We have made some tweaks to the voting procedure at the request of the artist members.
We are not ELIMINATING a voting round for our members, we are ADDING one.
Because Trop Rock has grown so much and so quickly over the past few years, each year there are more artists, CD's and songs that are eligible for awards.
The artists felt that allowing the Academy members to select the nominees in SOME (not all) of the categories would be more meaningful since they would be nominated by their peers.
Also, many artists were concerned that the voting was being taken over by several artists' "fan clubs", and that by giving the artists the ability to nominate in some of the categories, it would be a better representation of the talent we have in Trop Rock. This is what I'm summing up from the comments we received.
Because we are "all about the music", we have to consider the requests of the artists, since without them, we don't have Trop Rock, let alone an awards show.
But, we also have to consider the requests of the fans who make it possible for the artists to have a career in the first place.
After much thought (and pouring over all of the comments), we decided to create a ballot system that accommodates both.
The Academy will nominate in some categories, the entire membership will nominate in others. Then, everyone will vote in the final ballot.
This will make it a combination of Professional (like the Grammy's, CMA's) and People's Choice Awards.
This way, the artists will have the opportunity to be recognized by their peers and the fans will be able to have their voices heard as well.
Please remember that we are a NEW awards show. (only 4 years old) We've added categories, and try to make improvements and changes as we grow.
We consider everyone's feedback and try to implement as many suggestions as we can.
We encourage you to offer some suggestions on how we can do more for our artists, and for all of our members.