Wednesday, May 22, 2024

Grammys News: Eligibility Deadline Two Weeks Shorter than Usual This Year, Second Revision of Schedule This Month


The Grammy Awards are zigging and zagging.

A few days ago, the Recording Academy announced this year’s eligibility would end on August 31st, a full month before the traditional September 30th.

But someone must have objected because now they’ve reversed that decision and revised the date to September 15th. It’s still two weeks earlier than usual.

Why all this? Who knows, really? September 30th already made the Grammys a little out of date by the time the CBS show rolls around in late January, early February. It means that the broadcast show doesn’t reference any current hits.

So now any artist thinking they’d sneak in under the wire in late September has to rejigger their schedule. But frankly, so far, Miley Cyrus’s “Flowers” and its album have a clear lead. U2, Pink, Ed Sheeran, Niall Horan, and Taylor Swift will all be in the mix. And who know what surprises lurk out there? Hopefully, something good, new, exciting, original. We can only pray.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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