The Recording Academy has announced key dates and deadlines for the 61st annual Grammy Awards, which return to Los Angeles’ Staples Center on Sunday, February 10 2019.
Nominations will be announced in all 84 categories on December 5, honoring recordings released between October 1, 2017 and September 30, 2018.
Earlier this year, the ceremony briefly moved to New York’s Madison Square Garden for its 60th anniversary after 14 years at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
The event drew controversy over a lack of female representation, and six US power players in the music business delivered a missive to the Recording Academy (aka NARAS) calling for drastic changes to be made to its make-up.
Since then, a task force has formed to tackle diversity and inclusion which is chaired by Tina Tchen who was formerly chief of staff to Michelle Obama.
Amongst the sixteen names on the force are UMG EVP Michele Anthony, Sony Music EVP Julie Swidler, Sheryl Crow and Dr. Stacy L. Smith, founder and director of the USC Annenberg Inclusion Initiative.
The 2019 Grammys will broadcast live on the CBS Television Network at 8pm ET/5pm PT.
The online entry process for nominations is open now and closes on August 22.
“We are delighted to host the world’s premier music event back in our hometown and look forward to celebrating the remarkable musical contributions made by songwriters, producers, engineers, mixers, and recording artists.”
neil portnow, the recording academy
Neil Portnow, President/CEO of the Recording Academy, said: “We are delighted to host the world’s premier music event back in our hometown and look forward to celebrating the remarkable musical contributions made by songwriters, producers, engineers, mixers, and recording artists.
“As always, Grammy season will kick off with a series of events that showcase various genres of music, educational programs, and our charitable initiatives.
“We look forward to working with our Los Angeles partners to produce some remarkable and unforgettable events.”Music Business Worldwide