Awards Journey


The GRAMMY Awards are Music’s Biggest Night®, but it takes the whole year to get there. Have you ever wondered how the process works?

Key Dates

  • Oct. 1, 2021 — Sept. 30, 2022

    All eligible awards entries must be released within this timeframe

  • Jul. 18, 2022

    Access opens to make submissions into the Online Entry Process

  • Oct. 13, 2022

    The First Round voting period is open for all Voting Members

  • Nov. 15, 2022

    Nominations Announcement

  • Dec. 14, 2022

    The Final Round voting period is open for all Voting Members

  • Feb. 5, 2023

    The 65th Annual GRAMMY Awards Telecast and Premiere Ceremonies

New for 2022

This year, the Recording Academy made several significant changes to the GRAMMY Awards process.

What's Been Changed:

  • New GRAMMY Awards Categories Added: 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. 

  • Special Merit Award Addition - Best Song For Social Change: This Special Merit Award will be determined by a Blue Ribbon Committee and ratified by the Recording Academy Board of Trustees. Submissions must contain lyrical content that addresses a timely social issue and promotes understanding, peacebuilding and empathy.

  • Charging Fees For Entry Submissions: All Recording Academy members will receive five courtesy entries every year. For additional entries, members will pay $40 (Early Bird Fee); $75 (Standard Fee); or $125 (Final Deadline Fee) per additional entry. Registered media companies will pay a fee of $65 (Early Bird Fee); $95 (Standard Fee); or $125 (Final Deadline Fee) per entry. Considerations will be made for artists/members experiencing financial hardships. Any member who would be burdened by the entry fees can request the fees be waived by reaching out to the Recording Academy Awards Department. 

Online Entry

Recordings have to be submitted during the Online Entry period to be eligible for GRAMMY® consideration.

How It Works:

  • Recording Academy members in good standing and registered media companies submit recordings for GRAMMY consideration through the Online Entry Process.

  • The eligibility period for the 65th GRAMMY Awards is Oct. 1, 2021 – Sept. 30, 2022. Typically, over 20,000 entries are submitted!

  • There is one round in which to make entries. Please make entries as early as possible so that our Awards team can assist with any questions! 

Eligibility and Genre Screening

The Recording Academy Awards Department and Screening Committees ensure the 20,000+ entries are in the appropriate categories.

How It Works:

Awards Department Review:

  • The Recording Academy Awards Department reviews each entry to confirm eligibility.

  • Once eligibility has been confirmed, submissions are then sorted by genre-based Screening Committees.

Screening Committees:

  • More than 300 experts across various musical Fields meet to ensure that recordings are placed in the proper Categories. From there, we arrive at the official First Round ballot.


The GRAMMY is the only music award in which nominees and winners are determined solely by creators themselves: the peers of those being judged.

How It Works:

  • First Round voting determines GRAMMY nominees.

  • The Nominations Announcement happens between voting rounds.

  • Final Round voting determines GRAMMY winners.

Who Votes To Determine GRAMMY Winners And Nominees?

  • Nominees and winners are determined solely by Voting Members of the Recording Academy.

  • Voting Members are active creative professionals involved in the recording process, such as performers, songwriters, producers, and engineers.

  • To learn more about the Recording Academy membership process, click here.

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GRAMMY Awards Feb. 5, 2023

Music’s Biggest Night! GRAMMY winners are announced at the Annual GRAMMY Awards & Premiere Ceremony.


GRAMMY Awards rules evolve each year to reflect what’s happening in music.

How It Works:

  • Members of the Academy may submit proposals year-round (the cutoff for proposals to be considered for the following GRAMMY Awards is March 1).

  • Proposals are debated and voted on by the Awards & Nominations Committee and those that pass go to the Board of Trustees.

  • Proposals that are ratified by the Trustees go into effect immediately for the next GRAMMY Awards.

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Still have questions? We’ve got answers. A list of frequently asked questions can be found here.