GRAMMY Awards Rules & Guidelines

Recent changes have been made to the Awards process. Additional process changes will be announced along with the complete 64th GRAMMY Awards Rules & Guidelines in late-May 2021.

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All GRAMMY Awards ballots are cast by Recording Academy Voting Members and are subject to classification and qualifications under rules or regulations approved by the Board of Trustees. From time to time, the Board may vote to amend the qualification criteria for consideration for a GRAMMY Award or other award.


2019 — 2020
Sept.1, 2019 – Aug. 31, 2020 Release Eligibility Period
March 1, 2020, 11:59 PM (PT) Deadline to apply for membership for 63rd GRAMMY Awards. Fees must be paid in order to qualify for voting.
June 1, 2020, 9:00 AM (PT) Media Company Registration begins
July 24, 2020, 6:00 PM (PT) Media Company Registration ends
June 22, 2020, 9:00 AM (PT) First-round Online Entry Process (OEP) Access Period begins
July 6, 2020, 6:00 PM (PT) First-round Online Entry Process (OEP) Access Period ends
July 15, 2020, 9:00 AM (PT) Final-round Online Entry Process (OEP) Access Period begins
Aug. 3, 2020, 6:00 PM (PT) Final-round Online Entry Process (OEP) Access Period ends
Nov. 24, 2020, 10:00 AM (PT) Nominations announced
14 days after the announcement of nominations Deadline for errors and omissions to the nominations
Jan. 26, 2021 Deadline for 62nd GRAMMY credit correction
Mar. 14, 2021 63rd Premiere Ceremony
Mar. 14, 2021 63rd GRAMMY Awards



The Board of Trustees ratifies all changes to the GRAMMY process each spring. The following chart shows the rule changes for the current year.

Field Category 62nd GRAMMY Rule 63rd GRAMMY Rule
R&B Field Best Urban Contemporary Album Best Urban Contemporary Album New Category Name:
Best Progressive R&B Album
Rap Field Best Rap/Sung Performance Best Rap/Sung Performance New Category Name:
Best Melodic Rap Performance
Latin Field Latin Pop
Latin Rock, Urban Or Alternative
Latin Pop
Latin Rock, Urban Or Alternative
Latin Urban music will now compete with Latin Pop, rather than Latin Rock
Two New Category Names:
Best Latin Pop Or Urban Album
Best Latin Rock Or Alternative Album
Musical Theater Field Musical Theater Album Album Producer(s) and Principal Vocalist(s) with significant contributing performance. The Lyricist(s) and Composer(s) of at least 51% of the new score are eligible for an award if they have written and/or composed a new score that comprises 51% or more playing time of the album. Added:
Award to as many as four (4) Principal Vocalist(s)
Winners Certificates to all vocalists on the recording of an “ensemble-driven” piece
General Field Best New Artist - Minimum releases to meet eligibility: five singles/tracks or one album
- Maximum releases prior to the current eligibility year: 30 singles/tracks or three albums
- No specified maximum number of releases. Screening committees will determine whether the artist had attained a breakthrough or prominence prior to the eligibility year.
  62nd GRAMMY Rule 63rd GRAMMY Rule
Term Limits - Five years on/one year off for committee members
- Five years on/two years off for Chairpersons
- Maximum combined eight consecutive years
- Three years on/one year off for committee members
- Three years on/two years off for Chairpersons
- Maximum combined five consecutive years
Nominations Review Committee Conflict of Interest Committee members must disclose conflicts and leave the room and not vote in respective categories. People with actual or perceived conflicts of interest regarding recordings under consideration may not participate on the committees.
National NRC Co-chairs The President/CEO and the Chair of the Board are mandated to Co- chair the committee. The mandate is removed.
  62nd GRAMMY Rule 63rd GRAMMY Rule
A&N Proposals Rejected Awards & Nominations Committee Proposals will not be considered again in the next consecutive year. Added:
Exception: Proposals viewed in a different light due to changes in industry or technology may be considered in consecutive years.
Best Engineered Album Categories The original digital file and the product sent to the Academy must have quality comparable to at least 16 bit 44.1 kHz. Higher Resolution Audio is accepted in submissions.



Complete Rules & Guidelines

General Eligibility Guidelines

Category Eligibility Guidelines

Submitting Entries For Consideration

Nominating Process

Voting Guidelines

Awards, Certificates, And GRAMMY Tickets

Awards & Nominations Proposals

Producers & Engineers Guidelines

GRAMMY Awards Category Rules

General Field

Pop Field

Dance/Electronic Music Field

Contemporary Instrumental Music Field

Rock Field

Alternative Field

R&B Field

Rap Field

Country Field

New Age Field

Jazz Field

Gospel/Contemporary Christian Music Field

Latin Field Field

American Roots Field

Reggae Field

Global Music Field

Children's Field

Spoken Word Field

Comedy Field

Musical Theater Field

Music For Visual Media Field

Composing/Arranging Field

Package Field

Notes Field

Historical Field

Production, Non-Classical Field

Production, Immersive Audio Field

Production, Classical Field

Classical Field

Music Video/Film Field