AWARD CATEGORIES & DESCRIPTIONS

OUTSTANDING ALBUM
For vocal albums only. Instrumental albums are not eligible. Albums must contain at least 51% playing time of NEWLY RECORDED material.

OUTSTANDING SONG
A song must contain melody and lyrics and must be either a new song or a song first achieving prominence during the eligibility year. Songs containing prominent samples or interpolations are not eligible.

OUTSTANDING MALE FRONTED GROUP
For newly recorded performances in which vocal solos were primarily performed by a male artist.

OUTSTANDING FEMALE FRONTED GROUP
For newly recorded performances in which vocal solos were primarily performed by a female artist.

OUTSTANDING LIVE PERFORMANCE
For newly recorded live performances specifically performed during an Official Live Screening Event occurring during the year of nomination.

OUTSTANDING VIDEO
For an artist whose video was released for the first time during the CURRENT eligibility year and represents outstanding creativity in the area of video production.

OUTSTANDING PRODUCER
For a producer whose recordings were released for the first time during the CURRENT eligibility year and represent consistently outstanding creativity in the area of record production. Producer must have credit for at least 51% playing time of album. Or must have credit for at least 6 individual tracks or singles. These tracks or singles cannot be from albums released outside of the current eligibility year.

OUTSTANDING VOCALIST
For a vocalist whose recordings were released for the first time during the CURRENT eligibility year and represent consistently outstanding creativity and technicality in their area of performance.

OUTSTANDING GUITARIST
For a guitarist whose recordings were released for the first time during the CURRENT eligibility year and represent consistently outstanding creativity and technicality in their area of performance.

OUTSTANDING DRUMMER
For a drummer whose recordings were released for the first time during the CURRENT eligibility year and represent consistently outstanding creativity and technicality in their area of performance.

OUTSTANDING BASSIST
For a bass guitarist whose recordings were released for the first time during the CURRENT eligibility year and represent consistently outstanding creativity and technicality in their area of performance.

OUTSTANDING KEYBOARDIST / DJ / ELECTRONICA
For a keyboardist whose recordings were released for the first time during the CURRENT eligibility year and represent consistently outstanding creativity and technicality in their area of performance.

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT
Honors individuals who have made contributions of outstanding significance within the independent music community, and in areas other than performance.

MOST DEDICATED FANS
Recognizes a particular cities fans based on their participation during the Live Screening Event and the Voting Process associated with the selection of the People’s Choice Award.

PEOPLE'S CHOICE
Recognizes artists and their works as voted on by the general public.

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