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How To Vote In The 2024 GRAMMYs: A Complete First Round Voting Guide For GRAMMY Voters
First Round Voting for the 2024 GRAMMYs opens Wednesday, Oct. 11. Here’s some important information GRAMMY voters need to know, including key dates, rules and amendments updates, GRAMMY Awards voting procedural changes, and more.
Music's Biggest Night will return Sunday, Feb. 4, 2024 — and voting for the 2024 GRAMMYs is here!
With the GRAMMY season right around the corner, it's time for Recording Academy members and GRAMMY voters to decide who will be nominated for the 2024 GRAMMYs, officially known as the 66th GRAMMY Awards.
Each year, the GRAMMY Awards journey begins with First Round Voting, which determines the nominees at the annual GRAMMY Awards. This year, First Round Voting for the 2024 GRAMMYs opens Wednesday, Oct. 11.
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 First Round Voting for the 2024 GRAMMYs.
2024 GRAMMY AWARDS SEASON: KEY DATES
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 IMPORTANCE OF FIRST ROUND GRAMMY VOTING
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 submit during First Round Voting this month will determine the nominees at the 2024 GRAMMYs, which will be announced this November, so it's essential to get involved from the beginning.
WHO VOTES FOR THE GRAMMYS?
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.
First 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.
HOW TO VOTE IN THE 2024 GRAMMYS
Recording Academy Voting Members can access their First Round GRAMMY Voting ballot via their member dashboard starting 9 a.m. PT/noon ET on Wednesday, Oct. 11. First Round Voting closes at 6 p.m. PT/9 p.m. ET on Friday, Oct. 20.
Before voting opens, please make sure you have the correct email and password to login. If your credentials are invalid, reset your password. For further assistance, see the following contact info below:
YANGAROO VOTER SUPPORT
PHONE: 866-992-9902 x403
HOURS: M-F, 5 a.m. – 5 p.m. PT / 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. ET, 10/20 voter support available until 6 p.m. PT
First Round Voting - Oct.11 - Oct. 20, 2023
Final Round Voting – Dec 14, 2023 – Jan. 4, 2024
HOURS: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. PT / noon – 8 p.m. ET
HOURS 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. PT / noon – 8 p.m. ET
FYC (FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION) + INTERNAL VOTER SUPPORT:
PHONE:866-794-3391 (membership’s #)
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THREE NEW CATEGORIES DEBUTING AT THE 2024 GRAMMYS
NEW CHANGES TO THE GRAMMYS VOTING PROCESS
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.
ADDITIONAL AMENDMENTS TO THE GRAMMYS VOTING PROCESS
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.
GRAMMY BALLOT ESSENTIALS
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 First Round Voting this year.
LISTENING TO NOMINATED RECORDINGS
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.
GRAMMY VOTING & SOLICITATION GUIDELINES
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 First Round Voting — and we'll see you at Music's Biggest Night on Sunday, Feb. 4, 2024!
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2024 GRAMMYs: Hear Kristin Chenoweth, Christopher Tin, Mama Jan Smith & More Music Industry Leaders Discuss The Importance Of GRAMMY Voting
With the 2024 GRAMMYs around the corner, watch as GRAMMY winners and music industry leaders discuss the importance and impact of GRAMMY voting.
The 2024 GRAMMYs return on Sunday, Feb. 4, and GRAMMY nominations, to be announced Friday, Nov. 10, are right around the corner.
Recording Academy Voting Members understand that First Round Voting is essential to the annual GRAMMY Awards process; its impact on the global music community is immeasurable. First Round Voting, the first phase of the GRAMMY voting process, determines the nominees at each GRAMMY Awards year. To ensure all eligible artists, musicians and creators are evaluated fairly based on their artistic and technical merits, it’s important that all Recording Academy Voting Members participate in this initial step.
Next in the GRAMMY Awards process: Final Round Voting, which will determine the GRAMMY winners across all GRAMMY categories at the 2024 GRAMMYs, will open from Thursday, Dec. 14, 2023, through Thursday, Jan. 4, 2024.
As we near the 2024 GRAMMYs, hear past GRAMMY winners and music industry leaders discuss the importance and impact of GRAMMY voting below.
Vocal producer and instructor “Mama Jan” Smith talks about the voting ballot and why it’s important for your voice to be heard during First Round Voting
Recording Academy Voting Members, including GRAMMY winner Tracy Young, GRAMMY nominee Nicole Zuraits and Antwayn Hopper, are encouraging others to join them in First Round Voting by sharing the reasons why they vote.
Tony-winning actress and singer Kristin Chenoweth speaks on the importance of focusing on the music and contributing to the success of artists.
Two-time GRAMMY-winning composer Christopher Tin enjoys voting because it allows him to discover new music and artists, giving him more inspiration.
Andrew Barber, a hip-hop writer and owner and founder of Chicago hip-hop blog Fake Shore Drive, says voting in the GRAMMY Awards process is an “honor” and encourages all GRAMMY voters, especially those within the rap genre and category, to get out the vote. "It's your civic duty as a musician and somebody that has the opportunity to vote,” he proclaims.
