Nicki Minaj, Taylor Swift, Sam Smith: Most Anticipated Fall Album?
2017 has been a big year already in music, especially for streaming, festivals and Latin pop. With summer sneaking into the rearview and stores filling up with Halloween paraphernalia, we want to know which upcoming fall album release you're looking forward to the most.
So here's your chance to be heard: From Miley Cyrus, Demi Lovato and Taylor Swift to in-the-works new offerings by Sam Smith and Nicki Minaj, what's album are you looking forward to the most in fall 2017?:
The 411 On The Big Four GRAMMY Categories
(For more information on the artists nominated this year for Record Of The Year, Album Of The Year, Song Of The Year, and Best New Artist, click here. For a complete list of nominees for the 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards, click here.)
At the 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards on Feb. 12, 2012, artists will go head-to-head for four of the most prestigious GRAMMY Awards — Record Of The Year, Album Of The Year, Song Of The Year, and Best New Artist. The winners of these four coveted prizes will be distinguished as the cream of the crop for the year in music, as decided by the more than 11,000 members of the music community that make up The Recording Academy's voting body — professionals with creative or technical credits on six commercially released tracks, including vocalists, musicians, songwriters, producers, engineers, composers, and other qualified music professionals.
But before these trophies are handed out on Music's Biggest Night, a lengthy voting and verification process is put in place by The Academy to ensure that each submitted piece of work is properly eligible for consideration.
It all begins each fall at the annual GRAMMY Awards screening meetings, which brings together music experts from around the country to pour through every entry for the upcoming GRAMMY Awards and ultimately decide in which category each recording is placed. Every album, song and artist (see exceptions below) that is deemed eligible is placed in the General Field categories. (To be eligible for a nomination, all recordings must have been released between Oct. 1, 2010, and Sept. 30, 2011, and be in general distribution in the United States.) The Academy's voting body then votes to determine the final nominations, which were announced last night during "The GRAMMY Nominations Concert Live!! — Countdown To Music's Biggest Night." In approximately two weeks, final ballots will be sent to the voting members, who will then select the GRAMMY winners. An accounting firm will tabulate the votes and seal the results in envelopes that will be opened for the very first time on Feb. 12.
With the rest of the GRAMMY categories ranging from specific genres such as rock and pop to R&B and classical, this particular field allows for competition between artists across genres. Just last year we saw country stars Lady Antebellum win Record Of The Year against a field that included Eminem, Cee Lo Green and B.o.B and Bruno Mars, while jazz artist Esperanza Spalding bested artists including pop sensation Justin Bieber for Best New Artist.
Take a look at which artists and songwriters will battle it out this year, and learn about the criteria for being nominated in a "big four" category.
RECORD OF THE YEAR
The Record Of The Year honor recognizes an artist's performance on a single track, as well as the overall contributions of the producer, recording engineer and/or mixer, if other than the artist. Previous winners range from the Eagles' "Hotel California" and Tina Turner's "What's Love Got To Do With It," to Coldplay's "Clocks" and the Dixie Chicks' "Not Ready To Make Nice."
ALBUM OF THE YEAR
The Album Of The Year award honors an album in its entirety and is awarded to the artist, as well as the producer, recording engineer/mixer and mastering engineer, if other than the artist. Previous winners range from the Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band and Fleetwood Mac's Rumours, to OutKast's Speakerboxxx/The Love Below and Taylor Swift's Fearless, as well as such collective efforts as The Concert For Bangla Desh.
SONG OF THE YEAR
The Song Of The Year category recognizes the songwriters responsible for writing a single or track, and is not awarded to the artist (unless the artist also wrote the song). If the song was crafted by the members of a band or group, each member receives an individual nomination, rather than the group as one entity. Previous winners range from "Bridge Over Troubled Water" (written by Paul Simon) and "Every Breath You Take" (written by Sting), to "Beautiful Day" (written by the members of U2) and "Fallin'" (written by Alicia Keys).
BEST NEW ARTIST
The Best New Artist award honors a new artist who releases, during the eligibility year, the first recording which establishes the public identity of that artist as a performer. Artists nominated in this category must have released at least one album during the eligibility period, but not more than three, and must not have previously been nominated for a GRAMMY, unless that nomination came before the release of an entire album. Previous winners range from the Beatles and José Feliciano, to Maroon 5 and Amy Winehouse.
To find out which artists will take home these coveted awards, tune in to the 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards live from Staples Center in Los Angeles on Sunday, Feb. 12, 2012, on CBS at 8 p.m. ET/PT.
Academy Approves GRAMMY Category Amendments
As it continually evolves its Awards process, The Recording Academy today announced amendments to eligibility rules in the Best New Artist category, the Classical Field, and for Recording Academy-produced performances. These new guidelines will go into effect immediately for the upcoming 53rd Annual GRAMMY Awards on Feb. 13, 2011. The total number of GRAMMY categories remains 109.
"Every year, we diligently examine our Awards process to ensure that it remains relevant within the current musical landscape," said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of The Recording Academy. "These eligibility amendments recognize present trends in music and our Board of Trustees continues to demonstrate its dedication to keeping The Recording Academy a pertinent and responsive organization in our dynamic music community."
Best New Artist
New artists have at least one chance to compete in the Best New Artist category, provided that the artist has not already won a GRAMMY. The current eligibility requirements state that the artist must have released, as a featured performing artist, at least one album but not more than three; and the artist must not have been entered for Best New Artist more than three times, including as a performing member of an established group. Any previous GRAMMY nomination for the artist as performer precludes eligibility in the Best New Artist category (including a nomination as an established performing member of a nominated group).
