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Reigning International Power and Groovy Soca Monarch Machel Montano has received first-round ballot consideration in the 55th Grammy Awards for his 2012 album, Double M, and the music video for "Vibes Cyah Done".
The first round nominations are in the World Music category in which Montano has a very good chance of making it through to the next stage.
His popularity within the American music community has increased significantly in recent months as artistes beyond the realm of soca and reggae have been introduced to Montano's music.
This because of his shows at Madison Square Garden and Radio City Music Hall in New York that were quietly attended by persons from the spheres of rock, hip-hop, Latin, pop and even country and western.
Internet sites such as Youtube and Facebook have also served Montano well in showcasing his music to thousands across the globe.
The music of Montano and other soca artistes is now heard regularly throughout Manhattan and not just in the West Indian communities of Brooklyn and Queens.
This first round consideration may not be in a category specifically for soca music, but it's a very positive step towards the Recording Academy (The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences) creating a specific category for the soca/calypso genre.
The process towards receiving the final nomination for a Grammy Award begins with members of the Academy and record companies submitting entries, which are then screened for eligibility and category placement.
The Academy's voting members, all involved in the creative and technical processes of recording, then participate in the nominating process that determines the five finalists in each category and then the final voting process which determines the Grammy Award winners.
Recording Academy members and record companies enter recordings and music videos released during the eligibility year which they consider worthy of recognition in the Grammy Awards process.
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 fields of expertise and they may nominate in the four general categories—Record Of The Year, Album Of The Year, Song Of The Year and Best New Artist—and in no more than nine out of the 29 fields.
Ballots are tabulated by the independent accounting firm of Deloitte.
The final nominations will be announced on December 5.