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First Round Voting for the 2024 GRAMMYs opens Wednesday, Oct. 11, and closes Friday, Oct. 20.

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How To Vote In The 2024 GRAMMYs: A Complete Final Round Voting Guide For GRAMMY Voters

Final Round Voting for the 2024 GRAMMYs opens Thursday, Dec. 14. Here’s some important information GRAMMY voters need to know, including key dates, rules and amendments updates, GRAMMY Awards voting procedural changes, and more.

Recording Academy/Oct 9, 2023 - 01:33 pm

Updated, Monday, Dec. 11, to add information and key dates for Final Round Voting for the 2024 GRAMMYs.

Music's Biggest Night will return Sunday, Feb. 4, 2024 — and voting for the 2024 GRAMMYs is here! 

With the GRAMMY season now in full effect, it's time for Recording Academy members and GRAMMY voters to decide who will take home golden gramophones at the 2024 GRAMMYs, officially known as the 66th GRAMMY Awards. 

Each year, the GRAMMY Awards journey continues with Final Round Voting, which determines the GRAMMY winners at the annual GRAMMY Awards. This year, Final Round Voting for the 2024 GRAMMYs opens Thursday, Dec. 14. 

The Recording Academy believes that informed Voting Members will be best prepared to cast their ballots when GRAMMY voting opens. As such, we've put together a thorough and informative guide outlining all the key dates and information to know.  

Here's everything you need to know about Final Round Voting for the 2024 GRAMMYs. 

Read More: 2024 GRAMMY Nominations: See The Full Nominees List


Key dates for the 2024 GRAMMY Awards season are as follows: 

Oct. 1, 2022 – Sept. 15, 2023 

Product Eligibility Period  

NOTE: All eligible awards entries must be released within this timeframe. 

Oct. 11, 2023 – Oct. 20, 2023 

First Round Voting  

Nov. 10, 2023 

Nominees announced for the 2024 GRAMMYs 

Dec. 14, 2023 – Jan. 4, 2024 

Final Round Voting  

Feb. 4, 2024 

2024 GRAMMY Awards 


The annual GRAMMY voting process is divided into two phases: First Round Voting, which determines all the GRAMMY nominees for each GRAMMY Awards year, and Final Round Voting, which ultimately determines the GRAMMY winners across all categories revealed on GRAMMY night.

It is crucial for all Recording Academy Voting Members to actively participate in both First Round Voting and Final Round Voting. This will ensure that all eligible artists, musicians and creators are fairly evaluated based on their artistic and technical merits and will help the wider music community determine the leading music of the year, as voted on by their peers.

The ballots GRAMMY voters submitted during First Round Voting in October determined the nominees at the 2024 GRAMMYs, which were announced in November. Now, via Final Round Voting, GRAMMY voters will decide on the final GRAMMY winners, who will be unveiled Sunday, Feb. 4, 2024, so it's essential to get involved through the entire GRAMMY voting process.


As the only peer-voted award in music, the GRAMMY Award is the highest honor in all of music. That's because GRAMMY nominees and winners are determined by Voting Members, who are composed of a pool of vetted and venerable performers, songwriters, producers, engineers, instrumentalists, and other creators currently working in the recording industry. Every GRAMMY vote affirms this prestige and strengthens the highest excellence in music and the recording arts and sciences. 

Final Round Voting ballots are sent to Voting Members in good dues standing. Members are directed to vote only in their areas of expertise; this process ensures the quality of the voting during the full GRAMMY Awards process. Voting Members may vote in up to 10 categories across up to three genre Fields, plus the six categories in the General Field, which include Record Of The Year, Album Of The Year, Song Of The Year, Best New Artist, Producer Of The Year, Non-Classical, and Songwriter Of The Year, Non-Classical. Ballots are independently tabulated by the accounting firm Deloitte. 

Learn more about Recording Academy Membership and how to become a member. 

Read More: Your Vote, Your Voice: 6 Reasons Why Your GRAMMY Vote Matters


Recording Academy Voting Members can access their Final Round GRAMMY Voting ballot via their member dashboard starting Thursday, Dec. 14, at 9 a.m. PT/noon ET. Final Round Voting closes Thursday, Jan. 4, 2024 at 6 p.m. PT/9 p.m. ET.

Before voting opens, please make sure you have the correct email and password to login. If your credentials are invalid, reset your password.


The Recording Academy is proud to provide Final Round Voting ballot access within the new "My Academy Hub" mobile app! * Visit your member dashboard anytime, anywhere right at your fingertips. Download the mobile app in the Apple App Store or Google Play Store today, and be sure to set up biometric login so you'll never have to remember your password again^.

