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ZMR Awards Process and Rules

These are the processes and rules that will be used to guide the ZMR Music Awards. The rules will be strictly enforced and adhered to. There will be no exceptions. ZMR does not participate or influence the qualifying of artists, nominations or finalist voting.

Nomination Process

1.       All Broadcasters (Show Hosts) that have reported Top 20 Lists to ZMR during the time period December 2016 thru November 2017 are eligible to participate in both the Nomination and Award Voting process.

2.       Each Broadcaster (Show Hosts) will be asked to nominate five (5) selections in as many categories in which they feel comfortable voting.

3.       Recordings eligible for nomination will be restricted to recordings that were Top 50 of the ZMR Top 100 chart from December 2016 thru November 2017 (except for "Album of the Year" which is restricted to recording in the Top 10).  A listing of all eligible recordings, by category,  will be available on the ZMR website starting on Sunday, January 21, 2018 . Only those recordings appearing in this listing will be eligible.  Write in candidates will not be accepted.

4.     All voting will be done electronically.

5.       Voters are asked to select up to five (5) recordings in each category.  Nomination voting will begin on Monday, February 5, 2018 and will close on Wednesday February 21, 2018 at 6:00 PM CST.

6.       All nominations will by tabulated by ZMR, and the top five in each category will be the finalists. If by chance there is a tie in a category, a five-point tiebreaker will be used to determine the top 5 finalists (see Tie Breaker).

7.       Category Nominees will be announced and posted on the ZMR website on Sunday, February 25, 2018 and all finalists will be notified by email.

 

Award Voting Process

1.       The award-voting panel will consist of all of the Broadcasters (Show Hosts) who participated in the initial nomination process, RJ Lannan and Bill Binkelman.(Note: Bill and RJ are not employees of ZMR.)

2.      Each member of the voting panel will be requested to electronically select a finalist in as many categories in which they feel comfortable  voting.

3.       Voting members may vote for only one winner in each category. 

4.       All Finalist votes will be tabulated by ZMR.

6.       There will only be one winner in each category.  If by chance there is a tie in a category, a five-point tiebreaker will be used to determine the winner (see Tie Breaker).

7.       Finalist award voting will begin on Monday, March 12, 2018 and will close on Wednesday, March 28, 2018 at 10:00 PM CST.

8.     Awards will be announced at the 14th Annual ZMR Music Award Show on Saturday May 12, 2018 at the ZMR Music Awards Concert event held in New Orleans, LA at Roussel Hall, Loyola University. .

 

 

Tie Breakers

The Top 100 chart data will serve to break all ties. The data used will be taken from the Top 100 charts during the period covering December 2016 thru November 2017. The tie is broken upon one of the recordings winning one of the tiebreakers listed below. The tiebreakers are listed in the order in which they will be applied.

1.       The accumulated Top 50 chart score of each recording.  The highest point total wins.

2.       Number of months in the Top 5 of the chart

3.       Number of months in the Top 10 of the chart

4.       Highest position on the chart.

5.       Number of months in the Top 100 chart

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