Editor’s note: The 2022 GRAMMY Awards show, officially known as the 64th GRAMMY Awards, has been rescheduled through Sunday, April 3 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. The article below was updated on Tuesday, January 18 to reflect the show’s new date and location.
The Recording Academy announced today that it has made significant changes to its awards process that reflect its continued commitment to evolving with the music landscape and ensuring that the GRAMMY Awards rules and guidelines are transparent and fair. Among the changes are the elimination of nomination review committees, a reduction in the number of categories in which voters can vote, the addition of two GRAMMY award categories, and more. These updates are the result of extensive discussions and collaboration over the past year between a special subcommittee of Recording Academy members and elected officers, and were voted on by the Board of Trustees of the Academy. These changes are effective immediately for the 2022 GRAMMY Awards Showofficially known as the 64th GRAMMY Awards, taking place on Sunday, April 3. The eligibility period for the 64th GRAMMY Awards is From September 1, 2020 to September 30, 2021.
Additional proposed rule changes will be discussed and voted on at an upcoming Recording Academy meeting and full rules for the 64th GRAMMY Awards will be released in May.
“It has been a year of unprecedented transformational change for The Recording Academy, and I am extremely proud to be able to continue our journey of growth with these latest updates to our awards process,” Harvey Mason Jr.., acting president and CEO of The Recording Academy, said. “This is a new academy, one that is driven to action and has doubled down on its commitment to meeting the needs of the music community. While change and progress are the main drivers of our actions, one thing will always remain – the GRAMMY Award is the only peer-driven and voted music recognition.We are honored to work alongside the music community throughout the year to refine and protect the integrity of the awards process.
APPROVED RULES CHANGES INCLUDE:
Changes to the voting process
Elimination of application review committees in general and gender areas
- Nominations in all general and genre areas of the GRAMMY Awards will now be determined by a majority peer-to-peer vote of the voting members of the Recording Academy. Previously, many categories within these fields used 15-30 highly qualified musical peers who represented and voted within their genre communities for the final selection of nominees. With this change, the results of GRAMMY nominations and winners are delivered into the hands of the full voting membership, providing further validation to the peer-recognized process. To further support this amendment, the Academy has confirmed that over 90% of its members will have gone through the requalification process by the end of this year, ensuring that the voting body is actively engaged in music creation. Crafting committees remain in place (see below for realignment of crafting categories.)
Reduction in the number of categories Voters can vote
- To ensure that music creators vote in the categories in which they are most skilled and qualified, the number of specific genre field categories in which GRAMMY voters can vote has been reduced from 15 to 10. Plus, these 10 categories should not be more than three fields. All voters are allowed to vote in the four general field categories (Record of the Year, Album of the Year, Song of the Year, and Best New Artist). Proposed by a special voting task force that made the recommendation, this change serves as an added safeguard against block voting and helps maintain the GRAMMY award as a celebration of excellence in music, with gender categories specific voted by the most qualified. peers.
Realignment of crafting categories
To better reflect the overlapping peer groups within the constituent body of voters, six existing career fields will be consolidated into two fields: the presentation field and the production field. In either of the newly consolidated fields, voters would have the ability to choose the number of categories in which they feel qualified to vote, within the voting limits per category, without being unduly limited by the restriction of three fields. This benefits the integrity of these awards by embracing and utilizing voter specializations, without restricting their choice or contributions due to scope limitations imposed by the recent reduction in the number of categories in which voters can vote. The field updates are as follows:
The Package field, Notes field, and History field have been renamed and consolidated into Presentation field
Production, non-classical field; Production, immersive audio domain; and Production, Classical Field renamed and consolidated in production field
New categories added
Two new categories have been added, bringing the total number of GRAMMY Award categories to 86:
“The latest changes to the GRAMMY Awards process are great examples of The Recording Academy’s commitment to authentically representing all music creators and ensuring our practices are in step with the ever-changing musical environment. “said Ruby Marchand, director of industry at the Recording Academy. “As we continue to build a more active and vibrant community of members, we are confident in the expertise of our voting members to recognize excellence in music each year.”
“As an academy, we have reaffirmed our commitment to continue serving the needs of music creators around the world, and this year’s changes are a timely and positive step in the evolution of our voting process,” said said Bill Freimuth, awards director at The Recording Academy. “We rely on the music community to help us continue to evolve, and we are grateful for their collaboration and leadership.”
The Recording Academy accepts submissions from members of the music community throughout the year. The Awards and Nominations Committee, comprised of voting Academy members from diverse genders and backgrounds, meets annually to review proposed updates to award categories, procedures, and eligibility guidelines. The rule changes above were voted on and adopted at a meeting of the Recording Academy Board of Trustees held on April 30, 2021. For more information on the awards process, visit our GRAMMY Voting Process FAQ Page.
The Recording Academy will present the 2022 GRAMMY Awards show on Sunday April 3in live from the *MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, on the CBS television network and stream live and on demand on Paramount+ from 8-11:30 p.m. ET / 5-8:30 p.m. PT. Before the broadcast, the GRAMMY awards ceremony will be streamed live on GRAMMY.com and The Recording Academy YouTube channel. Additional details on dates and locations for other official GRAMMY Week events, including the GRAMMY Awards Premiere Ceremony, Personality of the Year by MusiCaresand the pre-GRAMMY gala, are available here.*
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