[2021 Listeners’ Choice Awards]

Recognizing the best immersive audio albums of 2020.

The Grammy Award for Best Immersive Audio Album, formerly Best Surround Sound Album, was first awarded in 2005. Since then, the Recording Academy has annually recognized the best of the best in immersive audio experiences. This year, due to COVID-19, nominations and awards for the category have been postponed - making it the only category to be missing from the upcoming 63rd Grammy Awards.
Rather than let 2020 pass with yet another disappointment, we decided to hold our own virtual awards to recognize the artists, producers, mixers, and engineers who have invested their talents and energies to making immersive music this year.

Now through December 31, 2020, we'll be accepting nominations for YOUR PICK of the Best Immersive Audio Album of 2020. Keep in mind the release dates for albums to be eligible are September 1, 2019 - August 31, 2020. We'll announce the top 5 nominees via email in early January, and open up final round voting. The winner will be announced January 31, 2021.

The ballot is now closed. We will announce the winner on February 1. Stay tuned!

[Need some inspiration?]

Read some album reviews from this year.


What happened to the 2021 Grammy category for Best Immersive Audio Album?

There will be no nominations or award given out this year due to limitations caused by COVID-19. It is the only category that will be missing from the upcoming Grammy Awards. The Recording Academy announced that the “judging of the entries in this category has been postponed until such time that we are able to meet in a way that is appropriate to judge the many formats and configurations of the entries and is safe for the committee members.”

What are the Listeners’ Choice Awards?

Immersive Audio Album has decided to host its own fan awards to honor and recognize the exceptional bodies of work released this year. While the Grammy category for Best Immersive Audio will be presented in 2022, we didn’t want to wait that long! And who better to judge the music than the fans themselves?

Who can participate?

Anyone! We ask that you submit your selections based on having listened to the album in a proper surround sound or immersive audio environment. Whether it’s your home theater setup, your binaural headphones, or your car, there are many ways to listen to music in immersive formats and we want your opinion!

How do I nominate my favorite album?

Using the form above, or going to this link. Please submit only one nomination, and feel free to add a short description of why you’ve chosen it! The release dates for albums eligible to be considered are September 1, 2019 – August 31, 2020.

When can I vote for the final round winner?

We’re receiving nominations all the way through the end of the year, December 31, 2020. Once we’ve tallied the nominations, we’ll announce the top 5 nominees in January and give you two full weeks from January 8 – January 22 to vote for the Best Immersive Audio Album! Make sure to subscribe to our newsletter to stay tuned on updates and announcements.

When will the winner be announced?

The winner will be announced on the same night as the 63rd Grammys, January 31, 2021.