Updated: Oct 7, 2019
If the Grammy Awards mean anything to you, why haven't you submitted your high-performance tracks for nominations? If you're in the right category and the traction that you have accumulated is ahead of your own expectations, then send it in.
Why should you care?
A Grammy nomination can change your current situation and open up opportunities, so why not give yourself the best possible chance to get to the next level? That goes for other award shows as well. Locally, regionally, nationally, even for local magazines. If there is an award you can win, why not go for it? It's good also to be considered/nominated.
Shaheim's Opinion - What do you have to lose?
I know the Grammy's are not on everyone's bucket list of trophies to sit on the living room mantle and that's cool. However, if it is, then no matter your level, become eligible, and do what you have to do to be considered/nominated. You never know what can happen and that's more things you're putting in place to better your career. If you can rack up accolades, more people would want to pay attention to you. You've seen it before, people act like they don't know who you are until other people start to notice you.
Make them take notice. You're exactly who you've always been, they just don't know it yet.
Key Periods to Know
Product Eligibility Period - This is the period you're to submit for the Grammy's in. This year's Product Eligibility Period has passed, but there's always next year. (I should have probably written this article over the summer. My bad!)
First-Round Online Entry Process Access Period
Final-Round Online Entry Process Access Period
First-Round Voting Sept. 25—Oct. 10, 2019
Nominations Announcement Nov. 20, 2019
Final-Round Voting Dec. 9, 2019—Jan. 3, 2020
62nd Annual GRAMMY Awards Telecast Jan. 26, 2020
Congratulations to @MelissaBLive, an Independent Singer/Songwriter/Author, and Technological Geek Girl. I was happy to see your consideration submission for the Grammy's in my inbox. A shining example of doing everything you can to be where you want to be.
For your consideration, take a listen to "Permission to Love" https://youtu.be/uEW3VufYErU via @YouTube
Shaheim Kellum (pronounced Shah-heem Kel-lumm) is the author of "No Record Label Needed"
(Amazon - Fall 2019).
A New York based, 14 year former independent music executive and the founder of the music biz advice blog
Anything Shaheim has an opinion about that he feels can help or affect independent music artists, he'll write about it on his blog, for other blogs and on his Twitter.