Having issues? For questions and technical support regarding the app, please contact us at app@recordingacademy.com.

*The GRAMMY Voting process remains unchanged, and members will now be able to access their Final Round Voting ballots directly in their member dashboards via the "My Academy Hub" mobile app.

^Members in almost all locations, domestic and international, can download and use the mobile app. Please note the app is not currently available to members in China.


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Help us maintain the integrity of the GRAMMY Awards Voting process. Read the Voting and Solicitation Guidelines and Voter Code Of Conduct.


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Dive into the new GRAMMY Awards Journey, an interactive online resource outlining the complete GRAMMY Awards process — from Online Entry and Eligibility Screening to Peer Voting and Nominations.


As previously announced, three new GRAMMY categories will debut at the 2024 GRAMMYs: Best African Music Performance, Best Alternative Jazz Album and Best Pop Dance Recording. 


The newly announced categories are part of larger GRAMMY Award voting procedural updates aimed at further evolving the Awards structure; these include the following updates: 

The existing categories of Producer Of The Year, Non-Classical and Songwriter Of The Year, Non-Classical will be moved to the General Field. This significant change will allow all GRAMMY voters to vote in these major categories, which are not specific to any genre. 

As well, the number of Fields in the GRAMMY Awards process has been consolidated from 26 to 11. This change will give voters more flexibility when voting.  

According to Recording Academy CEO Harvey Mason jr., these new rules updates and amendments will make the GRAMMY voting process "more fair, transparent and accurate," a change that will be implemented and reflected at the 2024 GRAMMYs.  

"The idea [behind the consolidation of categories] was to make sure voters were voting in categories and genres they had expertise or experience working in, as opposed to voters coming in, looking at the ballot, and just tracking names or voting for people that they thought were interesting or voting for music they had just heard, but did not fairly evaluate," Mason jr. said in an interview with GRAMMY.com. 

"We're leaning into the idea of utilizing our expertise and enabling our peers to really evaluate and vote in categories and genres that they are working in and are experts in," he added. 


The following additional amendments to the GRAMMY Awards and voting process will also go into effect immediately at the 2024 GRAMMYs: 

The number of nominees in the General Field categories of Record of the Year, Song of the Year, Album of the Year, and Best New Artist has been reduced from 10 to eight. 

In the Album of the Year category, the baseline for earning a nomination has been raised to 20% of the album's playing time for credited artists, featured artists, songwriters, producers, engineers, mixers, and mastering engineers. 

With the rapid rise of artificial intelligence (AI) impacting nearly every aspect of business and culture today, the Recording Academy is also addressing the role of AI in music head-on. At the 2024 GRAMMYs, only human creators are eligible to be submitted for consideration for, nominated for, or win a GRAMMY Award. A work that contains no human authorship is not eligible in any category. 

"These changes reflect our commitment to actively listen and respond to the feedback from our music community, accurately represent a diverse range of relevant musical genres, and stay aligned with the ever-evolving musical landscape," Mason jr. said of the GRAMMY Awards updates in a statement. 

These category additions and amendments were voted on and passed at the Recording Academy's most recent semiannual Board of Trustees meeting held in May 2023. 


The personalization, search and flexibility enhancements added to GRAMMY voting ballots last year will return for this GRAMMY season. As introduced last year, the recently launched category selection tool, which minimizes scrolling time and creates an easy-to-use ballot for each voter, will return for Final Round Voting this year. 


During First Round Voting, Recording Academy Voting Members can stream submitted recordings on select streaming services. The Recording Academy encourages all Voting Members to listen to all submitted recordings in the categories in which they are voting to ensure intentional listening and thoughtful voting. This process will encourage respect and consideration for all creators and their submitted works on behalf of GRAMMY voters.


Each year, Recording Academy Voting Members drive the GRAMMY Awards process. The Recording Academy respects its Voting membership body and trusts that each Voting Member will uphold the GRAMMY standard of excellence by voting with integrity and discipline.

All Voting Members should only cast their votes based on the artistic and technical merits of the submitted recordings and products. This will ensure that the annual GRAMMY Awards process is fair and ethical for all creators and submitted works. Read the Recording Academy's Voting and Solicitation Guidelines and Voter Code of Conduct for additional information before submitting your GRAMMY votes.  


