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Spirit Award Categories


The Spirit Awards are one of the few awards shows
that are completely fan voted with a 360 degree view of country music.

 

Fans of country music can vote for their favorite country music entertainers in the following categories...

Entertainer of the Year: 
Presented to the performer, act, who performed within the designated areas, who displays the best performance, album, and personality in all aspects of the country music umbrella* in this voting year.


Female Vocalist of the Year:
Presented to the female performer, who performed within the designated areas, who displays the best performance, album, and personality in all aspects of the country music umbrella* in this voting year.


Male Vocalist of the Year: 
Presented to the male performer, who performed within the designated areas, who displays the best performance, album, and personality in all aspects of the country music umbrella* in this voting year.


Vocal Group / Duo of the Year: 
Presented to the group, of two or more individuals who together composite a band, act, who performed within the designated areas, who displays the best performance, album, and personality in all aspects of the country music umbrella* in this voting year.


Starbound Award:
Presented to the newest performer, who performed within the designated areas, who displays the best performance, album, and personality in all aspects of the country music umbrella* in this voting year.


Song of the Year:
Presented to the performer of the song that displays the greatest competence in quality of artistry in recording, lyrics, and instrumentals in all aspects of the country music umbrella* in this voting year.

 

Album of The Year:
Presented to the performer of the album that displays the greatest competence in quality of artistry in recording, lyrics, and instrumentals in all aspects of the country music umbrella* in this voting year.

 

Spirit of Christmas Award:
Presented to the performer of the Christmas song that displays the greatest competence in the spirit of the Christmas season of quality of artistry in recording, lyrics, and instrumentals in all aspects of the country music umbrella* in this voting year.  This award's inaugural year was in 2014.

 

Spirit of America Award:
Presented to the performer of the Song About Soldiers that displays the greatest competence in the American spirit with support and appreciation for those who serve in our nation’s Military of quality of artistry in recording, lyrics, and instrumentals in all aspects of the country music umbrella* in this voting year.  This award’s inaugural year was in 2017.


Living Legend of the Year:
Presented to the performer who, for the entirety of their career of over 25 years, who performed within the designated areas, has demonstrated the greatest accomplishments in performing, albums, and personality in all aspects of the country music umbrella* in this voting year.

 

The following categories are voted by the staff at Strictly Country...

The Golden Rule Award:
This prestigious award is presented to the artist who shows undeniable love, honor and respect for and all that is synonymous to the country music umbrella*. This award is strictly voted by the staff at Strictly Country. Entertainers can only be presented this award once in their lifetime. This award may not be presented annually.


The President's Choice Award:
Presented to the entertainer who, without reasonable doubt, displays the greatest creativity and originality worthy of being noted with the presentation of an award. This award is strictly voted by the staff at Strictly Country. This award may not be presented annually.

 

The Following categories have been permanently deleted from the Spirit Awards...

Performance of the Year:
Presented to the performer, act, who performed within the designated areas, who presents the fans with the most entertaining, creative and original live performance in all aspects of the country music umbrella* in this voting year. This award was deleted from the list in 2016.


BOB (Best of the Best) Award:
Presented to the performer, who performed within the designated areas, who displays the greatest dedication in keeping the legacy of country music alive with their tour, performance, album, and personality in all aspects of the country music umbrella* in this voting year.  This award was deleted from the list in 2014.

 

*The Country Music Umbrella

Country music has grown to include a wide variety of styles.  These styles include traditional country, Western, Texan, Country Rock, Country Gospel, Country-rap, modern, alternative, Bluegrass, Hillbilly, Rock-A-Billy, Americana, Southern Rock and Folk.  We call this the country music umbrella.

 

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