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How Grammys are decided

February 19, 2001

How Grammys are decided



By ELIZABETH SUH


How are Grammy Award winners determined?

Here's how it works, according to Grammy.com:

Record companies and Recording Academy members - music professionals involved in the creative and technical processes of recording - submit entries.

These entries are screened for eligibility and category placement.

In the nominating round, voting members vote in their field of expertise. Each can vote in the four general categories and in no more than nine of the 22 fields on the first-round ballots.

In craft and other specialized categories, nominations are determined by national nominating committees.

In the final voting round, all finalists are included on the ballot, and members may vote in the four general categories - in no more than eight of the 27 fields - to determine the winners.

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The winners are kept secret until the award telecast, which is watched by more than 1.5 billion people in more than 175 countries.

Elizabeth Suh is a senior at North Hagerstown High School.

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