Learn more about the upcoming 2024 GRAMMY Awards season. Interact with the dynamic GRAMMY Awards Journey online resource to learn about the GRAMMY Awards process in full. View the official Rules and Guidelines for the 2024 GRAMMY Awards. Visit the GRAMMY Award Update Center for a list of real-time changes to the GRAMMY Awards process. 

Happy GRAMMY Voting — and we'll see you at Music's Biggest Night on Sunday, Feb. 4, 2024! 

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The Recording Academy's Online Entry Process (OEP) for the 2025 GRAMMYs is now open.

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How To Submit Your Music For The 2025 GRAMMYs: Deadlines & Webinars, GRAMMY Nominations & Voting Process, And More

The Recording Academy's Online Entry Process (OEP) for the 2025 GRAMMYs is now open. Submit your music and releases now for consideration at the 2025 GRAMMYs.

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The Recording Academy's Online Entry Process (OEP) for the 2025 GRAMMYs has opened today. The Online Entry Process is the window in which all recordings, videos, and more are submitted for consideration to be included on the ballot at the 2025 GRAMMY Awards, officially known as the 67th GRAMMY Awards.

As the official kickoff to the upcoming GRAMMY season, the 2025 GRAMMYs Online Entry Process runs from today (Wednesday, July 17) through Friday, Aug. 30. All Recording Academy Members and Media Companies must submit their eligible recordings and releases for GRAMMY consideration during this period, regardless of the public release date.

The 2025 GRAMMYs will take place Sunday, Feb. 2, live at Crypto.com Arena in Los Angeles and will broadcast live on the CBS Television Network and stream live and on demand on Paramount+. Nominations for the 2025 GRAMMYs will be announced Friday, Nov. 8, 2024.

For those looking to submit their music and works for GRAMMY consideration at the upcoming 2025 GRAMMYs, the Recording Academy has produced this helpful guide explaining the process and upcoming deadlines.

What is the Online Entry Process and how does it work?

Marking the first step toward participating in the GRAMMY Awards process every year, the annual Online Entry Process is the period when registered Media Companies and Recording Academy Members (both Voting and Professional Members) can submit music and works for GRAMMY consideration at the 2025 GRAMMYs.

While the total amount of entries varies each year, the Recording Academy can receive more than 20,000 eligible entries during a GRAMMY season. Once we receive submissions, each entry is individually and manually vetted by a member of the Recording Academy's Awards staff to determine its eligibility.

After submissions are received during the Online Entry Process, the Recording Academy's Voting Members vote on said submissions across two GRAMMY voting rounds: First Round Voting determines the nominees for the majority of the categories at the annual GRAMMY Awards, while Final Round Voting determines the ultimate GRAMMY winners.

The full participation in our annual GRAMMY Awards process — from the Online Entry Period to Final Round Voting — on behalf of the Recording Academy's Membership and the music industry at large is crucial to maintaining the integrity of the GRAMMY Awards, music's only peer-voted honor.

Who can submit entries during the Online Entry Process?

Only registered Media Companies and Recording Academy members (Voting and Professional) can make submissions for GRAMMY consideration through the Online Entry Process.

The Recording Academy defines a media company as a legitimate business entity whose core business function is to create, aggregate and promote audio and/or video content for multiple artists for commercial purposes, and that must have verifiable product in national U.S. commercial distribution on our approved streaming platforms within the current eligibility period. It cannot just be an imprint in name only for a single or small number of artists.

When does Media Company registration open?

Media Company Registration for the 2025 GRAMMYs is open now and closes August 23 at 6 p.m. PT/9 p.m. ET. Existing or new Media Companies may register here. Media Companies will receive further information by email pending registration approval. Reference the Online Entry Process resources for more information.

When does the Online Entry Process open?

The Online Entry Process for the 2025 GRAMMYs opens today (Wednesday, July 17) and closes Friday, Aug. 30, at 6 p.m. PT/9 p.m. ET.

IMPORTANT: There is only one round in which to make entries during the Online Entry Process. We encourage everyone to submit their entries as early as possible so that the Recording Academy's Awards team can assist with any questions in a timely manner. If a recording is not formally submitted, it cannot be considered for a GRAMMY Award or a GRAMMY nomination.

What is the eligibility period for submissions for the 2025 GRAMMYs?

The eligibility period for the 2025 GRAMMYs is for recordings released Sept. 16, 2023, through Aug. 30, 2024. All releases must be available for sale, via general distribution, to the public by this date and through at least the date of the current year's voting deadline (final ballot) to be eligible for the 2025 GRAMMY Awards.

