When I was in elementary and high schools back in the stone age, grading was a simple matter. It was a 100 point scale. It was looked something like this:
- F: 0-59 Points (0-2.99 Emeralds)
- D- : 60 -64 Points (3 Emeralds)
- D : 65- 66 Points (3.25 Emeralds)
- D+: 67 - 69 Points
- C- : 70- 73 (3.50 Emeralds)
- C : 74-76 (3.75 Emeralds)
- C+ : 77-79 Points
- B- : 80-83 Points (4.00 Emeralds)
- B : 84-86 Points (4.25 Emeralds)
- B+ : 87-89 Points
- A- : 90-93 Points (4.50 Emeralds)
- A : 94-96 Points ( 4.75 Emeralds)
- A+: 97-100 Points ( 5.00 Emeralds)
A Solid B- (4 Emeralds = 80) gets you into the pool, though in all reality most genres wind up with a minimum bar of 4.50 Emeralds and in some cases 4.75 Emeralds. That's A- to A. That doesn't guarantee an award, just a nomination.
One final thing. A Perfect 5 Emeralds doesn't mean, at least with the genre based categories, that it is a flawless album, just flawless for the particular genre that it belongs to. The rules in that are very fluid (a perfect Gospel album would not be the same as a perfect Dance album). Now for Album of The Year, yes, 5 means flawless.
I hope this might clear up any confusion you may have had regarding what my rating system entailed. Until next time, I am Awaiting Your reply.