The New York imbroglio is over. Now the 61st Grammy Awards are shifting back to LA, to the familiar Staples Center roost.
It’s been a really, really rough year for the Grammys and its guiding force, the Recording Academy. But maybe a return to Los Angeles will help to ground things.
Accordingly, the 61st annual Grammy Awards will arrive in 2019 at the familiar Staples Center. That’s instead of the ultra-pricey MSG, not to mention the extremely controversial Radio City Music Hall for a lead-up Musicares charity event.
Also in the rearview: existing NARAS president Neil Portnow, who lost his job over boomeranging internet-fueled outrage and a disgruntled ex-employee. Ultimately, Portnow was fired because he told women to ‘step up’ to win more awards, a slight that is now radically reshaping the age-old awards show.
Looking forward, the 61st edition of the Grammys will take place on Sunday, February 10th, 2019. CBS will handle this year’s telecast with other networks likely to show pre-show coverage including their red carpet specials.
Specifically, the 61st will consider recordings that were released between October 1st, 2017, and September 30th, 2018.
There are a number of key deadlines when it comes to the annual Grammys voting process.
The first-round online entry process officially started on July 2nd and ended on July 16th. From August 8th to August 22nd, the final-round online entry process occurs.
On September 15th, individuals get their final day to become a member for the first round of voting.
The first round of voting will officially begin on October 17th. From there, voting will continue for a full two weeks before ending on October 31st.
As of this report, the official announcement for nominations remains TBD. However, the final round of voting will take place from December 13th, 2018, to January 9th, 2019. Soon after that, the nominees will be announced and the speculation about who will win can start.
There will be an interesting change for some of the categories in this year’s awards. The “General Field” contains a number of categories in it including Record of the Year, Song of the Year, and Album of the Year. But as first tipped on DMN. there are usually five nominees in each of the General Field categories, but the latest Grammy Awards will have eight nominees in each of the categories.