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Jun 29, 2016 10:00 AM

Bruce Houghton

Grammys Announce Key Rule Changes, 2016 Dates and Deadlines

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This article originally appeared on Hypebot.

From time to time, the Grammys change the rules. Five were recently announced, with several addressing new issues that are a product of the digital age where music streams are replacing sales, and tracks often matter more than albums. 

What a Grammy Nomination Can (and Can't) Do for Independent Artists

Carolyn Malachi, Grammy-nominated independent artist (Photo by Samuel Copeland)

After honing her skills on the Baltimore spoken word scene and releasing two independent albums, singer and MC Carolyn Malachi received a Grammy nomination in 2011 for her hit "Orion" off the Lions, Fires & Squares EP. Once the whirlwind of being nominated for a Grammy ends, many wonder whether it's enough to make a lasting impact on your music career. We caught up with Malachi to discuss what receiving a Grammy nomination can – and can't – do for your indie career.

How Do You Submit Your Music to the Grammys? Grammy-Nominated Producer James McKinney Explains

James McKinney (center). (Image via grammy.com)

It goes without saying that a Grammy is the most prestigious award in the recording industry. But how do you start your journey down the path to a golden gramophone? Grammy-nominated producer, label-owner, and songwriter James McKinney has built his career working with indie artists. His co-writing, co-production, and performance contributed to Carolyn Malachi's 2011 Grammy nomination, and Wayna's and Kokayi's Grammy nominations in 2009.

As a member of the the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS), aka The Recording Academy, for over seven years, McKinney has served on the national board as an independent producer. Have you ever wondered how to submit your music for consideration? In this interview, he breaks down the process.

Beyond the Grammys: 5 Awesome Perks That Come With Joining The Recording Academy

Neil Portnow, the president of the Recording Academy (Image via huffingtonpost.com)

The Grammy Awards were just a few nights ago, and that weekend saw plenty of music industry insiders flocking to Los Angeles to walk the red carpet and even possibly take home golden gramophones. While the Grammys mean a lot to plenty of people, for others – even some for whom music is their life – actually winning one can seem like a world away.

Nobody can promise you a Grammy, but becoming a member of The Recording Academy is actually quite a bit easier than some think. To be inducted, you simply need to apply as someone in the music industry, an intentionally broad requirement. Musicians, journalists, publicists, managers, and everybody in between can likely join the organization, which carries quite a bit of prestige and can be a good idea for anybody looking to make a living in this crazy business. There are plenty of great reasons to join the Academy, including these five incredibly important perks.

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Feb 6, 2015 11:00 AM

Sonicbids Staff

Who's Won the Most Grammy Awards of All Time? Probably Not Who You Think [Infographic]

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Music's biggest night is this Sunday, and the Grammy nominees list is a who's who of artists who shaped 2014 with their lyrics and beats. Many, like Taylor Swift and Beyoncé, are past winners, looking to add another trophy to their mantels, while newcomers such as Sam Smith and Haim look to stake their claim to an award or two.

But who are the top dogs of the Grammys, the folks who always seem to rack up the accolades? Check out the stats on the most lauded recipients – some of them may surprise you! Sir Georg Solti, an orchestral and operatic conductor, leads the pack with a total of 31 Grammy awards won for recordings of works as diverse as Bach, Bartók, and Wagner.