Terms & Conditions

Mirchi Music Awards 2015 - South

1. Definitions

Awards Mirchi Music Awards 2015 - South (MMA)
Awards Management/ Organizers Entertainment Network (India) Limited (‘ENIL’)
EY Ernst & Young LLP, Process advisors and official tabulators to the winner determination process of the Awards
Participant Any organization / individual who sends in an application to participate in the Awards, or whose song / album is chosen or entered for participation in the Awards in any manner
Nominee or Finalist Any song / album / person shortlisted by the screening jury for evaluation by the Grand Jury
Grand Jury A group of persons appointed by Awards Management who will approve the proposed process of the Awards, ratify the nominees shortlisted by the Screening Jury and then vote on the Nominees to determine final winners
Screening Jury A group of jury persons who will evaluate all entries as part of the process of short listing Nominees
Technical Jury A group of jury persons who will evaluate all entries for technical categories as part of short listing Nominees and winner determination process
Rules These rules and regulations governing the Awards, as amended from time to time
2. Award categories
Category Award
Film awards 1. Song of the year (Note 1)
2. Album of the year (Note 2)
3. Male vocal
4. Female vocal
5. Music composer
6. Lyricist
7. Upcoming singer – Male
8. Upcoming singer – Female
9. Upcoming music composer
10. Upcoming lyricist
  11. ManninKural Male 
  12. ManninKural Female 
Technical awards 13. Music Arranger & Programmer
14. Sound Recording
15. Background score
Listener’s choice awards (Note 4) 16. Song of the year – Mirchi listeners’ choice
17. Album of the year – Mirchi listeners’ choice
Special Awards (Note 5) 18. Lifetime achievement award
19. Jury award for outstanding contribution to South film music


  1. To be given to the artists, lyricists and composers of the winning song
  2. To be given to the producers and lyricists of the winning album, and singers & composers, if constant across the album
  3. Nominees will be the top 5 entries as determined by screening jury votes, validated by Grand Jury and winners will be determined through public voting
  4. To be decided by ENIL & Jury;

The Awards categories may be changed / modified / split / merged based on the songs released during the period, and is at the discretion of Awards management and jury

  1. Call for entries
  • For the Film related award categories, songs included in the music of Tamil, Telugu,Malayalam & Kannada films released in the calendar year of 2015 i.e. between January 1 to December 31, 2015 will be considered for the current year’s Awards. This can be changed at any time and is at the discretion of the Jury.
  •   For the purpose of validation the film release date and not the music release date will be considered for participation in the Awards.
  • The Telugu/Tamil/Malayalam or Kannada films should have been released theatrically in India for the first time during the calendar year 2015. It must be over 60 minutes in running time and must be first publicly exhibited before a paying audience in a commercial motion picture house in India between during the said period, following normal commercial release procedures.
  • For the Non-film award categories, the albums released during calendar year 2015 will be considered for participation.
  • ENIL will also collect music data for the period from upto two large format music stores and Box Office Magazine Publication List. This will be collated with ENIL’s music database and the Box Office Magazine Publication List to determine the film and non-film albums released during the year.
  • The list of Film and Non-film music albums released in 2015 and eligible for participation in the Awards will be made available on www.enil.mirchimusicawards.com. In case, your work does not feature on the website, then kindly contact Ms. Sangeeta Nair on email id sangeeta.nair@timesgroup.com before 21st June 2015.

4. Eligibility criteria for participation in the Awards

  • All Indian musical organizations, communities, artists i.e. entities with a registered address in India, or persons with Indian nationality.
  • The film must be produced in Telugu/Tamil/Malayalam or Kannada and released in the period for consideration. Foreign / Regional films dubbed and then subsequently released in Telugu/Tamil/Malayalam or Kannada will not be considered for the Awards process.
  • For the Film award categories, all songs appearing in Telugu/Tamil/Malayalam or Kannada film's official CDs will be considered
  • Copied music will not be considered. If at any time it is brought to the notice of Awards management / jury that a particular song is not original, the same will be investigated and the Jury will determine the appropriate course of action at its discretion. If so determined, nomination may be cancelled, or Winner may need to return certificate and / or trophy.
  • Re-released music and re-created music are not permitted to be entered, except if a specific category is created for the same.
  • Jury has the right to include, exclude or re-classify any song from any award category
  • Participants understand and agree that mere participation in the Awards does not entitle Participants to win a prize.
  • While all attempts will be made to gather film release, film song and artist information and non-film albums and songs and artist information correctly and in entirety, due to the fragmented record-keeping nature of the music industry in India, the complete list of films, albums and songs, and artists of songs may not be available or accurate. Attempts will be made to get a complete list from film bodies and / or a music retail store, on a best effort basis. Consequently, Awards management, Juries and their contractors are not responsible for the completeness of all film, song and artist information, which will be gathered on a best effort basis.
  • Participants understand and agree that mere participation in the Awards does not entitle Participants to win a prize.        
  • The objective is to recognize only original music. All efforts will be made to ensure copied music is removed from the songs eligible for participation. However, information on the same is subjective, and 100% accurate identification of such songs cannot be guaranteed.

5. Timelines

  • Efforts will be made to adhere to the defined timelines. However, the defined timelines are subject to change based on circumstances
  • Awards Management and its sub-contractors shall not be held accountable / liable for any disruptions / stoppages / interruptions or cancellation of the Awards or its ceremony or any part of its processes or public voting on account of any factors beyond its control

6. Short-listing up to 15 nominees for each award category

  • The Screening Jury will evaluate collated list of entries to determine up to 15 short-listed nominees per category
  • ENIL will confirm with the label owners for each Nominee as regards the name of the winner related to the awards it has been nominated for. Label owner has to respond within 2 days of notification; else, ENIL will consider the details of nomination as available with it to be correct.
  • In the event no entries in a category are found to be worthy of inclusion in the Awards, the category will be cancelled. The Screening Jury may decide that no nominee is worthy of the Award and disqualify all participants at its discretion.

