2020 FORM UK BLUES AWARDS RULES
The nomination, voting and award process will be managed by the Board of the UKBlues Federation and overseen by an external scrutineer.
The Awards year – the qualifying period – will run from 1st January 2019 to 31st December 2019 both days included. The Awards will be presented at an exclusive ceremony to be held in May 2020.
Definition of Blues: Any attempt to define this genre will always be a matter of opinion, individual taste and something of an ever moving target so, if a band, artist, act, songwriter or album meets the nominator’s definition of ‘Blues’, then they are invited to nominate them.
Eligibility: All nominees must be UK nationals normally residing in the UK or non-UK nationals whose normal place of residence is in the UK. For the purposes of these Awards, anyone spending more than six months in the UK in the Awards year is deemed to be residing in the UK.
Definitions of Award Categories:
Blues Vocalist of the Year
– A UK blues artist who, during the Awards year, has made the most significant impact through their performance and/or recordings.
Blues Instrumentalist of the Year
– A UK blues instrumentalist who, during the Awards year, has made the most significant impact through their performance and/or recordings.
Blues Band of the Year
– A UK blues band that, during the Awards year, has made the most significant impact through their performance and/or recordings.
Acoustic Blues Act of the Year
– An UK acoustic act that, during the Awards year, has made the most significant impact through their performance and/or recordings.
Young Blues Artist of the Year
– A UK artist aged under 25 on the 31st December of the Awards year who, during the Awards year, has made the most significant impact through their performance and/or recordings.
Emerging Artist(s) of the Year
– A UK blues artist(e), duo or band– for whom this year has seen a significant raising of their profile on the UK blues scene.
Blues Album of the Year
– A blues based album by a UK band/artist first released during the Awards year.
Blues Club/Venue of the Year
– The UK venue/club presenting and promoting regular (at least monthly) blues gigs.
Blues ‘Unsung Hero’ Award
– Recognising those who work tirelessly behind the scenes and out of the spotlight, promoting, encouraging, supporting, facilitating and nurturing the blues in the UK
Blues Based Festival of the Year
– the UK Festival which, in the Awards year, was the best for a blues audience.
Dave Raven UK Blues Based Broadcaster of the Year
– A person or persons who produce/present regular (at least once per calendar month) blues based radio shows, podcasts and the like which emanate from the UK.
Notes on nomination process.
All categories will be open to anyone on the nomination panel to nominate other than the following:
Blues Club/Venue of the Year – Nominations for this award will be invited from the public at large and must include a short description of why the club/venue is being nominated. The submission must be accompanied by the name, address, telephone number and e-mail address of the person making the submission.
Blues Album of the Year – Nominations for this award will be selected using the IBBA airplay chart for the Awards year.
Blues Unsung Hero of the Year – The winner of this award will be chosen by the members of the Board of the UKBlues Federation.
UKBlues Hall of Fame
Any person, act, band, venue, festival or other entity which is declared the winner of a particular category in the UKBlues Awards three times will be entered into the UKBlues Hall of Fame and will no longer be eligible for selection in that particular category.
The nomination process took place between 6th & 20th January 2020.
Except as more specifically detailed above, the first stage of the process comprised a nomination panel of more than 800 people from across the blues spectrum in the UK, being invited to select up to three UK based artists, acts, bands for each public award category.
The panel members were asked to submit their choices in order of preference (first, second, third) with points being awarded according to the position in which the acts are placed by the panel members.
The five acts accumulating the most points for each of the categories were be selected as category finalists and entered in a poll comprising the second and final stage of selection – the public voting process. (See below)
The national panel comprised all current members of UKBlues Federation as at the commencement date of the nomination process, all UK based Active Members of the European Blues Union as at the commencement date of the nomination process and journalists, (both online and print media), broadcasters, promoters, publishers, musicians, festival and club organisers, academics, publicists, agents and label and distribution company personnel, fans and blues supporters and the like.
All members of the nomination panel were required to keep their involvement in the panel confidential.
To avoid any possible conflict of interest, panellists were asked not to nominate artists in whom they have a close professional interest, including managers, agents, publicists or members of staff of record labels/companies.
Voting will take place during the ‘voting period’ – 3rd to 17th February 2020 both days included.
Voting in all categories will be open to any person who is a UK national or who is resident in the UK. For the purposes of these Awards, anyone spending more than six months in the UK in the Awards year is deemed to be residing in the UK. Votes will only be accepted if submitted via the specified voting mechanism and will be validated by the UKBlues Federation. No votes submitted after the closing date of voting will be accepted.
N.B. Votes submitted which are not accompanied by the full personal details requested at the beginning of the voting page will be discounted. These details are requested just to secure the voting process and will be discarded once the Awards 2020 are complete.
Voters may only vote for one nominee in each category and may only vote once in each category.
They may vote in any or all categories in any one session. If voters wish to vote in different categories during different voting sessions they may but all votes must be cast within the specified voting period. Any votes cast outside the voting period will not count.
Logs of all voting activity will be recorded and monitored. Any party identified as having voted or sought to vote more than once will be barred from voting completely (for this and all future awards).
In the event of there being any contradiction or lack of clarity in these rules, any dispute upon which a ruling or interpretation is necessary, the Board of the UKBlues Federation and they will make a binding decision.