While many have been waiting to see the nominations for the 61st Grammy Awards, the wait just got longer. The announcement has been postponed because of the scheduled memorial services for former president George H. W. Bush.
No longer will the nominees be revealed on Wednesday, December 5. Instead, music fans will have to wait two extra days until Friday, December 7.
New Announcement Schedule
The Academy understandably explained that they wanted to avoid potential conflicts with the former president’s state funeral.
Now, the nominations for select categories will be announced on CBS This Morning live at 8:30 a.m. Eastern on Friday. Additionally, they will be announced live on Apple Music as well. About fifteen minutes later, the Recording Academy will release of the full list of nominations for all 84 categories.
Changes to the Awards
This year, the Recording Academy, has made some changes. They announced earlier in the year that they’d be increasing the number of artists nominated in the “General Field” categories. This includes Best New Artist, Record of the Year, Album of the Year, and Song of the Year. All such categories will have eight nominees as opposed to five, as they’ve had in the past.
Last week, they explained the impact these changes should have on the format.
“This change will better reflect the large number of entries in these categories and allow voters greater flexibility when selecting this year’s best recordings,” read the Academy’s announcement.
We expect this will also help diversify the list of Grammy contenders.
Ceremony Air Date
The actual awards ceremony is slated to take place at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on February 10, 2019. It will be broadcast live on CBS that night.
The awards will honor music released between the dates of October 1, 2017 and September 30, 2018.