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The Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards
has changed its voting regulations this year. Usually, there are two
rounds of voting open to fans - the first one determines the short list,
and the second round of voting decides the winners.
After consultations with several artists, the board of governors for the Manito Ahbee Festival, which produces the awards, decided to change the voting system.
"It was becoming a popularity contest," said Jacquie Black, manager of the APCMAs.
Now the first round of voting, which opens today, will be determined by about 75 music industry members that include producers, managers, publicists, media-types (myself included) and artists. Their votes will make up the short list, which will be open to the general public.
Manitoba musician Don Amero is one of several artists that support the new voting rules.
"I feel that my potential of winning has suffered because of the two-vote system," he wrote in an email. "I've had numerous people tell me they voted and then I asked if they voted in both rounds and they didn't realize there was a second round."
Amero has been nominated a total of 17 times for the Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards... Read on at CBC Music.