7. Nomination of up to 3 songs each by Grand jury members

  • ENIL will send the songs list to each Grand jury member.
  • Each Grand jury member may nominate up to 3 additional songs (if required) in each category.
  • It is as per the discretion of the Jury member to add any additional songs (if required).


8. Determination of winners

Jury awards

Phase I
  • EY will send the Grand jury members the list of up to 15 songs short listed by the Screening jury and the additional songs nominated by each Grand jury member, for each category.
  • The Grand jury members will each rank their top 5 songs in each category and send the ranks to EY for tabulation.
  • EY will shortlist the top 5 songs in each category based on the above ranking

Phase II

  • The top 5 songs in each award category will be presented to the Grand jury
  • The Grand jury will electronically scoreeachsong in each category
  • The Jury may decide, in order to maintain high standards of these awards, that there could be no winner in a particular category

9. Jury evaluation process

  • Jury reserves the right to re-categorize any song or nominee which in their view is incorrectly categorized based on the information filled on the film CD cover
  • Jury has the right to increase or reduce the number of Nominees in any award category
  • Jury’s decision on the short-listing will be final and binding on all participants
  • Any additional information, if needed, will be sought from shortlisted nominees. Such information sourced from the participants will become part of the original application.
  • The Jury may decide, in order to maintain high standards of these awards, that there could be no winner in a particular category
  • The determination of who should receive an award for any award category rests with the Grand Jury

10. Public voting

  • Top 5 songs shortlisted by the Grand Jury during the will be announced to public for voting by Awards Management for the following two Film award categories:
    1. Song of the year – Mirchi listeners’ choice
    2. Album of the year – Mirchi listeners’ choice
  • The number and type of award categories that could be opened to public voting can be modified and changed at the discretion of the Grand Jury and Awards Management
  • Public can vote on the nominees announced for the above categories through SMS and / or internet, as facility made available by the Awards Management
  • If the entries are not received in the correct and defined format then they may not be considered for tabulation purposes
  • A cap of maximum votes per mobile number and per IP address will be applicable and will be decided internally by the Awards Management
  • Last date for public voting will be announced subsequently by the Awards Management(For further details, refer rules and regulations for Public voting)

11. Information about songs / albums / people nominated for awards

  • If at any time it is found that the information pertaining to any song / album / person participating in the Awards is incorrect, the same could be removed from participation
  • Further, any prize given to any such song / album / person could be revoked at the discretion of the Grand Jury, for contravention against these rules and regulation, at any time
  • Music determined at any stage to be a significant copy of other previously released music can, at the discretion of the jury, be excluded from the songs eligible for participation
  • Information relating to the lyricist, music director, artists, film producer, film director, mixer, arranger etc of a song or album would be based on information provided on the CD cover of the same

12. General

  • The Jury’s decision on all aspects related to the short listing and winner determination process is final and binding on all Participants.
  • Decision of Awards Management on all other matters is final and binding on all Participants, Nominees and Finalists, and no correspondence will be entertained on the same
  • Participation in the Awards will be construed as an acceptance to the Rules and Regulations stated herein.
  • Participants understand and agree that mere participation in the Awards does not entitle Participants to win a prize.
  • Nominated persons could be contacted to provide further information for the final round.
  • Participants, Nominees and winners permit free of cost the use of their name, content and factual information about their participation in the public media (for the build-up to the Awards, during the Awards ceremony and after the Awards ceremony) and do not have any right to any revenues earned through intellectual property rights generated by the Awards, if any.
  • ENIL, the Juries, and its contractors will not be liable for any claims / disputes made by the Participants, Nominees, winners, rights owners, music companies, etc in relation to the Awards.
  • ENIL and its event partners and subcontractors reserve the right to withdraw, or amend the terms of the Awards at any time and does not take responsibility for any loss or damage that any person or organization may suffer as a result of participating or attempting to participate in the Awards, the Awards being withdrawn or its terms amended.
  • ENIL cannot and shall not be accountable / liable for any disruptions / stoppages / interruptions or cancellation of the Awards. ENIL and its contractors cannot be held responsible for matters out of its control and for force majeure reasons.
  • Additions, deletions and/or modifications to these Rules are at the discretion of ENIL and the Grand Jury, and they may make such additions/deletions and/or modifications, at any time before or after the Awards, prospectively or retrospectively
  • All disputes relating to or arising out of the Awards shall be subject to the laws of India, and shall be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of competent jurisdiction at Mumbai, India.
  • The Participants, Nominees and winners agree that they shall hold harmless ENIL, Jury and event Sponsors, their employees, officers, contractors or other persons and shall defend them against any loss, claim, demands, costs, damages, judgments, expenses or liability arising out of or in connection with any or all claims whether or not groundless, that may be brought against ENIL (and the others mentioned above) by any third party in connection with participation in or winning the Award.
  • If Participants are unclear as to the rules or any element of the Awards or experience difficulties of any kind, they can write in their questions, problems or queries to the following address:

Sangeeta Nair - sangeeta.nair@timesgroup.com
Mirchi Music Awards 2015 - South
Radio Mirchi,Entertainment Network (India) Limited,
4th Floor, A-wing, Matulya Centre,
Senapati Bapat Marg, Lower Parel (West), Mumbai – 400013.
ENIL shall endeavor to the best of its ability to respond thereto.

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