SELECTION PROCESS


The Selection Process

The process begins with board members and record companies submitting entries, which are then screened for eligibility and category placement. Western Gospel Awards (WGA) voting members, all involved in various areas of media, creative and technical processes of recording, then participate in (1) the nominating process that determines the seven finalists in each category; and (2) the final voting process which determines the Western Gospel Awards (WGA) winners.


Submission

Board members and record companies enter recordings and music videos released during the eligibility year (July 2020 – July 2021) which they consider worthy of recognition in the 2021 Western Gospel Awards (WGA) process.


Screening

Reviewing sessions are made possible by experts in various fields to ensure all entered recordings meet specific qualifications and have been placed in appropriate fields such as Traditional, Contemporary, and Urban Gospel, Praise and Worship, Denominational Choir, Choral Choir/Group, Inspirational Song etc. The purpose of screenings is not to make artistic or technical judgments about the recordings, but rather to make sure that each entry is eligible and placed in its proper category.


Nominating/Selection

First-round ballots with lists of eligible recordings in all fields, except those voted on by special nominating committees, are sent to voting members who return their ballots to the WGA selection panel. Before any name is released to media, or the final voting/ selection panel, the nominee MUST accept their nomination by or before the required due date. After the nominee has accepted their nomination, the name is then released to the media and the selection panel for the final voting process.
To help ensure the quality of the voting, members are directed to vote only in their fields of expertise. Lists of the finalists are sent to voting members in ballot format. In this final round, W.G.A members deliberate and make all finalized selections based upon submitted, verified and researched material.


Voting

This process will allow:
Public voters to vote on their favorite independent artist. This method of voting will only serve as 60%, of the finalize selection process.
Board members voters to vote on their favorite independent artist. This method of voting will only serve as 20%, of the finalize selection process.
Industrial Players voters to vote on their favorite independent artist. This method of voting will only serve as 20%, of the finalize selection process.
This process also helps the voting panel make accurate decisions on the final selections of potential winners.


Final Voting

Lists of the finalists are sent to voting members in ballot format. In this final round, W.G.A. members deliberate and make all finalized selections based upon submitted, verified and researched material.

Results

Results of members voting are not known until the Western Gospel Awards (WGA) presentation ceremony when names of the winners are delivered in sealed envelopes. All Award winners are revealed during the Western Gospel Awards (WGA) telecast.