GRAMMYs Alert: Final-Round GRAMMY Online Entry Process Access Open (Deadline: Aug 22nd)

August 13, 2018

It’s Grammy time! If you are a voting member of The Recording Academy your deadlines to submit music via their Online Entry Process is as follows:

KEY DATES  (subject to change)


Oct. 1, 2017—Sept. 30, 2018     Product Eligibility Period
July 2—16, 2018     First-Round Online Entry Process Access Period
July 31, 2018     Last Day To Become A Member To Access The Online Entry Process
Aug. 8—22, 2018     Final-Round Online Entry Process Access Period
Sept. 15, 2018     Last Day To Become A Member To Vote In First Round
Oct. 17—31, 2018     First-Round Voting
TBD     Nominations Announcement
Dec. 13, 2018—Jan. 9, 2019     Final-Round Voting
TBD     61st Annual GRAMMY Awards Telecast


If you are NOT a voting member but you are a “Registered Media Company/Record Label” with The Recording Academy, you are invited to submit music for consideration, but are ineligible to vote in the GRAMMY Awards process.

Want to become a voting member? Click here! It only costs $100 to become a member/voter!

*Please note the below message from The Recording Academy with the following amendments that will be put in place for the 61st Annual GRAMMY Awards:*

Increase In The Number Of General Field Nominations
The number of nominations given in the four General Field categories (Record Of The Year, Album Of The Year, Song Of The Year, and Best New Artist) will increase from five to eight. This change will better reflect the large number of entries in these categories and allow voters greater flexibility when selecting this year’s best recordings.

Music Supervisors Now Considered Nominees In Best Compilation Soundtrack Album 
Music Supervisors of nominated albums will now be considered GRAMMY nominees in the Best Compilation Soundtrack Album category. Music Supervisors will no longer be eligible for consideration as album producers, unless they produced at least 51 percent of the album in question.

Nominations Review Committee Established For World Music Field
GRAMMY Award nominations for the World Music Field will now be determined through its own Nominations Review Committee. The top 15 selections from the general voting membership’s first ballot will be sent to a Trustee-ratified committee of Voting Member experts who will listen to the recordings and vote via secret ballot to narrow the selections to five nominations.

Category, Field, And Definition Updates

  • Best Surround Sound Album Renamed

To reflect evolving technology, new formats, and current industry trends, practices, and language, the Best Surround Sound Album category and Field name have been changed to Best Immersive Audio Album and Field.

  • Best Alternative Music Album Redefined

To address confusion surrounding this category, the criteria and definition have been broadened and updated as follows:

  • Alternative is defined as a genre of music that embraces attributes of progression and innovation in both the music and attitudes associated with it. It is often a less intense version of rock or a more intense version of pop and is typically regarded as more original, eclectic, or musically challenging. It may embrace a variety of sub-genres or any hybrids thereof and may include recordings that don’t fit into other genre categories.

Additional amendments were made in the following areas:

  • American Roots Field: Amended definitions for all categories therein
  • Best Comedy Album: Eligibility clarification
  • Best Compilation Soundtrack: Amended eligibility for multiyear TV series soundtracks
  • Best Dance/Electronic Album: New definition
  • Best Historical Album: Restoration Engineer is now an eligible credit
  • Best Musical Theater Album: Updated guidelines and definition
  • Best Song Written For Visual Media: Changes to eligible release dates of the song and the visual medium

For more information about this year’s rule changes and the GRAMMY Awards process, visit


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