By Javed Baloch - viageeks.com | 04/2/23 images via Unsplash
As the 65th Annual Grammy Awards draw near, it's worth taking a closer look at the voting process that determines the nominees and ultimately crowns each year's winners.
To start, record companies submit entries that are then screened by a group of around 12,000 voting members of the Recording Academy;
experienced professionals and artists chosen based on their expertise in various fields, such as songwriting, production, and the creative arts.
They can vote in only their specific area of expertise; in up to 10 categories. All members can vote for the 4 main awards (Record of the Year, Song of the Year, Album of the Year, and Best New Artist).
The results are then tallied by the independent accounting firm Deloitte, who keep the ballots and winner names secure until the ceremony.
47% of the accepted 2022 member class are under the age of 40, 32% are women, and 44% are people of color. This is the most diverse the Grammy membership has ever been in history.
The Grammys also announced updates to categories, including the addition of the Best Global Music Performance and Best Música Urbana Album categories.
65th Annual Grammy Awards takes place on Feb. 5, starting at 8 p.m. EST/5 p.m. PST. Witness the musical extravaganza, packed with drama and recognition for the best in the industry on CBS & Paramount+.