The Grammy is the most prestigious music award in the world. The award is given to performers, songwriters, and production teams of full-length albums, and honors the achievements of both industry insiders and amateur musicians. The ceremony is held twice a year, and is broadcast live in over 150 countries. The awards celebrate the high achievement of musicians and sound engineers. Founded in 1959, the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS) was formed to recognize artists and their musical contributions. The first televised ceremony was organized by television producer Pierre Cossette. It was held in New York and Los Angeles in 1962, and it was later moved to Chicago.
In the first years of the award, awards were awarded to solo and group projects. The number of awards increased as musical genres emerged. As the number of entries grew, the categories were consolidated. Some categories, such as traditional folk and zydeco, were folded into regional roots music. The main category of Best Classical Album was eliminated. Other instrumental categories were restructured to reduce the amount of entries. In 2011, gender-based categories were discontinued.
Since the early days of the Grammy Awards, nominees have been chosen by vote. The first round ballots are currently underway. Nominees can be submitted in up to 30 different fields, and each field can have five or more recordings nominated. If there are five or more records in a category, the winner will be the recording that gets the most votes. The voting process can take up to two weeks. Fans can vote on nominees until a week before the nominations are announced.
The AMAs, or the American Music Awards, are a series of music awards that are presented annually to recognize the most popular albums and songs of the previous year. The show is hosted by a rotating slate of celebrities. In 2018, the awards were hosted by Anthony Mackie and Kelsea Ballerini. The show features an array of iconic performances, tributes to famous artists, and special recognitions. The AMAs will be broadcast live from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. During the AMAs, the award winners are honored, and there are also special tributes to artists such as Lionel Richie. The awards will include the Icon Award, which is given to a performer who made a significant impact on the industry.
The Icon Award will be presented to Lionel Richie. The singer will receive the award for his career contributions, as well as for his contributions to the industry. Other honorees include J.I.D., who will be performing. Other artists include Bad Bunny, who has eight nominations.
The AMAs will feature many favorite rock songs, as well as other favorites from the world of K-pop. The event will also include special tributes to legendary artists such as Olivia Newton-John. In addition, the AMAs will have a special In Memoriam segment, which will honor deceased musical icons. The AMAs are scheduled to air on November 21, 2019, and will be broadcast live on ABC.