2021 CCMA AWARDS

Rules & Regulations

 

Awards Overview

Honoring our exceptional members

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CCMA AWARDS OVERVIEW

Each year, the Canadian Country Music Association (CCMA) honours its members who have excelled during the past year, with a Canadian Country Music Association Award.

The CCMA Awards are voted upon by the membership* in a three stage ballot process; during the first of which, potential Candidates who have released product within the eligibility period and meet the criteria outlined in the Rules & Regulations, are brought forward for consideration and nominated by the voting membership through a ‘write-in’ ballot. The Second Ballot presents the top ten eligible contenders, as verified by the Awards and Balloting Committee, who have received the most votes in each category to be voted upon for the Third (and final) Ballot, which contains the top five contenders in each category, who become the final five nominees.

Click here to view the Rules & Regulations for the CCMA Awards Program.

Should you have an idea for a potential new CCMA Award category, please contact Karina Davison at the CCMA office at kdavison@ccma.org or at 416-947-1331 ext. 218. Click here to review the CCMA Award Category Submission Form.

* Only CCMA Members who have renewed before May 1 may vote; this process does not apply to Fans’ Choice, Top Selling Album of the Year, Top Selling Canadian Album of the Year, and Top Selling Canadian Single of the Year, all of which have their own unique selection process (see 2021 Rules & Regulations for details).

AWARD CATEGORIES

ARTIST AWARDS (15 AWARDS)

  • Entertainer of the Year (Award #1)
  • Album of the Year (Award #2)
  • Fans’ Choice (Award #3)
  • Female Artist of the Year (Award #4)
  • Group or Duo of the Year (Award #5)
  • Interactive Artist of the Year (Award #6)
  • Male Artist of the Year (Award #7)
  • Rising Star (Award #8)
  • Alternative Country Album of the Year (Award #9)
  • Single of the Year (Award #10)
  • Songwriter(s) of the Year (Award #11)
  • Top Selling Album of the Year (Award #12)
  • Top Selling Canadian Album of the Year (Award #13)
  • Top Selling Canadian Single of the Year (Award #14)
  • Video of the Year (Award #15)

MUSICIAN AWARDS (7 AWARDS)

  • Bass Player of the Year (Award #16)
  • Drummer of the Year (Award #17)
  • Fiddle Player of the Year (Award #18)
  • Guitar Player of the Year (Award #19)
  • Keyboard Player of the Year (Award #20)
  • Specialty Instrument Player of the Year (Award #21)
  • Steel Guitar Player of the Year (Award #22)

RADIO AWARDS (5 AWARDS)

  • Music Director of the Year (Large Market) (Award #23)
  • Music Director of the Year (Medium or Small Market) (Award #24)
  • Country Personality(ies) of the Year (Award #25)
  • Radio Station of the Year (Large Market) (Award #26)
  • Radio Station of the Year (Medium or Small Market) (Award #27)

INDUSTRY AWARDS (12 AWARDS)

  • Booking Agency of the Year (Award #28)
  • Country Club of the Year (Award #29) – paused for 2021
  • Country Festival, Fair or Exhibition of the Year (Award #30) – paused for 2021
  • Country Music Program or Special of the Year (Award #31)
  • Management Company of the Year (Award #32)
  • Music Publishing Company of the Year (Award #33)
  • Record Company of the Year (Award #34)
  • Industry Person of the Year (Award #35)
  • Creative Director(s) of the Year (Award #36)
  • Recording Studio of the Year (Award #37)
  • Record Producer(s) of the Year (Award #38)
  • Retailer of the Year (Award #39)
  • Ron Sakamoto Talent Buyer or Promoter of the Year (Award #40)
  • Video Director of the Year (Award #41)

KEY DATES

First Ballot:
Opens Wednesday, July 7, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. ET – Closes Wednesday, July 21, 2021 at 5:00 p.m. ET

Second Ballot:
Opens Wednesday, August 18, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. ET – Closes Wednesday, September 1, 2021 at 5:00 p.m. ET

Third and Final Ballot:
Opens Wednesday, September 22, 2021 at 12:00 p.m. ET – Closes Wednesday, October 6, 2021 at 5:00 p.m. ET