Perhaps the most talked-about new category for the upcoming 65th Annual Grammy Awards is musician of the year, not classical. Recording Academy sheds more light on awards and how nominees will be determined in “Rules and Guidelines” handbook, posted online on Thursday (July 14).
Voting members of the Academy will vote first in the category. Their top 30 picks will be presented, in alphabetical order, to nominating committees composed of musicians to be formed in each of the Academy’s “regions” – East, South and West.
(East region covers Chicago, New York, Philadelphia, and Washington, DC chapters. South includes Atlanta, Florida, Memphis, and Nashville chapters. West includes Los Angeles, Pacific Northwest. , Chapters of San Francisco and Texas.)
The Recording Academy will manually select the members of these three regional nominating committees. The academy says that members will be “diverse” (usually meaning a balance between race and gender, with some attention to LGBTQ age and status) and “highly relevant” (probably the language is coded for “currently active” rather than someone whose primary credits are years or decades in the past).
It is often difficult for the Academy to get “highly relevant” people to join committees like this because they are so busy working, but the Academy says that the nomination committee will meet only once – so commit on time will not be banned.
Members of all three regional committees will listen to the submitted document, discuss it, and submit “secretly” a weighted vote on their top five picks. Ballots from all three regional committees will be examined to determine the final nominees.
Each musician can submit up to nine songs for review, so each committee can be asked to hear up to 270 songs (30 times nine), a formidable task. (They most likely won’t listen to all the songs, but will choose and listen to the ones being discussed.)
The award will be the only category in the field of new compositions. It won’t be in the “general domain” (often referred to as the Big Four), which includes song of the year.
Here are the rules governing committees, taken directly from the “rules and guidelines” handbook, with minimal editing, mostly for compliance Billboards on issues like capitalization.
“Working in much the same way as a craft committee, the regional musician of the year nomination committees will include diverse and ‘highly relevant’ musicians across all genres and fields. of the profession. The committees will be assembled by the Recording Academy. Proposals for nomination committee candidates will come from chapters and be reviewed by the awards department in consultation with the CEO. [Harvey Mason jr.] and the president of the Recording Academy [Tammy Hurt]. The final number of these committees will be made by the CEO and President of the Recording Academy. The nomination committees will meet once. They will be presented with a list of the top 30 voters’ choices from the first round of voting in alphabetical order.
“Nominating committees will be provided with submitted material, both audio and lyrics, from the song writers on this list, to listen and evaluate, and then discuss with each other. At the end of the nominating committee meeting, each committee member will secretly deposit a weighted vote on their top five picks. These ballots will then be checked to determine the final nominees.
“Nominating committees will be chaired by a voting member in conjunction with an Academy staff member. … The chair’s job will be to guide the committee throughout the process. Although the chairperson will be impartial to the decisions made by the committee, he or she will be a voting member of the committee. “
This is general information about the new prize, also taken directly from the “rules and guidelines” handbook. This was previously reported when the Academy first announced the new category, one of five that will be added this year, on June 9.
“This category recognizes excellence in writing, profession, and songwriting for non-performing and non-producing musicians.
“This category is open to musicians whose work was released for the first time during the current qualifying year that demonstrates artistic excellence in the field of songwriting.
“Musicians must write at least five songs where they are credited ‘uniquely’ as a songwriter or co-composer. Songs in which the musician is also credited as the lead or featured artist, producer, or any other supporting role are not eligible to meet the minimum song threshold for consideration.
“Songwriters can supplement their lead song in five tracks with up to four other songs where the songwriter has songwriting credits as well as additional credits like lead artist or featured artist. pop, producer or any other supporting role.
“The maximum number of songs must not exceed nine entries, comparable to the number of entries allowed in the Producer of the Year, non-classic category.
“Songs from albums released in the previous year are not eligible, even if released as singles or added to new albums released in the current qualifying year. Song recordings of re-releases, covers, remixes, re-releases and history are not eligible”.
https://www.billboard.com/music/awards/grammy-songwriter-of-the-year-category-nominations-process-1235114704/ Grammy’s Songwriter of the Year Nomination Process – Billboard