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2020 Voting Rules

2020 Voting Rules

THE AWARDS VOTEFans will have the opportunity to vote and select the winners of the following awards which will be given at or in connection with the 2020 American Music Awards® ceremony (“Program”) taking place on November 22, 2020, and broadcast live on ABC at 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time (“ET”) / 7:00 p.m. Central Time (“CT”):

  • New Artist of the Year
  • Favorite Social Artist
  • Collaboration of the Year
  • Favorite Female Artist – Pop/Rock
  • Favorite Male Artist – Pop/Rock
  • Favorite Duo or Group – Pop/Rock
  • Favorite Album – Pop/Rock
  • Favorite Song – Pop/Rock
  • Favorite Female Artist – Country
  • Favorite Male Artist – Country
  • Favorite Duo or Group – Country
  • Favorite Album – Country
  • Favorite Song – Country
  • Favorite Male Artist – Rap/Hip-Hop
  • Favorite Female Artist – Rap/Hip-Hop
  • Favorite Album – Rap/Hip-Hop
  • Favorite Song – Rap/Hip-Hop
  • Favorite Female Artist – Soul/R&B
  • Favorite Male Artist – Soul/R&B
  • Favorite Album – Soul/R&B
  • Favorite Song – Soul/R&B
  • Favorite Artist – Alternative Rock
  • Favorite Artist – Adult Contemporary
  • Favorite Male Artist – Latin
  • Favorite Female Artist – Latin
  • Favorite Album – Latin
  • Favorite Song – Latin
  • Favorite Artist – Contemporary Inspirational
  • Favorite Artist – Electronic Dance Music (EDM)
  • Favorite Music Video
  • Favorite Soundtrack
  • Artist of the Year

The foregoing awards may be referred to herein individually as an “Award” or collectively as the “Awards.”

VOTING PERIOD:   The voting period for all Awards will open on October 26, 2020, at 9:30 am. ET / 6:30 a.m. Pacific Time (“PT”) and will close on November 16, 2020, at 3:00 p.m. ET / 12:00 p.m. PT (“Voting Period”).

HOW TO VOTEThere are two (2) potential ways for you to cast votes for the Awards –  “Billboard Website Voting” and “Twitter Voting,” both of which are described below:

Billboard Website Voting

During the Voting Period, using your computer, tablet, or mobile device, open your preferred internet browsing application and go to billboard.com/amasvote (“Billboard Voting Page”).

  • When you arrive at the Billboard Voting Page, you will see a tab or button for each Award. Click the applicable tab or button to go the voting page for each Award (“Award Voting Page”).
  • On each Award Voting Page, you will see the name, photograph, and a corresponding “Vote” button for each nominee for that Award, and you will be prompted to click on the “Vote” button for the nominee for whom you want to vote.
  • To use Billboard Website Voting, you must have a valid Facebook or Twitter account. If you are not already signed into your Facebook or Twitter account, when you click on the “Vote” button, you will be directed to register using your valid Facebook or Twitter account. You will need to enter your e-mail address or user name and password to log in to either Facebook or Twitter, as you may select.
  • If you do not currently have a Facebook account or a Twitter account, you will not be able to use Billboard Website Voting unless you register for a Facebook account (go to Facebook.com or download the Facebook application to register) or a Twitter account (go to Twitter.com or download the Twitter application on your mobile device to register).Registration on Facebook and Twitter is free.
  • You will be prompted to accept either the Facebook or Twitter access authorization application (“Access Authorization”) the first time you vote, depending on whether you registered with your Facebook or your Twitter account. You must accept the applicable Access Authorization in order to vote at the Billboard Voting Page.
  • After submitting your vote for the Award on an Award Voting Page, you will see a “Thank You” page that confirms your vote and offers you the opportunity to share your vote to your Facebook profile or Twitter timeline, vote again, or vote for another Award. Sharing your vote to your Facebook profile will NOT count as an additional vote.

Twitter Voting

You also can vote via Twitter by mentioning specific key words and the official Program hashtag as described below in a tweet published on your Twitter account (“Tweet Vote”). To vote via Twitter, you must have a Twitter account and be logged into Twitter, and your Twitter account must be set to public to vote.  If you do not currently have a Twitter account, go to Twitter.com or download the Twitter application on your mobile device to register (registration is free) or vote using Billboard Website Voting as described above.

  • You may cast a Tweet Vote for an Award by composing a message containing the following three (3) required elements and posting it from your Twitter account:
  • The name of applicable nominee(s). This may be the name of an artist, the name of a song, or the name of an album;
  • The name of the specific Award for which you are voting (e.g., “Artist of the Year,” “Favorite Album – Pop/Rock”, etc.) in the format specified above; and
  • The official hashtag for the Program: #AMAs

An example of a valid Tweet Vote would be:

For Artists: I’m voting for [Artist Name] for Artist of the Year #AMAs

For Songs: I’m voting for [Song Name] for Favorite Song – Pop/Rock #AMAs

For Albums: I’m voting for [Album Name] for Favorite Album – Pop/Rock #AMAs

Tweet Votes that comply with the foregoing instructions will be counted as valid votes.  If you re-tweet a third party’s valid Tweet Vote, it will count as a valid vote by you, subject to the same rules for ordinary Tweet Votes set forth above.  Tweet Votes must comply with all other Twitter requirements (e.g., number of characters, etc.) and may not include any derogatory, defamatory, or obscene language or images.

ELIGIBILITYAnyone with a valid Facebook or Twitter account may vote using Billboard Website Voting, wherever the Billboard Voting Page is accessible, regardless of location.  Anyone with a valid Twitter account may vote using Twitter Voting, regardless of location.

