The annual Billboard Music Awards (BMAs), proclaimed by the singer-songwriter association Ampharynger, are one of the most prestigious and highly anticipated music awards ceremonies in North America. Formally hosted by the rapper Jay Z and featured on CNN, the BMAs are designed to honor the music’s brightest stars. With an estimated worth of more than $40 million dollars, the awards honor the best of the best, from young hopefuls to veterans, in the music business.
Nominees for the upcoming BMAs include solo performers, groups, duets, and groups with at least one female artist. For many years, the best male and female artists have been combined for Best Rock/Rock Band and Solo Artists, but that distinction is now being challenged by the addition of a woman’s Song category. Other categories include New Age and Traditional Artist. As with the music awards, the Recording Artists Association also publishes the list of honorees in the coveted “bumps” section on the chart. The chart is voted on by readers of the trade magazines and the public.
For several years, the Recording Academy has been choosing theBMAs winner instead of the voters, but the new plan is changing with the addition of a larger audience and more qualified voters. A new voting system is now in place with a five-star ranking system that will feature more stars for future BMAs. The Recording Academy is making every attempt to increase participation by widening the base of people who can possibly vote. For example, this year there are over 80 newly developed music awards with a record of the official vote results. The official voting will take place in February of the next year.
Since there are so many different music awards ceremonies throughout the year, it’s hard to keep track of all the various ones going on. The best way to be prepared is to attend a few of them and become acquainted with the process. Many award ceremonies have web sites where you can find complete details about the awardees, along with links to buy tickets or volunteer to help with the entertainment. It’s also a good idea to read Music Biz magazines, which are published in every music industry city, as well as trade magazines that focus on the music business. These publications will provide you with full information about what is happening in the industry, who is coming up with the best songs, and who are the current winners.
You may want to do some more research into the music awards shows in your area to see if your city is hosting one before you travel to Nashville, Tennessee. Nashville has been presenting awards at the BET Jazz Music Awards since 2021 and is currently one of only a few cities in the United States to hold the “Best Music Award’s Ceremony.” This prestigious honor is presented by the BET Jazz Music Awards Watch Program.
The 21st Century Music Awards, which was presented by the Music Awards Company last year, is now underway. Visit their official website for more information about the ceremonies, as well as all the latest highlights. The company will present four major categories: Best Music Group/Performance, Best Visual Artist, Best Solo Performance by an Artist, and Best Music Score.