Cor Stone The Crows: B’dos Music Awards adds Criteria to its website!

Just yesterday, Bajan Reporter was dealing a with a detractor who was in such a snit about all of the uncomfortable questions asked about the Bds Music Awards that they were seeking to imply untruths about why I left CBC

Remember when I said their website was down? I should have copied their message, but it said something about an “SQL Server” – but then suddenly when I tried again earlier today?

Lo, and behold… A new segment for the website of the Barbados Music Awards! (What a pity I didn’t do some Print Screens and save them, eh?)

SubmissionThe process begins with artists submitting their work to the ?public domain?, in Barbados? instance, by submitting their music to local, regional or international radio and retail, and in the instance of music videos, the local, regional or international television. For the standard awards, there is a one-year period of eligibility, which begins on November 1st each year, and ends on October 31st of the following year, when the Committee meets to vote.

The CommitteeThe voting members, which this year numbered 28, are all involved in the creative and technical processes of recording, and / or the entertainment media inclusive of radio and print media and music manufacturers and retailers.

The Voting Process – Standard categories- The music is placed into the appropriate fields – soca, jazz, reggae, gospel, r&b etc. All of the possible nominees are brought up orally in the meeting and the names are placed on a screen.

Members, who are presented with a booklet in which to place their top three choices per category, are then invited to vote, one category at a time, after all possible nominees are brought to the attention of the committee. The top choice receives three points, the second choice receives two points, and the third choice, one point. Points are then tabulated, and those with the five highest points totals, are named as the nominees, with the nominee receiving the most votes announced as the winner.

The statement on criteria even went so far as to indicate they patterned their judging and selection to similar aspects of the Grammies and Canada’s Juno awards.

This is a step in the right direction towards transparency, but for those with a keen sense of analysis – it remains a mystery as to who the 28 judges are and how were they selected, also who tabulates the votes made and what steps, if any, will be made to ensure that envelopes are sealed and stored safely until time of event… But? Well done, Timeless, we’ll make a decent corporate citizen out of you yet, LMAO!

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