Ballot & Voting Process

Stellar Awards Important Dates

Online Eligibility Entry Period (September 1 – September 30, 2018)

Submissions of artists, 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 (2) of the Nielsen Charts for at least four (4) weeks.

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 (download online) and SAGMA Application (download online) and membership fee, postmarked by midnight on October 1, 2018 in order to complete the entry process.

Screening 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. Each category is limited based on the dictate and discretion of the Stellar Awards Nomination Committee therefore all entries cannot be included on the ballot. Technical quality, lyrics, voice quality, charting duration, project content and charting performance will be reviewed for inclusion on the ballot. All Stellar Awards Nomination Committee selections are final.

Voting Process

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 5, 2018 – November 19, 2018)

First round ballot includes eligible entries as determined by the Nominating Committee. Top entries for each category from the first ballot will move forward to the second ballot.

Final Voting (December 3, 2018 – December 17, 2018)

The 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.

Press Conference (January 15, 2019)

The nominees will be announced during a press/radio tour on January 15, 2019.


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.

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