As the only peer-recognized music award, the GRAMMY is the music industry’s highest honor. We’re counting on you in the music community to continue that legacy by participating in the process. But we’re not leaving you to figure it out alone. Here, you’ll find important information about everything from online entry to the voting process itself. Hopefully, this helps.
|Sept. 1, 2020—Sept. 30, 2021||Product Eligibility Period|
|July 6—Aug. 24, 2021||Media Registration|
|July 13—July 29, 2021||First-Round Online Entry Process Access Period|
|Aug. 17—Aug. 31, 2021||Final-Round Online Entry Process Access Period|
|Oct. 22—Nov. 5, 2021||First-Round Voting|
|Dec. 6, 2021—Jan. 5, 2022||Final-Round Voting|
|Jan. 31, 2022||64th Annual GRAMMY Awards Telecast|
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It is possible that you are eligible to vote but your membership has expired. Should that be the case, a “Renew Now" button will appear on your Recording Academy member dashboard and if you attempt to take any actions from within the website, you will be redirected to the membership renewal page. You must renew to access the voter platform.
Vote solicitation guidelines are in place to help foster the integrity of the voting process and protect our members’ privacy. Should you have any questions or need additional information about the guidelines, email email@example.com.
The security of your votes is a top priority. Therefore, we have implemented two-step authentication and require a five-digit code to ensure that it is you accessing the voting platform and placing the votes.
For the 64th Annual GRAMMY Awards, recordings must be released between Sept. 1, 2020, and Sept. 30, 2021.
To be eligible, recordings must be for sale commercially via general distribution or made available as a digital recording, either for sale or via a recognized streaming service. Outlined below is more detailed information on what qualifies as a digital recording and general distribution:
Note: To be considered an album, recordings must contain at least five different tracks and a total playing time of 15 minutes or a total playing time of at least 30 minutes with no minimum track requirement. Recordings (albums/singles) must be available to the public as stand-alone purchases or audio-only streams (exceptions: opera and music video/film) by Sept. 30, 2021.
The Recording Academy accepts entries online from Professional and Voting Members, as well as registered media companies. Members are permitted to submit their own eligible recordings as well as the recordings of their peers for consideration.
Record labels, distribution companies and management firms MAY qualify as media companies. Media companies must apply for registration with the Recording Academy every year to submit/enter recordings. If your media company registration is confirmed, the Awards department will send the media company’s designated administrator detailed submission instructions.
For the 64th award season, media companies must apply for registration between July 6 - Aug. 24, 2021, in order to submit recordings.
Recordings for GRAMMY consideration can be submitted through the Online Entry Process (OEP).
If you are having trouble with your submission, you can contact the Awards Department. They are here to help.
If you are a Recording Academy member, you can submit recordings for consideration online by logging into your member account. During the entry period, a link to submit for the 64th Annual GRAMMY Awards will appear on your member dashboard when you log in. Click on it and you will get helpful instructions detailing how to complete your submission and where to send any physical product, if required.
Again, our Awards Department is here to assist you if you encounter any problems with your submission. Just email firstname.lastname@example.org and one of our helpful team members will get right back to you.
There are two distinct rounds of online entry for members and registered media companies:
First-Round: July 13—July 29, 2021 (This round is for Sept. 1, 2020 -July 31, 2021 releases)
Final-Round: Aug. 17—Aug. 31, 2021 (This round is for Aug. - Sept. 2021 releases)
The Recording Academy receives more than 20,000 submissions each year. The separate entry periods help ensure that our Awards team has time to be responsive to incoming questions and help troubleshoot any issues for people making entries.
The first round submission period encourages members and media companies to submit recordings released earlier within the eligibility period.
All eligible recordings must be entered prior to the close of the Final-Round Online Entry Period, Aug. 31, 2021, regardless of public release date. Feel free to email the Awards team (email@example.com) to discuss the particulars of your recording.
Entries are recordings submitted for GRAMMY consideration. Entries that meet all eligibility requirements are included in the first ballot, which goes to the Recording Academy's Voting Members, who then vote for the entries they believe should receive a nomination.
The GRAMMY Award is voted on by the Recording Academy's voting membership, which is comprised of music creators, including artists, producers, songwriters, and engineers.
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There are currently 25 Genre Fields (in addition to the General Field) and 86 distinct award categories across those fields.
The Record Of The Year category recognizes the artist’s performance as well as the overall contributions of the producer(s), recording engineer(s), and/or mixer(s), if other than the performing artist.
The Song Of The Year category recognizes the songwriter(s) who wrote and composed the song.
For more detailed information about specific category eligibility requirements, please contact the Awards Help Desk at 877-637-6816.
The awards process constantly evolves to reflect what’s happening in music. Each year, we receive proposals with suggested changes on everything from awards categories to rule revisions. We typically alert members of any category or rule changes in June.
The Recording Academy Awards department reviews each entry to confirm eligibility. Once eligibility has been confirmed, submissions are then sorted by genre-based sorting committees, who ensure that all recordings are listed in their proper category on the first-round ballot.
No, The Latin and Recording Academy’s Online Entry Processes are independent of each other, and have different submission dates. If your entry qualifies for both and you want to submit in both OEP processes, you will need to make separate entries, in the Latin Academy’s Online Entry period and again in the Recording Academy’s OEP process.
More than 150 experts across various musical fields meet to ensure that recordings are placed in their appropriate categories. These committees do not make artistic or technical judgments about the recordings, but merely ensure that each entry is placed in the proper category. From there, we arrive at the official first-round ballot.
Categories within the Craft Field include:
On the first ballot, voters select the entries they believe should receive GRAMMY nominations. On the final ballot, voters select the entries they believe should receive GRAMMY Awards.
Note: In select award categories — such as those in the Craft Field — GRAMMY nominations are determined by Craft Committees, comprised of highly specialized Voting Members.
Academy members or their designated publicists may promote their own releases through FYC e-mails, social media posts, and physical mailings. Lobbying on behalf of other members is prohibited.
Members need to login to their accounts to access the ballot.