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11th Annual ZMR Music Awards

ZoneMusicReporter.com is continuing the tradition of hosting an annual Music Awards program. Welcome to the 11th Annual ZMR Music Awards. Last years ZMR Awards were a huge success. As we expected the cream rose to the top of a very competitive field of nominees. We hope this years awards are bigger and better than ever. Like last year, there is no submittal fee or registration required for an artists or label to qualify.  If you meet the qualifications listed below, your included in the field of award qualifiers: 

  • An Artist or Label must have had a recording(s) that appeared in the Top 50 of our Top 100 Chart for the period December 2012 thru November 2013 to qualify for all catagories except "Album of the Year".

  • To qualify for "Album of the Year" a recording had to appear in the Top 10 of our Top 100 Chart for the period December 2012 thru November 2013.
  • Your recording didn't appear in previous years ZMR Music Awards Qualifier list.

That's it. If you have a recording meeting those three criteria, you're eligible for nomination.

In addition, this year we have categorized the recordings in their respective award categories. We have taken this step to assist the Broadcasters in the voting process. All categorization was the responsibility of ZMR and is final.

Where can I find the list of Qualifying Recording?

A listing of all recordings that qualify for nomination are shown on the Qualifiers page.  These are the only recordings in contentions for the ZMR Music Awards. Write in candidates will not be accepted.

A listing on all recordings that qualify will be released Sunday, January 18th, 2015!

What are the Award Categories?

There are 15 award categories. The categories are:

  • Album of the Year
  • Best New Artist
  • Best Instrumental - Piano    
  • Best Instrumental - Acoustic
  • Best Contemporary Instrumental Album
  • Best Vocal Album
  • Best Electronic Album
  • Best Ambient Album
  • Best Groove/Chill Album
  • Best Relaxation / Meditation Album
  • Best Neo-Classical Album
  • Best World Album
  • Best Native American Album
  • Best Holiday Album

Who does the voting?

Voting for the Category Nominations and Category Award winners will be done by the Broadcasters (Show Hosts) that have reported Top 20 Playlist to ZoneMusicReporter during the December 2013 thru November 2014 time period. In addition, both RJ Lannan And Bill Binkelman will be on the voting panel. This is a far-reaching panel of Industry experts and lovers of the music ZoneMusicReporter represents. We could not think of a more worthy and knowledgeable panel to decide both the Category Nominees and Category winners.

How does the Awards process work?

The complete rules and process is available on the Rules page.

When will the Category Nominees and Awards Winners be announced?

These are the important dates to remember:

This years Qualifiers will be announced on Sunday, January 18th, 2014.

Nomination voting will open on  Monday, January 26th, 2015.

Category Nominees will be announced on the ZoneMusicReporter site on Sunday, February 8th, 2015.

Category Finalists voting will open on Monday, February 16th, 2015.

Award Winners will be announced in New Orleans at the ZMR LIVE Music Award Show on  Saturday May 9th, 2015.

What do the Award Winners receive?

The winner in each category will receive an engraved Award Plaque. The four remaining nominees in each category will receive a Certificate. 

We at ZoneMusicReporter wish all of the eligible artists the very best of luck. It's not going to be an easy process since so many outstanding recordings are in contention for this years awards, but the journey must be made to recognize the Best of the Best.

Good luck to all!

Daryl, Ben and the staff at ZoneMusicReporter

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