By: Anna Starkey
For the first time in Grammy history, the 58th Grammy Awards will be held on Monday, February 15 rather than the usual Sunday ceremony. The show will be held at the Staples Center in Los Angeles and will present 83 awards to various musical artists. On December 7, the Recording Academy announced a diverse collection of Grammy nominees.
Leading the nominations this year are Kendrick Lamar with eleven, followed by Taylor Swift and the Weeknd with seven, and Drake with five. However, what makes this coming Grammy Awards celebration unique is not the number of powerful artists, but rather the large range of musical stylist that have been chosen as nominees. This year, Album of the Year will be fought over by five different genres: alternative rock band, The Alabama Shakes; rapper, Kendrick Lamar; country star, Chris Stapleton; pop star, Taylor Swift; and R&B singer, The Weeknd.
The “Road to Grammy Gold” is not an easy one. Nominees are carefully selected each year by the Recording Academy through a lengthy process. First, Recording Academy members must submit recording and videos which they feel are worthy of recognition. Next, all submissions are screened to ensure that they meet eligibility requirements and are placed within the proper categories. Afterwards, specialists in each genre vote for up to twenty different categories and the four General Field categories (Record of the Year, Album of the Year, Song of the Year, and Best New Artist) to choose nominees. Voting members then once again send in their ballets to an independent accountant firm. Finally, the award recipients are revealed during the official Grammy Awards Ceremony.
For more information regarding nominees and the selection process, please visit www.grammy.org.