The 48th Annual RIANZ Vodafone NZMUSIC AWARDS
Industry

Category Definitions 2014


AWARDS JUDGED BY THE ACADEMY


A.    ALBUM OF THE YEAR


Solo artists and groups are eligible. Multi-artist compilations and ‘Greatest Hits’ or ‘Best Of’ albums by artists are not eligible.

An album constitutes recordings (or a recording) with a playing time of over 25 minutes or of six different songs or more where the format does not qualify as a single as defined by the singles eligibility rules. All entries for Album of the Year must have been commercially released within the eligibility period (1 July 2013 to 30 June 2014).

B.    SINGLE OF THE YEAR


Solo artists and groups are eligible. A single is an individual recording and may have been released as part of a physical or digital album, a physical single, a digital bundle or as an individual digital track.

An individual recording only made commercially available as part of an album is eligible for Single of the Year only if a video of the recording was produced and first serviced to New Zealand television channels within the eligibility period (1 July 2013 to 30 June 2014). In these cases the single release date will be determined by the date the video was first serviced to broadcasters, not the date the recording was first made available for commercial sale.

Promotional copies or digital tracks only ever made available ‘free to the consumer’ are not eligible.

C.    BEST GROUP


Only album recordings are eligible and must have been released within the eligibility period (1 July 2013 to 30 June 2014). A group comprises two or more people. If the album packaging refers to an individual and a band, the nominating company must advise whether that act is to be deemed a group or solo act for the New Zealand Music Awards.

D.    BEST MALE SOLO ARTIST


Only album recordings are eligible and must have been released within the eligibility period (1 July 2013 to 30 June 2014). A Male Solo Artist is one person. If the album packaging refers to an individual and a band, the nominating company must advise whether the act is to be deemed a group or solo act for the New Zealand Music Awards.

E.    BEST FEMALE SOLO ARTIST


Only album recordings are eligible and must have been released within the eligibility period (1 July 2013 to 30 June 2014). A Female Solo Artist is one person. If the album packaging refers to an individual and a band, the nominating company must advise whether the act is to be deemed a group or solo act for the New Zealand Music Awards.

F.    BREAKTHROUGH ARTIST OF THE YEAR


All recordings are eligible, provided they have been commercially released. A recording featured on a multi-artist compilation is eligible provided the nominated recording was first released for sale within the eligibility period (1 July 2013 to 30 June 2014). Solo artists or groups are eligible provided they have had recordings released during the eligibility period (1 July 2013 to 30 June 2014). Solo artists and groups are not eligible if they have previously been a finalist in any New Zealand Music Awards category (including Breakthrough Artist, but excluding the Technical Awards and the Critics’ Choice Prize), or they have had a previous album appear in the Top 20 of the Official New Zealand Music Chart Top 40 Album Chart.

AWARDS JUDGED BY A VOTING SCHOOL


A.    BEST ROCK ALBUM


Solo artists and groups are eligible. Only album recordings are eligible and must have been released within the eligibility period (1 July 2013 to 30 June 2014). Artists working primarily within rock, hard rock or heavy metal genres are eligible. ‘Greatest Hits’ or ‘Best Of’ albums by artists are not eligible. Recordings nominated cannot be entered into any other genre category.

B.    BEST POP ALBUM


Solo artists and groups are eligible. Only album recordings are eligible and must have been released within the eligibility period (1 July 2013 to 30 June 2014). Artists working primarily within the pop genre are eligible. ‘Greatest Hits’ or ‘Best Of’ albums by artists are not eligible. Recordings nominated cannot be entered into any other genre category.

C. BEST ALTERNATIVE ALBUM


Solo artists and groups are eligible. Only album recordings are eligible and must have been released within the eligibility period (1 July 2013 to 30 June 2014). Artists working primarily within alternative music genres are eligible. ‘Greatest Hits’ or ‘Best Of’ albums by artists are not eligible. Recordings nominated cannot be entered into any other genre category.

D.    BEST URBAN / HIP HOP ALBUM


Solo artists and groups are eligible. Only album recordings are eligible and must have been released within the eligibility period (1 July 2013 to 30 June 2014). Artists working primarily within the urban genres of R’n’B, hip hop, soul and funk are eligible. ‘Greatest Hits’ or ‘Best Of’ albums by artists are not eligible. Recordings nominated cannot be entered in any other genre category.

E.    BEST ROOTS ALBUM


Solo artists and groups are eligible. Only album recordings are eligible and must have been released within the eligibility period (1 July 2013 to 30 June 2014). Artists working primarily within the genres of dub, reggae, roots and blues are eligible. ‘Greatest Hits’ or ‘Best Of’ albums by artists are not eligible. Recordings nominated cannot be entered in any other genre category.

F. BEST ELECTRONICA ALBUM


Solo artists and groups and production teams are eligible. Only album recordings are eligible and must have been released within the eligibility period (1 July 2013 to 30 June 2014). Artists working primarily within the electronica genre are eligible. Re-mixes of non-electronica artists are ineligible. ‘Greatest Hits’ or ‘Best Of’ albums by artists are not eligible. Recordings nominated cannot be entered in any other genre category.

G.    BEST MUSIC VIDEO


Concept, direction and performance of the video are the major criteria, not necessarily the excellence of the music. Only videos produced for eligible New Zealand artists and first serviced to broadcast in New Zealand during the period of eligibility (1 July 2013 to 30 June 2014) will be considered. The director of the entered video must meet all eligibility requirements of an entered artist. Entry is limited to one video per artist. This award is presented to the director of the video.

