Can we all take a second to remember how unusual, intimate and quietly magnificent the 2021 GRAMMY Awards show was?
Rolling Stone didn’t call it “the best Grammy show ever, by an absurd margin” for nothing. In the wake of a challenging year for the music community, talk about a silver lining.
The critically acclaimed show raises an important question, though: What will the next GRAMMYs look and sound like?
With the 2022 GRAMMYs Awards show, officially known as the 64th GRAMMY Awards, just around the corner, music fans are hungry to find more about the upcoming event.
Never fear: You’ve got questions, and GRAMMY.com has the answers. Granted, there are some things we can’t reveal just yet—like the 2022 GRAMMYs nominations and confirmed performers. That information will all come in due time.
Until then, here’s everything you need to know about the 2022 GRAMMYs Awards show. Make sure to bookmark and regularly visit this page as we’ll frequently update it with more GRAMMYs news and updates before Music’s Biggest Night!
When Is The 2022 GRAMMYs Awards Show?
Just over two weeks after the 2021 GRAMMY Awards show broadcast, the Recording Academy revealed that the 2022 GRAMMY Awards show will take place Monday, Jan. 31, 2022, at 8-11:30 p.m. ET / 5-8:30 p.m. PT.
Where Can I The 2022 GRAMMYs Awards Show?
The 2022 GRAMMYs Awards show will be viewable live on the CBS Television Network and available to stream live and on-demand on Paramount+.
Where Will It Be Held?
The 64th GRAMMY Awards show will be broadcast live from the STAPLES Center in Los Angeles.
Who Has Been Nominated For The 2022 GRAMMYs Awards Show?
Nominations for the 2022 GRAMMY Awards show will take place on Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2021.
Read More: Save The Date: Nominations For The 2022 GRAMMY Awards Show To Be Announced Nov. 23
Who Is Performing At The 2022 GRAMMYs Awards Show?
It’s a secret for now, but stay tuned as we’ll announce the full performers lineup for the 2022 GRAMMYs Awards show soon!
What’s New For 2022?
There have been some major changes behind the scenes at the Recording Academy to ensure that the GRAMMY Awards rules and guidelines are transparent and equitable. These changes go into effect immediately for the 64th GRAMMY Awards.
“It’s been a year of unprecedented, transformational change for the Recording Academy, and I’m immensely proud to be able to continue our journey of growth with these latest updates to our Awards process,” Recording Academy CEO Harvey Mason jr. said in April. “This is a new Academy, one that is driven to action and that has doubled down on the commitment to meeting the needs of the music community. While change and progress are key drivers of our actions, one thing will always remain — the GRAMMY Award is the only peer-driven and peer-voted recognition in music. We are honored to work alongside the music community year-round to further refine and protect the integrity of the Awards process.”
Here’s what’s new:
Two new categories have been added.
Two brand-new categories will be introduced at the 2022 GRAMMYs Awards show: Best Global Music Performance (Global Music Field) and Best Música Urbana Album (Latin Music Field). This brings the total current number of GRAMMY Award categories to 86.
The nominations review committees in general and genre fields have been eliminated.
This year, the Recording Academy eliminated nominations review committees in general and genre fields. This change means that nominations in all of the GRAMMY Awards general and genre fields will now be determined by a majority, peer-to-peer vote of Recording Academy voting members.
Previously, many of the categories within these fields used highly skilled music peers who represented and voted within their genre communities for the final selection of nominees.
With this change, the results of GRAMMY nominations and winners are placed back in the hands of the entire Recording Academy voting membership body, giving further validation to the peer-recognized process.
Voters will now vote in fewer categories.
Starting this year, GRAMMY Award Voters may now vote in 10 specific genre field categories within no more than three fields; this is a reduction from 15 specific genre field categories previously. This significant change ensures music creators are voting in the categories in which they are most knowledgeable and qualified.
The craft categories have been realigned.
Starting in 2021, six existing craft fields will be consolidated into two fields: Presentation Field and Production Field. This change allows the GRAMMY Awards to better reflect the overlapping peer groups within the voter membership body.
In either newly consolidated field, voters would have the ability to choose how many categories they feel qualified to vote in, respecting category vote limits, without being excessively limited by the three-field restriction. This benefits the integrity of the GRAMMY Awards by embracing and utilizing the specializations of the voters, without restricting their choice or contributions due to the field limits imposed by the recent reduction of the number of categories voters may vote in.
Field updates are as follows:
- Package Field, Notes Field and Historical Field renamed and consolidated to Package, Notes & Historical Field
- Production, Non-Classical Field; Production, Immersive Audio Field; and Production, Classical Field renamed and consolidated to Production Field
Read More: The Recording Academy Announces Major Changes For The 2022 GRAMMY Awards Show
Updated Rules & Guidelines For The 2022 GRAMMY Awards Show
In other news, the Recording Academy recently released the latest GRAMMY Awards Rules and Guidelines, which reflect new changes to the process for the 2022 GRAMMY Awards show. The annual disclosure of the GRAMMY Awards Rules and Guidelines mirrors the Academy’s commitment to ensuring its actions are fair and transparent.
