Although it's still several months away, we're too excited for the next BenBoard Awards not to plan out a rough draft.
We've made some big changes to our twice-a-year fan-voted awards, beginning with its name. To avoid confusion with the Billboard Music Awards (which also goes under the abbreviated version BBMAs), the awards will now be known simply as the BenBoard Awards (or the BBAs).
During our last voting session (April-May of this year), many people confused our awards with Billboard's (which was running an almost parallel schedule to ours), so we have moved our voting periods up one month. The winner announcement dates will now be the first Saturday in April, and the first Saturday in October.
Also, the voting sessions will be longer. Prior to now, fans were given twenty days to cast their votes for their favorites. Now, you will have the entire previous month to vote!
The nominees will be revealed on the Saturday before voting begins. For example, the upcoming voting session will run from September 1 to September 30. Thus, the nominations will be announced on Saturday, August 30 (two days before voting starts).
Last time, we conducted voting via the BenBoard site, which was a great turnout. Because of this, voting will continue to be held here at BenBoard.com, so you won't be directed to another website just to cast your vote.
Here are the official dates for the 2014-2 BenBoard Awards:
Eligibility Period: Thursday, April 3 to Tuesday, August 12
Nominations Creation Period: Tuesday, August 26 to Friday, August 29
Nominations Announced: Saturday, August 30
Voting Period: Monday, September 1 to Tuesday, September 30
Winners Announced: Saturday, October 4
We have also began drafting a logo for the voting session. Here it is so far:
Here is the complete list of categories:
Favorite Artist, Favorite Song, Favorite Album
Best Pop Artist, Best Pop Album, Best Pop Solo, Best Pop Collaboration
Best Hip-Hop Artist, Best Hip-Hop Album, Best Hip-Hop Solo, Best Hip-Hop Collaboration
Best R&B Artist, Best R&B Album, Best R&B Solo, Best R&B Collaboration
Best Rock Artist, Best Rock Group, Best Rock Album, Best Rock Song
Best Country Artist, Best Country Album, Best Country Solo, Best Country Collaboration
Best Dance Artist, Best Dance Album, Best Dance Solo, Best Dance Collaboration
NEW: Battle of the Sexes*
Best BOTS Artist, Best BOTS Group, Best BOTS Song, Best BOTS Album
Best New Artist, Best Solo Artist, Best Group, Best Social Artist, Biggest Fans, Most INSANE Beat Drop, Best Featured Verse, Best Songwriting, Best Tour, Best Producer, Best Video, Best Comeback, Best Promotional Single, Best Should-Have-Been-A-Single, Best Movie Song
Of course, there will be the RAWthentic Nutrition Artist on the Rise recipient as well. These changes bring the total number of voting categories to 46.
*The all-new 'Battle of the Sexes' portion of the voting nominates one male and one female competitor in each of the four categories, in which the two nominees go head-to-head for the win.
On the Charts
Week of July 13, 2014