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2023 Grammy Award nominations: What to know about the voting process and the new categories?

The membership of the Recording Academy has expanded, providing an inside look into how voting for the Grammys works within the organization.

Baby Keem poses with their Grammy for Best Rap Performance for "Family Ties" featuring Kendrick Lamar (not pictured) at the 64th Annual Grammy Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S., April 3, 2022. REUTERS/Steve Marcus

The most anticipated award show in the music industry is set to take place on Sunday, February 5th, and will be hosted by comedian Trevor Noah. After years of opaque rules regarding the voting process, more information has been released on how the Recording Academy nominates and votes for these highly sought-after awards.

The voting process occurs in two stages. First, industry experts nominate candidates, and a shortlist is compiled, from which the final round of voting takes place.

The eligibility period for the 65th Grammy Awards ran from 1 October 2021 to 30 September 2022, meaning that artists who released music over this period could be nominated. Members of the Recording Academy and record companies can enter nominations, and more than 350 experts are then consulted to place nominees in the appropriate fields.

Members are then issued with first-round ballots in categories related to their fields of expertise to whittle the lists down to a shortlist of five per category.

Academy voting members will then be able to vote on the nominees for their favorites. Once the final ballots have been tabulated, the accounting firm Deloitte confirms the winners, and the winning artists are announced at the 2023 Grammy Awards ceremony.

Read more from AS USA:

What are the new voting categories at the Grammys?

Ahead of the 2023 awards, the Recording Academy announced a raft of new categories intended to celebrate the role of songwriters and the art of songwriting in the awards.

The five new Grammy Awards categories for 2023 are:

- Songwriter Of The Year, Non-Classical

- Best Alternative Music Performance

- Best Americana Performance

- Best Score Soundtrack For Video Games And Other Interactive Media

- Best Spoken Word Poetry Album.

We want people to understand that there are people behind these songs, who create a piece of art from nothing,” said Susan Stewart, Managing Director of the Recording Academy’s Songwriters & Composers Wing. “We want to make sure they’re recognized. It’s an amazing profession.”


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