The Edmonton Music Awards have removed the Male Artist, Female Artist, Group of the Year, and Artist To Watch categories.
“The decision to eliminate the Female and Male Artist of the Year is about our culture evolving and gender lines finally being erased,” says EMA Director of Operations, Mikki Dublanko. “The EMAs must genuinely reflect the members of our community, and moving away from gender-identifying awards is something we’ve been discussing for some time.”
The annual awards gala is held at the end of every June and recognizes recorded works submitted by Edmonton and area artists. “We feel the focus should be celebrating the music recorded in that calendar year,” Dublanko clarifies. And to that end, the EMAs will be eliminating the Group of the Year and Artist to Watch awards for 2019 as well. “Artists submit to their respective genres and that is a better representation of the recorded works,” Dublanko says. Recent category additions include Indigenous Recording of the Year in 2017 and Latin, Francophone and Instrumental Recording of the Year in 2018.
300+ submissions are received every year and are judged by over 100 music industry professionals who volunteer to be part of the Edmonton and Area Recording Selection (EARS) Committee.
Submissions for the 2019 awards open Friday, August 31, 2018 for music released in the 2018 calendar year. Submitting recorded work for consideration is free.