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Grammy Awards

Grammy Awards in 2021 »   31 January

Category: Festival
Celebrated In: United States Of America

The Grammy’s, also known as the Gramophone Awards, were first established in the year 1958. Since then they have consistently served their purpose of honoring the achievements of the people dedicated to the art of making music irrespective of genre. The awards and the ceremony are an annual event and are presented by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences in the United States of America.

Even though the awards were established way back in 1958, it was not till 1971 that the Grammy ceremony was telecast live for the first time. The actual trophy that is presented to the winners is also a work of art as each one is hand crafted and produced by Billings Artworks in Colorado. Since each trophy is engraved with the name of the artists the actual trophies are not presented till after the awards. During the ceremony prop trophies are presented to the winners prior to them receiving the actual one.

The selection of the winners also is an interesting process. All artists send in their entries to National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences where they are subjected to screening by about 150 experts from the industry who decide if the entry is to be accepted as a valid nominee or not. Once the final list is ready a ballot is carried out and the winners are selected for each individual category.

Grammy Award Categories:

The Grammy Awards focuses on more than 100 different categories, and has separate awards to focus on talents in different genres of music. The Grammy’s have often received a lot of flak for trying to cover a wide range of genres in the music industry; nevertheless, the award ceremony still happens to be the most popular music awards show since its introduction and continues to interest millions of viewers every year. The categories that are currently awarded at the Grammy’s are as follows:

Special awards

  • Trustees Award
  • Technical Grammy Award
  • Grammy Legend Award
  • Grammy Hall of Fame Award
  • MusiCares Person of the Year
  • Lifetime Achievement Award 

General Field

  • Record of the Year
  • Album of the Year
  • Song of the Year
  • Best New Artist


  • Best Alternative Music Album

American Roots Field

  • Best Americana Album
  • Best Bluegrass Album
  • Best Traditional Blues Album
  • Best Contemporary Blues Album
  • Best Traditional Folk Album
  • Best Contemporary Folk Album
  • Best Hawaiian Music Album
  • Best Native American Music Album
  • Best Zydeco or Cajun Music Album


  • Best Musical Album for Children
  • Best Spoken Word Album for Children


  • Best Orchestral Performance
  • Best Classical Vocal Performance
  • Best Opera Recording
  • Best Choral Performance
  • Best Instrumental Soloist(s) Performance (with orchestra)
  • Best Instrumental Soloist Performance (without orchestra)
  • Best Small Ensemble Performance (with or without conductor)
  • Best Chamber Music Performance
  • Best Classical Contemporary Composition
  • Best Classical Album
  • Best Classical Crossover Album


  • Best Comedy Album


  • Best Instrumental Composition
  • Best Song Written for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media (now in the "Film/T.V./Media" field)
  • Best Score Soundtrack Album for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media (likewise now in the "Film/T.V./Media" field)
  • Best Arrangement
  • Best Instrumental Arrangement
  • Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s)
  • Best Vocal Arrangement for Two or More Voices


  • Best Female Country Vocal Performance
  • Best Male Country Vocal Performance
  • Best Country Performance, Duo or Group - Vocal or Instrumental
  • Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal
  • Best Country Collaboration with Vocals
  • Best Country Instrumental Performance
  • Best Country & Western Recording
  • Best Country & Western Single
  • Best Country Song
  • Best Country Album
  • Best New Country & Western Artist


  • Best Dance Recording (previously in Pop)
  • Best Electronic/Dance Album


  • Best Compilation Soundtrack Album for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media
  • Best Song Written for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media (Previously in the "Composing and Arranging" field)
  • Best Score Soundtrack Album for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media (Previously in the "Composing and Arranging" field)


  • Best Gospel Performance
  • Best Gospel Song
  • Best Gospel Performance, Traditional
  • Best Gospel Performance, Contemporary
  • Best Gospel Vocal Performance, Female
  • Best Gospel Vocal Performance, Male
  • Best Gospel Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group, Choir or Chorus
  • Best Soul Gospel Performance
  • Best Soul Gospel Performance, Traditional
  • Best Soul Gospel Performance, Contemporary
  • Best Soul Gospel Performance, Female
  • Best Soul Gospel Performance, Male
  • Best Soul Gospel Performance, Male or Female
  • Best Soul Gospel Performance by a Duo or Group, Choir or Chorus
  • Best Inspirational Performance
  • Best Pop/Contemporary Gospel Album
  • Best Rock Gospel Album
  • Best Traditional Gospel Album
  • Best Contemporary Gospel Album
  • Best Contemporary R&B Gospel Album
  • Best Southern, Country or Bluegrass Gospel Album
  • Best Gospel Choir or Chorus Album


  • Best Historical Album


  • Best Jazz Vocal Performance, Female
  • Best Jazz Vocal Performance, Male
  • Best Jazz Vocal Performance, Duo or Group
  • Best Jazz Instrumental Solo
  • Best Jazz Instrumental Album, Individual or Group
  • Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album
  • Best Jazz Fusion Performance
  • Best Original Jazz Composition
  • Best Jazz Vocal Album
  • Best Contemporary Jazz Album
  • Best Latin Jazz Album


  • Best Latin Recording
  • Best Latin Pop Album
  • Best Tropical Latin Album
  • Salsa/Merengue Album
  • Best Mexican/Mexican-American Album
  • Best Latin Rock/Alternative Album
  • Best Tejano Album
  • Best Norteño Album
  • Regional Mexican Album
  • Best Banda Album
  • Best Latin Urban Album

Musical Show

  • Best Musical Show Album
  • Best Sound Track Album or Recording of Original Cast From a Motion Picture or Television

Music Video

  • Best Short Form Music Video
  • Best Long Form Music Video

Packaging/Notes; Best Album Cover

  • Best Recording Package
  • Best Boxed or Special Limited Edition Package
  • Best Album Notes


  • Best Female Pop Vocal Performance
  • Best Male Pop Vocal Performance
  • Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals
  • Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals
  • Best Pop Instrumental Performance
  • Best Pop Vocal Album
  • Best Pop Instrumental Album


  • Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical
  • Best Engineered Album, Classical
  • Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical
  • Producer of the Year, Non-Classical
  • Producer of the Year, Classical


  • Best Female R&B Vocal Performance
  • Best Male R&B Vocal Performance
  • Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals
  • Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance
  • Best R&B Song
  • Best R&B Album
  • Best Contemporary R&B Album


  • Best Rap Solo Performance
  • Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group
  • Best Rap/Sung Collaboration
  • Best Rap Song
  • Best Rap Album


  • Best Reggae Album


  • Best Rock Vocal Performance, Solo
  • Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal
  • Best Rock Instrumental Performance
  • Best Hard Rock Performance
  • Best Metal Performance
  • Best Rock Song
  • Best Rock Album

Surround Sound

  • Best Surround Sound Album


  • Best Spoken Word Album
  • Best Spoken Comedy Album

Traditional Pop

  • Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album


  • Best Urban/Alternative Performance


  • Best Traditional World Music Album
  • Best Contemporary World Music Album

Grammy Awards Dates

Grammy Awards in 2021 »   31 January

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