Sometimes, award voters tie one on

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LOS ANGELES — Grammy voters just couldn’t decide. Twice. Which led to two ties at Sunday’s awards ceremony. Jimmy Carter’s spoken-word album, ‘‘Our Endangered Values: America’s Moral Crisis,’’ tied with Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee’s ‘‘With Ossie and Ruby: In This Life Together.’’ In the Latin pop album category, Arjona’s ‘‘Adentro,’’ tied with Julieta Venegas’ ‘‘Limon Y Sal.’’

With open voting, there’s always a chance for a tie, said Diane Theriot, the Recording Academy’s senior vice president of awards.

‘‘We have 11,000 voting members,’’ she said. ‘‘And if a tie comes, it comes.’’

The Recording Academy’s voting members can cast ballots in any of Grammys’ 108 categories. No statistics are kept on who votes for what, Theriot said: ‘‘That’s strictly, completely and totally confidential.’’

Not surprisingly, with thousands of votes generally cast, an exact tie is a rarity.

The last time there were co-winners for a Grammy was in 2002: Elijah Wald tied with Walter Mosely for best album notes.

However, Theriot noted, ‘‘I don’t think a year goes by that we don’t have a tie or two in the nominations.’’

The Oscars have their rare ties, too. The most recent was in 1994 in the live-action short film category, when ‘‘Franz Kafka’s It’s a Wonderful Life’’ tied with ‘‘Trevor.’’ Two documentaries tied in 1986, and Katharine Hepburn and Barbra Streisand tied for best actress in 1968.


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