How to Be Nominated for a Grammy Award

According to, a Grammy is “the recording industry’s most prestigious award.” The recipients of this annual award are selected by their peers in the recording arts and sciences field. The final nominations are the only ones that show up on TV, but to get to those names the Grammy committee starts with a list of works and artists "to be considered" for the nominations. For most hopefuls, that process begins with an online application.

Things You'll Need

  • OEP (online entry process) login User ID and password


    • 1

      Release a recording in the United States. The recording must have be released digitally (e.g. iTunes and other sites) and/or commercially (e.g. music stores) within the time frame described on

    • 2

      Register your media company on the Grammy website. At the completion of the registration process, your company will receive an OEP login User ID and password and instructions for the Grammy Awards entry process. Only media companies (like record companies) and academy members can submit names for consideration.

    • 3

      Submit an entry for Grammy consideration via the online entry process.

Tips & Warnings

  • Grammy nominations are not related to sales and chart positions.
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