Tonight on CBS, the Network will officially kick off the self-congratulatory season with “The Grammy Nominations Concert Live!!” This is an emphatically titled extravaganza that not only features performances from some of the biggest stars out there today such as, Lady Gag, Rihanna, Usher and many others. LL Cool J will be hosting the event, taking a break from his NCIS duties to host the telecast. Some may wonder is this a concert or Grammy nominations? Well it is both. Michael Cuscuna, longtime recording academy member and founder of jazz label Mosaic Records, explains that television accounts for most of the Academy’s income and “Finances just about everything else” it does throughout the year, including MusiCares, a charity project. This is another way to increase that income. According to Esquire Magazine, here are some answers to common misconceptions about the Grammy’s.
- There is no conspiracy behind the voting: Some people may think so, especially after Arcade Fire’s surprise win this year, a hip-hop manager took out a full-page ad in The New York Times to suggest corruption. The latest controversy involves the elimination of more than 30 nomination categories, including, of all things “Best Hawaiian Music Album.” The reason for this says Cuscuna, the amount of categories grew exponentially over the past two decades, and it did get out of hand.
- How do the nominations really work: For each Grammy category, labels submit their artists for eligibility, and then screened lists are sent to Academy members for nominations, later, final voting. Members can include anyone who’s achieved what’s considered significant standing in the music industry, from a journalist to a sound engineer. The entire casting ballot process is overseen by accountancy firm, Deloitte.
This year there are 854 recordings that are competing for Record of the Year. Nearly as many songs, 839, are vying for Song of the Year. The Album of the Year category attracted 760 entries. Finally there are 447 artists vying for Best New Artist. Tune in tonight to see who will get a nod. Catch “The Grammy Nominations Concert Live on CBS. To learn more about your satellite TV programming package visit us at DISH-Systems or call (866)989-3474. Who are you hoping will get a nomination?