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Wyoming Country Music Awards Criteria:
With the exception of the Lifetime Achievement and Wyoming Spirit awards, these awards are to honor the INDEPENDENT performers in country music and other genres that fall under the country music umbrella. Performers are eligible if they meet one of the following statuses:
1. Born in Wyoming
2. For a substantial period of time resided in Wyoming
3. Have proven on a solid, regular basis an Wyoming presence through their live performances
Performers are not eligible if they have had a recording contract with a major label OR had top 40 success as a recording artist on either the Billboard Country Albums Chart or the Billboard Country Singles Chart.
* DEFINITIONS: Artists are either country artists, or Americana/Roots artists. “Artist” is a solo performer, duo, group, or band.
LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
This Award(s) is an open to anyone born in Wyoming that as a recording artist, songwriter, producer, engineer, disc jockey, promoter or anyone else who has fostered country music over a substantial period of time.
ENTERTAINER / COUNTRY ARTIST OF THE YEAR
This Award is for the artist or band that exhibits the highest level of entertaining, through recorded output, live performances and public acceptance.
AMERICANA / ROOTS ARTIST OR BAND OF THE YEAR
This Award is for any Americana / Roots artist or band. *
VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
This Award is for an artist (country, acoustic, Americana/roots which encompasses bluegrass) who tours and records under their name only, or as the lead vocalist of a country band, Americana/Roots band or bluegrass band.
ACOUSTIC ACT OF THE YEAR
This Award is for any solo or duo that performs as an acoustic act on record and/or live on a regular basis.
VOCAL GROUP OF THE YEAR
This Award is for any duo, trio or more. This is for any country band, Americana/roots band, bluegrass band, inspirational group or a collaboration, who tours and records as such.
ALBUM OF THE YEAR
This Award is for any album of six (6) songs or more and was released for purchase no more than two years prior to the closing of final nominations.
SONG OF THE YEAR
This award is for any original song released on an album, a EP or individually for purchase no more than two years prior to the closing of final nominations.
SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR
This award is for any composer who has displayed a consistent pattern of original material through any of their recorded output that was released for sale no more than two years prior to the closing of final nominations. OR a composer who has had songs recorded by another artist, group or band that have been released for purchase no more than two years prior to the closing of final nominations.
MUSIC PRODUCER OF THE YEAR
This award is for any producer, who was born in Wyoming or resided for a substantial time in Wyoming. They must have produced (not self-produced) recorded product for purchase no more than two years prior to the closing of final nominations.
VIDEO OF THE YEAR
This award is for any video, released by a performer who meets the performer eligibility criteria that was released for the first time for viewing no more than two years prior to the closing of final nominations. This must be an actual video to accompany a song.
RADIO STATION OF THE YEAR
This award is for any country music radio station in Wyoming or any radio station that on a regular basis features an ample amount of country music airplay.
RADIO DJ OF THE YEAR
This award is for any disc jockey, who on a regular basis plays country music on a radio station in Wyoming.
MAGAZINE OF THE YEAR
This award is for a Wyoming published magazine that features country music content on a regular basis.
VENUE OF THE YEAR
This award is for any venue in Wyoming that hosts country music concerts on a regular basis.
YOUNG ARTIST OF THE YEAR
This award is for any male or female that performs on a regular basis. The nominee cannot turn the age of eighteen (18) until January 1st (or later) of the award year.
INSTUMENTALIST THE YEAR
This award is for any guitarist that plays guitar on a regular basis on country music studio recordings OR a guitarist who plays lead (electric guitar) in any country band, inspirational group or Americana band OR any guitarist who plays acoustic guitar in a bluegrass band.
WYOMING SPIRIT AWARD
This award is for any person or group displaying significant support for the music scene of Wyoming.
NOTE: After nominations have closed, any two or more categories could be combined OR any category or categories could be removed if needed to ensure the overall integrity of the Wyoming Country Music Awards.