British Country Music Awards Nomination Process and Guidelines

- Voting is open now for all BCMA Members -

Working closely with our friends, industry partners and the country music community in the UK, we are here to heighten the awareness of country music and support its on-going growth by recognising excellence in the genre.

BCMA Awards Voting System

For the 2021 BCMA Awards we are proud to be introducing a brand new voting system split into 3 steps.

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2021 BCMA Awards

Round 1: Nominations

Any person (member or non-member) can nominate up to 3 eligible artists to be considered for each award category. 1 person can submit 1 nomination form and can input nominations for one, some or all of the Awards categories. Once submitted, this cannot be changed. During this period we encourage all artists to call their fans to action and let them know which categories they are eligible for.

Round 2: Industry Panel

The 10 candidates with the most nominations in each category will pass through to an industry panel to be shortlisted. The panel will consist of industry experts who will give fair consideration to each nominee and cast 5 votes per category. The 5 candidates with the most votes per category will be shortlisted to go through to the final round of voting. We will provide all necessary links and sources for the panel to ensure fair and equal consideration.

Round 3: Members Vote

This is the final stage. Voting will open up to BCMA members who can cast a vote for 1 candidate per category who they wish to win the award. BCMA members will be required to provide their unique membership number in order to vote. There will be 5 candidates shortlisted for each category. 1 member can cast 1 vote per category and once submitted this cannot be changed. We encourage shortlisted candidates to announce this to their fans with a call to action to vote for them.

Voting is controlled and adjudicated by an independent body and the results will be announced at the awards ceremony.

2021 Award Categories

Nominations are accepted for 9 awards:

  • UK Album of the Year
  • UK Song of the Year
  • UK Male Vocalist
  • UK Female Vocalist
  • UK Duo/Group
  • UK Entertainer of the Year
  • UK Musician
  • International Album of the Year
  • International Song of the Year

Special Recognition Awards

BCMA board vote on 3 awards:

  • UK Horizon Award
  • UK Services to Industry
  • International Services to Industry

Key Dates

Round 1 (Nominations): 12 July 2021 - 26 July 2021

Round 2 (Industry Panel): 1 August 2021 - 25 September 2021

Round 3 (Members Vote): 27 September 2021 - tbc

Awards Ceremony: 13 November 2021

Eligibility

To be eligible for an award an artist must have been actively performing and releasing new music between the dates of 1 July 2019 and 30 June 2021. An album or single must have been released between those same dates to be eligible for the relevant awards.

Genre can be difficult to define with continuously moving goalposts. We advise the general public to make their own judgement on whether an artist, album or song can be defined as “country” when submitting their nominations in round 1 of the voting process.

FAQ's

  • Who can nominate in Round 1?

    Anybody can complete the nominations form. You do not need to be a BCMA member.
  • Who can vote in Round 3?

    You must be a BCMA member to participate in round 3 of the voting process to determine the winners of each award. if you are not yet a member, please join us now!
  • How many artists can I nominate for each category?

    You are able to nominate 3 artists per awards category.
  • Can I nominate the same artist for multiple awards?

    Absolutely, you can nominate an artist for any awards category they are eligible for.
  • Does an artist have to be a BCMA member to be eligible for an Award?

    No an artist does not have to be a BCMA member to be eligible.
  • I’m an artist, can I nominate myself?

    Yes you can nominate yourself for any awards category that you are eligible for and we encourage you to remind your fans to nominate you as well.
  • What is defined as “country”?

    Any genre definition will always be a grey area, with moving goalposts. If you think an artist, album or song is country, then just go ahead and nominate them.
  • Can an EP be considered an album?

    A record with 5 tracks or more can be nominated for the Album of the Year award category. In the United Kingdom, any record with more than four distinct tracks or with a playing time of more than 25 minutes is classified as an album for sales-chart purposes.
  • Can I change my nominations after I have submitted?

    No, once you have submitted your nominations you will not be able to change them and once the nomination period has ended no further nominations will be accepted.

Award eligibility period

The eligibility period for each award is 1st July 2019 to 30th June 2021.

Nomination period

Nominations will open from 12 July 2021 until 26 July 2021 (inclusive).

Voting period

Members voting will from 16 August 2021 – 30 August 2021 (inclusive).

Nomination Criteria

UK Album of the Year

For country albums released by UK artists within the eligibility period (5 tracks or more will constitute an Album).

In the United Kingdom, any record with more than four distinct tracks or with a playing time of more than 25 minutes is classified as an album for sales-chart purposes.

UK Song of the Year

For country songs released by UK artists (either separately or on an album or EP) within the eligibility period.

UK Male Vocalist

For a UK male artist(s) who have had an exemplary year based on overall singing performance whether through album, song, radio airplay, publicity, touring, or other criteria within the eligibility period.

UK Female Vocalist

For a UK female artist(s) who have had an exemplary year based on overall singing performance whether through album, song, radio airplay, publicity, touring, or other criteria within the eligibility period.

UK Group of the Year

For a UK act made up of 2 or more members who have had an exemplary year based on overall recognition and activity whether through album, song, radio airplay, publicity, touring, or other criteria within the eligibility period.

UK Entertainer of the Year

For UK artists who have had an exemplary year based on overall recognition and activity whether through album, song, radio airplay, publicity, touring, or other criteria within the eligibility period.

UK Musician of the Year

For UK country musicians who have had an exemplary year based on overall recognition and activity whether through performing on an album or song, touring, or other criteria within the eligibility period.

International Album of the Year

For country albums released in the UK by international artists within the eligibility period.

International Song of the Year

For country songs released in the UK by international artists (either separately or on an album or EP) within the eligibility period – award given primarily to the artist with writers also acknowledged.

UK Horizon Award

For UK emerging/new artists who have had an exemplary year based on overall recognition and activity whether through album, song, radio airplay, publicity, touring, or other criteria within the eligibility period (cannot be nominated twice for this award). Artist will not have previously won an award in any category other than writer or video*

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Only members of the British CMA in good standing can take part in the nomination and voting process for our annual awards, join us today!

UK artists are individuals, duos or groups whose members hold a British or ILR passport and were a UK tax resident during the eligibility period. Any group that includes non-UK members would normally be considered International. However, those with at least 50%** UK members may appeal to the British CMA board to be classed as a UK Artist.

 

International artists are all artists not fulfilling the criteria for UK artists.

 

* For clarity: this means an artist that has not previously been nominated for a British CMA and is considered to be an emerging UK country music artist

 

** For clarity: this means that a duo with one UK member and one international member would need to apply to the British CMA board if they wished to be considered as a UK artist; a trio with two UK members and one international member can appeal to the board to be classed as a UK Artist; a trio with two international members and only one UK member will automatically be classed as International and cannot appeal for UK Artist status. The board’s decision on any appeal is final. Note that this does not apply in the case of Song of the Year: the Song awards are for honouring exemplary song writing – any UK songwriter who is a credited cowriter on an eligible song can be nominated no matter how many other songwriters (UK or International) are also credited on the same song.

 

**For clarity: this means that in order to be eligible for nomination, an artist or group must have had at least one release available for sale as a physical CD, download or on an official streaming platform in the last 12 months. This includes nominations for Best Male Solo, Best Female Solo and Best Group.

                 

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