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.
|Oct. 1, 2017—Sept. 30, 2018||Product Eligibility Period|
|July 2—16, 2018||First-Round Online Entry Process Access Period|
|July 31, 2018||Last Day To Become A Member To Access The Online Entry Process|
|Aug. 8—22, 2018||Final-Round Online Entry Process Access Period|
|Sept. 15, 2018||Last Day To Become A Member To Vote In First Round|
|Oct. 17—31, 2018||First-Round Voting|
|Dec. 5, 2018||Nominations Announcement|
|Dec. 13, 2018—Jan. 9, 2019||Final-Round Voting|
|Feb. 10, 2019||61st Annual GRAMMY Awards Telecast|
If you have forgotten your username to access your membership portal, contact the Recording Academy Membership Department at firstname.lastname@example.org or 1.866.794.3391. You may also use the Primary Email address on file to log into the system.
If you have forgotten your password, select the "Forgot Password" link. If you need additional assistance logging in, contact the Recording Academy Membership Department at email@example.com or 1.866.794.3391.
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 GRAMMY Pro 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 61st Annual GRAMMY Awards, recordings must be released between Oct.1, 2017, and Sept. 30, 2018.
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, 2018.
The Recording Academy accepts entries online from Associate 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 qualify as media companies. Media companies must register with the Recording Academy every year to submit/enter recordings. Once your media company registration has been confirmed, the Awards department will send the media company’s designated administrator detailed submission instructions.
For the 61st award season, media companies must register by Aug.15, 2018, in order to submit recordings.
Recordings for GRAMMY consideration can be submitted through the Online Entry Process (OEP).
If you're having trouble with your submission, you can contact the Awards Department. They're here to help.
If you're 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 61st Annual GRAMMY Awards will appear on your member dashboard when you log in. Click on it and you'll get helpful instructions detailing how to complete your submission and where to send any physical product.
Again, our Awards Department is here to assist you if you encounter any problems with your submission. Just email email@example.com 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 2—July 16, 2018
Final-Round: August 8—22, 2018
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, October–July. The final round is reserved for August–September releases.
All eligible recordings must be entered prior to the close of the Final-Round Online Entry Period, Aug. 22, regardless of public release date. Feel free to email the Awards team 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.
The Recording Academy is the preeminent membership organization for creators and professionals in the music community.
Voting Members are professionals with creative or technical credits on at least six commercially released tracks.
Associate Members are professionals who play an active role in shaping the music industry in a non-creator role (e.g. manager, administrative, publicist, etc.).
Now! Here are a few key dates and deadlines to keep in mind:
There are currently 30 fields (General, Pop, Gospel, Classical, etc.) and 84 distinct award categories across those fields.
Eligible voters are permitted to vote in the four General Field categories (Album Of The Year, Record Of The Year, Song Of The Year, and Best New Artist) and up to 15 additional award categories, based on their areas and genres of expertise. In order to preserve the integrity of the voting process, voters are instructed to vote only in those categories in which they are most knowledgeable, passionate and qualified.
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.
To be eligible in the category of Best New Artist, an artist, duo, or group:
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.
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: Engineered Album, Producer Of The Year, Package, Album Notes, Historical, Remixed Recording, and Surround Sound.
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.
Members of the Recording Academy, media companies, and other industry professionals are not prohibited from promoting their releases during GRAMMY Awards ballot season. However, in order to protect the integrity of the voting process, we do have solicitation guidelines.