These rules remain in effect with the following exception: If an artist/group is nominated (but does not win) for the release of a single or as a featured artist or collaborator on a compilation or other artist's album before the artist/group has released an entire album (and becomes eligible in this category for the first time), the artist/group may enter this category in the eligibility year during which his/her/their first album is released.
More and more, the first release of a new artist is as a featured artist on someone else's album, or the new artist may release a single long before the release of his/her/their entire first album. By current rules, if the other artist's album or the new artist's single receives a nomination, the new artist may never have the opportunity to compete in the Best New Artist category. With this change, each artist will have at least one opportunity to enter in this important and highly visible category.
Classical Field — Eligibility Of Special Releases
The current rule states that all entries in all fields and categories must be previously unreleased and newly recorded. For purposes of eligibility, The Academy defines "newly recorded" as product that has been recorded within five years of the release date and not previously released. The only categories that allow entries not newly recorded are: Best Historical Album (intended specifically for older recordings provided they are straight reissues), Best Compilation Soundtrack Album, Best Recording Package (if package is new), Best Surround Sound Album, and Best Album Notes (if notes are new).
This rule remains in effect with the following addition: Multi-disc (boxed set) releases in the Classical Field that contain 100 percent previously unreleased material, employ a single artist or ensemble only, and contain the work of a single composer only will still be allowed if more than 51 percent of the whole was recorded more than five years previous to the release date.
As the bicentennials of several big-name composers approach, there are more multi-year projects in which a single artist or ensemble is recording a complete cycle of a particular composer's works (i.e., complete string quartets, complete symphonies, complete flute sonatas). Rather than releasing one disc at a time as they are recorded, the artists and/or labels are choosing to wait until the cycle is complete and release a multi-disc set. These projects may run 10 or more years and may constitute what is essentially the life's work of the artist. Such efforts should be eligible for GRAMMY consideration in the eligibility year within which they are released.
Producer Of The Year, Classical
The current rule states that a minimum of three separately released recordings are required to qualify for entry in this category. A multi-record set of a single work is considered one recording. A maximum of five albums, released for the first time during the eligibility period, may be listed.
In parity with the Producer Of The Year, Non-Classical category, the new rule changes the minimum number of albums for Producer Of The Year, Classical from three to one. (Minimum track entries for Classical are not necessary, as almost all Classical albums have only one producer or a team that works on the project as a whole.) A producer must have production credits for 51 percent or more playing time of the album in order for it to qualify. If the album is self-produced, production credits must include at least one recording for a different artist. Minimum qualifications may be satisfied by combining a producer's solo efforts with his/her team efforts. Producers may enter as a team only if they have worked together exclusively during the eligibility year. Not more than six recordings may be listed on the final ballot. (If more than six are entered, the producer will make the final decision in consultation with awards staff.)
This change was made in fairness to classical producers, to remain consistent with the other producer category, and in recognition of classical production realities. Currently, the Producer Of The Year, Classical category requires a minimum of three separately released recordings for entrants to qualify. In the non-classical category, one album or six tracks is all that is necessary to qualify.
Recording Academy-Produced Performances
In recent years, performances on GRAMMY telecasts have been made available for commercial purchase via online digital media stores such as iTunes. According to current general guidelines, these digital releases may be submitted for GRAMMY consideration. To maintain the integrity of The Recording Academy and to be completely impartial in our Awards process, all GRAMMY telecast performances — and all performances recorded during any Recording Academy, Latin Recording Academy, GRAMMY Museum, GRAMMY Foundation, or MusiCares event — are ineligible for GRAMMY consideration. Any such submission will be deleted during the verification process with notification sent to the entrant.
These changes were voted on and passed at The Recording Academy's recent semiannual Board of Trustees meeting. The Trustees of The Academy, along with Academy senior staff, Chapter Regional Directors, Executive Directors, and Chapter Presidents, met with agendas designed to strategically chart the course of The Academy.
Your 57th GRAMMY Nominations Social Roundup
GRAMMY season kicked off Dec. 5 with the announcement of nominations in 82 of 83 categories for the 57th Annual GRAMMY Awards. Below is a roundup of artists and celebrities who helped reveal nominations in select categories via videos posted to Twitter. Tune in to "A Very GRAMMY Christmas" on CBS tonight at 9 p.m. ET/PT for the revealing of nominees in the Album Of The Year category.
— Joy Williams (@joywilliams) December 5, 2014
— Alanis Morissette (@Alanis) December 5, 2014
— JARED LETO (@JaredLeto) December 5, 2014
— Ryan Seacrest (@RyanSeacrest) December 5, 2014
— Troye Sivan (@troyesivan) December 5, 2014
— AccessHollywoodLive (@LiveAccess) December 5, 2014
— GOAT. (@llcoolj) December 5, 2014
— Vampire Weekend (@vampireweekend) December 5, 2014
— Michael Yo (@MichaelYo) December 5, 2014
— Angie Martinez (@angiemartinez) December 5, 2014
— Zedd (@Zedd) December 5, 2014
— weezer (@Weezer) December 5, 2014
— kylie minogue (@kylieminogue) December 5, 2014
— Giuliana Rancic (@GiulianaRancic) December 5, 2014
— Mario Lopez (@MarioLopezExtra) December 5, 2014
— Jake Owen (@jakeowen) December 5, 2014
— Toni Braxton (@tonibraxton) December 5, 2014
— MC Lyte (@mclyte) December 5, 2014
— Mark Ronson (@MarkRonson) December 5, 2014
— NE-YO!! (@NeYoCompound) December 5, 2014
— dippity doo da (@diplo) December 5, 2014