The clock is ticking on submissions for the 62nd annual Grammy Awards.
Voting and professional members of the Recording Academy and registered media companies have two weeks to submit recordings from the first nine months of the eligibility year for Grammy consideration. The first round of the online entry process opened Monday morning [June 24] at 9 a.m. PST and will close on July 8 at 6 p.m. PST.
A second two-week round of submissions is scheduled to begin July 17, but, the Academy says, that round “is reserved for July and August 2019 releases.” So recordings released from Oct. 1, 2018 through the end of June 2019 must be submitted by the July 8 deadline.
That second and final round concludes on Aug. 2 at 6 p.m. PST.
First-round voting (to determine the nominations) begins Sept. 25 and ends Oct. 10. The nominations will be announced on Nov. 20. Final-round voting (to determine the winners) begins Dec. 9 and ends Jan. 3, 2020.
The Academy previously announced the eligibility year will close on Aug. 31 for the first time in a decade. The close of the eligibility year was moved up a month after the date of the 62nd annual Grammy Awards telecast was moved up two weeks to Jan. 26, 2020. That change was made because the Grammys didn’t want to go head-to-head with the 92nd annual Academy Awards, which moved up to the Grammys’ intended date — Feb. 9, 2020.
The Academy is hosting two training webinars this week, on Tuesday, June 25, at 11 a.m. PST and Thursday, June 27, at 3 p.m. PST. Members must register in advance at Grammy.com in order to participate.
While both Recording Academy members and registered media companies may submit recordings into the Grammy process, companies are not permitted to vote. Only voting members have that right.
This is only the second time in 44 years that the end of the Grammy eligibility year has been moved up from its traditional Sept. 30 cut-off. This also happened in 2009, when the eligibility year also closed on Aug. 31. The adjustment was made that year because the Grammy telecast was moved to Jan. 31, 2010, to avoid competing with the Winter Olympics in Vancouver, Canada.
In the past decade, the Grammy telecast has moved to January two more times — 2014 (Jan. 26) and 2018 (Jan. 28) — again to avoid conflicting with the Winter Olympics. The eligibility year was not, however, adjusted in those two years.