It was only a matter of time before two iconic music brands like the Grammys and Billboard got together. OK, so in this case, that time ended up being 52 years. (The Grammys were first awarded in 1959 when Billboard magazine was a practically nubile 65 years old.) But some things are worth the wait. I'm pleased to bring you the online component of the first ever Billboard-branded Grammy Voter Guide.
I'm not going to lie: I'm a fairly unabashed fan of the Grammys, and have been through the years. The Grammys combine two of my favorite things: historic moments and pop spectacle. Whether it's watching Aretha Franklin hit unthinkable notes filling in for Luciano Pavarotti and singing opera in 1998; or Eminem bringing Elton John onstage to sing the hook on "Stan" in 2001; or Mick Jagger making his debut appearance last year, stalking like a caged animal and straight-up rocking a crowd of music luminaries, I find new memories every year.
So I'm especially pleased to bring you this inaugural edition.
Consider this a substantive teaser of the print edition that Billboard subscribers will receive around Jan. 1. Here you'll find the 400-plus nominees to browse through, as well as closer looks at the "big four"-album of the year, song of the year, record of the year and best new artist-and a special, deeper dive into the independent artists who garnered multiple nominations. There's also an overview of the 2012 Hall of Fame inductees and some early details on what you can expect during this year's Grammy Week.
Right around the first of the year, subscribers will receive Part Two of our Grammy Voter Guide -- a beautiful print edition with expanded coverage of the nominations, firsthand stories from Grammy voters and Grammy winners, and more.
I hope you enjoy our first Voter Guide, and I hope you pick the best of the best. After all, I'll be watching with the rest of the music world come Feb. 12.
Editorial director, Billboard
- Independent nominees