Eduards_Ozolins wrote:anybody knows why nominees was announced so early ? It's only start of November and I am sure that they can be lots of big discoveries this year too... :?
It's always announced at the end of Womex weekend, the very end of October. This is because the voting academy is all the Womex registrants, giving a potentially massive (2800 this year) international, transparent and hopefully unmanipulatable panel of wide tastes and expertise. After the first year of the Awards, the powers that be decided to close voting just before Womex starts rather than at the end of the weekend in order to avoid a "Womex effect" whereby artists who'd just done successful showcases (and indeed been lucky enough to get showcases) had an advantage by being fresh in people's minds.
The Album Of The Year gets voted for later and isn't announced until 1st December.