12th Annual ZMR Music Awards
ZoneMusicReporter.com is continuing the tradition of hosting an annual Music Awards program. Welcome to the 12th 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 during the period December
2014 thru November 2015 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 during the
period December 2014 thru November
- Your recording didn't appear in previous years ZMR
Music Awards Qualifier
That's it. If you have a recording meeting those three
criteria, you're eligible for nomination.
Where can I find the list of
A link to the listing of all recordings that qualify for nomination will be shown on this page and will have a link in the menu above. These are the only recordings in
contention for the ZMR Music Awards. Write in
candidates will not be accepted.
A listing on all recordings that qualify will be released Sunday, January 17th, 2016!
What are the Award
There are 13 award categories. The
Album of the Year
Best Piano Album - Solo
Best Piano Album - with Instrumentation
Best Instrumental Album - Acoustic
Best Contemporary Instrumental
Best Vocal Album
What if my recording is not in the correct category?
Categorization is not an easy task. It takes us time to put
together the listings and make sure everything is categorized properly. We hold internal discussions
for all of the categories and contemplate the merits of each recording in consideration.
Recognizing that this process is not an exact science and that we know we aren't perfect, after our internal review period we
post the recordings online and open a 2 week period where comments are accepted from the artist / label community.
We will consider requests for a change in category during this 2 week period. Recognize that we think we have a pretty good case
for where we put it so it won't be easy to convince us otherwise unless it is a glaring, obvious mistake.
After the voting is opened, requests for changes will not be considered.
Who does the
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 2014 thru November 2015 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
How does the Awards process
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
This years Qualifiers will be announced on
Sunday, January 17th, 2016.
Nomination voting will open on
Monday, February 1st,
Nominees will be announced on the ZoneMusicReporter
site on Sunday, February 21st,
Finalists voting will open on Monday, March 7th, 2016.
Winners will be announced in New Orleans at the 12th Annual ZMR LIVE Music Award Show on
Saturday May 7th, 2016.
What do the Award Winners receive?
winner in each category will receive an engraved Award
Plaque. The four remaining nominees in each category will
receive a Certificate.