Join HOT 98.1 in celebrating your favorite local artists in the The Upstate Music Awards! 

Go to UpstateMusicAwards.com to see the nominees and finalists!

The categories are:

Artist of the Year — The committee will select the Artist of the Year based on both fan response and the artist’s overall musical contributions in 2021. This category is closed during the nomination and voting period.

Best Album — Eligible to artists that released a new album in 2021. For our purposes, an “Album” is at least eight tracks OR longer than twenty five minutes. Must consist of mostly originals.

Best EP — Eligible to artists that released a new EP in 2021. For our purposes, an “EP” cannot be more than seven tracks OR longer than twenty five minutes. Must consist of mostly originals.

Best Single — Eligible to artists that released a new single in 2021. Must be original music and not a cover.

Best Music Video — Eligible to artists that released a music video — either performance or scripted — in 2021. This award will recognize the artist, director, and / or production company.

Best New Artist — Eligible to new artists that began recording or performing original music in 2021. Original artists only.

Best Solo — Eligible to recording or performing solo artists that released new music and/or played a show in 2021. For our purposes, a “Solo Artist” is defined as one person. Original artists only.

Best Duo/Group — Eligible to recording or performing groups that released new original music and/or played a show in 2021. For our purposes, a “Duo / Group” is defined as two or more members.

Best Collaboration — Eligible to artists that released a collaboration in 2021. For our purposes, a “Collaboration” refers to a recording by two or more local artists that don’t frequently work together. Only originals will be considered, not covers.

Best Studio Producer / Engineer — Eligible to studio producers and engineers that worked on a local release in 2021. For our purposes, a “local release” refers to music from an artist based in the 864 area

Best Album Art / Visual Design — Eligible to artists credited with single / EP / album artwork, show promo, stage design, or any other visually creative pieces for music in 2021.

864 Award — Eligible to Upstate artists, residents, and local music supporters that demonstrate outstanding character, activism, philanthropy, and compassion for our music scene. THE REASON FOR THE NOMINATION MUST BE INCLUDED OR IT WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED.

Best Live Act — Eligible to acts that have performed locally at least once (for our purposes, “locally” refers to shows within the 864 area code).

Best Music Photographer — Eligible to photographers who captured footage in 2021 of a local artist performing on stage, or a shoot for their press kit / social media