How do I submit recordings and releases for the 2025 GRAMMYs as a Recording Academy member?

  1. Recording Academy members, follow these steps to submit your music and releases during the Online Entry Process for the 2025 GRAMMYs:

  2. Log in to your Recording Academy Member dashboard and find the Submit To Online Entry Process button on the left side of your dashboard

  3. Once logged in, please review the provided resource documents and begin making your entries

  4. Make sure you submit your entries by the deadline: Friday, Aug. 30, by 6 p.m. PT/9 p.m. ET

How do I submit recordings and releases for the 2025 GRAMMYs as a registered Media Company?

  1. Registered Media Companies, follow these steps to submit your music and releases during the Online Entry Process for the 2025 GRAMMYs:

  2. Visit the Entry Process & Registration Updates Page

  3. Click MAKE ENTRIES HERE (will direct you to entry site)


  5. Once logged in, please review the resource documents and begin making your entries

  6. Make sure you submit your entries by the deadline: Friday, Aug. 30, by 6 p.m. PT/9 p.m. ET.

Who can vote for the 2025 GRAMMYs?

Each year, GRAMMY winners and GRAMMY nominees are determined as voted by the Recording Academy's Voting membership, which is composed of music creators, including artists, producers, songwriters, and engineers. Registered Companies are not permitted to vote in the GRAMMY Awards process.

Learn more about our GRAMMY Awards voting process and the full GRAMMY Awards process.

2025 GRAMMY Awards key dates:

Here is a list of all the key dates for the 2025 GRAMMYs:

Sept. 16, 2023 – Aug. 30, 2024
Product Eligibility Period
The period by which recordings are submitted for GRAMMY consideration. All releases must be available for sale, via general distribution, to the public by this date and through at least the date of the current year's voting deadline (final ballot) to be eligible for the 2025 GRAMMY Awards.

July 8, 2024 – Aug. 23, 2024
Media Company Registration Period
Media companies must apply for registration with the Recording Academy to submit recordings.

July 17, 2024 – Aug. 30, 2024
Online Entry Period
All eligible recordings must be entered prior to the close of the Online Entry Period, regardless of the public release date.

Oct. 4, 2024 – Oct. 15, 2024
First Round Voting
First Round Voting determines all the GRAMMY nominees for each GRAMMY Awards year.

Nov. 8, 2024
Nominees Announced for the 2025 GRAMMY Awards
Announcing the official nominees list for the 2025 GRAMMYs.

Dec. 12, 2024 – Jan. 3, 2025
Final Round Voting
Determines the GRAMMY winners across all categories revealed on GRAMMY night.

Feb. 2, 2025
2025 GRAMMY Awards
Music's Biggest Night, recognizing excellence in the recording arts and sciences.

Upcoming Informational Webinars & Additional Resources

To ensure a seamless experience for our members, the Recording Academy's Awards team is hosting a live demo of the Online Entry Process and a tour of the new entry site on Wednesday, July 24, at 11 a.m. PT/2 p.m. ET. Register for the webinar now.

As well, the entry site has many helpful resources, including the 2025 GRAMMYs Category Description Guide, GRAMMY Guidelines and Definitions, Entering Tips, FAQ, and other documents that further explain how to successfully make your entries.

For additional support, reach out to the following resources:

877.637.6816 (Awards Helpline)

Early Entry Pricing

Recording Academy members can enjoy five courtesy entries for the Online Entry Process. After this, members can take advantage of Early Entry Pricing through Wednesday, July 31, where each additional entry will cost $40 per entry.

Registered Media Companies can take advantage of Early Entry Pricing through Wednesday, July 31, where each entry will cost $65. After this date, entry fees will increase.

For more information about the 2025 GRAMMY Awards season, learn more about the annual GRAMMY Awards processread our FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) section, view the official GRAMMY Awards Rules and Guidelines, and visit the GRAMMY Award Update Center for a list of real-time changes to the GRAMMY Awards process.

Latest Recording Academy News & Initiatives

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Stay Connected To The Recording Academy With The My Academy Hub App: Access Key Deadlines, View Membership Information, Browse Official Academy Events & More

My Academy Hub is the official app for members of the Recording Academy and Latin Recording Academy. This app allows you to easily access your membership information, key GRAMMY deadlines, and many other essential resources.

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The Recording Academy is thrilled to announce the launch of the My Academy Hub mobile app, the official app for members of the Recording Academy and the Latin Recording Academy. Enabling easy access to all your membership information and key resources, the My Academy Hub app is the ultimate tool for managing your Academy membership from anywhere, anytime — right at your fingertips. Plus, the app is the best way to stay connected to your Academy community. 

