CMA Awards Balloting
CMA Awards winners are chosen in three rounds of voting. Votes are cast by industry professional members of the Country Music Association – meaning Awards winners are honored by their peers in the music industry. Awards criteria, rules of election and balloting procedures are established by CMA’s Board of Directors. Singles, albums, music videos and qualified music products for the annual show must have been first released during the eligibility period, which for the 2014 show is July 1, 2013, through June 30, 2014. There are three rounds of voting:
1. Ballot 1 emailed to CMA Individual Member database (Ballot includes the criteria & election procedures and a space for typing in nominations). 2. Individual Members submit completed ballot. 3. The accounting firm of Deloitte & Touche tabulates the submissions. The candidates who are the top 20 qualified vote recipients, who have received a minimum of 10 votes (with the exception of Category 1, which will have the top 15), on Ballot 1 advance to Ballot 2.
1. Ballot 2, listing qualified nominees, emailed to Individual Member database. 2. Individual Members select up to five nominees in each category and submit their completed ballot. 3. Accounting firm Deloitte & Touche tabulates the top five in each category and issues the results to CMA. The results of Ballot Two determine the final nominees in each CMA Awards category.
1. Ballot 3, which details the top five in each category (the nominees) as determined in Ballot 2 voting round, emailed to Individual Member database. 2. Individual Members select one nominee and submit their completed ballot. 3. CMA Awards winners are announced on the CMA Awards broadcast.