CMA Awards Nomination Criteria

Written by SLN Staff Writer
CMA Awards Nomination Criteria

It’s inevitable. Each time the CMA Award nominations are announced, many groups of fans feel like their favorite artist has been snubbed. With only a handful of artists in each category, the honor of a nomination is saved for the best-of-the-best in today’s country music.

While many fans want their favorite artist to be recognized, most fans have never been made aware of the actual voting criteria… until now. Thanks to our friends at the CMA, we now have their official criteria outlined…

44th Annual CMA Awards Eligibility Period: July 1, 2009 through June 30, 2010

ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR
This Award is for the act displaying the greatest competence in all aspects of the entertainment field. Voter should give consideration not only to recorded performance, but also to the in-person performance, staging, public acceptance, attitude, leadership, and overall contribution to the Country Music image. Award to artist.

ALBUM OF THE YEAR
This Award is for an album as a whole unit. The album should be judged on all aspects including, but not limited to, artist’s performance, musical background, engineering, packaging, design, art, layout and liner notes. At least 75% of the product in the album must have first achieved national prominence during the eligibility period. Award to artist and producer.

FEMALE / MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
This Award is based on individual musical performance on a solo album release. Award to artist.

NEW ARTIST OF THE YEAR
This Award is to the artist, whether individual or a group, who is known primarily as a Country artist, who has for the first time demonstrated the most significant creative growth and development in overall chart or sales activity (of a debut or sophomore album), live performance, professionalism and/or national media recognition related to the launch of their career. Any artist who has previously won a CMA Award (except Song of the Year, Musical Event of the Year and Video of the Year) or who has twice been a final nominee for the Horizon Award or New Artist of the Year Award is ineligible for nomination. Award to artist.

You can view the criteria for all the awards by clicking HERE.