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With 2020 Grammy Awards moving to January, eligibility deadline is pushed up a month

That means that in the Grammy Awards race, the cutoff for eligible recordings will now be Aug. 31, rather than the traditional Sept. 30 closing date, and will result in an eligibility period of just 11 months, starting Oct. 1, 2018. Academy officials said the truncated eligibility period will help Recording Academy staff better accommodate the preparations needed to mount the awards show two weeks earlier than usual.