MAIN AWARDS CRITERIA:

Album of the Year
An album is defined as a unified released body of work with a minimum of either seven (7) full-length musical works and/or thirty (30) minutes in length. The nominees shall be determined by a nomination ballot(s) and are subject to the approval of the Board. The winner shall be determined by a vote of the ACM professional membership.

An album is considered released on the first available date that the material can be possessed by a consumer via a purchase in its entirety and/or streamed legally in its entirety by a royalty-generating service. If the album was released during the two (2) prior eligibility periods, but achieved its highest charting position on the Billboard Top Country Albums Chart during the eligibility period, it is eligible unless it has appeared on a final ACM ballot in this category.

To be eligible, a minimum of 51% of the standard edition of the album must contain songs that have not been previously released by the artist prior to thirty (30) days from the album’s release date. “Best Of” and “Greatest Hits” albums are ineligible.

Only the standard edition of an album may be submitted for eligibility, as determined by the record company. Once an album is nominated in the final round, it may not be nominated in alternate configurations for future voting.

Single of the Year
Any single released and achieving a Top 20 charted position on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs or Country Aircheck (Mediabase) country charts during the eligibility period is eligible. If the single was released prior to the eligibility period, but achieved its highest Top 20 charted position during the eligibility period, it is eligible unless it has appeared on a final ACM ballot in this category.

Music Event of the Year*
Any music event single released and achieving a Top 50 charted position in Billboard’s Hot Country Songs or Country Aircheck (Mediabase) country charts during the eligibility period is eligible. If the music event single was released prior to the eligibility period, but achieved its highest Top 50 charted position during the eligibility period, it is eligible unless it has appeared on a final ACM ballot in this category. To be eligible, the music event must be a collaboration between two or more artists who do not normally perform together and are all credited on the album track listing.

*In the event that the Board determines that there are not enough nominees in this category in any particular year, this category may not be awarded.

New Female Artist of the Year
New Male Artist of the Year
This award is presented to an outstanding individual artist in the country music industry who gains either initial fame or significantly greater recognition, through efforts surrounding the promotion of a debut or sophomore album, during the eligibility period.

An album is considered released on the first available date that the material can be possessed by a consumer via a purchase in its entirety and/or streamed legally in its entirety by a royalty-generating service. If the album was released during the two (2) prior eligibility periods, but achieved its highest charting position on the Billboard Top Country Albums Chart during the eligibility period, it is eligible unless it has appeared on a final ACM ballot in this category.

The artist must have success in digital media; in addition to having charted a single record in the Top 40 on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs or Country Aircheck (Mediabase) country charts. Any albums self-released by an artist through an independent label that the artist owns and operates may not be counted as a debut or sophomore album, unless it produces a Top 40 single reported by Billboard’s Hot Country Songs or Country Aircheck (Mediabase) country charts. The nominees shall be determined by a nomination ballot(s) and are subject to the approval of the Board. The winner shall be determined by a vote of the ACM professional membership.

Any artist(s) that previously served (or currently serving) as lead artist for, or otherwise fronted duos or groups in any genre are not eligible for this category. Additionally, any artist(s) who has gained initial fame as a solo artist, a member of a duo or group in another genre, are not eligible in this category.

An artist may be a nominee two times in a three-year period. Once an artist releases the lead single from a third studio album, he/she will no longer be eligible in this category. If an artist is a winner in the New Female Artist /New Male Artist (or any respective previously named) category their first year on a ballot, they will not be eligible in any New categories again. Any artist who has previously won the award for Entertainer, Female Artist, Male Artist, Duo or Group of the Year (or any respective previously named category) is ineligible for a New Artist nomination.

New Duo or Group of the Year
This award is presented to an outstanding duo or group in the country music industry who gains either initial fame or significantly greater recognition, through efforts surrounding the promotion of a debut or sophomore album, during the eligibility period. The artist(s) must have success in digital media; in addition to having charted a single in the Top 40 on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs or Country Aircheck (Mediabase) country charts. (Any albums self-released by an artist through an independent label that the artist owns and operates may not be counted as a debut or sophomore album, unless it produces a Top 40 single reported by Billboard’s Hot Country Songs or Country Aircheck (Mediabase) country charts. The nominees shall be determined by a nomination ballot(s) and are subject to the approval of the Board. The winner shall be determined by a vote of the ACM professional membership.

