CMAA COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS OF AUSTRALIA 2013
There are two rounds of voting in all categories except Top Selling Album Of The Year and Top Selling International Album Of The Year which are based on net wholesale sales.
Round one determines five finalists from all nominations in each category and round two determines the winner from those five finalists in each category.
ROUND ONE JUDGING
A panel of over 100 invited industry judges vote in round one utilising the BigPulse online voting software. Five finalists are determined by a points system as follows:
1st choice = 7 points
2nd choice = 5 points
3rd choice = 4 points
4th choice = 3 points
5th choice = 2 points
6th choice = 1 point.
Nominees with the five highest scores become the five finalists in each category. If there is a tie for any place in round one the nominee with the most first choice votes wins the tie breaker.
ROUND TWO JUDGING
Round two judging commences on 13 November 2012, following the finalist announcement in Sydney on 12 November 2012.
Industry judges (the same group that voted in round one) and all professional members of the CMAA are invited to vote in round two utilizing the BigPulse online voting software.
If an invited industry judge is also a professional member of the CMAA his or her vote in round two is counted only once and included in the judges group (see “The Weighting System” below).
From the five finalists in each category, round two judges vote for one nominee only.
THE WEIGHTING SYSTEM
In order to determine a weighting ratio so that the votes of the invited industry judges and the votes of the members are each worth 50% of the total vote the following process takes place:
After the conclusion of voting Brilliant Logic (The Awards Managers) count the number of professional members who voted and the number of invited industry judges who voted in round two. They then use these figures to calculate a ratio that gives the votes of each group an equal 50 / 50 value in the outcome.
Example: If in round two, 300 professional members and 100 invited industry judges have voted, the ratio of professional members to invited judges would be 3:1. That tells us that the vote of each invited judge should be worth 3 points and the vote of each member should be worth 1 point in order for the votes in each group to have equal value. The ratio is then applied and the points added together to determine a winner in each category.
If there is a tie in any category the nominee with the most 1st choice votes in the first round of judging is declared the winner.
In round one, Bush Ballad Of The Year is voted for by a specialist panel drawing on the expertise of the Australian Bush Balladeers Association and in round two it is decided by the same process and judges as other categories.