One Grammy Window Closes, Another (Shorter) One Opens

No sooner do I stop talking about the 51st Annual Grammys than I start talking about the 52nd Annual Grammys. The Recording Academy announced yesterday that next year's awards will air on January 31st, 2010.

Which means that the award window will be just 11 months long, from Oct. 1, 2008 through Aug. 31, 2009. We're halfway through the award window right now! Oh. My. Goodness.

Anyway, what that means for the rest of the awards process is as follows:
The timeline for the Online Entry Process (OEP) will change. The member entry submission period for this year is July 10 - July 31, 2009. The schedule for the ballot mailings also will move. Following is a list of dates and deadlines to be aware of for the coming award year:

The membership renewal date remains the same (June 30, 2009)
Deadline to sign up/renew as a voting member and be eligible to receive the first ballot: Sept. 1, 2009
Deadline to sign up/renew and receive the second ballot (and to purchase telecast tickets): Nov. 2, 2009

First Ballot Mailing: Sept. 18, 2009
Second Ballot Mailing: Dec. 2, 2009