You may be wondering whether the correct plural of the word “Grammy” is “Grammies” or “Grammys.” This is not just an obscure grammar question. There is some legitimate confusion on this issue, because various media outlets will use both spellings, leaving readers to wonder which plural form is correct.
So which is right? Keep reading to find out.
What is the Plural of Grammy: Is It Grammys or Grammies?
It’s “Grammys.” Yes, this breaks the old elementary school rule that you should change the Y to I and add -ES, but the Grammy Awards prefer this spelling. “Grammys” is the term the organization uses in its official press releases and reports.
The word Grammy is actually trademarked and capitalized in its proper form. So any official documents you see coming from the Recording Academy will refer to the award as a GRAMMY, and the plural as GRAMMYs, with a small s.
Here’s a link to an article right on grammy.com previewing the 2021 Grammy Awards which uses the term “GRAMMYs” in its headline. The press release even suggests using the hashtag #GRAMMYs on social media. So that’s the official plural of Grammy!
Why Does the Correct Plural Matter?
Perception and appearance matter! If readers come across a website that uses the word “Grammies,” that’s a big red flag that this site isn’t well-educated on the awards and shouldn’t be taken seriously when it comes to making predictions or offering insight.
So if you were going to write about Adele’s record haul at the 2012 awards, you’d say, “Adele won six Grammys.” If that spelling doesn’t look correct, don’t worry; you’ll get used to it.
Of course, you could just take the easy way out and use the full term “Grammy Awards” whenever you would normally use “Grammys.” That way, you avoid the issue altogether.
Whatever you do, don’t use “Grammies!” You’ll look like you don’t know what you’re talking about, and if your readers are smart, you’ll probably lose some credibility in their eyes. Even reputable websites like the Huffington Post and the Sun have made this mistake. Remember, it’s Grammys!
Related Grammy Links
Do you know which artists have the most Grammy nominations in history? Click to view the full list. You’ll probably be surprised!
Looking to buy replicas of Grammy or Oscar statues for parties or just fun decorations on your mantle? Click the link to find out where you can purchase fake Grammys and Oscars.
And here’s an archive of every Grammy winner in all the major categories in the history of the award show.
Here’s a review of the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles from the travel blog Quirky Travel Guy.