Want to vote for the 2018 Grammy Awards: Deadline to join recording academy is Nov. 15

Nominations for the 60th annual Grammy Awards will be announced on Nov. 28. 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.

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.

Voting for the Grammy Awards nominations ran from October 16 to October 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.)

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So, what happens next?

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 will be 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 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) —  will be 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 — are not included on this first-round ballot. Rather, nominations come directly from craft committees of voting members.

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