When the winners are announced for the 60th annual Grammy Awards on Sunday (Jan. 28), it will be the final stage in a voting process that began more than three months ago. The recording academy hands out Grammys in a whopping 84 categories spread out across 30 fields.
The eligibility period ran from Oct. 1, 2016 to Sept. 30, 2017. This year, there were a record 22,030 submissions for Grammy Awards consideration; that tally was up from 21,719 last year. A group of 350 artists and expert sorted these entries into their respective fields.
First-round ballots were sent to approximately 13,000 voting members on Oct. 16 and were due back on Oct. 29. Academy members were asked to vote only in their areas of expertise and could cast ballots in 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 were 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 were determined by review committees comprised of voting members from all of the academy’s chapter cities who considered 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 the 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.
The 60th Grammy Awards nominations were announced on Nov. 28. Final ballots were sent out on Dec. 7. Voters had 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 were 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.