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When were the first Grammy Awards held?

What is the Latin Recording Academy?

Who makes the Grammy trophies?

How many Grammy Awards has Beyoncé won?

What is the current number of Grammy award categories?

When was the Grammy Awards eligibility period changed to end on August 31?

What is a criticism of the Grammy Awards regarding their nominations and winners?

What is the controversy surrounding the 38th Annual Grammy Awards?

What is the purpose of the nomination review committees established after the 37th Grammy Awards?


The Grammy Awards are presented by the Recording Academy of the United States to recognize "outstanding" achievements in the music industry. They are regarded as the most prestigious awards in the music industry worldwide. The first Grammy Awards ceremony was held on May 4, 1959, to honor the musical accomplishments of performers for the year 1958. The Latin Recording Academy was established in 1997, and the separate Latin Grammy Awards were first held in 2000. The 63rd and 64th Annual Grammy Awards were postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The gold-plated trophies, each depicting a gilded gramophone, are made and assembled by hand by Billings Artworks in Ridgway, Colorado. The number of award categories was cut from 109 to 78 in 2012. Members of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS), both media companies and individuals, may nominate recordings for consideration. Final voting ballots are sent to NARAS voting members, who may then vote in the general fields and in up to nine of the 30 fields. With 32 Grammy Awards, Beyoncé is the artist with the most Grammy wins. The Grammys have been criticized for generally awarding or nominating more commercially successful albums rather than critically successful ones.Controversies Surrounding the Grammy Awards

  • Nominees and winners are determined solely by voting members of the Recording Academy who are active creative professionals involved in the recording process.

  • Nomination review committees, composed of anonymous industry figures, were established following the 37th Grammy Awards.

  • The 38th Annual Grammy Awards caused shock as artist Mariah Carey lost in all her nominated categories.

  • The Grammy Awards have been criticized for being "mired in the past" and out of touch with "new media".

  • The Grammys have also been accused of being unfavorable and racist to black recording artists.

  • The Grammys have been criticized for their treatment of female artists specifically, with several media outlets reporting that the 60th ceremony had failed women.

  • Recording Academy CEO Deborah Dugan was placed on leave after a complaint of bullying from a member of staff.

  • In 2020, Canadian artist The Weeknd was shut out from the Grammys when his album After Hours received no nominations.

  • The Grammys' eligibility period runs from October 1 of one year until September 30 of the next year.

  • The Grammys often recognize work more than a year after it was released.

  • Hispanic and Latino Americans are more under-represented at the Grammy Awards.

  • The Grammys have also been criticized for their treatment of MusiCares.History and TV broadcasts of the Grammy Awards

  • Louis C.K. received criticism for being nominated and awarded a Best Comedy Album prize in 2022, despite making jokes about his sexual misconduct revelations.

  • The first Grammy Awards telecast happened on November 29, 1959, as part of the NBC Sunday Showcase.

  • Pierre Cossette bought the rights to broadcast the ceremony from the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences and organized the first live telecast.

  • CBS bought the rights in 1973 after moving the ceremony to Nashville, Tennessee.

  • In 2011, the Recording Academy announced a new deal with CBS to keep the awards show on the network for another 10 years.

  • From 2011 to 2016, CBS aired a "nominations concert" special, but it was canceled due to low ratings and criticism about the announcement format.

  • Since 2017, nominations have been revealed in a roundtable conversation with Recording Academy representatives during CBS Mornings.

  • The Grammys became the first awards show to regularly air live annually in all U.S. territories in 2016.

  • From 2004 to 2019, the Grammys were held on the second Sunday of February, with two exceptions.

  • Starting in 2020, the ceremony moved to the last Sunday of January to avoid conflict with the Oscars or the Super Bowl.

  • The cutoff date for eligible recordings moved from September 30 to August 31, reducing the eligibility period for the 2020 awards to eleven months.

  • The Grammys have aired live in over 150 countries worldwide and are one of four major annual entertainment awards shows.


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