Download the My Academy Hub app in the App Store and Google Play.

Benefits of the My Academy Hub app include:

  • Receive Timely Notices: Stay up-to-date on important alerts and news from the Recording Academy and Latin Recording Academy.

  • Access Key Deadlines: Never miss a deadline for GRAMMYs submissions, GRAMMY voting, or other important events.

  • View Your Membership Details: View your membership status, type, expiration date, and more.

  • Browse Your Benefits: Access exclusive discounts, member perks, and more member benefits right from the app.

  • Events: Browse and register for upcoming Recording Academy and Latin Recording Academy official events.

Your in-app journey will be tailored to reflect your affiliation with either the Recording Academy or the Latin Recording Academy. In the case of dual membership, the default view will be the Recording Academy dashboard, with the flexibility to seamlessly switch to the Latin Recording Academy dashboard as needed. The Latin Recording Academy experience supports English, Spanish and Portuguese.

The My Academy Hub app also brings the Recording Academy dashboard right to your fingertips and triggers push notifications announcing the latest Recording Academy news and updates, including key deadlines and updates to the GRAMMY Awards process. You can also update your Academy member information seamlessly and keep your privacy safe via a biometric login.

Plus, keep an eye out for product function updates. 

Download the My Academy Hub app at the App Store and Google Play today to stay connected to your community at the Recording Academy and Latin Recording Academy.

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The Recording Academy's 2023 year in review
The Recording Academy's 2023 Year In Review

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2023 In Review: How The Recording Academy Upheld And Led The Music Community

2023 was another banner year for the Recording Academy. With the 2024 GRAMMYs mere months away, let's break down the many ways the Academy spent the year harnessing the power of music to affect positive change in the world.

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Every passing year is significant to the Recording Academy, but 2023 ticked a noteworthy number of boxes for the world's leading community of music professionals. 

From achievements in the Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion (DEI) space, including a significantly diversifying membership class, to the millions of dollars granted to the music community by MusiCares, this year has been a watershed for the Recording Academy.

As we wave goodbye to 2023 and welcome 2024, here's a breakdown of the Recording Academy's achievements and initiatives from this banner year.

Serving & Representing Underrepresented Groups

The Academy's 365-day-per-year commitment to DEI paid off in a major way in 2023.

A record-breaking diverse group of 2,400+ music creators joined the Recording Academy this year as part of our 2023 New Member Class. In a demonstration of the Academy's commitment to remaking its overall membership, 50% of the new class are people of color, 46% are under the age of 40, and 37% are women. Full statistics surrounding the demographics of the new class can be found here.

Read More: Recording Academy AAPI Members & Leaders On Where The Fight's Led Them And The Road Ahead

 The Recording Academy also supported students of color and students from historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) across a number of initiatives. With support from our partners at United Airlines, the official airline partner of the GRAMMY Awards, the Recording Academy, our DEI team, and the Black Music Collective provided a once-in-a-lifetime experience at this year's GRAMMY Week for a select group of HBCU students. Made possible by United, 10 HBCU students from across the U.S. were gifted travel to attend the 2023 GRAMMYs, officially known as the 65th GRAMMY Awards, and the coinciding, week-long GRAMMY Week celebration in Los Angeles. The students also attended professional development programs in New York, Washington, D.C., and Atlanta.

For the third consecutive year, the Black Music Collective teamed up with Amazon Music to award five students with the "Your Future Is Now" scholarship, which awarded students at HBCUs $10,000 scholarships and the opportunity to be part of an immersive rotation program with Amazon Music and Recording Academy department leads. Elsewhere, the second annual Quinn Coleman Memorial Scholarship, presented by the Recording Academy and the GRAMMY Museum, awarded a scholarships and internships at the Recording Academy or Latin Recording Academy to five students from across the country.

Celebrating Marginalized Creators, Voices & Organizations

As 2023 winds down, the world is in turmoil, and as always, the Recording Academy has risen to this challenge. This year, the Academy joined many organizations and causes to support creators from marginalized groups and communities.

The Academy joined the Biden-Harris administration's first-ever U.S. national strategy to counter antisemitism; we hosted a listening session with Recording Academy leadership specifically curated for creators in Jewish music and collaborated with the Black Jewish Entertainment Alliance to present a panel discussion commemorating the 50th anniversary of hip-hop. In June during Black Music Month, the Black Music Collective partrnered with the White House to host its first-ever Juneteenth Concert Juneteenth concert, which featured performances from Jennifer Hudson and Ledisi.

