British Country Music Awards Nomination Process and Guidelines
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.
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 15 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:
Special Recognition Awards
BCMA board vote on 3 awards:
Round 1 (Nominations): 12 July 2021 - 26 July 2021
Round 2 (Industry Panel): 30 July 2021 - 13 August 2021
Round 3 (Members Vote): 16 August 2021 - 30 August 2021
Awards Ceremony: 13 November 2021
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.
Award eligibility period
The eligibility period for each award is 1st July 2019 to 30th June 2021.
Nominations will open from 12 July 2021 until 26 July 2021 (inclusive).
Members voting will from 16 August 2021 – 30 August 2021 (inclusive).
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.