Award Categories & Criteria

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 Male

Best Hip Hop/Rap Artist Female

Best Hip Hop/Rap Group
Best Blues Artist
Best Funk/Reggae/Fusion Band
Best ALT Rock Band
Best Hard Rock/Metal Band
Best Pop/Punk Band

  • NOMINATION CRITERIA
    • Overall Vocal ability
    • Songwriting/Production
    • Media Presence (Internet/Print/Radio/Social Media)
      • Instagram
      • Facebook
      • Twitter
      • Digital Download Services
      • Streaming Services
    • Street Buzz
    • Work Ethic: Based on work done between January 1st of the previous year & April 30th of the current year
    • 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 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: Based on work done between January 1st of the previous year & April 30th of the current year
    • Street Buzz
    • 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 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 & April 30th of the current year
  • Work Ethic: Based on work done between January 1st of the previous year & April 30th 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
  • Work Ethic: Based on work done 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
  • Project may not be released on/or have distribution through a major label

 

  • 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
  • Project may not be released on/or have distribution through a major label

 

  • 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.
    • Work Ethic: Based on work done between January 1st of the previous year & April 30th of the current year

 

 

  • 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
  • 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

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 Media)
    • Digital Download Services
    • Local/Regional Radio Airplay, Broadcast and Online
  • Songwriting/Production
  • Street Buzz
  • 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

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
  • Project may not be released on/or have distribution through a major label

 

  • 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: Based on work done between January 1st of the previous year & April 30th of the current year
  • Level of Artistry
  • Street Buzz
  • 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 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
    • Work Ethic: Based on work done between January 1st of the previous year & April 30th of the current year

 

  • AWARDS CATEGORY

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

  • NOMINATION CRITERIA
    • Quality Of Work
    • Creativity
    • Artistic Ability
    • Professionalism
    • Work Ethic
    • Turnaround Times
    • Work Ethic: Based on work done between January 1st of the previous year & April 30th of the current year

 

  • AWARDS CATEGORY

Best Photographer

  • NOMINATION CRITERIA
    • Quality Of Work
    • Creativity
    • Artistic Ability
    • Professionalism
    • Turnaround Times
    • Work Ethic: Based on work done between January 1st of the previous year & April 30th of the current year

 

  • 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
    • Work Ethic: Based on work done between January 1st of the previous year & April 30th of the current year

 

  • AWARDS CATEGORY

Best Studio

  • NOMINATION CRITERIA
    • Equipment Hardware & Software
    • Ambiance
    • Professional Easy To Work With Engineers
    • Cost Efficient Rates
    • Friendly Staff
    • Work Ethic: Based on work done between January 1st of the previous year & April 30th of the current year

 

  • 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
    • Creativity
    • Vision
    • Ability To Motivate, & Bring Out The Best In Artist/Musicians During Recording Sessions
    • Work Ethic: Based on work done between January 1st of the previous year & April 30th of the current year

 

 

  • 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
    • Work Ethic: Based on work done between January 1st of the previous year & April 30th of the current year

 

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