In May during Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month, we celebrated Recording Academy members and leaders from the AAPI community.

On Indigenous Peoples' Day in October, our DEI team hosted a conversation with the cast and crew of "Reservation Dogs" to discuss the Indigenous community and their musical offerings to the world. Hosted by the Recording Academy's Executive Vice President of Communications, Sean Smith, the panel discussion featured the show's composer Mato Wayuhi and music supervisor Tiffany Anders, followed by a performance from Vincent Neil Emerson.

The Recording Academy also gave back to the LGBTQIA+ community. For the first time ever, GLAAD, the non-profit LGBTQ advocacy organization, collaborated with Live Nation and the Recording Academy to present an expanded Spirit Day Concert in Los Angeles. Hosted by Frankie Grande and featuring an exciting lineup of performers and emerging young musicians, the event took a stand against LGBTQ youth bullying and provided a possibility model for the next generation to explore, learn, and grow into a future filled with empathy and kindness.

Serving & Supporting The Music Community

The Recording Academy does a lot more than hand out awards. And, naturally, this extended to the broader music community. Across all of 2023, the Recording Academy, led by our Washington, D.C-based Advocacy & Public Policy team, fought for creators' rights and elevated important policy issues that stand to affect the community

In April, the two-day GRAMMYs on the Hill 2023 event brought together congressional leaders and music makers to recognize those who have led the fight for creators' rights. The 2023 GRAMMYs On The Hill Awards, the premier annual celebration of music and advocacy in Washington, D.C., addressed the changing music landscape, celebrated music champions and pushed the industry toward progress. Sponsored by City National Bank and benefitting the GRAMMY Museum, this year's GRAMMYs On The Hill Awards honored 13-time GRAMMY winner Pharrell Williams, U.S. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), and Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) for their contributions to support music creators.

The Recording Academy also fought for creators on Capitol Hill via the annual Advocacy Day, where Academy and U.S. Congress leaders announced the reintroduction of the Restoring Artistic Protection (RAP) Act, leading the federal effort to limit the use of song lyrics in court and legal cases. As well, District Advocate Day 2023, the largest grassroots advocacy movement for music and its makers, saw Recording Academy members from across the country visit the local district offices of their elected representatives in Congress to discuss issues affecting the livelihoods of songwriters, performers, and studio professionals; the event, held in October, also hosted the first-ever GRAMMY Advocacy Conference, which provided another opportunity for Academy members to connect with each other and engage with the issues no matter where they live.

Elsewhere, the Academy addressed AI head-on with the Human Artistry CampAIgn, as well as a number of other initiatives to ensure music creators are top of mind when it comes to AI and copyright law.

During GRAMMY Week 2023, the Advocacy team fought for fair pay at 4th annual GRAMMY Fund Brunch and spotlighted music policy for members of Congress.

Celebrating & Recognizing Excellence In Music

There's a reason why the annual GRAMMY Awards are known as Music's Biggest Night around the world. And 2023, was no different. The Recording Academy celebrated music creators of all kinds at this year's GRAMMY Awards.

At the 2023 GRAMMYs, artists broke records and made history. Most notably, Beyoncé broke the all-time record to become the artist with the most GRAMMY wins in history, counting 32 GRAMMY wins to date. Elsewhere, Kim Petras became the first trans woman to win the GRAMMY for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance, winning for her collaboration with Sam Smith, "Unholy."

The 2023 GRAMMYs also saw the debut of five new GRAMMY Awards categories, which included: Songwriter Of The Year, Non-Classical, won by Tobias Jesso Jr.; Best Score Soundtrack For Video Games And Other Interactive Media, won by composer Stephanie Economou for Assassin's Creed Valhalla: Dawn Of Ragnarok; Best Spoken Word Poetry Album, won by J. Ivy for The Poet Who Sat By The Door; the inaugural Best Song For Social Change Special Merit Award, won by Shervin Hajipour for "Baraye" and presented by First Lady Jill Biden; and several other GRAMMY categories.

Next year at the 2024 GRAMMYs, the Recording Academy will celebrate even more artists and creators with the debut of three new GRAMMY Award categories: Best African Music Performance, Best Alternative Jazz Album and Best Pop Dance Recording.

Impacting The World Through Music & Arts

For the Recording Academy, elevating music and the arts isn't an end to itself — it furthers change the world over. That's why this year the Academy collaborated with the U.S. government and several pro-social organizations to promote peace, diplomacy and democracy through music worldwide.

