Eligibility & Voting

Eligibility Nominations, and Voting

A Cappella Music Award Eligibility


With the exception of the Lifetime Achievement and Entertainer of the Year categories, these awards are intended to honor those within the INDEPENDENT a cappella scene.  


  • A CAPPELLA - All groups must perform a majority of a cappella music. Groups solely performing a cappella will have a strong advantage.
  • ACTIVE - All groups must be active (currently performing) with up-to-date social or web media. 
  • ATTENDANCE - A Cappella Music Award ceremony attendance is not a requirement for becoming a recipient, however, all nominees are strongly encouraged to attend. 
  • CHARTING - Major label artists or top 40 Billboard charting groups or artists will be limited to eligibility for only the Entertainer of the Year and Lifetime Achievement categories, however, no charting limitation is placed on production categories. *This rule applies to the 2019 season and thereafter.
  • GENRES - With the exception of the genre-specific categories, any genre of music is eligible.
  • GEOGRAPHY - No geographic limitations exists. A group or individual from any nation worldwide may qualify. 
  • NOMINATIONS - Nominations are open to the public and curated by the Nominations Committee. 
  • VOTING -  All voting is open to the general public. This ensures a synergy of promotions for the A Cappella Music Awards and associate nominees. 


*Eligibility was last modified on  September 17, 2018 and is subject to change.