59th Annual Grammy Awards

59th Annual Grammy Awards
Date February 12, 2017
Location Staples Center, Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Hosted by James Corden
Official website www.grammy.com
Television/Radio coverage
Network CBS

The 59th Annual Grammy Awards ceremony will be held on February 12, 2017.[1] The CBS network will broadcast the show live from the Staples Center in Los Angeles.[2] The ceremony will recognize the best recordings, compositions and artists of the eligibility year, which runs from October 1, 2015 to September 30, 2016. The nominations will be announced on December 6, 2016. The "pre-telecast" ceremony (officially named The Premiere Ceremony) will be held on the same day prior to the main ceremony. James Corden will host the ceremony for the first time.[3]


In June 2016, the Grammy organization announced a few minor changes to the voting and awarding process:

Streaming-only recordings now eligible

As of 2017, recordings released solely through streaming services will be eligible to enter the award process. These recordings will have to be available through streaming platforms. Applicable streaming services are paid subscription, full catalogue, on-demand streaming/limited download platforms that have existed as such within the United States for at least one full year as of the submission deadline. All recordings entered must have an assigned International Standard Recording Code (ISRC).

Best New Artist guidelines amended

Existing Best New Artist rules were amended to remove the album barrier given current trends in how new music and developing artists are released and promoted. Many new artists currently first release singles, tracks or EPs rather than full albums. To become eligible in the category of Best New Artist, the artist, duo, or group:

Changes in Blues categories

The Best Blues Album category will branch into two distinct categories:

This means a return to the situation prior to 2012, the year both categories were merged in a major overhaul of Grammy categories.

Best Rap/Sung Collaboration category renamed

The Best Rap/Sung Collaboration category (in the Rap field) will be renamed as Best Rap/Sung Performance, to allow solo performances into this category. This is a result of "the current state and future trajectory of rap by expanding the category beyond collaborations between rappers and vocalists to include recordings by a solo artist who blurs the lines between rapping and singing".[4]

Additional amendments were made to the number and type of music creators recognized in the categories of Best Choral Performance and Best Jazz Vocal Album.


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