With 2015’s end fast approaching, so too is the nominations announcement for the 58th Annual Grammy Awards.
Today saw the committee for the coveted awards reveal key dates relating to the ceremony, as well as insight into their process.
Set to take place February 18th 2016, the Grammys will honor music releases that hit retail between Oct. 1, 2014 through Sept. 30, 2015.
Nominations, it has been confirmed, will be announced in a special ceremony on December 7th.
Per a fresh press release, an unprecedented 21,000 submissions were made for next year’s extravaganza. 200 industry specialists have been tasked with listening to the vast volume of music, narrowing down the list, and ordering them into categories which will be announced at the December special.
Speaking on the process, Bill Freimuth (Senior Vice President of Awards for The Recording Academy) said:
“With such a high volume of entries, the awards process requires a lot of energy. But music makers put their hearts and souls into these recordings, so it’s important to respect that work by giving each entry the time and consideration it deserves to make sure it’s presented to voters in the right context on the first ballot.”
Many insiders anticipate multiple nominations for the likes of Taylor Swift and The Weeknd – two acts who’ve dominated the Pop landscape during the catchment window.
On the Urban front, it seems logical that Janet Jackson receives nods for ‘No Sleeep’ – which just clocked its 8th consecutive week atop of Billboard’s Adult R&B tally. [Its parent album ‘Unbreakable’ was released a week after the deadline, making it eligible for 2017 ballot].
We also expect strong showings from Drake. But for now, we’ll pause on our predictions so as to hear…