Any artist(s) that previously served (or currently serving) as lead artist for, or otherwise fronted duos or groups in any genre are not eligible for this category. Additionally, any artist(s) who has gained initial fame as a solo artist, vocal duo or vocal group in another genre are not eligible in this category.

The artist must have success in digital media; in addition to having charted a single record in the Top 40 on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs or Country Aircheck (Mediabase) country charts. Any albums self-released by an artist through an independent label that the artist owns and operates may not be counted as a debut or sophomore album, unless it produces a Top 40 single reported by Billboard’s Hot Country Songs or Country Aircheck (Mediabase) country charts. The nominees shall be determined by a nomination ballot(s) and are subject to the approval of the Board. The winner shall be determined by a vote of the ACM professional membership.

An artist may be a nominee two times in a three-year period. Once an artist releases the lead single from a third studio album, he/she will no longer be eligible in this category. If an artist is a winner in the New Female Artist /New Male Artist (or any respective previously named) category their first year on a ballot, they will not be eligible in any New categories again. Any artist who has previously won the award for Entertainer, Male Artist, Female Artist, Duo or Group of the Year (or any respective previously named category) is ineligible for a New Artist nomination.

VIDEO CRITERIA:

Video of the Year
Emphasis shall be placed on creativity, production, visual appeal and impact on consumers and the country music industry. The winner shall be determined by a vote of the ACM professional membership.

A Professional Panel from the video/production industry whose members are approved by the ACM officers will submit the final nominees, which will be placed on the final ballot once approved by the Board. The Panel will choose the final nominees from a pool of eligible videos submitted by record labels, as well as any other country music video that the panel deems worthy for consideration based on its artistic merit.

If the video was released prior to the eligibility period, but achieved its biggest impact during the eligibility period, it is eligible unless it has appeared on a final ACM ballot in this category.

INDUSTRY AWARDS CRITERIA:

Casino of the Year

  • Small Capacity
  • This award is presented to an outstanding casino, with a maximum capacity of 4,000 seats, selected by a Professional Panel of judges. The panel will submit five (5) nominees, which will be placed on the ballot once approved by the Board. The winner shall be determined by a vote of the ACM professional membership. The casino must have bought or promoted at least five (5) country concerts/dates during the eligibility period, be in good standing with all agents and help promote country ticket sales. The winner from the previous year is ineligible for a consecutive nomination in this category.
  • Large Capacity
  • This award is presented to an outstanding casino, with a capacity of 4,001 to 11,000 seats, selected by a Professional Panel of judges. The panel will submit five (5) nominees, which will be placed on the ballot once approved by the Board. The winner shall be determined by a vote of the ACM professional membership. The casino must have bought or promoted at least four (4) country concerts/dates during the eligibility period, be in good standing with all agents and help promote country ticket sales. The winner from the previous year is ineligible for a consecutive nomination in this category.

Festival of the Year
This award is presented to an outstanding country music festival where artist(s) received market value compensation for their performance, selected by a Professional Panel of judges. The panel will submit five (5) nominees, which will be placed on the ballot once approved by the Board. The winner shall be determined by a vote of the ACM professional membership. The festival must have taken place over two (2) or more consecutive days, included a minimum of ten (10) acts, with at least ninety percent (90%) of headlining acts classed in the country genre, occurred during the eligibility period, and be in good standing with all professional vendors and help promote country ticket sales. The winner from the previous year is ineligible for a consecutive nomination in this category.

Nightclub of the Year
This award is presented to an outstanding country music nightclub, selected by a Professional Panel of judges. The panel will submit five (5) nominees, which will be placed on the ballot once approved by the Board. The winner shall be determined by a vote of the ACM professional membership. The nightclub must have bought or promoted at least ten (10) country concerts/dates during the eligibility period, be in good standing with all agents and help promote country ticket sales. The winner from the previous year is ineligible for a consecutive nomination in this category.

