All GRAMMY Awards ballots are cast by Recording Academy Voting Members and are subject to classification and qualifications under rules or regulations approved by the Board of Trustees. From time to time, the Board may vote to amend the qualification criteria for consideration for a GRAMMY Award or other award.



Follow the link to view the complete rules and guidelines for the 64th GRAMMY Awards.

The Board of Trustees ratifies all changes to the GRAMMY process each spring. The following chart shows the rule changes for the current year. For a detailed review of the changes please check out the Lastest Awards Updates here.

FieldCategory63rd GRAMMY Rule64th GRAMMY Rule
GENERAL and GENRE FIELD (last updated 11.25.2021)
GeneralAlbum Of The YearAward credited artists, features artists, songwriters, producers, mixers, engineers with 33% playing time of the albumRemoved: 33% playing time rule
Note: 33% playing time rule remains for nominee ticket allocations and events
GeneralRecord Of The Year, Song Of The Year, Album Of The Year, Best New ArtistNumber of nominations is eightNumber of nominations is ten
Global Music No category for awarding performance tracks or singlesNew Category Name:
Best Global Music Performance
Global MusicGlobal Music Album Redefine definition
Latin Latin Urban merged with Latin Pop categoryNew Category:
Best Música Urbana Album
ClassicalOrchestral Performance
Choral Performance
Chamber Music/Small
Ensemble Performance
Classical Instrumental Solo
Contemporary Classical Composition
Albums and tracks allowed to be entered in several categories in the Classical FieldAdded: Allow Singles (that are not part of an album) to be entered for all Classical categories that accept tracks in the Classical Field.
Dance/ElectronicDance RecordingDance Recording category allowed dance recordingsRetitled: Dance/Electronic Recording
Redefined: Dance/Electronic recordings eligible
American Roots MusicRegional Roots Update definition:
Include Go-go and Swamp Pop
Production, Non-Classical
Production, Immersive
Audio Field
Production, Classical
All categories under these fieldsSeven Craft FieldsRealignment of six Craft Fields:
Package, Notes & Historical Field
Production Field
Music Video/FilmMusic FilmThis category includes music-related documentaries with a preponderance of performance-based material and individual music videos that together create a visual album (if videos are packaged and entered together as one cohesive film)Amend eligibility verbiage by removing the word “preponderance” and returning to 51% performance material for eligible entries
Music For Visual MediaCompilation For Visual MediaAward to artists or album producers, engineer/mixer(s) on a majority of tracks on the albumLimits the amount of participants that can be awarded in the category
Music For Visual MediaAll categories under this fieldTracks from an album released during a previous year’s eligibility period are not eligible in the categoryAmended Rule:
Expand eligibility rule to accommodate the asynchronous releases between music and Visual Media
 63rd GRAMMY Rule64th GRAMMY Rule
Nominations ReviewNominations Review Committee MeetingsNominations Review Committee Meetings are discontinued
 63rd GRAMMY Rule64th GRAMMY Rule
ADDITIONAL CHANGES (last updated 10.02.2021)
Voting MethodAll Voting Members are encouraged to vote on the four categories of the General Field. Additionally, voters may vote in up to 15 other categories - based on individual areas of expertise - on both ballots.All Voting Members are encouraged to vote in the four categories of the General Field. Additionally, voters may vote in up to ten other categories - based on areas in which the voter is actively engaged as a peer - on both ballots. The ten additional categories must be within no more than three fields (thus, the name for this voting change: 10/3).
Technical GRAMMY Award Revised definition: Addition of “or contributions” to allow for an optional 2nd award reserved for a company, organization or institution
GRAMMY Entitlement AwardOne year deadline from the date of the telecast to make requests for crediting changes/additions to nominated or winning albumsRevised Practice:
Remove one year requirement
GRAMMY Hall of FameHonors recordings issued prior to the 1958 inception of the GRAMMY Awards and beyondInstituted a one year hiatus to revamp the process in partnership with the GRAMMY Museum
Vote Trade Restrict FYC Communication to members and publicist promotion only their own recordings
Streaming RequirementsEligible streaming links or product are required for entriesStreaming links required for all GRAMMY category entries except a few in Craft
Album EligibilityAn album must contain greater than 50% playing time of newly recorded musicAn album must contain greater than 75% playing time of newly recorded music (implemented for the 65th GRAMMY Awards)