H.    BEST MAORI ALBUM


Solo artists and groups are eligible. Only album recordings are eligible and must have been released within the eligibility period (1 July 2013 to 30 June 2014). Albums can be in either Te Reo Maori language, bi-lingual or English. The main judging criterion is that the music reflects a unique Maori identity and/or is an expression of an artist’s culture and which may not necessarily have any Maori language content. Artistic merit and commercial success will also be taken into account.

I.      BEST GOSPEL / CHRISTIAN ALBUM


Solo artists and groups are eligible. Only album recordings are eligible and must have been released within the eligibility period (1 July 2013 to 30 June 2014). This category encompasses all eligible New Zealand Gospel / Christian recordings, including vocal and/or instrumental, mainstream, traditional and contemporary recordings. Recordings nominated cannot be entered in any other genre category.

J.     BEST CLASSICAL ALBUM


Solo artists and groups are eligible. Only album recordings are eligible and must have been released within the eligibility period (1 July 2013 to 30 June 2014). This category encompasses all eligible New Zealand classical recordings, including vocal and/or instrumental, traditional and contemporary recordings. New Zealand featured artists or soloists involved with ensembles or orchestras containing non-New Zealand artists are eligible, provided the album packaging credits the New Zealander(s) as the featured artist(s). Recordings nominated cannot be entered in any other genre category.

K.    BEST PRODUCER (TECHNICAL AWARD)


Only album recordings are eligible and must have been released within the eligibility period (1 July 2013 to 30 June 2014). Technical excellence is the main criterion but commercial merit will be taken into account. Entrants must be in accord with the eligibility requirements and only recordings performed by New Zealand artists are eligible. Artists’ ‘Greatest Hits’ or ‘Best Of’ albums and multi artist compilations are not eligible for nomination.

L.    BEST ENGINEER (TECHNICAL AWARD)


Only album recordings are eligible and must have been released within the eligibility period (1 July 2013 to 30 June 2014). Technical excellence is the main criterion but commercial merit will be taken into account. Entrants must be in accord with the eligibility requirements and only recordings performed by New Zealand artists are eligible. Artists’ ’Greatest Hits’ or ‘Best Of’ albums and multi artist compilations are not eligible for nomination.

M.   BEST ALBUM COVER (TECHNICAL AWARD)


Only album recordings are eligible and must have been released within the eligibility period (1 July 2013 to 30 June 2014). This category refers solely to the artwork on the front cover of the physical product, or the primary image of the digital product of the nominated album. Criteria for judging includes: originality of design concept & merchandising impact. The award is given to the designer of the cover. Entrants must be in accordance with the eligibility requirements and only covers designed for New Zealand artists are eligible. Artists’ ’Greatest Hits’ or ‘Best Of’ albums are eligible for nomination.




AWARDS JUDGED BY THE RECORDED MUSIC NZ BOARD


A.    INTERNATIONAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARD


Solo artists and groups are eligible for this award. It is awarded in relation to an album or single but a recording does not have to be first released in New Zealand during the eligibility period.

The award is judged by the Recorded Music NZ board and is awarded only at its discretion. Please detail any submission for consideration of an artist in the nomination, highlighting the artist’s significant international achievement.

Primary consideration will be given to recorded music sales in one or more international territories. Touring success, chart positions, promotional appearances and live performances may also be taken into account. The New Zealand Music Awards committee reserves the right to nominate an artist for this award even if the artist has not been nominated by a New Zealand company.

AWARDS DETERMINED BY SALES DATA


SUPPLIED BY THE OFFICIAL NEW ZEALAND MUSIC CHARTS COMPILER

A. HIGHEST SELLING NEW ZEALAND SINGLE


The Highest Selling New Zealand Single is based on the combination ‘across the counter’ physical sales and direct to consumer digital sales during the eligibility period (1 July 2013 to 30 June 2014).


For this award, the recording does not have to be first released during the eligibility period and therefore a recording may be eligible for this award more than once.

Nomination by a record company is not required. The New Zealand Music Awards committee may request two (2) copies on compact disc of the five top selling singles if samples have not been provided with nominations of the single in other categories.

B. HIGHEST SELLING NEW ZEALAND ALBUM


The Highest Selling New Zealand Album is based on the combination ‘across the counter’ physical sales and direct to consumer digital sales during the eligibility period (1 July 2013 to 30 June 2014).

For this award, the recording does not have to be first released during the eligibility period and therefore a recording may be eligible for this award more than once.

Artists’ ‘Greatest Hits’ or ‘Best Of’ albums are eligible for nomination. Multi-artist compilations are not eligible for nomination.

Nomination by a record company is not required. The New Zealand Music Awards committee may request two (2) copies on compact disc of the five top selling albums if samples have not been provided with nominations of the album in other categories.

C. RADIO AIRPLAY AWARD


The Radio Airplay Award is based on radio airplay data during the eligibility period (1 July 2013 to 30 June 2014).

For this award, the recording does not have to be first released during the eligibility period and therefore a recording may be eligible for this award more than once.

Nomination by a record company is not required. The New Zealand Music Awards committee may request two (2) copies on compact disc of the five top airplay records if samples have not been provided with nominations in other categories.   

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