Without exaggerating, it’s fair to say that the past few years have shown us what happens when we don’t bother to vote.
While the Grammy Awards are nowhere near as important as a national, state, or local election, it is certainly one of the most important votes in the music community. And the dramatic changes the Grammy Awards made to the voting process earlier this year – most notably the elimination of “secret” nominating committees, which make the individual votes of Recording Academy members more important than they really are. been for decades – won’t come back to many if people don’t vote.
The Recording Academy has posted several prominent member voting messages – singer Monica is exceptionally precise: “Voting for the GRAMMY Awards isn’t just important to me because I’m an artist; it’s important to me because I’m a writer and composer, ”she says. Cellist Deborah Pae, Governor of the Chicago Section of the Recording Academy, said, “Voting allows us to have our voices heard, so this is our chance to stand up for the artists who we believe are doing an amazing job and making a difference. something unique and important at the table. “
However, the information below and in the accompanying videos is more important.
The first round of the Grammy vote, which determines the nominees for the awards – that is, the artists and recordings who will be nominated for the awards – ends tomorrow: Friday, November 5, 2021.
The Recording Academy created a video – watch it here – explaining the changes to the online ballot this year as well as a guide to educating voters, members and the music community at large about recent updates and details as the voting period unfolds. voting continues.
A second video includes additional details like key dates, information on the various Grammy ballot updates and more – watch it here.
The Recording Academy has been criticized for years for its nomination process – culminating in The Weeknd’s shocking exclusivity of all nominations last year – and they apparently heard this criticism and decided to change the process by eliminating the committees. “Secrets” that previously prepared the final lists of nominees in almost all categories. Now almost all of these committees are gone, and the decision apparently rests entirely with the 12,000 members of the general electorate.
In other words, your vote counts.
Here are some other key dates:
Nominations will be announced on Tuesday, November 23, and the 64th Grammy Awards will air on Monday, January 31, 2022, live on the CBS television network and available to stream live and on-demand on Paramount +.