Producers and DJs suddenly started tweeting and sharing about nominations for the annual EDM Awards, was to reveal its winners in Miami this year during Miami Music Week at the Fontainebleau pool. The awards event features a staggering 38 categories to vote in, most multiple-choice, with three categories designed for write-in votes – Industry Achievement, Legend Award and Icon Award.
Like the DJ Mag Top 100, these awards are powered by fans, allowing artists with more followers to top the voting pool with a tweet or story. Most categories, however, offer a fixed pool of choices, unlike the DJ Mag Top 100. Determined by whom? Their website does not say so. There are also no social media links, but if you look closely they do have an Instagram page.
After a little more research, the awards appear to be produced and hosted by Hall of Fame radio host Sean “Hollywood” Hamilton, whose resume includes Z100 New York, KIISFM Los Angeles, and KBIG/MYFM Los Angeles. He also produced and hosted a syndicated show called Remix Top 30 from 2009 to 2021. He is currently employed at 103.5 KTU under the iHeartMedia family.
Previous award winners include Afrojack, Armin van Buuren, Arty, Cash Cash, Cedric Gervais, Cheat Codes, David Guetta, Diplo, Galantis, Lodato, Marshmello, Martin Garrix, MK, Skrillex, Slushii, Steve Aoki, The Chainsmokers, as noted in a press release.
When you visit the website to vote, you click on individual categories, labeled only with a bold header above a generic box that reuses the same graphic, which lead to a separate tab for voting on a group shortlisted of nominees. Some of the categories (Remix of the Year, Best Arena/Festival Performance, Best Radio Show) seem to require an email address to vote for, with no reason disclosed.
Some categories also offer an interesting choice of nominees, with Tale Of Us nominated in “Best New Artist” despite having been active since 2009. Overall the choices available make sense, but in the end fans are still limited to those they can vote for. .
If you have strong opinions about any of the categories available, you can go here to cast your vote. The awards will apparently be broadcast live from Miami, with instructions on where and when to watch still pending.