2018 Grammy Awards: First-round ballots with record number of entries sent out on Oct. 16

Oscar voters had to consider 336 films last year when deciding on the nominations while Emmy voters had 104 comedies and 180 dramas on the preliminary ballot this summer and the Tony nominating committee had to attend 37 shows. All of these groups got off easy compared to the staggering task now facing Grammy voters. The recording academy just announced that it received a record 22,030 submissions for Grammy Awards consideration; that is up from 21,719 last year.

Since the Aug. 23 deadline, these entries have been vetted for eligibility and sorted into the 30 genre fields by a dedicated group of 350 artists and experts. First-round ballots were sent to approximately 13,000 voting members on Oct. 16 and are due back on Oct. 29. Academy members are asked to vote only in their areas of expertise and may weigh in on up to 15 categories in the genre fields plus the four General Field awards (Album, Record and Song of the Year, Best New Artist.)

In 12 fields — Alternative, Comedy, Contemporary Instrumental, Musical Theater, New Age, Pop, Rap, Reggae, Rock, Spoken Word, Visual Media and World Music — those first-round ballots are used to determine the nominees.

In the General Field as well as 10 others — American Roots, Children, Classical, Country, Dance/Electronic, Gospel/CCM, Jazz, Latin, Music Video and R&B — nominations will be determined by review committees comprised of voting members from all of the academy’s chapter cities who consider the first-round ballot results.

Nominations in two fields — Composing/Arranging and Engineering (as well as Producer of the Year, both classical and non-classical) —  will be decided upon by craft committees of voting members who receive the results of the first-round ballots.

And five fields — Album Notes, Historical, Package, Remixed Recording and Surround Sound — are not included on this first-round ballot. Rather, nominations come directly from craft committees of voting members.

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Nominations for the 60th annual Grammy Awards will be announced on Nov. 28. Members who joined by Nov. 15 will be sent the final ballot on Dec. 7. They have until Dec. 21 to send in their picks, again with the limitation of voting in up to 15 categories in the genre fields plus the four General Field awards.

Winners will be revealed on Jan, 28, 2018 in a two-part ceremony with the majority of the 84 awards handed out in a non-televised event that afternoon while a dozen or so are doled out on the CBS awardscast that evening.

Be sure to make your Grammy nomination predictions so that Hollywood record executives and top name stars can see how their songs and albums are faring in our Grammy odds. Don’t be afraid to jump in now since you can keep changing your predictions until just before nominees are announced on November 28. And join in the fierce debate over the 2018 Grammys taking place right now with Hollywood insiders in our music forums. Read more Gold Derby entertainment news.

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