Nomination Process

Nomination & Voting Process 2015 – 35th Annual Tejano Music Awards


TMA does not nominate any group, artist or song for any categories.
Do not expect or assume TMA will nominate anyone.

Nominations are submitted to TMA and originate from Artists and Record Labels. If an Artist is not represented by a Record Label, the Artist can nominate themselves. TMA reviews and submits the nominations list to the Nominating and Screening Committee consisting of top select record producers, managers and record label personnel for verification and eligibility. The Nomination and Screening Committee returns the verified nominations to TMA for the creation of a ballot. This ballot will then be sent out to the Tejano Industry consisting of Artists, Record Labels, Managers, Radio and News organizations. TMA sends the voting results to a Certified Public Accountant for tabulation. The CPA submits the results to TMA. The top 12 nominees from each category will be included in a General Ballot to be sent out to the General Public and Tejano Industry.

Artist or Record Labels must submit their material for nomination. TMA does not select nominees nor do they select the Award winners. TMA invites all Tejano groups to submit their material. If material is not submitted for consideration, then they are not included in the Award selection process. Artist are not required to submit any material or may choose not to submit their material.


Top twelve (12) nominees are placed, by qualifying category, on the General Ballot and published on the TMA Web site for qualifying voters. If there are tie votes for the 12th nomination, all tied nominees will be listed on the General Ballot to decide who will be the top nominees. This will sometimes make a category have more than 12 nominees. If there are less than 12 nominees that qualify, TMA will list all nominees that are eligible. If nominees in a category are less than 8, TMA will either eliminate that category or if it makes sense to keep the category will list the category with at least 5 nominees. Categories with 4 or less nominees will automatically be eliminated. It is possible for categories to be combined such as for example: Female and Male Entertainer Category or Album Tejano and Album Conjunto Category to make up the top 12 nominees.


All entries must have been released between January 1, 2014 and December 31, 2014.

In all categories, Artist must have actively performed within the eligibility period. Each category must have a minimum of eight (8) eligible nominations. To qualify in “Album of the Year” categories, sixty percent (60%) or six (6) music tracks must be new or original renditions. Artists’ or groups nominating in the Best New Artist Award categories do not qualify in the “Album of the Year” category. 

Artists’ or groups releasing singles only without a CD release will only qualify for the “Song of the Year” category. All re-mixed material (singles/CD’s) qualifies in Industry Ballot, however only the PRODUCER is eligible.



Best New Artists must have recorded at least one but not more than three (3) albums. Artist and groups in this category will not be able to nominate in the Male Vocalist of the Year, Female Vocalist of the Year, or Album of the year categories.

 The categories available to New Artist are: Best New Artist – Male 
Best New Artist – Female 
Best New Artists – Group.


To qualify in album category, sixty percent (60%) or six (6) music tracks must be new or original renditions. Re-mixes must qualify in industry ballot. This category must have at least eight (8) nominated artists to justify creation of a new category. If category meets the required number, only the Producer/Engineer will be eligible to win. Artist is disqualified due to previous nomination/eligibility in its original form. Artist must have actively performed nominated song or albums within the eligibility period.


Single must have been released during the eligibility period of January 1, 2014 and December 31, 2014.

Singles from an album are eligible for two (2) eligibility periods. Two-Year eligibility begins with release date of the single from an album, not yet released, and the year the album is released or the year the album is released and the following year if the single was not previously released. Eligibility is based on singles or albums release date per criteria above. Each single or track is eligible only ONCE. Singles released in compilation CD i.e. “The Best of” are eligible if the single was not previously released.

Songs re-released are not eligible if the song was previously submitted as a nomination. 
Songs that received minimal airplay in life will be considered, on a case – by – case basis by the Nominating and Screening Committee. Only two (2) singles from any album may be nominated during one (1) eligibility period. If both singles become top 12 nominees; the record label and artist will select one song as a finalist. (Avoid splitting an artist’s vote since it works against the artist).

After verification of eligible nominees by Nominating and Screening Committee, nominees will be placed on the Official Artists’ Voting Ballot. Entries received after the deadline will not be included in the final tabulation.


PHASE I Nominations

Originate from artists and records labels. TMA reviews and submits to the Nominating and Screening Committee for verification and eligibility. Approved list then goes to artist and record labels for voting. CPA returns top 12 nominees by category to TMA.

PHASE II Official Voting

Top twelve (12) entries and nominees are placed on the General Ballot and the
 ballot is placed on the TMA Web site for qualifying voters (registered Tejanos). Voting period ends (TBA): Ballots to be postmarked and/or received by CPA no later than (Date TBA). CPA will tabulated ballots and SUBMIT the top five (5) nominees in each category to TMA.

Top five (5) nominees will be announced. Date and location TBA.

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