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Awards Nomination Process

NOMINATIONS PROCESS FOR THE BEST OF AMERICANA

All members will be sent a “Call for Nominees” email in the spring. The nominees will be announced at a ceremony in May. The voting ballot will be concurrently sent to members. The winners will announced at the Americana Honors & Awards presentation at the Ryman Auditorium in September.

 

You MUST be a member of the Americana Music Association in good standing to participate in the Nomination and Election process. If you are not a member, artists may join at the rate of $35 per year.  If you are an industry professional the rate is $75 per year.  Click here to join if you are not a member already.

 

Below is the Criteria for each of the member-voted categories:

The eligibility period for the Americana Music Association’s “Of The Year” categories runs from April 1 through March 31.

1. Album of the Year - For any Americana album released during the eligibility period. Award to artist and producer(s).

2. Artist of the Year - For an Americana artist who has had an exemplary year based on overall recognition and activity whether through album, song, radio airplay, publicity, touring, or other criteria within the eligibility period. Award to the artist.

3. Duo/Group of the Year - For an Americana duo or group who have had an exemplary year based on overall recognition and activity, whether through album, song, radio airplay, publicity, touring, or other criteria within the eligibility period. Award to the duo or group.

4. Song of the Year - For any Americana single with original words and music released during the eligibility period.  Award to the songwriter(s) and performer(s).

5. Emerging Artist of the Year - For an Americana solo artist, duo, or group having an exemplary year and first blush of national public awareness through overall recognition and activity, whether through album, song, radio airplay, sales, publicity, touring, or other criteria during eligibility period who has not previously been nominated in any category. Award to the artist, duo or group.

6. Instrumentalist of the Year - An award given to a musician known primarily as an instrumental performer having an exemplary year within the eligibility period based on overall recognition and activity, whether through work on an album, song, touring, or other criteria. Nominees are exclusive to this category. Award to the musician.

 

AGAIN, ONLY ACTIVE AMERICANA MUSIC ASSOCIATION MEMBERS MAY PARTICIPATE IN THE NOMINATION PROCESS.