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‘Less swayed by sentimentality’: Billboard explains the procedure on how Grammy Winners and Nominees are chosen each year

'Less swayed by sentimentality': Billboard explains the procedure on how Grammy Winners and Nominees are chosen each year

Billboard explains how the nominees and winners are chosen every year for Annual Grammy Awards. The procedure from selecting the nominees to finalizing the winner, the whole procedure is very tedious and time taking. The Grammys believes, they’re going to be less swayed by sentimentality, by name and power of the artists. After the nominations are settled, another round of ballots are drawn up for Recording Academy voting members. Once those votes are cast, they are again tabulated by Deloitte

The 63rd Annual Grammy Awards Nomination Poster by The Grammys
The 63rd Annual Grammy Awards Nomination Poster by The Grammys

The Grammys 2021: Key Updates

The 63rd Annual Grammy Awards ceremony was held in and around the Los Angeles Convention Center Los Angeles on March 14, 2021. It recognized the best recordings, compositions, and artists of the eligibility year, running from September 1, 2019, to August 31, 2020. The show was hosted by South African comedian, Trevor Noah.

Every year, the best and brightest artists from the past year in music hope to hear their names when the GRAMMYS winners are announced. Beyoncé, Taylor Swift, Dua Lipa and Post Malone are among this year’s top nominees in the Big Four categories. However, people wonder how the winners are determined and who even chooses the nominees.

Billboards explain how Grammy Winners and Nominees are chosen each year

The Grammy Awards are peer recognised by more than 13,000 Recording Academy members who are music creators and professionals. New membership submissions require two recommendation from industry peers.

The Grammys 2021

The voting procedure takes place every year

In 2020, the Academy invited over 2300 new voting and non-voting members, the move that helped achieve gender parity with 48% female and 48% male members. The incoming class was also made up of 37% people of color, making this past year their most diverse ever.

Not everyone can vote

But, not everyone gets the privilege to vote for The Grammys Awards. To become a voting member and have a voice in the nominees, a member has creative or technical credits on released tracks. Nominations for the 80+ categories are determined by thousands of entries. Submissions must be received from Early September to the end of August each year to be eligible.

Eligibility decides to move on Genre-based selection

All the submissions are verified for eligibility and move onto Genre-based selection committees that collaborate to ensure those categories are placed in the appropriate category. After submissions are categorized properly, those ballots are released to the thousands of voting members for their choice on who the nominees will be.

Who can vote and how

Voting members can vote in up to 15 categories in which they have the expertise- as well as in each of the all-genre BIG FOUR categories, namely Song of the year, a record of the year, Album of the year, and Best New Artist.

Votes are tabulated by the accounting firm Deloitte and the results are sent to the Recording Academy’s nomination review committees. These committees dicuss the top 15 vote-getters or 20 in the BIG FOUR categories from the first round of ballots and decide the final nominations themselves.

Decisions were made based upon votes

The ‘Theory’ is that they spend a day or two listening to everything more objective. They’re going to be less swayed by sentimentality, by name, and power of the artists. After the nominations are settled, another round of ballots is drawn up for Recording Academy voting members. Once those votes are cast, they are again tabulated by Deloitte.

The Recording Academy finds out the results along with the rest of us, when the winners are announced on the GRAMMYS night.

Checkout the video of Billboard Explains : How winners and nominees are chosen for GRAMMYS here:

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