About “The 47th Annual CMA Awards”
“The 47th Annual CMA Awards” airs live Wednesday, Nov. 6, at 8|7c on ABC-TV. Country superstars Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood preside over the evening, returning as hosts for the sixth consecutive year. The 2013 CMA Awards promises spectacle, accolades and countless special moments.
The CMA Awards nominees and winners are determined by the more than 7,100 industry professional members of CMA, which when established in 1958 became the first trade organization formed to promote an individual genre of music. The first CMA Awards Banquet and Show was held in 1967. The following year, the CMA Awards was broadcast on NBC television for the first time – making it the longest running, annual music awards program on network television. The show aired on NBC through 1971 and on the CBS Television Network from 1972 through 2005 before moving in 2006 to ABC, where it is set to air through 2021.
At its inception in 1967, the CMA Award trophy was designed to resemble a chart bullet. Constructed of a rich walnut and a sturdy marble base, the trophy signified the strength, durability and warmth of the genre. A brass music note adorning the center read “Best Liked World Wide,” CMA’s slogan at the time. The limited supply of walnut wood in 1983 encouraged a transition to crystal, the material still used today. With the update arrived a new medallion in the center that has been modified only slightly since.
Today’s 15-inch, 7.5-pound trophy is a stylish, high-value adornment made of hand-blown fine crystal in Florence, Italy, with final assembly by Francis & Lusky in Nashville, Tenn. The CMA logo appears on a tri-level, die-struck medallion in polished bronze. After the CMA Awards winners have been revealed live on the annual broadcast, the award is engraved with the winner’s name and CMA Awards category.
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 2013 show is July 1, 2012, through June 30, 2013.
There are three rounds of voting:
- Ballot 1 emailed to CMA Individual Member database (Ballot includes the criteria & election procedures and a space for typing in nominations).
- Individual Members submit completed ballot.
- 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.
- Ballot 2, listing qualified nominees, emailed to Individual Member database.
- Individual Members select up to five nominees in each category and submit their completed ballot.
- 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.
- Ballot 3, which details the top five in each category (the nominees) as determined in Ballot 2 voting round, emailed to Individual Member database.
- Individual Members select one nominee and submit their completed ballot.
- CMA Awards winners are announced on the CMA Awards broadcast.