How to Win a GRAMMY

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The first thing to know is that it’s an honor just to be nominated. Really. Winning a GRAMMY is completely independent of an artists’ record sales or chart position. Of course, if you’re sitting atop the Billboard 200 for weeks on end, there’s a good chance that your record is actually good. 

So the first step to winning a metal gramophone is to get in good with the voting body, which is made up of all GRAMMY members and labels. They’re the ones who vote on which submissions become nominees. More than 20,000 albums are submitted to the The Recording Academy every year, and only a handful actually take home hardware.

WHO VOTES 

It’s not only top artists and producers who have the honor of voting. But it’s also not every dude who works in the industry either. You must apply to be a Voting Member, and in order to be eligible you must have released a commercial recording in the U.S. (either in stores or “recognized” online music retailers). Not only that, but the album also has to have a certain number of tracks, it has to currently be available and it has to have documented liner notes (or the online equivalent).

If you’ve been nominated for a GRAMMY in the previous five years, don’t worry, you qualify.

If you don’t have any of that, you can get sponsored by two Voting Members. Once you have their nod, you have to back up your worthiness by submitting every album, promotional material, street team member, local news profile and that tiny blurb you scored in AP. Then it’s in the hands of the gods. Or Member Services.

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