That’s right, Uncle Devin’s new children’s book, “The ABC’s of Percussion” with children’s music CD, has been submitted and received by the Recording Academy to be considered for a Grammy nomination in the 58th Grammy Awards under the Children’s Music category.
This is only the first phase of the process, which begins with members and record companies submitting entries, which are then screened for eligibility and category placement. The Academy’s Voting members (myself included) then participate in (1) the nominating process that determines the five finalists in each category; and (2) the final voting process, which determines the GRAMMY winners.
Last year’s winner of the Children’s Music Category was Neela Vaswani – I Am Malala: How One Girl Stood Up For Education and Changed the World, which, incidentally, did not have any children’s music in it. While this book deserves award recognition for its inspiration and courage, many in the children’s music industry did not feel that it belonged in the children’s music category.
The ABC’s of Percussion is an educational and fun way for children to learn about some of the oldest musical instruments in the world – percussion instruments. This picture book identifies and discusses one percussion instrument per letter of the alphabet – that’s 26 different percussion instruments from around the world. The accompanying music CD brings the book to life through world beats and rhythms, highlighting each instrument.
The Voting process, here’s how it works:
Reviewing sessions by more than 150 experts in various fields are held to ensure that entered recordings meet specific qualifications and have been placed in appropriate fields such as Rock, R&B, Jazz, Country, Gospel, New Age, Rap, Classical and Latin, among others. The purpose of screenings is not to make artistic or technical judgments about the recordings, but rather to make sure that each entry is eligible and placed in its proper category.
First-round ballots are sent to voting members in good dues standing. To help ensure the quality of the voting, members are directed to vote only in their areas of expertise; they may vote in up to 20 categories in the genre fields plus the four categories of the General Field (Record Of The Year, Album Of The Year, Song Of The Year and Best New Artist.) Ballots are tabulated by the independent accounting firm of Deloitte.
Special Nominating Committees
In craft and other specialized categories, final nominations are determined by national nomination review committees comprised of voting members from all of The Academy’s Chapter cities.
Final-round ballots are sent to voting members in good dues standing. The finalists determined by the special nominating committees are also included in this ballot. In this final round, Recording Academy members may vote in up to 20 categories in the genre fields plus the four categories of the General Field (Record Of The Year, Album Of The Year, Song Of The Year and Best New Artist.) Ballots again are tabulated by the independent accounting firm of Deloitte.
Results of members’ voting are not known until the GRAMMY Awards presentation ceremony when names of the winners are delivered by Deloitte in sealed envelopes. GRAMMY Award winners are revealed during the GRAMMY Awards telecast.
How you can help me win a Grammy?
There are several ways you can help me:
- Purchase a copy of my book. Click here to purchase the book with CD or click here to purchase the CD only. The more books sold, the more people will hear about it and generate a buzz throughout the industry.
- If you have already purchased a copy of our book, leave us a positive review on our Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/ABCsOfPercussionBook) or our website at http://www.theuncledevinshow.com/, under the Review section.
- Share my book and our promotional music video below on your social media pages, i.e., Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, etc. You can even leave a message on the YouTube video as well. Nothing draws a crowd like a crowd. The more people who share and talk about our book/CD, the better the chances that voting members will become familiar with our book.