In September, the Academy joined United Nations Human Rights to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights alongside United Nations Human Rights representatives in NYC. In conjunction with this, the Recording Academy, the official Music Partner of Right Here, Right Now Music, with the support of United Nations Human Rights, committed to international Right Here, Right Now Mini Global Climate Concerts that aim to promote climate justice and rights-based climate action.

The Recording Academy is working to harness the power of music to promote social justice around the world through several global initiatives supported by United Nations Human Rights. The multifaceted Right Here, Right Now Music initiative is designed to engage major artists to use their talents and unique platform to elevate awareness of climate justice.

The Recording Academy also partnered with U.S. Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken to help launch the Global Music Diplomacy Initiative, an international initiative that will promote peace, diplomacy and democracy through music worldwide; during the launch event, Quincy Jones received the inaugural Peace Through Music Award.

Celebrating The 50th Anniversary Of Hip-Hop

You may have heard that 2023 marked the 50th anniversary of hip-hop. And the Recording Academy didn't just rise to the occasion — it led the charge. 

At the 2023 GRAMMYs, hip-hop took over the GRAMMY stage all night. In addition to the star-studded hip-hop tribute at the 2023 GRAMMYs, Dr. Dre was the recipient of the inaugural Dr. Dre Global Impact Award and Kendrick Lamar solidified his GRAMMYs legacy with three GRAMMY wins for his groundbreaking 2022 album, Mr. Morale & the Big Steppers, including Best Rap Album, Best Rap Performance, and Best Rap Song.

Clearly, that hip-hop revue at the 2023 GRAMMYs was just the beginning. Featuring an astonishing cross-section of hip-hop's most crucial originators and innovators, the once-in-a-lifetime live concert special "A GRAMMY Salute To 50 Years Of Hip-Hop" closed out the hip-hop celebration on the highest of notes.

Elsewhere, the GRAMMY Museum launched the immersive Hip-Hop America: The Mixtape Exhibit, while MusiCares, in partnership with Vivid Seats, launched Humans of Hip Hop, a program directed at providing resources tailored to the needs of the hip-hop community nationwide.

To top it all off, the Recording Academy partnered with U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris to host a celebration for the 50th anniversary of hip-hop at her D.C. residence. This historic event featured performances from Lil Wayne, MC Lyte, Fat Joe, Remy Ma, Doug E. Fresh, Slick Rick, Jeezy, and many more.

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Giving Back To The Music Community

MusiCares, the philanthropic arm of the Recording Academy and the leading music charity that provides a safety net of health and human services for the music community, has helped countless music people through mental, physical and financial challenges. In 2023, MusiCares continued and expanded their mission.

This year alone, MusiCares distributed $6.06 million in financial assistance and preventative care to 5,000 music professionals.

They also launched The Day That Music Cares, the music community's first annual day of service, as well as the Resilience On The Road Toolkit, a living suite of resources to help music people foster and maintain their well-being on the road  Last but certainly not least, MusiCares partnered with Togetherall to expand mental health support for music people.

Supporting The Next Generation Of Music Creators & Leaders

As one of the core pillars of the Recording Academy's year-long mission, we aim to inspire and support the next generation of music creators and professionals by providing opportunities, enrichment and mentorship. We achieved this goal via multiple initiatives this year.

In January, we announced our 2023 class of #GRAMMYsNextGen Ambassadors and Advisors; the program is intentionally designed to engage the under-40 music community and recognize the best and brightest power players behind the scenes of the music that drives culture today.

In August, GRAMMY U, the Academy's membership type for emerging professionals and creatives pursuing a career in the music industry, expanded its membership program by opening its eligibility to allow all individuals aged 18-29 who are actively taking an alternate path towards a career in music to apply for this premier program. This expansion created a more inclusive space for the future leaders and creative pioneers of the industry.

The GRAMMY Museum, the world-class leaders in music education, launched many initiatives aimed at supporting emerging artists and aspiring students. The 2023 installment of their GRAMMY Camp program welcomed Gracie Abrams, G Flip, Moore Kismet, Paul Klein from LANY, and Lizzy McAlpine as this year's guest artists; they discussed their career paths and helped students prepare for the music industry. In March, the GRAMMY Museum also launched its third annual GRAMMY In The Schools Fest, which provided music career exploration sessions for students and featured educational panels and workshops featuring artists and industry professionals. 

