Overview

Each year, the Canadian Country Music Association (CCMA) honours its Members who have excelled during the past year, with a Canadian Country Music Award. The Awards are handed out each fall during Country Music Week. Clickhereto view the Rules & Regulations for the Canadian Country Music Association Awards.

The Canadian Country Music Association Awards are voted upon by the membership* in a three stage ballot process, during the first of which, potential candidates who have released product within the eligibility period and meet the criteria outlined in the Rules & Regulations, are brought forward for consideration and nominated by the voting membership through a 'write-in' ballot. The Second Ballot presents the top ten eligible contenders, as verified by the Awards and Balloting committee, who have received the most votes in each category to be voted upon for the Third (and final) Ballot, which contains the top five contenders in each category, who become the final five nominees.

* Only Industry, Corporate or Lifetime members who have renewed before April 30 may vote; this process does not apply to Fans' Choice, Top Selling Album and Top Selling Canadian Album, all of which have their own unique selection process (see2014 Rules & Regulationsfor details)

AWARD CATEGORIES

ARTIST AWARDS

  • Album of The Year
  • CMT Video of the Year
  • Discovery Award
  • Fans' Choice Award
  • Female Artist of the Year
  • Group or Duo of the Year
  • Male Artist of the Year
  • Rising Star Award
  • Roots Artist or Group of the Year
  • Single of The Year
  • Songwriter(s) of the Year
  • Top Selling Album of the Year
  • Top Selling Canadian Album of the Year
  • Interactive Artist of the Year

INDUSTRY AWARDS

  • Album Design of the Year
  • Booking Agency of the Year
  • Country Club of the Year
  • Country Festival, Fair or Exhibition of the Year
  • Management Company of the Year
  • Music Publishing Company of the Year
  • Record Company of the Year
  • Record Company Person of the Year
  • Record Producer(s) of the Year
  • Recording Studio of the Year
  • Retailer of the Year
  • Ron Sakamoto Talent Buyer or Promoter of the Year
  • Video Director of the Year

BROADCAST AWARDS

  • Country Music Program or Special of the Year
  • Music Director of the Year (Major Market)
  • Music Director of the Year (Secondary Market)
  • On-Air Personality(ies) of the Year (Major Market)
  • On-Air Personality(ies) of the Year (Secondary Market)
  • Radio Station of the Year (Major Market)
  • Radio Station of the Year (Secondary Market)

ALL STAR BAND AWARDS

  • Bass
  • Drums
  • Fiddle
  • Guitar
  • Keyboards
  • Special Instruments
  • Steel Guitar

KEY DATES

  • April 30: Membership Deadline - Membership must be renewed by April 30 to receive voting rights
  • Early May*: First Ballot opens
  • Late May *: First Ballot closes
  • Mid June*: Second Ballot opens
  • Early July*: Second Ballot closes
  • Mid July *: Third Ballot opens – Nominee Announcement; 3 weeks to close
  • Early August *: Third Ballot Closes
  • September*: Winners are announced at Country Music Week during the CCMA Industry Lunch & Awards, CCMA Gala Dinner & Awards, CCMA All Star Band Awards and the Canadian Country Music Association Awards Broadcast.

* Exact date varies each year