Grammy Recording Academy Member, Richardine Bartee has explained that a wide fanbase is not part of requirements that make an artiste eligible for a Grammy nomination.
In a phone-in interview on Y97.9FM’s Drye Of Your Lyfe with host PM, Bartee hinted that many followers of the award scheme have little or no idea of the procedures involved in selecting nominees, hence are indifferent about the ones who emerge with the nominations.
“The GRAMMYS is peer-voted; it’s not fan voted; how many followers you have as an artiste, how many great songs you put out or how many songs of yours that have claimed spots on Billlboard charts do not necessarily make you eligible for a Grammy nomination; fanbases get irritated because they feel like their beloved artiste should win.”
She added that releasing great music as a recording artiste comes as one of many things looked out for by a designated board.
She added that the board is made up of musicians who are well-versed in diverse music genres, elected as an elite group to select the artistes for the various nominee categories. “It’s all about the way that you do things as an artiste; you have to be tight and serious about your business; it’s not just about recording music; that’s just the first layer. There are so many other things that we look at to bring out the nominees.