GRAMMY Awards Rules & Guidelines


All GRAMMY Awards ballots are cast by Recording Academy Voting Members and are subject to classification and qualifications under rules or regulations approved by the Board of Trustees. From time to time, the Board may vote to amend the qualification criteria for consideration for a GRAMMY Award or other award.


2020 — 2021
Sept.1, 2020 – Sept. 30, 2021 Release Eligibility Period
March 1, 2021, 11:59 P.M. PT Deadline to apply for membership for 64th GRAMMY Awards. Fees must be paid in order to qualify for voting.
July 6, 2021, 9 A.M. PT Media Company Registration begins
Aug. 24, 2021, 6 P.M. PT Media Company Registration ends
July 13, 2021, 9 A.M. PT First round Online Entry Process (OEP) Access Period begins
July 29, 2021, 6 P.M. PT First round Online Entry Process (OEP) Access Period ends
Aug. 17, 2021, 9 A.M. PT Final round Online Entry Process (OEP) Access Period begins
Aug. 31, 2021, 6 P.M. PT Final round Online Entry Process (OEP) Access Period ends
Oct. 22, 2021 - Nov. 5, 2021 First round Voting
Nov. 23, 2021 Nominations announced
Dec. 6, 2021 - Jan. 5, 2022 Final round Voting
14 days after the announcement of nominations Deadline for errors and omissions to the nominations
April 3, 2022 64th Premiere Ceremony
April 3, 2022 64th GRAMMY Awards



The Board of Trustees ratifies all changes to the GRAMMY process each spring. The following chart shows the rule changes for the current year. For a detailed review of the changes please check out the Lastest Awards Updates here.

GENERAL and GENRE FIELD (last updated 11.25.2021)
Field Category 63rd GRAMMY Rule 64th GRAMMY Rule
General Album Of The Year Award credited artists, features artists, songwriters, producers, mixers, engineers with 33% playing time of the album Removed: 33% playing time rule
Note: 33% playing time rule remains for nominee ticket allocations and events
General Record Of The Year, Song Of The Year, Album Of The Year, Best New Artist Number of nominations is eight Number of nominations is ten
Global Music   No category for awarding performance tracks or singles New Category Name:
Best Global Music Performance
Global Music Global Music Album   Redefine definition
Latin   Latin Urban merged with Latin Pop category New Category:
Best Música Urbana Album
Classical Orchestral Performance
Choral Performance
Chamber Music/Small
Ensemble Performance
Classical Instrumental Solo
Contemporary Classical Composition
Albums and tracks allowed to be entered in several categories in the Classical Field Added: Allow Singles (that are not part of an album) to be entered for all Classical categories that accept tracks in the Classical Field.
Dance/Electronic Dance Recording Dance Recording category allowed dance recordings Retitled: Dance/Electronic Recording
Redefined: Dance/Electronic recordings eligible
American Roots Music Regional Roots   Update definition:
Include Go-go and Swamp Pop
Production, Non-Classical
Production, Immersive
Audio Field
Production, Classical
All categories under these fields Seven Craft Fields Realignment of six Craft Fields:
Package, Notes & Historical Field
Production Field
Music Video/Film Music Film This category includes music-related documentaries with a preponderance of performance-based material and individual music videos that together create a visual album (if videos are packaged and entered together as one cohesive film) Amend eligibility verbiage by removing the word “preponderance” and returning to 51% performance material for eligible entries
Music For Visual Media Compilation For Visual Media Award to artists or album producers, engineer/mixer(s) on a majority of tracks on the album Limits the amount of participants that can be awarded in the category
Music For Visual Media All categories under this field Tracks from an album released during a previous year’s eligibility period are not eligible in the category Amended Rule:
Expand eligibility rule to accommodate the asynchronous releases between music and Visual Media
  63rd GRAMMY Rule 64th GRAMMY Rule
Nominations Review Nominations Review Committee Meetings Nominations Review Committee Meetings are discontinued
ADDITIONAL CHANGES (last updated 10.02.2021)
  63rd GRAMMY Rule 64th GRAMMY Rule
Voting Method All Voting Members are encouraged to vote on the four categories of the General Field. Additionally, voters may vote in up to 15 other categories - based on individual areas of expertise - on both ballots. All Voting Members are encouraged to vote in the four categories of the General Field. Additionally, voters may vote in up to ten other categories - based on areas in which the voter is actively engaged as a peer - on both ballots. The ten additional categories must be within no more than three fields (thus, the name for this voting change: 10/3).
Technical GRAMMY Award   Revised definition: Addition of “or contributions” to allow for an optional 2nd award reserved for a company, organization or institution
GRAMMY Entitlement Award One year deadline from the date of the telecast to make requests for crediting changes/additions to nominated or winning albums Revised Practice:
Remove one year requirement
GRAMMY Hall of Fame Honors recordings issued prior to the 1958 inception of the GRAMMY Awards and beyond Instituted a one year hiatus to revamp the process in partnership with the GRAMMY Museum
Vote Trade   Restrict FYC Communication to members and publicist promotion only their own recordings
Streaming Requirements Eligible streaming links or product are required for entries Streaming links required for all GRAMMY category entries except a few in Craft
Album Eligibility An album must contain greater than 50% playing time of newly recorded music An album must contain greater than 75% playing time of newly recorded music (implemented for the 65th GRAMMY Awards)



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Complete Rules & Guidelines