On Sunday, Feb. 4, the best and brightest in the music industry will file into the Crypto.com Arena in Los Angeles, CA to find out if they earned recognition from The Recording Academy at the 67th Grammy Awards, hosted by comedian Trevor Noah.
The Recording Academy begins their voting and nominating process every year with an Online Entry Process Access Period where Recording Academy members and record companies submit entries they feel are worthy of an award. Once the Academy screens each entry to ensure they place them in the proper category, the first round of voting begins with Academy members voting in their areas of expertise. After an outside accounting firm tabulates the results, five to eight finalists remain in each category. To decide the winners in the final round of voting, Academy voting members vote in as many as ten categories across three genre fields and six categories in the general field.
This year, The Recording Academy nominated over 450 singers, producers and songwriters for 94 awards. The most coveted of which are the “Big Four”: Record of the Year, Album of the Year, Song of the Year and Best New Artist. Jon Batiste, Miley Cyrus, Olivia Rodrigo, Taylor Swift and SZA all earned nominations for Record of the Year, Album of the Year and Song of the Year, and Boygenius, Billie Eilish and Lana Del Rey are each up for two of the Big Four awards.
One artist vying for Best New Artist is Jelly Roll, who, at 39 years old, could become the oldest solo artist to win the award after overcoming a life of crime and drug use. However, he will have some stiff competition from the seven other artists looking to reel in the honor. A few of those musicians include Ice Spice, Coco Jones and Gracie Abrams.
In addition, a few artists might leave the event with plenty of hardware, including R&B singer SZA, who leads the way with nine nominations thanks in part to her album “SOS,” which includes her hit song, “Kill Bill.” Singer-songwriter Phoebe Bridgers, mix engineer Serbian Ghenea and R&B and pop artist Victoria Monet also received multiple nominations. Each of them has a chance to win seven Grammy Awards.
Another thing to look out for this year is that multiple artists have a chance to make history, the most notable being Taylor Swift. If she wins Album of the Year, Swift would be the first to win the award four times. She previously won it for her albums “Fearless,” “1989” and “Folklore,” and she is currently tied with Frank Sinatra, Stevie Wonder and Paul Simon. One other nominee that could benefit from a popular album is indie supergroup Boygenius. After “The Record” led to a breakout year, they might be the first group consisting completely of women to win Best Alternative Music Album.
To witness potential music history and experience a night of great music from the world’s biggest stars, tune in at 7 p.m. on CBS, or stream it on Paramount +.