Award Categories & Criteria

Each category listed in the Award Category section is decided based on all criteria listed in the connected section.
(*** indicates General Category)

  • Awards Category

    Best R&B/Soul Artist Female
    Best R&B/Soul Artist Male
    Best Country Solo Artist Female
    Best Country Solo Artist Male
    Best Country Duo or Group
    Best Hip-Hop/Rap Artist or Group
    Best Blues Artist
    Best Funk/Reggae/Fusion Band
    Best ALT Rock Band
    Best HardRock/Metal Band
    Best Pop/Punk Band

  • Nomination Criteria

    • Overall Vocal ability
    • Songwriting/Production
    • Media Presence (Internet/Print/Radio/Social Networking)
      • Instagram
      • Facebook Presence
      • Twitter Followers
      • Digital Download Services
      • Streaming Services
    • Street Buzz (People’s Choice, based on fan voting)
  • Awards Category

    Best Live Rock Performer(s)
    Best Live R&B/Soul Performer(s)
    Best Live Hip-Hop/Rap Performer(s)
    Best Live Blues Performer(s)
    Best Live Country Performer(s)

  • Nomination Criteria

    • Delivery
    • Lyrical/Musical Content
    • Stage Presence
    • Work Ethic: January 1st of previous year to May 1st of the current year
    • Street Buzz (People’s Choice, based on fan voting)
  • Awards Category

    Best Jazz Instrumentalist
    Best Jazz Vocalist

  • Nomination Criteria

    Minimum Criteria:

    • Overall Ability/Excellence
    • Community Presence (gigs in Middle Tennessee & abroad as leader or side-person, social media presence and engagement)
    • Content (proficiency in original arrangements and/or original material)
    • Must not be signed to a major label or a company distributed by a major label between January 1st of the previous year & May 1st of the current year
  • Awards Category

    Best Jazz Group

  • Nomination Criteria

    Minimum Criteria:

    • Collective Makeup (consists of three or more members in the ensemble with semi-consistent personnel)
    • Community Presence (gigs in Middle Tennessee, social media presence and engagement)
    • Content (original compositions and arrangements contributed by two or more of the group’s members)
    • Must not be signed to a major label or a company distributed by a major label between January 1st of the previous year & April 30th of the current year
  • Awards Category

    Best Jazz Album

  • Nomination Criteria

    Minimum Criteria:

    • Collection of songs consisting of more than eight tracks – or – have a total playing time of more than 34 minutes
    • Released between January 1st of previous year and April 30th of the current year
    • Project must be available for purchase at two or more on-line retainers
    • Contain at least four original compositions or distinctive arrangements
    • Project may not be released on/or have distribution through a major label
  • Awards Category

    Best Rock Album

  • Nomination Criteria

    Minimum Criteria:

    • Released between January 1st of previous year and April 30th of the current year
    • LP/EP With 5 or More Tracks
    • Original Material (20% of album can be covers)

    Other Criteria that may be considered:

    • Album Concept
    • Overall Songwriting/Production
    • Street Buzz (People’s Choice)
  • Awards Category

    Best Urban Album

  • Nomination Criteria

    Minimum Criteria:

    • Released between January 1st of previous year and April 30th of the current year
    • LP/EP With 5 or More Tracks
    • Original Material (20% of album can be covers)

    Other Criteria that may be considered:

    • Concept
    • Overall Songwriting/Production
    • Street Buzz
  • Awards Category

    Rawlow B Award “Grinder of the Year”

  • Nomination Criteria

    • Someone who represents innovation in the indie urban game.
    • An industry figure who is ahead of his/her time, promoting Mid-TN urban music to the Nashville community and surrounding regions.
  • Awards Category

    Best Video ***

  • Nomination Criteria

    Minimum Criteria:

    • Video released between January 1st of previous year and April 30th of the current year

    Other Criteria that may be considered:

    • Film Production/Direction
    • Video Concept
    • Editing
    • Internet Presence
    • Street Buzz (People’s Choice, based on fan voting)
  • Awards Category

    Song of the Year***

  • Nomination Criteria

    Minimum Criteria:

    • Released between January 1st of previous year and April 30th of the current year
    • Original Production and Lyrics
    • Any genre eligible

    Other Criteria that may be considered:

    • Media Presence (Internet/Print/Radio/Social Networking)
      • Digital Download Services
      • Local/Regional Radio Airplay, Broadcast and Online
    • Songwriting/Production
    • Street Buzz (People’s Choice, based on fan voting)
  • Awards Category

    Album of the Year***

  • Nomination Criteria

    Minimum Criteria:

    • Released between January 1st of previous year and April 30th of the current year
    • LP/EP With 5 or More Tracks
    • Original Material (20% of album can be covers for R&B, Pop, Rock Only)

    Other Criteria that may be considered:

    • Album Concept
    • Overall Songwriting/Production
    • Street Buzz (People’s Choice)
  • Awards Category

    Artist of the Year***

  • Nomination Criteria

    Minimum Criteria:

    • Released new music between January 1st of previous year and April 30th of the current year

    Other Criteria that may be considered:

    • Media Presence
    • Work Ethic from January 1st of previous year to April 30th of the current year
    • Level of Artistry
    • Street Buzz (People’s Choice)
  • Awards Category

    Best Live Music Venue

  • Nomination Criteria

    • Reasonable Production Fees
    • Willingness To Book Up & Coming Musicians/Artist
    • Excellent Communication (returning emails, discussing show details etc…)
    • Good Promotion Of All Shows
    • Sound Quality
    • Friendliness Of Staff & Management
    • Professionalism
  • Awards Category

    Best Visual Art (Includes Video Producers/Directors, Graphic Designers, Photographers)

  • Nomination Criteria

    • Quality Of Work
    • Creativity
    • Artistic Ability
    • Professionalism
    • Work Ethic
    • Turnaround Times
  • Awards Category

    Best Media Outlet (Includes, Print, Online, Radio)

  • Nomination Criteria

    • Market Relevance & Popularity
    • Covers Up & Coming Artist
    • Social Media Following
    • Story Accuracy
    • Professionalism
    • Social Media
  • Awards Category

    Best Studio

  • Nomination Criteria

    • Equipment Hardware & Software
    • Ambiance
    • Professional Easy To Work With Engineers
    • Cost Efficient Rates
    • Friendly Staff
  • Awards Category

    Best Producer

  • Nomination Criteria

    • Ability To Turn Composed Music & Words Music Into A Complete Song
    • Ability To Communicate, Guide, & Direct Artist and Musicians
    • Work Ethic
    • Creativity
    • Vision
    • Ability To Motivate, & Bring Out The Best In Artist/Musicians During Recording Sessions
  • Awards Category

    Promoter of the Year

  • Nomination Criteria

    • Books & Promote For Various Artist, Venues, Genres. Local & Abroad Including Radio Promotion
    • Helps Artist Reach Their Full potential
    • Ability To Reach Maximum Fan Outreach Through Social Media, Emails, Electronic & Hard Copy Flyers/Posters
    • Promotes Year Round