Online Eligibility Entry Period (September 1 – September 30, 2016)
Record companies enter recordings and music videos released during the eligibility period.
Online Submission Process
Record Companies and Artists enter recordings and music videos online released during the eligibility period that charted in the top 25 on at least two of the Nielsen Charts.
Eligibility Package Submissions
Record companies submit two (2) CD’s for each artist entered and two (2) DVD’s for each artist submitted in the Music Video of the Year Category, along with the Entry form and SAGMA Application and membership fee, postmarked by midnight on September 30th in order to complete the entry process.
A confidential Nominating committee made up of music industry experts in various fields meet to insure that all entries meet the eligibility criteria, all entries are in the appropriate categories, that the entries are charting in the top 25 on the Nielsen Charts during the eligibility period, and are appropriate for the Stellar Awards. The Nominating Committee may encounter product submissions that raise questions about whether or not the product’s lyrics are appropriate for the Stellar Awards. The Nominating Committee reserves the right to remove the product from consideration If it is determined that the lyrics or genre are not appropriate.
SAGMA members, in good dues standing, are the official voting body for the first round ballot. The second and final ballot is Open to the Public.
First Round Ballot (November 4, 2016 – November 18, 2016)
First round ballot includes eligible entries as determined by the Nominating Committee. Ten entries or less for each category from the first ballot will move forward to the second ballot. However, the Nominating Committee reserves the right to reduce or increase the number of entries based on the voting results (i.e. if there is a tie – both entries may be included).
Final Voting (December 2, 2016 – December 16, 2016)
The General Public will be the voting body for the second and final ballot which will result in four entries in each category (the Nominees) and will determine the Stellar Award winners.
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Results from all voting will go directly to our accounting firm, Mitchell Titus, for validation. The winners will be announced at the Stellar Awards pre-show and taping.