The METRO FM music awards exist to recognize accomplishment in South African recording industry by celebrating those groups and individuals who have excelled in the past year.
1. The key events in the awards process
♣ The 10th Annual METRO FM Music Awards open for entry on the 6th of September 2010. An official announcement is made prior to the opening date through a briefing session to the members of the Recording Industry of South Africa as well as public announcements through the METRO FM website, on-air promotions.
♣ The closing date for entry is the 28th of September 2010
♣ Entries are submitted by record companies, in accordance with the published MMA 10 Rules.
♣ Entries received are then screened for compliance with the aforementioned rules and entry in the correct category. The purpose of this process, known as vetting, is to ensure that each entry is eligible and not at risk of disqualification. The MMA 10 Steering Committee performs this function. No artistic or technical judgments are made about entries at this stage.
♣ Entries into incorrect categories are recommended for placement in the appropriate categories during vetting, in consultation with the entering record company. Entries that do not comply with the rules are disqualified.
♣ A committee adjudicates all the categories in the awards, with the exception of the METRO FM Special Award and Most Downloaded Single Award. The panel of judges is reviewed annually. They are selected for their expertise in their respective fields and have no invested interests in the music industry.
♣ Entries are forwarded to the judges who adjudicate according to strict guidelines, applying the judging criteria for each category, their expert knowledge of artist, music, the market and in general.
♣ In the interest of uniformity, judges are required to sit in together and vote and will return results on prescribed forms. Results are then collated into auditable sets.
♣ SABC Internal Audit calculates the results on which the list of nominees is based and certifies that such results have been arrived at in accordance with all relevant rules.
♣ Nominees are then announced at the Awards Nominees Launch on the 14th of October 2010.
♣ Voting lines open for the public to vote via sms line and the METRO FM website. Voting opens on the 15th of October 2010 and closes on 22nd November 2010.
♣ The voting results are verified by SABC Internal Audit and a list of top 3 finalists is then announced on the 9th of November 2010
♣ Voting for song of the decade shall commence on the 15th of October 2010 and only close on the 22nd of November 2010(There will be no finalists announcement for this category)
♣ It is a strict requirement of the MMAs that the albums, singles and recordings eligible for entry at the 10th MMA must have been released between 27 September 2009 and 28 September 2010.
2. When are the awards presented?
The Awards Ceremony will take place on Saturday the 27th of November 2010.
3. How to Enter