Across many of our Recording Academy Chapters, we celebrated the next generation of music leaders and creators. The New York Chapter's GRAMMY Career Day in October provided students with an in-depth exploration of the music industry, while the Los Angeles Chapter celebrated the NEXT Class Of 2023, which provided real-life experiences to Voting and Professional Members 21-35 years of age to foster their budding careers as they begin their paths as future leaders of the music industry.

The Recording Academy thanks all members and industry professionals who aided us in our ongoing mission to support all music people. We'll see you in what is sure to be a thrilling, productive 2024!

*—With additional reporting by John Ochoa*

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Reggaetón/Alt-Pop Singer/Songwriter Paopao On Why Final Round Voting Matters For The 2024 GRAMMYs

Recording Academy member paopao details her road to the world's leading community of music professionals, and why it's crucial to get out the vote during Final Round Voting season ahead of the 2024 GRAMMYs.

Recording Academy/Dec 21, 2023 - 10:19 pm

Paola Nicole Marrero Rodríguez, also known as paopao, has contributed to a Latin-GRAMMY-winning piece of work — one of the highest accolades in all of music. And her alliance with the Latin Recording Academy extends to its sister academy; paopao is outwardly passionate about the world's leading society of music people, and what it means to her.

"I feel like the amount of Latin representation and participation at the Recording Academy isn't as high as we'd like it to be," paopao says in a heartfelt letter below, as Final Round Voting rolls on ahead of the 2024 GRAMMYs. "Being able to be a voice and a minority representative is something I don't take for granted."

Are you a member of the Recording Academy who's unsure about the ways Final Round Voting plays an important role in the voting process? If not, are you simply curious about how being a Voting Member can shift the music landscape in a more fair, transparent and equitable way?

If so, read on from a powerful missive from paopao about all of the above, her personal road to the Recording Academy and Latin Recording Academy, and more.

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The following has been edited for clarity.

I first started my journey with the GRAMMY family during my freshman year in college as part of GRAMMY U — the Recording Academy's membership program dedicated to uplifting aspiring music creators and professionals.

Last year, I became a voting member of the Recording Academy shortly after also becoming a member of the Latin Recording Academy. Officially becoming a member has offered me additional opportunities, many of which I feel people aren't aware or taking advantage of.

I like to think of it as a web made up of everyone who is anyone in the music industry. Because there are so many creators in the Latin music community, including songwriters and engineers, who are unaware that they qualify to become a member, I want to be a voice to spread the word and make sure my peers know about this incredible opportunity.

As a Latin artist in the música urbana community, being a part of the Recording Academy has been so important because my peers and I have the opportunity to shape Latin music within the broad spectrum of the music industry, not just within our community.

I feel like the amount of Latin representation and participation at the Recording Academy isn't as high as we'd like it to be, and being able to be a voice and a minority representative is something I don't take for granted. Latin music is becoming part of our culture and music globally, and as members of the Academy, we're helping change how our music is heard and seen across the world.

Starting Thursday, Dec. 14, until Jan. 4, 2024, we'll look at this year's GRAMMY nominees and vote for who we believe are making a lasting impact on music. Our votes will determine who will win an award at the 66th GRAMMYs.

"GRAMMY" is a massive word in the music industry. It's a huge stamp of approval and carries a lot of weight because being a music creator isn't easy. On the creative path, there are a lot of things working against you. So, to win a GRAMMY and to be recognized by your peers for your music, is that reassurance that you were right to make that leap and that all your hard work is paying off. It tells you that people are actually listening, and that you have what it takes to impact music and make history.

If we want to see better representation within Latin music, we need to be vouching for the work and creators we think deserve it by using our votes. We can't complain about the outcomes on Nominations Day or GRAMMY Sunday if we're not willing to take action. As with anything, if we want something to change, we must be part of that change.

Being a voting member is also a privilege that not everyone has, so it's up to us to be educated members of this community and really listen and do our research and evaluate the quality of the music on the ballot, not just vote for our friends or what we think is most popular. I've discovered so many new artists and music just through participating in the voting process, so it's rewarding, too!.

The Recording Academy has given us a voice to express to the world what remarkable music is to us — the people who live and breathe music. So, use it. Tell other voting members to use it. Together we can push music and the culture forward.  

Learn more about the upcoming 2024 GRAMMY Awards season. Interact with the dynamic GRAMMY Awards Journey online resource to learn about the GRAMMY Awards process in full. View the official Rules and Guidelines for the 2024 GRAMMY Awards. Visit the GRAMMY Award Update Center for a list of real-time changes to the GRAMMY Awards process.

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