The Texas Music Awards’ slogan is “Recognizing Texas Talent – Rewarding Texas Pride”and it couldn’t be truer with the Texas Music Awards! Texas Music Awards is an event that has two functions. First, the event recognizes excellence in independent Texas music with an annual awards process that is voted on primarily by previous recipients, making sure that it’s about the music and not a popularity contest. Actually, it’s not a contest at all. It is recognition for excellence.
Secondly, the show seeks to raise money, as it is the sole annual fundraiser for the Academy of Texas Music, Inc. , the official sanctioning organization of the Texas Music Awards. It is important to remember that ONLY members of the Academy of Texas Music, Inc. are eligible for the Texas Music AwardsTM
The process, the show, and the benefits provided to all the nominees is dependent on fine Texas sponsors who contribute financially to make sure Texas musicians are properly recognized for their efforts.
Lucky Boyd is Co-Founder and Director of the Texas Music Awards, Chairman of the
Academy of Texas Music, Inc., Co-Founder of MyTexasMusic.com, and knows from whence he comes; he is a highly revered and acclaimed singer/songwriter/musician and a strong activist in promoting Texas Music. So, Lucky definitely practices what he preaches in recognizing Texas talent and rewarding Texas pride! His lovely wife, Jinelle, is just as dedicated to her roles in these organizations and is also held in high esteem by Texas Music’s organizations and communities.
The purity and dedicated attitude of the Texas Music Awards is explained by Lucky, “Contests require judges and competition. With each competition, there must be a level playing field. Since music is vast and variant, no level playing field exists. That’s why the TMAs are not a contest. Each performance is compared to criteria and not to another performance.” And to make you want to jump up and shout, “Amen!” The Texas Music Awards are not given by how many online clicks an artist can generate – that’s an ‘online popularity click generation award’ and not a music award.
Lucky Boyd explains, “The TMAs are based on the quality of performance. The Honoree Board is given access to every bit of information necessary to make an informed decision. Quite often, the voters have heard of all the nominees, and they are encouraged to research each nominee thoroughly before casting their vote.”
Continuing, Lucky states, “Our nominating process includes the screening of every track on every eligible album. The Nominating Committee takes suggestions from the public, artists, and industry professionals. Each track is compared with the criteria set for each award and the nominations are offered to the performances that most meet the criteria.”
The nominees were recently announced, voting began Feb 27th and ends on March 18th.This is going to be a tough call, because these nominees are much loved, ultra talented, cream of the crop in Texas (and many highly honored in Texas and beyond.) That’s the problem with knowing and witnessing these nominee’s talents. It has sure given this Examiner sleepless nights. It’s difficult to choose when they are most all this Texas Music lover’s favorites!
How are these nominees chosen?
Nominations are made through the Texas Music Awards website – www.TexasMusicAwards.org
Nominations may be submitted by anyone with Internet access.
Multiple methods are used to prevent abuse. IP capturing, cookie blocking, etc. are used.
Duplicates are discarded and abusers are blocked from the system.
- Each potential nominee is checked for eligibility beginning with the top recipient
- Each potential nominee is matched to the criteria for each specific award
- Nominees who more closely match award criteria may receive additional consideration
- Nominations received are treated as suggestions and the number of nominations received is not the final factor
- When five nominees matching the criteria are deemed eligible, the nominations are set
- If less than five nominees are deemed eligible, the Nominating Committee will fill the remaining nominations
- If, by way of nominations and criteria, more than five nominees are eligible and suitable, the Nominating Committee will narrow the field to five nominees based on which nominees more closely reflect the criteria
- All nominations are the final decision of the Academy Nominating Committee
How are the nominations calculated?
- First, there is a public vote. Fans can vote for any ONE of the five nominees in each category. The public vote is tallied and the nominee in each category receiving the most votes will receive five points, giving four points to the next highest vote-getter, and so on.
- The public voting results are then converted to Academy votes. The public votes account for approximately 10% of the total Academy vote. Those receiving nominations are ranked by number of nominations received.
- Second, the voting members of the Academy can vote for any ONE of the five nominees in each category. The voting member vote is tallied and the nominee in each category receiving the most votes will receive five points, giving four points to the next highest vote-getter, and so on. The voting member voting results are then converted to Academy votes. The voting member votes account for approximately 20% of the total Academy vote.
- Third, the Academy Voting Board votes using the AP Writer’s Poll style of systematically sorting each nominee with a grading from one to five. Five points are given to the Board member’s first choice, four points are given to the second choice, and so on. The Academy Voting Board results account for approximately 70% of the total Academy vote.
- Results are held secret until the Awards Show
As Lucky Boyd, says, “The Texas Music Awards are open to all members of the Academy of Texas Music, Inc. Many categories require a release within the qualifying period. If you feel that there are too many artists in one particular genre, please help by encouraging artists in all facets of Texas music to join the Academy.”
“We look forward to the day when there can be awards in every genre.” Continues Lucky, “That can only happen when more artists join and release qualifying projects. Until then, you may have a Country artist being voted on next to a Rock artist or a Christian artist. Thanks for understanding the process and thanks for your support.”
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