Here are some of the new changes:
Album Of The Year Category: Nominee And Recipient Eligibility
Moving forward, all credited artists, including featured artists, songwriters of new material, producers, recording engineers, mixers, and mastering engineers are eligible to be GRAMMY nominees and recipients in the Album Of The Year category.
Previously, the rule stated that all artists, songwriters, producers, recording engineers, mixers, and mastering engineers were required to be credited with at least 33 percent or more of playing time.
Other Notable Changes
The category formerly known as “Best Dance Recording” has been renamed “Best Dance/Electronic Recording.” This category is intended for recordings with significant electronic-based instrumentation generally based around a rhythmic dance beat.
In the classical music space, singles that are not part of an album will now be eligible in five Classical categories including Best Orchestral Performance, Best Choral Performance, Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance, Best Classical Instrumental Solo, and Best Contemporary Classical Composition.
In the Music For Visual Media Field, clearer limits to the number of participants who can be awarded in the Best Compilation Soundtrack For Visual Media category have been updated.
In the Music Film Field, music-related documentaries must now contain a minimum of 51 percent of performance-based material or individual music videos that together create a visual album (if videos are packaged and entered together as one cohesive film). While dramatic feature films and biopics are not eligible, films with fictional elements are eligible.
Elsewhere, a second Technical GRAMMY Award has been added, specifically reserved for a company, organization or institution. This award would be optional, and at the yearly discretion of the Technical GRAMMY Committee. (The Technical GRAMMY is awarded to those individuals who have dramatically pushed boundaries and made groundbreaking, important, outstanding, and influential contributions of technical excellence and innovation to the recording field throughout their lifetime.)
Looking further ahead to the 65th GRAMMY Awards in 2023, an album must contain greater than 75 percent playing time of newly recorded (within five years of the release date), previously unreleased recordings to be eligible for GRAMMY Award consideration.* The current eligibility rule is 50 percent. (Note: Best Compilation Soundtrack, Best Historical Album, Best Immersive Audio Album, Best Recording Package, Best Special Package, and Best Album Notes accept albums of recordings that are not newly recorded.)
*Note: The updated album eligibility rule goes into effect for the 65th Annual GRAMMY Awards taking place in 2023.
Read the full list of rule amendments for more detailed information on what changes have been made in the rules and regulations going into effect at the 2022 GRAMMY Awards show.
Inclusion Rider For The 2022 GRAMMY Awards Show
On Aug. 4, the Recording Academy announced that the 2022 GRAMMY Awards show will be produced with an Inclusion Rider, a contract addendum designed to be a powerful tool to ensure equity and inclusion at every level of the event’s production.
This momentous development makes the GRAMMY Awards the first major music awards show to publicly commit to using an inclusion rider.
The Inclusion Rider is part of the larger #ChangeMusic initiative and is being created in partnership with Color Of Change, as well as co-authors Kalpana Kotagal (partner, Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll), Fanshen Cox (head of strategic outreach, Pearl Street Films), and key contributors Valeisha Butterfield Jones (Co-President, Recording Academy) and Ryan Butler (founding director, Warner Music | Blavatnik Center for Music Business at Howard University).
Learn more about the new Inclusion Rider, a milestone in the Recording Academy’s ongoing effort to be more diverse and inclusive than ever before.
Who Votes For The GRAMMYs?
As the only peer-recognized music award, the GRAMMY is the music industry’s highest honor. This means GRAMMY nominations and winners are determined by the Recording Academy’s voting membership, which is composed of music creators, including artists, producers, songwriters, and engineers.
What Releases Are Eligible For The GRAMMYs?
The Product Eligibility Period for the 64th GRAMMY Awards is Sept. 1, 2020—Sept. 30, 2021.
Key Voting Dates
- Sept. 1, 2020—Sept. 30, 2021: Product Eligibility Period
- July 6—Aug. 24, 2021: Media Registration (Register HERE)
- July 13—July 29, 2021: First Round Online Entry Process Access Period
- Aug. 17—Aug. 31, 2021: Final Round Online Entry Process Access Period
- Oct. 22—Nov. 5, 2021: First Round Voting
- Nov. 23, 2021: Nominations Announcement
- Dec. 6, 2021—Jan. 5, 2022: Final Round Voting
- Jan. 31, 2022: 64th GRAMMY Awards Telecast
Find more at the GRAMMY Awards FAQ page, including key info on the voting process.
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Save The Date: Nominations For The 2022 GRAMMY Awards Show To Be Announced Nov. 23