Awards Process Updates

Below is a list of changes to the Awards process for the 64th GRAMMY Awards Year.

 

Category, Field and Definition Updates

  • The category title for Best Dance Recording changed to Best Dance/Electronic Recording to reflect that electronic music recordings are now included.
  • The Regional Roots Music Album category has been expanded specifically to include Go-go and Swamp Pop music.
  • We have created a new category, “Best Global Music Performance” ​for singles and tracks in the Global ​Music Field
    • Definition: This category is intended for vocal & instrumental performances with strong elements of global cultural significance that blend music forms and techniques found in pop, R&B, dance, rap, and folk with unique music forms, local expressions and techniques found among the global diaspora originating outside the United States. The combination gives a unique sense of melody, rhythm, harmony, & lyric that is of global appeal.
  • We have created a new category, "Best Música Urbana," in the Latin Field, which encompasses music with 51% or more Spanish lyrics, originating in Reggaeton and other Latin urban styles, including Rap, House, R&B, Trap, and others.
  • In the Album Of The Year category, the 33% rule is removed to honor all credited artists, songwriters, producers, recording engineers, mixers, and mastering engineers. determined eligible to be GRAMMY nominees and recipients. However, the 33% policy applies for access to tickets to the Nominees Reception as well as tickets for the Telecast, Premiere and GRAMMY Celebration is still in place.
  • The Classical Field will allow singles to be entered for all classical categories that accept tracks in the Classical Field. This is for singles that are not part of an album in the following Classical categories:
    • Orchestral Performance
    • Choral Performance
    • Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance
    • Classical Instrumental Solo
    • Contemporary Classical Composition
  • The Compilation for Visual Media category will have limits on the number of participants who can be awarded in the category.
    • For albums consisting largely of pre-existing masters, up to 2 album Producers and up to 2 Music Supervisors, per criteria.
    • For albums consisting largely of new recordings, awards to the Principal Artist (s) with significant contributing performance (s) (Ensemble-Driven Casts in which performers have comparable musical and dramatic participation in the recording are not eligible); up to 3 Producer(s); and up to 2 Music Supervisors, per criteria.

      The Award will also go to the Engineer/Mixer(s) of greater than 50% playing time of newly recorded material.
       

  • The Music for Visual Media Field updates the rule that pertains to music released asynchronous to the visual media in order to help voters to experience the music in the context for which it was composed.
  • Albums and songs that are released during the current eligibility period but belong to a Visual Media that will be released during the next eligibility period and after the deadline for the First Round of GRAMMY Voting will have two options:
  1. Enter them during the current year in categories other than the ones in the Music for Visual Media Field. They will not be eligible the following year in the Music for Visual Media Field if this option is chosen.
  2. Enter them the following year as long as they do not get entered in any category during the current year. Albums will only be eligible in in their respective category: Compilation or Score. Songs will be eligible in Song Written for Visual Media. They will also be eligible in other song categories as long as they fulfil the “track from a previous year is eligible” rule.
  • The Album definition includes a new material requirement percentage. An album must contain greater than 75% playing time of newly recorded (within five years of the release date), previously unreleased recordings. Updated, revised or expanded versions of previously submitted albums will not be eligible.

General Field Category Update

We expanded the number of nominations from eight to 10 nominees in each of the General Field Categories: Record Of The Year, Album Of The Year, Song Of The Year, and Best New Artist.

Entry Requirements Update

We require streaming links for all GRAMMY categories, with the exception of a few in ​the Craft​Fields: Recording Package, Boxed/Special Limited Edition, Album Notes, and Historical Album. These categories still need physical product, and we will continue to require entrants to send these to our Los Angeles office.

GRAMMY Awards Voting Method Update

All Voting Members are encouraged to vote in the four categories of the General Field. Additionally, voters may vote in up to ten other categories – based on areas in which the voter is actively engaged as a peer – on both ballots. The ten additional categories must be within no more than three fields (thus, the name for this voting change: 10/3).

Voting Members should be able to vote in the categories in which they are MOST qualified, based on their experience and skillset. Reducing the number of fields encourages voters to focus their votes to where they work.

Nominations Review Committee Update

We have discontinued the use of Nominations Review Committees as part of the GRAMMY voting process.

The membership requalification efforts over the past three years and the deliberate recruitment of an active, more diverse voting body go a long way towards ensuring that our voting members truly are the peers of the creative music-makers being judged. Add to that the more responsible and focused choices central to 10/3 voting, and we can trust that the results of the first ballot genuinely reflect the best in the category, according to its peers.

Craft Fields Update

We have restructured certain GRAMMY Awards fields to better reflect the overlapping peer groups within the voters by consolidating six of the current craft fields into two fields, one for production related categories, and one for presentation related categories. [The Composing/Arranging Field would remain as is due to the uniqueness of expertise required.]

The Craft realignment will enhance the ability of voting members with Craft expertise to cast their votes in a more efficient way.
Consolidations:

Package, Notes and Historical Field

  • Recording Package
  • Boxed/Special Limited Edition Package
  • Album Notes
  • Historical Album

Production Field

  • Engineered Album, Non-Classical
  • Producer Of The Year, Non-Classical
  • Remixed Recording
  • Immersive Audio Album
  • Engineered Album, Classical
  • Producer Of The Year, Classical

For Your Considerations (FYC) Communication Update

Members or their designated publicists are restricted to FYC e-mails, social media posts, and physical mailings that promote only their own recordings. We prohibit lobbying on behalf of other members.

Rules & Guidelines

The Board of Trustees ratifies all changes to the GRAMMY process each spring. Please click here to Read our Rules & Guidelines.