Nominations now open for the 2021 Academy of Western Artists Awards

Deadline for nominations is October 31, 2021

Categories include:

  • Music
    • Radio Station of the Year
    • Disc Jockey of the Year
    • Young Artist
    • Pure Country / Western / Western Swing
      • Female Artist of the Year
      • Male Artist of the Year
      • Duo or Group of the Year
      • Instrumentalist of the Year
      • Song of the Year
      • Album of the Year (Must have been released between November 1, 2020 through October 31, 2021)

    1. Song of the Year and Album of the Year nominations must NOT have been in nomination with the Academy of Western Artists for prior awards.
    2. You DO NOT have to be a member of the Academy of Western Artists to nominate or be nominated.
    3. ANYONE can nominate for an award.
    4. Email nominations and be sure to include nominee, category and contact information to
    5. Academy of Western Artists DJ’s will then choose the Top 10 nominees in each category.
    6. Top 5 nominees will be chosen from the top votes in each category and will be announced.
    7. Winners in each category will be announced during the 2022 Academy of Western Artists Award Show

  • Gear and Trappings
    • Cartoonist
    • Western Artist
    • Engraver
    • Master Leather Artisan
    • Saddlemaker
    • Don King Memorial Lifetime Achievement in Saddle Making
    • Spurmaker
    • Bootmaker
    • Garnet Brooks Chuckwagon

Questions and comments should be directed to Bobby Newton at or Dena Wood at (214) 585-2055. Nominations may be emailed to Bobby Newton,