Venue of the Year

  • Small Capacity
  • This award is presented to an outstanding venue, with a maximum capacity of 4,000 seats, selected by a Professional Panel of judges. The panel will submit five (5) nominees, which will be placed on the ballot once approved by the Board. The winner shall be determined by a vote of the ACM professional membership. The venue must have bought or promoted at least five (5) country concerts/dates during the eligibility period, be in good standing with all agents and help promote country ticket sales. The winner from the previous year is ineligible for a consecutive nomination in this category.
  • Medium Capacity
  • This award is presented to an outstanding venue, with a capacity of 4,001 to 11,000 seats, selected by a Professional Panel of judges. The panel will submit five (5) nominees, which will be placed on the ballot once approved by the Board. The winner shall be determined by a vote of the ACM professional membership. The venue must have bought or promoted at least four (4) country concerts/dates during the eligibility period, be in good standing with all agents and help promote country ticket sales. The winner from the previous year is ineligible for a consecutive nomination in this category.
  • Large Capacity
  • This award is presented to an outstanding venue of any type, with a minimum capacity of 11,001 seats, selected by a Professional Panel of judges. The panel will submit five (5) nominees, which will be placed on the ballot once approved by the Board. The winner shall be determined by a vote of the ACM professional membership. The venue must have bought or promoted at least three (3) country concerts/dates during the eligibility period, be in good standing with all agents and help promote country ticket sales. The winner from the previous year is ineligible for a consecutive nomination in this category.

Don Romeo Talent Buyer of the Year
This award is presented to an outstanding talent buyer, selected by a Professional Panel of judges. The panel will submit five (5) nominees, which will be placed on the ballot once approved by the Board. The winner shall be determined by a vote of the ACM professional membership. The buyer must have bought at least twenty (20) country concerts/dates during the eligibility period, be in good standing with all agents and help promote country ticket sales. The winner from the previous year is ineligible for a consecutive nomination in this category.

Promoter of the Year
This award is presented to an outstanding promoter, selected by a Professional Panel of judges. The panel will submit five (5) nominees, which will be placed on the ballot once approved by the Board. The winner shall be determined by a vote of the ACM professional membership. The promoter must have promoted at least twenty (20) country concerts/dates during the eligibility period, be in good standing with all agents and help promote country ticket sales. The winner from the previous year is ineligible for a consecutive nomination in this category.

RADIO AWARDS CRITERIA:

ON-AIR PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR
This award is presented to an outstanding Country Music On-Air Radio Personality who best represents the country music genre, as selected by a Professional Panel of Judges approved by the ACM Officers.

The Professional Panel shall evaluate submissions from the current eligibility period based on the Personality’s body of work, as represented in an aircheck (maximum length of 5 minutes), and an essay (maximum length of 500 words) defining the Personality’s unique brand, demonstrating impact on audience and exemplifying artist discovery.

Principal personalities must be together for eight (8) consecutive months and still be working at the submitting station by the submission deadline. Personalities are only eligible to enter for one Station within one category (Major Market, Large Market, Medium Market or Small Market) and must be in the largest market in which they are eligible. The prior year Winner is ineligible for a consecutive nomination in this category.

Entries will be judged using market size consideration based on Arbitron markets:
1-25 Major
26-50 Large
51-100 Medium
101+ Small.
International stations will be placed in categories based on metro population.

NATIONAL ON-AIR PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR
This award is presented to an outstanding National Country Music On-Air (terrestrial, satellite or internet) Radio Personality who best represents the country music genre, selected by a Professional Panel of Judges approved by the ACM Officers.

The Professional Panel shall evaluate submissions from the current eligibility period based on the Personality’s body of work, as represented in an aircheck (maximum length of 5 minutes), and an essay (maximum length of 500 words) defining the Personality’s unique brand, demonstrating impact on audience and exemplifying artist discovery.

Entrants must demonstrate they air in a minimum of ten markets with a minimum of 32 shows airing during the submission period. Principal personalities must be together for eight (8) consecutive months and still be working at the submitting station by the submission deadline. The prior year Winner is ineligible for a consecutive nomination in this category.

Entries will be judged using market size consideration based on Arbitron markets:
1-25 Major
26-50 Large
51-100 Medium
101+ Small.
International stations will be placed in categories based on metro population.

RADIO STATION OF THE YEAR
This award is presented to an outstanding Country Music Radio Station who best represents the country music genre, selected by a Professional Panel of judges, approved by the ACM Officers.

The Professional Panel shall evaluate submissions from the current eligibility period based on the Station’s body of work, as represented in an aircheck (maximum length of 5 minutes), and an essay (maximum length of 500 words) defining the Station’s unique brand, demonstrating impact on audience and exemplifying artist discovery. Judges shall consider daypart market share/in-market rank. The prior year Winner is ineligible for a consecutive nomination in this category.

Entries will be judged using market size consideration based on Arbitron markets:
1-25 Major
26-50 Large
51-100 Medium
101+ Small.
International stations will be placed in categories based on metro population.


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