In 2012, the Alabama Music Awards Organization was founded with the sole purpose to give recognition to the vast array of entertainers, musicians, and journalists on a local, regional, and national level.
This organization’s purpose is to provide support and nourishment to those in the musical community in metropolitan Birmingham and the entire state of Alabama. Music industry professionals and musicians from Alabama and surrounding areas determine
recipients of these awards. The Alabama Music Awards is the first awards hosted by the state of Alabama that puts the spotlight on and caters to an eclectic genre of music and its many influences.
Alabama has a deep and rich musical heritage that has given the world impeccable vocalists, instrumentalists, and composers whom were and are very influential in the music industry. Alabama’s musical legacy rooted in traditional folk and spiritual
music was introduced to this nation by way of enslaved Africans through European immigration.
Blues legends such As Dinah Washington, W.C. Handy, country music pioneers Hank Williams Sr., and the father of “Rock and Roll’’ himself Sam Phillips are just a few of Alabama’s musical legacies who have given the world some of the most creative
and influential music.