Grammy Awards CEO Harvey Mason Jr. provided the inside scoop on what it takes to win a GRAMMY at a private dinner with Ghanaian musicians.
According to the chairman of the Grammys, in order to be eligible for a Grammy, a person must be a citizen of the United States of America and a GRAMMY Academy member.
“In order to win a GRAMMY, first, you’ve got to be part of the Academy and then the membership of the Academy will vote for you.
“If you are a member of the Academy, you’ve got to be a professional in the United States, for now, the United States,” he disclosed.
Any musician living in the United States who has written original music is qualified to submit it to the GRAMMY Academy, according to him.
He claimed that after the submission is finished, the artists compare each other’s songs and decide which they prefer.
“Right now, if you are a working professional in the United States, you become a member of the Recording Academy, once you are a member of the Recording Academy, all the music is submitted, the members listen to it and you are evaluated on the quality of the art.
“Not the sales, not the streams, not the how many fans, not the how many followers but purely on the opinion, and it’s very hard. As you all know because it’s subjective,” he added.
In addition, he said that the GRAMMY isn’t something that musicians need to worry about if they aren’t signed to a record company or have a large fan following since the artist’s pure talent is enough to win anyway.
“So Best Song, Best Record, just the opinion of the membership in that particular year, and that’s how you win a GRAMMY.
“That’s it, the vote is the vote. There’s no committee, there are no journalists, no labels, just music professionals voting for their peers. Period,” he noted.
Numerous musicians, including Efya, Sarkodie, Tems, Edem, and MOG Music, were in attendance at the event.
On September 25, 2022, Grammy Awards CEO Harvey Mason landed in Accra.
Mr. Mason is scheduled to visit Ghana in order to meet with artists, producers, and promoters, as well as to evaluate the local music scene.
The CEO of the Grammy Awards, Harvey Mason, is also expected to be at the GUBA Awards on Thursday.