2018 Grammy Awards: How are nominees and winners decided

The 60th Grammy Awards nominations were announced on Nov. 28. 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.

Who decides which artists, albums and songs get to contend for music’s highest honor?

Voting for the Grammy Awards nominations ran from Oct. 16 to Oct. 29. First-round ballots were sent to approximately 13,000 voting members who were asked to vote only in their areas of expertise. They could 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.)

SEE 2018 Grammy Nominations List: All The Nominees for the 60th Grammy Awards

In nine fields — Alternative, Comedy, Musical Theater, Pop, Reggae, Rock, Spoken Word, Visual Media and World Music — those first-round ballots were  used to determine the nominees.

In the General Field as well as 13 others — American Roots, Children, Classical, Contemporary Instrumental, Country, Dance/Electronic, Gospel/CCM, Jazz, Latin, Music Video, New Age, Rap, and R&B — nominations were determined by review committees comprised of voting members from all of the academy’s chapter cities who also will 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) —  were decided upon by craft committees of voting members who receive the results of these first-round ballots.

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

SEE 2018 Grammy Nominations: Jay-Z leads with 8, Kendrick Lamar 7, Bruno Mars 6, Ed Sheeran has just 2

What about the winners?

Only those members who join the recording academy by Nov. 15 will be sent the final ballot on Dec. 7. They will 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.

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