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17th Annual ZMR Music Awards is continuing the tradition of hosting an annual Music Awards program. Welcome to the 17th Annual ZMR Music Awards. Last year's ZMR Awards were interrupted by the pandemic but we were able to hold an online award process nontheless. Fortunately the categorization process was already complete last year and the only thing impacted was the show itself. This year, however, the scheduling  of the show was heavily impacted and as a result the whole process was pushed back by about 2 months. We are back on track and will proceed as normal - again minus the live show.

Like last year, there is no submittal fee or registration required for an artist or label to qualify. If you meet the qualifications listed below, you're included in the field of award qualifiers: 

  • An artist or label must have had a recording(s) that appeared in the Top 50 of our Top 100 Chart during the period December 2019 through November 2020 to qualify for all categories except "Album of the Year" and Best New Artist9

  • To qualify for "Album of the Year," a recording had to appear in the Top 10 of our Top 100 Chart during the period December 2019 through November 2020.
  • Your recording did not appear in any previous years' ZMR Music Awards Qualifier list.

If you meet these three criteria, you are eligible for nomination.

Where can I find the list of Qualifying Recordings?

A listing of all recordings that qualify for nomination are shown on the Qualifiers page.  These are the only recordings in contention for the ZMR Music Awards. Write in candidates will not be accepted.

A listing of all recordings that qualify has been released!

What are the Award Categories?

There are 13 award categories. The categories are:

  • Album of the Year
  • Best New Artist
  • Best Piano Album - Solo     
  • Best Piano Album - with Instrumentation
  • Best Instrumental Album - Acoustic
  • Best Contemporary Instrumental Album
  • Best Vocal Album
  • Best Ambient Album
  • Best Electronic Album
  • Best Groove / Chill Album
  • Best Relaxation / Meditation Album
  • Best Neo-Classical Album
  • Best World Album

What if my recording is not in the correct category?

Categorization is not an easy task. It takes us time to put together the listings and make sure everything is categorized properly. We hold internal discussions for all of the categories and contemplate the makeup of each recording in consideration.

Recognizing that this process is not an exact science, and that we know we aren't perfect, after our internal review, we post the recordings online and open a one to two-week period where comments are accepted from the artist / label community. We will consider requests for a change in category during this period. Recognize that we think we have a pretty good reason for where we placed the recording, so it won't be easy to convince us otherwise unless there is a glaring, obvious mistake.

After the voting is opened, requests for changes will not be considered.

Who does the voting?

Voting for the Category Nominations and Category Award winners will be done by the Broadcasters (Show Hosts) that have reported Top 20 Playlists to ZoneMusicReporter during the December 2018 thru November 2019 time period. In addition, both RJ Lannan And Bill Binkelman will be on the voting panel. This is a far-reaching panel of industry experts and lovers of the music that ZoneMusicReporter represents. We could not think of a more worthy and knowledgeable panel to decide both the Category Nominees and Category winners.

How does the Awards process work?

The complete rules and process are available on the Rules page.

Award Winners will be announced on this website without any unforseen interruptions on Saturday July 10th!

What do the Award Winners receive?

The winner in each category will receive an engraved Award Plaque. The four remaining nominees in each category will receive a Certificate. 

We at ZoneMusicReporter wish all of the eligible artists the very best of luck! It is not going to be an easy process because so many outstanding recordings are in contention for this year's awards, but the journey must be made to recognize the Best of the Best.

Good luck to all!

Daryl, Ben and the staff at ZoneMusicReporter

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