Some labels carefully select the candidates they submit for a Grammy. Others apparently send in everything they have released.
The result can be a chaotic warp in the judges’ final shortlist.
Nielsen Soundscan, which represents the most accurate and up-to-the-minute sales stats, reveals that one record nominated for a Grammy in contemporary music has sold just 11 copies. Another, a classical masterpiece, sold a mere 17.
Top seller on the Grammy lists is the Met’s Ring excerpts, followed by hot favourite Renee Fleming’s Poèmes. Neither, however, has yet broken 5,000 US sales.
So what, exactly, does a Grammy classical award represent?