UK Country Music Spotlight Awards – Rules and Regulations

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Today we released the nominations for the 3rd Annual UK Country Music Spotlight Awards. At Belles and Gals, we think it’s important to be as transparent as possible about how rewards work, so we’ve shared the email we sent to all of the panelists below. everyone knows exactly how rewards work!

Welcome to the 3rd annual UK Country Music Spotlight Awards jury.

This year, the panel will be comprised entirely of industry members who have passed the application process to be part of the panel. Like last year, no member of Belles and Gals management or editorial teams will participate in the vote – the only role the Belles and Gals play in the vote is to count the votes. We believe that all of the panelists have a fantastic overall knowledge of the UK country music scene, and we know that the eventual award winners will be the right ones.

Like last year, you will be asked to nominate a 1-2-3 in each category, with the nominated artists / songs / albums receiving 3-2-1 votes respectively. The votes will be compiled and the first 4 (and any ties) in each category will be considered “nominated”.

Once again this year there will be a second round of voting after the nominations are announced, where you will be asked, once again, to choose a 1-2-3 in each category, but this time only among the nominations. The artist / song / album will be considered the winner.

Panel members will not be allowed to vote in categories where there is professional / family involvement. It is suggested that panelists simply abstain from voting in these categories, or simply choose artists with whom you are not involved in professional / family respect.

We ask panel members to vote only on the categories for which they feel sufficiently informed. Please don’t vote for a category for fun if you think you don’t have an in-depth knowledge of that category. For example, don’t just vote in the “Best Live Streamer” category, if you couldn’t watch a lot of streams. We really want to make sure that the best artists in each category are the winners.

We will be available to answer any questions and provide clarifications, so please do not hesitate to contact us.

All individual votes will be kept completely private.

Sincere friendships

Belles and Gals management team

Awards calendar

*** Deadline for the 1st round of nominations:
Sunday 19 December 2021 ***
Appointments announced:
Sunday January 2, 2022 – this is an approximate date as some of these will be announced on the pages / social media / by artists etc. on and around this date.
Start of the final vote:
Monday, January 10, 2022
Final voting deadline:
Sunday 23 January 2022
Prize-giving event:
Saturday 19 February 2022
UK Country Music Spotlight Awards Criteria.
Eligibility period 01/12/20 – 30/11/21

All artists, regardless of their gender identity, are eligible for nomination by the jury as long as the criteria described below are met.

** When you vote, remember that option 1 is your first choice which receives 3 points, option 2 is your second choice which receives 2 points and option 3 is your last choice which receives 1 point * **

Best UK Male Artist – This award is given to whoever you consider to be the best male artist – judging must be based on any releases or live performance during the eligibility period.

UK’s Best Female Artist – This award is given to whoever you consider to be the UK’s Best Female Artist – judging must be based on any releases or live performance during the eligibility period.

Best British Song – This award is given to the artist and songwriter for a single track, encompassing both digital and physical releases. The track must have been published during the eligibility period.

Best British Album / EP – This award recognizes an album or EP to be considered as a whole. It has to be judged on the basis of musical composition, lyrical content, production, engineering, artistry. Award for both artist and producer.

UK Video of the Year – This award is given to the artist and creator, based on audio and visual aspects, including concept and production.

Best UK Duo / Group – This award is given to those you consider to be the best duo or group – judging must be based on any outings or live performance during the eligibility period.

Best British Musician – This award is given to a person known for their musicality and for being known primarily as an instrumentalist. Said instrumentalist must have performed on an EP, album or single released within the eligibility period.

Best UK Newcomer – This award is given to whoever you consider to be Best UK Newcomer – the artist must have made their first release within the eligibility period (be it a single, a EP or album)

Best UK Live Streamer – This is a new award that reflects changes in the industry due to Covid-19. The artist must have performed regular live broadcasts either on their own social media platforms or on those offered by the industry.

International Artist – This award is given to whoever you consider to be the best non-UK artist – judging must be based on any releases or live performances during the eligibility period.

International Song – This award is for the artist and songwriter of a single track, encompassing both digital and physical versions. The track must have been published during the eligibility period. (excluding UK)

International Album – This price is for an album or an EP to be considered as a whole unit. It has to be judged on the basis of musical composition, lyrical content, production, engineering, artistry. Award for both artist and producer. (excluding UK)

The panel

Sammie White – Three chords
Dominic Crooke – Country Conversation with Dom
Russell Hill – Russell Hill Country Music Show
Sammi Luxa – Follow Your Arrow UK
Kellie Louise – Bring the Country 2 UK
Rachel Sellick – Scarlet River Management
Craig A Taylor – Craigs Country
Andy Sayers – Call UK
Brandon Wright – Music of the Modern Era
Linda Conway – A Woman’s Voice
DC Brown – DC Brown – Live UK Country Videographer
Tom Lathom – Country rock show
Jill Gibbons – Fortuitous Records
Carl Kendrick – Country Music Show on SW20 Radio
Tim Prottey-Jones – CountryLine Chris Country Radio (abstained from voting at UK awards due to professional involvement)
Doddie Munro – British Country Forever
Lily Garland – Country on the Coast
James Daykin – LYRIC magazine Destination Country
Georgie Thorogood – Tennessee Field Festival
Aaron Davidson – unsigned country
Peter O’Neil – Bishopbriggs School of Music
James Vince – Living in the Living Room
Chris Jones – Radio SW20
William Hope – I hope this is the country
Jess Cambridge – Fierce and Fabulous Revolution
Scott Wood – Radio Waves
Harley Smithies – CMC Promotions

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