The annual Grammy circus has begun as first-round ballots, with 21,000 possible nominees, have been mailed out to members.
The Recording Academy recently finished their annual screening committee meeting where more than 200 experts in 24 different areas categorized all of the entries into the 83 Grammy categories. Those ballots are now marked and sent back to the Academy where they will be tabulated with the top vote receivers being nominated. Those nominations will be announced on December 7.
Bill Freimuth, Senior Vice President of Awards at the Recording Academy, said "With such a high volume of entries, the awards process requires a lot of energy but music makers put their hearts and souls into these recordings, so it’s important to respect that work by giving each entry the time and consideration it deserves to make sure it’s presented to voters in the right context on the first ballot."
This video explains more about the process:
After the final nomination packets are sent out to the voting members, they will have until January 15 to make their final selections and return them to the Academy. The winners will be announced on February 15, 2016.
This year's eligibility period is October 1, 2014 to September 30, 2015.