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.

The Trophy

trophies 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

  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.

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.

Ballot 3

  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.

CRITERIA

Eligibility Period: July 1, 2012, through June 30, 2013

All Ballot Two nominees must be a top 20 qualified vote recipient and have received a minimum of 10 votes, with the exception of Category 1.

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Category 1 – 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.

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Category 2 – SINGLE OF THE YEAR

This Award is for individual tracks only. This category will include both digital releases as well as physical releases. The track must have reached the Top 50 of Billboard‘s Hot Country Singles & Tracks Chart, Country Aircheck Chart or Music Row Country Breakout Chart for the first time during the eligibility period. If the single charted in the Top 50 on the above charts and was released prior to the eligibility period but achieved its highest chart position during the eligibility period, it is eligible unless it has previously appeared on a Ballot 3 in this category. Award to artist and producer.

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Category 3 – 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.

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Category 4 – SONG OF THE YEAR

This Award is for the songwriter(s). Any Country Music song with original words and music is eligible based upon the song’s Country singles chart activity during the eligibility period. In this category, Ballot 2 will contain the eligible nominations from Ballot 1 and the top five songs from the combined tabulation of the Country Singles Charts from Billboard’s Hot Country Singles, Country Aircheck Chart and Music Row Country Breakout Chart. Award to songwriter(s).

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Category 5 – FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR

This Award is based on individual musical performance on a solo album release. Award to artist.

 

 

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Category 6 – MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR

This Award is based on individual musical performance on a solo album release. Award to artist.

 

 

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Category 7 – VOCAL GROUP OF THE YEAR

A group is defined as an act, composed of three (3) or more people, all of whom normally perform together and none of whom is known primarily as an individual performing artist. This Award is based on the musical performance of the group as a unit on an album. Award to group.

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Category 8 – VOCAL DUO OF THE YEAR

A duo is defined as an act composed of two (2) people, both of whom normally perform together and neither of whom is known primarily as an individual performing artist. This Award is based on the musical performance of the duo as a unit on an album. Award to duo.

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Category 9 – MUSICAL EVENT OF THE YEAR

An event is defined as a collaboration of two (2) or more people either or all of whom are known primarily as individual artists. They must have performed together, as a unit, on a single or album released domestically within the eligibility period with each artist prominently featured. Live performance events are not eligible. Award to each artist.

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Category 10 – MUSICIAN OF THE YEAR

This Award is for a musician known primarily as an instrumental performer. In order to qualify, a musician must have played on at least one album or single that has appeared in the Top 10 of the Country album or singles charts from Billboard’s Hot Country Singles & Tracks Chart, Music Row Country Breakout Chart or Country Aircheck Chart during the eligibility period. Award to musician.

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Category 11 – MUSIC VIDEO OF THE YEAR

This Award is for an original music video not more than ten (10) minutes in length featuring the performance of not more than one (1) song or medley. The video must have been first nationally broadcast in its entirety during the eligibility period. The video should be judged on all audio and video elements including, but not limited to, the artist’s performance, video concept and production. Award to artist and director.

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Category 12 – 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.