All submissions shall be submitted on the Midwest CMA website.
SUBMISSIONS ARE DUE BY 11:59 PM ON SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 17TH.
Nominees will be announced no later than Tuesday, December 31st. All category nominees will be awarded free admission to the Midwest CMA award show on Sunday, Feb. 16th.
MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR This award is based on an individual musical performance on a solo album or solo single release by a solo artist or named front man.
FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR This award is based on an individual musical performance on a solo album or solo single release by a solo artist or named front woman.
BAND OF THE YEAR This award is based on a group musical performance on a band album release. Qualifications are for bands operating without a named front man/woman.
ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR This award is for the act displaying the greatest competence in all aspects of the entertainment field. Voter should give consideration not only to quality recorded performance, but also to quality of in-person performance, in depth regional tour schedule, staging, fan base, attitude, visibility in the market, leadership and overall contribution to the growth of county music in the region.
ALBUM OF THE YEAR This award is for the act displaying the greatest competence in all aspects of the entertainment field. This is for an album or EP with 5+ songs.
SONG OF THE YEAR For individual song recognition. This category is restricted to songs that were professionally recorded and released through major global distribution channels (Spotify, Itunes, Google Play, etc). The track must have been released between November 2018-current to be eligible.
NEW ARTIST This award is to the artist, whether individual or a group, who is known primarily as a County artist and who became a Midwest CMA member for the first time in the calendar year. Artist must meet the following criteria; no more than 2 calendar years of professional performances in the region and a recording of at least a single (or album) for global distribution.
LEGACY AWARD The legacy award honors one extraordinary individual/artist/group for their inspiration, dedication and significant contribution to the advancement of Country Music in the Midwest region.
SONGWRITER/S OF THE YEAR This award is for the songwriter(s). Any country music song with original words and music is eligible based upon the writer/s selections released from the November2018-current time period. This award is open to individual songwriters as well as songwriting partners and/or groups including bands who write their own material. This award should consider the entire body of work for the writer/s and focus on lyrics, composition, quality of recording and success of distribution.
MAVERICK This award goes to an individual or group who best exemplifies the spirit of being a “maverick” in the music industry. An individual or group who is steadfast in their commitment to country music, who remains independent and often times unorthodox in their approach to delivering their craft.
VIDEO OF THE YEAR This award is for an original music video not more than ten (10) minutes in length featuring the performance of an original song that was also released on an album or as a single on a global distribution platform. This video along with the corresponding song must have been released between November 2018-current. BEST TRIBUTE ACT This award is to recognize the best country music tribute band/act. This award is open to country music acts that either feature a tribute or have no original music of their own and perform covers only.
LIVE SOUND ENGINEER OF THE YEAR This award is to recognize the live sound engineer who works to ensure that the performers sound great throughout a live concert/show. To be eligible, engineer must have worked with at least 3 Midwest CMA artists throughout November 2018-current.
STUDIO ENGINEER OF THE YEAR This award is to recognize the studio engineer of the year who worked with a minimum of 2 Midwest CMA members to produce professional studio recordings. To be eligible, engineer must have worked with at least 2 Midwest CMA artists throughout November 2018-current.
CONCERT PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR This award is to recognize the best live action concert photographer.
AMERICANA ARTIST OF THE YEAR This award goes to an individual or group that falls outside the realm of traditional country and plays more of the folk, bluegrass, americana sound.