated after all. So here you go, a short guide on the entire process of Grammy nominations and selections.
The Voting Members
The Academy says that the members who vote for the Grammy awards are professionals from the music industry. They come a diverse set of backgrounds and could be working as vocalists, songwriters, producers, or even engineers. However, the voting members need to have creative or technical credits on at least six commercially released tracks on a physical music release or 12 on a digital album to be qualified for the membership. They should also have a good standing on their dues ($100/year).
An Academy source stated that 12,000 of the Academy’s total 21,000 members are eligible to cast ballots. But if a member doesn’t qualify, it’s not the end. They can get another shot at membership through an endorsement from at least two current Recording Academy voting members.
The Voting Process
The voting process for Grammys is made up of several stages. Several stages take place in order: submission, screening, nominating, special nominating committees, final voting, and results. The Academy’s voting members are all involved in the creative and technical recording fields. Thus, they participate in the nominations that decide the five finalists in each of the categories. They also participate in the final voting process to announce the Grammy winners. Here are the steps in order.
This is the initial stage where recording Academy members and record companies submit music and music videos to the Recording Academy for their consideration. Only those titles are submissible which have been commercially released during that eligibility year via general distribution in the U.S. by a recording label or recognized independent distributor, through mail order, on the Internet or retail sales to a national market. It’s estimated that the Academy receives more than 20,000 entries per year.
The submitted Grammys need to be ensured that they’re eligible, meet the qualifications and that they are grouped in the nomination category, that is jazz, pop, rap, etc. This is done by a star panel of 150 experts.