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Meet A Recording Academy Member: Why Brandy Clark Joined The World's Leading Society Of Music People
Brandy Clark has written songs for a litany of Nashville greats, and been in the spotlight as a singer/songwriter for a decade. Here's why she's a Recording Academy member.
The wait is almost over for the 2024 GRAMMYs — and we're entering the most crucial period during GRAMMY season, when the Recording Academy Membership makes its voice heard.
During First Round Voting — which spans the period between Oct. 11 and Oct. 20, 2023 — the people who comprise the world's leading society of music people will decide who will be nominated to take home golden gramophones at the 66th GRAMMY Awards.
That Membership body includes Brandy Clark, a leading light in the Nashville scene whose songs have been recorded by the likes of Sheryl Crow, Miranda Lambert, Darius Rucker, Kacey Musgraves, and more. Clark's latest, self-titled album was released in 2023; nine-time GRAMMY winner and 24-time nominee Brandi Carlile produced it.
And clearly, simply making music isn't the end of the road for Clark; by participating in the Recording Academy's processes as a member, she helps give back to the music community that elevated her.
Read on for an interview with Clark about why she joined the Academy.
When and why did you join the Recording Academy?
Oh, man. I joined years ago. I always wanted to be a member. First, I was a non-voting member, and some of it was [that] I wanted to go to the GRAMMY block party that they had every year in Nashville. I always thought that looked really, really cool.
But I just thought it was important as a musician to be a part of the organization and take it very seriously. When I had enough album credits to be a voting member, that was a really big deal to me.
To you, what does it mean to be an RA member?
Well, I feel responsible for the music that's being put out there. Not just myself as a recording artist myself, but also just as a member, what we choose to shine a light on.
And also, to help music for the future [through] GRAMMYs In The Schools. I try to get involved in that part of things as well. I think it's the one organization that is run by creatives, and I think it's our job to shape not only the music of today, but of tomorrow.
From your perspective, why should others also join the Recording Academy?
For that same reason. The more diverse voices we have — the more voices we have — the better the organization's going to be.
I think you've got to care about it. Like I said, it's the one organization that's run by creatives, and so we've got to be involved.
Why is it important for Recording Academy voting members to vote in the annual GRAMMYs process?
I think a lot of people complain when they see the nominations come out, and most of the people complaining are people who don't vote. Voting's the only power any of us have in any place, whether it be within the Recording Academy or within our own government. You want yourself represented? Vote.
Perhaps some of the complainers would do right by getting involved.
They have no idea. A lot of people who complain, they see a headline or something, and they think they know what's going on with committees and all that.
I was a Nashville board member and really got to see a lot inside the organization. And I think when you really get involved, you understand why things are done the way they're done. No organization is perfect, but the GRAMMYs work really hard to keep things fair when it comes to voting. I think the people who are complaining, they're not involved.
What projects are cooking for you right now?
Well, I had a record come out in May. It's a self-titled album, even though it's my fourth album. Brandi Carlile produced it and I'm very proud of it. I'm out touring it right now. It's my rawest record I've made sonically in particular, and I'm just proud of it.
Can you talk about what Brandi brought to the record?
I'd never worked on a solo project with another recording artist being the producer. I was involved in [Ashley McBryde's] Lindeville record and John Osborne produced that. That was my first experience with another artist to produce something. But I wasn't at the helm of that.
When Brandi approached me about us working together, I thought that's kind of cool.I enjoyed Lindeville, and so I dove in with her. I think having another recording artist behind the glass is an advantage because she comes at it as a recording artist, and so she wants to get to the truest part of me or whoever she's working with.
And she really did. She asks tough questions, she challenges. She's a world-class singer, so she can say, "Hey, how about you do it like this and really do it?" And brings so many gifts to the table that she shares with whoever she's making a record with.
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Learn How The GRAMMY Awards Journey Works With This Interactive Online Hub: GRAMMY Submissions, Voting, Nominations & Beyond
With this dynamic, informative, easy-to-use online resource, learn how the GRAMMYs process works — from GRAMMY voting to GRAMMY nominations to GRAMMY night.
GRAMMY night is Music's Biggest Night — but it takes the whole year to get there.
If the GRAMMYs process seems fairly elaborate, that's because it is. It’s built on a finely tuned system that ensures the most fair, accurate and transparent process possible. And now, the Recording Academy is giving an inside look into the annual GRAMMY Awards process like never before.
The Recording Academy just unveiled a dynamic online hub giving artists, music professionals and music fans alike a deep dive into the annual GRAMMY Awards process. The reimagined GRAMMY Awards journey page, launched today, offers an interactive, engaging online resource for anyone looking to learn more about the inner mechanics behind the GRAMMYs.
A comprehensive resource and online hub for all things GRAMMYs, the page explains the GRAMMY Award process in full, from submissions to GRAMMY voting to GRAMMY nominations and beyond, offering users many opportunities to dig deeper throughout the experience. It also includes a timeline of key GRAMMY dates and deadlines and overall GRAMMY Awards milestones.
The GRAMMY Awards journey page is a 24/7, 365 resource for Recording Academy voting members, artists and media companies submitting GRAMMY-eligible product, and nominees as well as everyday music fans.
Click here to get started and explore the GRAMMY Awards process in full.