How Big Apple Music Award Winners are Selected


Submitting Eligible Recordings


Members of the record companies submit recordings and music videos that have been released during the eligibility year. The eligibility year for the 2014 awards is October 1, 2012 through September 30, 2013.

Over 150 experts in a variety of music fields review entered recordings to make sure they meet the eligibility requirements and that they are placed in the proper categories for award consideration. This is the point at which it is determined whether a recording is rock or jazz, pop or folk or dance, etc.


General Nominations


Ballots are sent to voting members of the association with lists of all of the eligible recordings in various fields. Members are instructed to vote only in their fields of expertise and they may vote in up to 20 categories. The fields include Pop, Rock, Folk, Jazz, etc. All voting members may select nominees in each of the 5 general



  • Record of the Year/1 Per Country

  • Album of the Year/1 Per Country

  • Song of the Year/1 Per Country

  • Best/Most Popular Female Artist/1 Per Country

  • Best/Most Popular Male Artist/1 Per Country


Some categories are reserved for special nominating committees.To become a voting member of the association an individual must be a music industry professional with creative or technical credits on six commercially released tracks (or their equivalent) in physically available music (e.g. vinyl and CDs) or twelve tracks of music sold online. These may include vocalists, conductors, songwriters, composers, engineers, producers, instrumentalists, arrangers, art directors, album notes writers, narrators and music video artists and technicians.


Special Nominating Committees


Some craft and specialized categories are reserved from the general nominations voting. These nominees are selected by national nominating committees selected from among active members of the association in chapter cities.


  • Lifetime Achievement Award-is awarded by the Foundation to "performers who, during their lifetimes, have made creative contributions of outstanding artistic significance to the field of recording.


  • Legend Award-was created in 2008 to honor was inaugurated to recognize "ongoing contributions and influence in the recording field.


  • Millennium Award-apart from the world's best-selling artists in the various categories and the national best-selling artists, special millennium awards will be presented in 2014 to the world's best-selling recording-artist of all time.


  • Diamond Award- was created in 2009 to honor artists who have sold over 100 million albums over the course of their careers.

      3 artists and 1 group have been given this award:

  • Ishtar Alabina (Israel-France)-2009

  • Ibrahim Tatlises (Turkey)- 2010

  • Aida Sargsyan (Armenia), 2012

  • "Shahuns Brothers" group (Turkmenistan)-2013


Final Voting Ballots


are sent to voting members of the association with the final nominees in all categories. Members are allowed to vote for the selections to win awards in up to 20 categories plus the 5 general categories.Award Announcements Winners of the awards are not known until envelopes containing the names of winners are opened at the presentation ceremonies.

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