10/17/2018

ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC® ANNOUNCES NEW SUBMISSIONS PROCESS, CATEGORY NAME CHANGES & VOTING TIMELINE FOR 2019 AWARDS

ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC® ANNOUNCES

NEW SUBMISSIONS PROCESS, CATEGORY NAME CHANGES &

VOTING TIMELINE FOR 2019 AWARDS

 

December 31, 2018 Deadline to Apply for New Memberships & Renew Memberships

For Voting Eligibility for the 54th Academy of Country Music Awards in 2019

 

Encino, CA (October 17, 2018) – The Academy of Country Music® announced today a new submissions process, category name changes, and the ballot timeline for professional membership voting for the 54th Academy of Country Music Awards™ which synchronizes voting of all Awards categories, including Industry Awards, Studio Recording Awards, Radio Awards and Video of the Year. The 54th Academy of Country Music Awards™, Country Music’s Party of the Year® will broadcast LIVE from MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, April 7, 2019 at 8:00 PM ET/delayed PT on CBS.

The new submission process will allow Academy members to engage in the ACM awards process to present all eligible recordings and artists for consideration to the voting membership. The change aligns the following six categories with the submission process already in place for the Radio Awards, Video of the Year and Industry Awards categories:

Album of the Year

New Female Artist of the Year (formerly New Female Vocalist of the Year)

New Male Artist of the Year (formerly New Male Vocalist of the Year)

New Duo or Group of the Year (formerly New Vocal Duo or Group of the Year)

Music Event of the Year (formerly Vocal Event of the Year)

Single of the Year (formerly Single Record of The Year)

Remaining Awards categories – including Entertainer of the Year, Female Artist of the Year (formerly Female Vocalist of the Year), Male Artist of the Year (formerly Male Vocalist of the Year), Duo of the Year (formerly Vocal Duo of the Year), and Group of the Year (formerly Vocal Group of the Year) – will continue to be determined via write-in from the professional membership.

The ACM Board voted to update ten category names (full list below); the updated name changes do not impact criteria for any of the Awards.

The submissions eligibility period for the 54th Academy of Country Music Awards is January 1, 2018 through December 31, 2018. Key dates for Academy professional members for the 2019 ACM Awards cycle are as follows:

  • New Membership/Membership Renewals Opens:             October 29, 2018
  • Submissions Period Opens:                                                     December 3, 2018
  • DEADLINE for New Membership/Renewals Closing:           December 31, 2018
  • Submissions Period Closes:                                                     January 4, 2019
  • First Round Voting:                                                                 January 18, 2019 – January 24, 2019
  • Second Round Voting:                                                             February 4, 2019 – February 11, 2019
  • Final Round Voting:                                                                March 11, 2019 – March 19, 2019

 

New membership applications and existing membership renewals open on Monday, October 29, 2018 at 9:00 AM PT / 11:00 AM CT with a deadline to apply by Monday, December 31, 2018 at 5:00 PM PT / 7:00 PM CT for members to be eligible to vote during the 2019 Awards cycle.  To apply online for a membership with the    Academy of Country Music, please visit the ACM Membership platform at: https://acm.dmds.com/en#/.

For more information on the ACM Awards and all ACM events, visit www.ACMcountry.com. You can like Academy of Country Music on Facebook or follow on Twitter at @ACMawards and Instagram @ACMAwards for more immediate updates. Tickets for the 54th Academy of Country Music Awards are available at www.axs.com.

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For a list of all ACM Award categories and updated name changes, see below:

 

 Updated Category Name                                                                                             Previous Category Name

MAIN AWARDS:
Entertainer of the Year                                                                                                  No Change
Album of the Year                                                                                                           No Change
Single of the Year                                                                                                            Single Record of the Year
Song of the Year                                                                                                              No Change
Songwriter of the Year                                                                                                   No Change
Music Event of the Year                                                                                                 Vocal Event of the Year
Female Artist of the Year                                                                                               Female Vocalist of the Year
Male Artist of the Year                                                                                                   Male Vocalist of the Year
Duo of the Year                                                                                                                Vocal Duo of the Year
Group of the Year                                                                                                            Vocal Group of the Year
New Female Artist of the Year                                                                                      New Female Vocalist of the Year
New Male Artist of the Year                                                                                          New Male Vocalist of the Year
New Duo or Group of the Year                                                                                     New Vocal Duo or Group of the Year
Video of the Year                                                                                                             No Change

INDUSTRY AWARDS:
Casino of the Year - Small Capacity                                                                           No Change
Casino of the Year - Large Capacity                                                                           Casino of the Year - Medium Capacity
Festival of the Year                                                                                                       No Change
Nightclub of the Year                                                                                                   No Change
Venue of the Year - Small Capacity                                                                            No Change
Venue of the Year - Medium Capacity                                                                      No Change
Venue of the Year - Large Capacity                                                                           No Change
Don Romeo Talent Buyer of the Year                                                                        No Change
Promoter of the Year                                                                                                    No Change

STUDIO RECORDING AWARDS:
Bass Player of the Year                                                                                                 No Change
Drummer of the Year                                                                                                    No Change
Guitar Player of the Year                                                                                              No Change
Piano/Keyboards Player of the Year                                                                           No Change
Specialty Instrument(s) Player of the Year                                                                No Change
Steel Guitar Player of the Year                                                                                    No Change
Audio Engineer of the Year                                                                                          No Change
Producer of the Year                                                                                                     No Change

RADIO AWARDS:
On-Air Personality of the Year-Small Market                                                        No Change
On-Air Personality of the Year-Medium Market                                                  No Change
On-Air Personality of the Year-Large Market                                                        No Change
On-Air Personality of the Year-Major Market                                                       No Change
National On-Air Personality of the Year-Small Market                                        No Change
National On-Air Personality of the Year-Medium Market                                   No Change
National On-Air Personality of the Year-Large Market                                         No Change
National On-Air Personality of the Year-Major Market                                        No Change
Radio Station of the Year - Small Market                                                                No Change
Radio Station of the Year - Medium Market                                                          No Change
Radio Station of the Year - Large Market                                                                No Change
Radio Station of the Year - Major Market                                                               No Change

CONTACT:

Brooke Primero

Academy of Country Music

818.815.4219

brooke@acmcountry.com