But you know it doesn't work that way. And so, what is supposed to be a music competition turns into a popularity contest. It doesn't mean that the winners don't have great music - they may, but what they most certainly have is the most fans.
The Ohio Music Awards sought to break that model and create one in which the music is judged on its own merit and not on how many clicks a band can drum up (pun intended). That is why we don't use fan votes, rather we use judges who are industry professionals from across the state, and their credentials are pretty impressive. You can read about many of them in an earlier blog.
Lets face it, we have a lot of great music in Ohio, we've heard it and that's why we created the OMAs. However, as great as the music is that we've heard, there is often even greater music that we haven't heard.
That's what makes the OMAs different - it's fair and it judges only the music.