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Voting Procedures :: How Does One Win An ACM Award Anyway?

by Paul Heling

Here's what we see when a winner is announced on an ACM Awards show... at first maybe a 'hands covering mouth' look of disbelief, a few hugs on the way up to the podium, possibly a tear is shed, a deep breath, then maybe even a look of 'I deserve this' before everyone is thanked. What we don't see is how that person got to that position in the first place.

So here's a quick look at the Academy of Country music's criteria and voting procedure:

  • Voting eligibility period is November 29, 2012 through November 27, 2013
  • Nomination round: ACM professional members submit one nomination each per category
  • The top 20 vote getters go before a review committee to confirm their eligibility
  • The top 20 must also have achieved at least 2% of the vote
  • Second round: Up to 2 votes may be cast from the membership in each category
  • The top 5 vote getters go to the final ballot (are determined official nominees)
  • Final (third round): Top vote getter wins the award!
  • Two of the categories factor in online fan votes (Entertainer and New Artist)
  • Ballots tabulated by an independent accounting firm
  • Each category has specific criteria that must be met. See those in the link below.