CMA Announces 2021 CMA Awards Ballot Schedule

CMA Awards Nomination Ballot Will Be Emailed to Eligible CMA Members July 6

Reminder: Submissions for the 2021 CMA Broadcast Awards Open Now Through June 30

CMA  has announced its ballot schedule for “The 55th Annual CMA Awards,” which takes place this November in Nashville, TN.

The eligibility period for “The 55th Annual CMA Awards” is July 1, 2020 to June 30, 2021. All voting for the CMA Awards will be conducted online.

The Nomination Ballot and instructions will be emailed Tuesday, July 6 to CMA members in good standing who are eligible to vote. Voting for the Nomination Ballot closes Thursday, July 15 (4:00 PM/CT).

The Second Ballot will be emailed to CMA members Monday, Aug. 2. Voting for the Second Ballot closes Thursday, Aug. 12 (6:00 PM/CT). The final nominees in each of the 12 categories will be announced later this summer.

Winners of “The 55th Annual CMA Awards” will be determined in a Final Round of voting by eligible voting CMA members. The third and Final Ballot will be emailed to CMA members Friday, Oct. 1. Voting for the CMA Awards Final Ballot ends Wednesday, Oct. 27 (6:00 PM/CT). All balloting is officiated by the professional services firm Deloitte.

To vote in all three rounds of “The 55th Annual CMA Awards,” prospective CMA members must apply for membership by Tuesday, June 1. Visit to learn more.

As a reminder, eligible CMA members may now submit applications for the 2021 CMA Broadcast Awards for Broadcast Personality, Station and National Broadcast Personality of the Year online at

CMA Broadcast Awards are presented for Personality and Station of the Year in four categories that are determined by market size (Major, Large, Medium and Small) as well as CMA National Broadcast Personality of the Year, which, for the first time, will be awarded for a Daily and Weekly Broadcast Personality.

To submit an entry, CMA member radio stations and broadcast personalities in the U.S. and Canada can log on to, where guidelines and instructions for entries are posted. The site will continue to accept submissions until Wednesday, June 30 (5:00 PM/CT).

All CMA Broadcast Awards entries must reflect performances and events between June 1, 2020 and May 31, 2021. CMA’s panel of judges, which includes distinguished radio and industry professionals, will be able to view and evaluate each entry online.

CMA Broadcast Awards winners will be notified in early October and recognized at “The 55th Annual CMA Awards.” The annual, three-hour awards ceremony will broadcast live on ABC. For more information about CMA Broadcast Awards entries, please contact Brenden Oliver, CMA Senior Manager, Awards & Strategic Initiatives, at [email protected].

Nominees and winners for the 2021 CMA Broadcast Awards and “The 55th Annual CMA Awards” are determined by professional members of CMA. As used in this document, “Deloitte” means Deloitte & Touche LLP, a subsidiary of Deloitte LLP. Please see for a detailed description of Deloitte’s legal structure. Certain services may not be available to attest clients under the rules and regulations of public accounting.