Canadian Music Week (CMW) has announced the performers for the 21st Annual Canadian Radio Music Awards (CRMA) that takes place Wednesday, May 9th at the Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel.
Included are first-time charting and nominated artists New City, Felix Cartal, Romes, River Town Saints, and The Reklaws. Sure to elicit chuckles during his hosting duties is Toronto born-and-raised comedian and actor K. Trevor Wilson (Letterkenny).
The annual will spotlight first-time charting artists on the airwaves. Jessie Reyez, Dvbbs and New City lead on the nominations ballot.
The CRMA Nominees include artists who have placed on the Canadian airplay charts for the first time and in various formats with the calculus based on radio "spins," as recorded by Nielsen Broadcast Data Systems (BDS) in 2017.
Votes cast by program directors, music directors, and on-air personalities determine the winners.
Awards will be presented on stage for Music Director of the Year Major Market and Music Director of the Year Secondary Market.
New awards added to this year's event include:
- Talent Development Story of the Year Award (presented to the artist and their team) This Award shall be solely based upon Nielsen's Emerging Artist chart, which factors Streams, Digital Song downloads and Airplay to determine the artist with largest outcome of said metrics during the applicable period.
- Nielsen BDS Cutting Edge Award (presented to the station that was first to play the most Canadian songs that went on to reach the top 20 on the weekly Nielsen BDS format charts.
Other award categories include: AC, CHR, Dance/Urban/Rhythmic, Rock, and Country as well as Fans' Choice.
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