VOTING RESTRICTIONS:

For both Billboard Website Voting and Twitter Voting (each, a “Voting Platform”), you may submit up to ten (10) votes per Award per day during the Voting Period on each Voting Platform.

  • For Billboard Website Voting:
  • Once you have submitted ten (10) votes for a particular Award in a given day, that Award will be unavailable for further voting on the Billboard Voting Page until the next day.
  • If you have reached the vote limit for an Award, you may continue to vote for other Awards on the Billboard Voting Page that day until you reach the vote limit for each Award
  • For Twitter Voting, Tweet Votes for an Award in excess of ten (10) votes per day not be counted as valid votes.

Any attempt to deliberately undermine, circumvent, or manipulate the legitimate operation of the vote process is strictly prohibited, including, without limitation, use of fraudulent, robotic, or ghost Twitter and/or Facebook accounts, use of multiple email addresses to set up multiple  Facebook or Twitter accounts, and/or automated voting scripts, programs, or macros (not including legitimate third-party software that enables the scheduling of tweets, posts, or status updates such as HootSuite or TweetDeck).  dick clark productions, llc (“Producer”) reserves the right to disqualify the votes from any individuals/entities that Producer suspects or finds: (i) to have engaged in manipulated and/or inauthentic voting practices; (ii) to have tampered with the voting process; or (iii) to be acting in an unsportsmanlike or disruptive manner or with intent to annoy, abuse, threaten, or harass any other person. Producer is not responsible for technical, hardware, software, or telephone malfunctions of any kind, lost, or unavailable network connections, or failed, incorrect, incomplete, inaccurate, garbled, or delayed electronic communications or for any of the equipment or programming associated with or utilized in the voting process or by any human error which may occur in the tabulation of votes.  Producer further reserves the right to designate alternate spellings, key words, or other criteria (as it determines in its sole discretion) that, if used, will qualify a Tweet Vote as valid.

VOTING RESULTSThe total number of valid votes for each Award submitted on both Voting Platforms during the Voting Period will be tabulated, and the nominee receiving the highest total number of valid votes for each Award will be declared the winner of the Award.

The winners of some or all of the Awards will be revealed during the live television broadcast of the Program scheduled for November 22, 2020, at 8:00 p.m. ET / 7:00 p.m. CT on ABC. Check your local listings for more information about show times.  Winners of all of the Awards will also be posted online after the live broadcast at TheAMAs.com.

If the voting process is interrupted for any reason, is found to have been tampered with in any way, or for any other reason that Producer believes to be reasonably necessary (for example, in instances of infection by computer virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical or system failures or disruption, ‘acts of God’ or terrorist attacks, or any other causes beyond Producer’s control), Producer reserves the right to select the winners of the Awards and may take into consideration the number of votes received by any nominee up until the time of the interruption or cancelation of the voting process.

RELEASE:  By participating in the vote for one (1) or more Awards, you agree to release and hold harmless Producer, DCP Rights, LLC, MRC Media, LLC, ABC Entertainment, Inc., and each of their respective subsidiaries, affiliates, suppliers, licensees, distributors, and assigns, and each of their respective parent companies, subsidiaries, and affiliates and each of the foregoing’s officers, directors, members, managers, employees, and agents (collectively, the “Released Parties”) from and against any claim or cause of action, including, without limitation, personal injury, death, or damage to or loss of property, arising out of your participation in the voting process and/or in any way related to the Awards or the Program.

GENERAL CONDITIONS: Producer reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to (i) cancel, suspend, and/or modify any one (1) or more of the voting methods for the Awards if any fraud, technical failures, human error, or any other factor impairs the integrity or proper functioning of the voting process, as determined by Producer in its sole discretion; (ii) disqualify any individual it finds to be tampering with the voting process or to be acting in violation of these Rules or acting in an unsportsmanlike or disruptive manner; and/or (iii) to change these Rules at any time during the Voting Period.  Any attempt by any person to deliberately undermine the legitimate operation of the voting process may be a violation of criminal and civil law. Should a person make such an attempt, Producer reserves the right to seek damages from such person to the fullest extent permitted by law.  Producer’s failure to enforce any term of these Rules shall not constitute a waiver of that provision.

LIMITATIONS OF LIABILITY: The Released Parties are not responsible for: (i) any incorrect or inaccurate information, including, without limitation, that is the result of any printing errors or by any of the equipment or programming associated with or utilized in any of the voting methods and whether caused by Producer, platform providers, or voters; (ii) technical failures of any kind, including, without limitation, malfunctions, interruptions, or disconnections in phone lines or network hardware or software; (iii) unauthorized human intervention in any part of the voting process; (iv) technical or human error which may occur in the administration of the voting process or the counting of votes; or (v) any injury or damage to persons or property which may be caused, directly or indirectly, in whole or in part, from your participation in the voting process.

DISPUTES: By participating in the voting process, you agree that: (i) any and all disputes, claims, and causes of action arising out of or connected with the voting process and/or the awarding of any Award shall be resolved individually without resort to any form of class action and exclusively by the state or federal court located in Los Angeles County having jurisdiction over the claim; (ii) any and all claims, judgments, and awards shall be limited to actual out-of-pocket costs incurred but in no event shall include attorneys’ fees; and (iii) under no circumstances will you be permitted to obtain awards for, and you hereby waive all rights to claim, indirect, punitive, incidental, and consequential damages and any other damages, other than for actual out-of-pocket expenses, and any and all rights to have damages multiplied or otherwise increased.  All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation, and enforceability of these Rules shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with, the laws of the State of California without giving effect to any choice of law or conflict of law rules (whether of the State of California or any other jurisdiction), which would cause the application of the laws of any jurisdiction other than the State of California.