The International Dance Music Awards

The International Dance Music Awards (IDMA), an electronic music institution spanning 33 consecutive years, have always been at the forefront of electronic music while offering an inclusive look into the global scene. This years awards categories are the most inclusive to date, modified further to celebrate electronic music’s ever changing palate and community.


The IDMA Advisory Board

For the first time since its inception, the IDMAs will undergo a complete update to its governing body, categories, and voting processes. Electronic music will now have its very own advisory board that will help to define what the IDMA’s become and bring a new credibility to the awards like never before. The IDMA Advisory Board is composed of major players within the electronic music community, including notable artists, managers, agents, publicists, and promoters, among others.


Part of this year’s awards is powered by Viberate – the world’s biggest crowdsourced platform for listing and mapping the live music industry. Using their metrics-based platform, the Viberate team was able to populate the IDMA artist categories and present a set of nominees based on true artist popularity and free from industry favoritism and politics. Nominees for the remaining IDMA categories will be selected by the IDMA Advisory Board, with the winners of all categories being determined by a public vote.

2019 IDMA Categories

Categories TBD by IDMA Advisory Board + voted on by the public

  • Breakthrough Artist of the Year
  • Best Pop/Electronic Album
  • Best Electronic Album
  • Best Pop/Electronic Song
  • Best Electronic Song
  • Best Pop/Electronic Remix
  • Best Electronic Remix
  • Best Label
  • Best Club
  • Best Music Festival
  • Best Music Event
  • Best Podcast / Radio Show
  • Best Radio Station
  • Best Streaming Service
  • Best YouTube Channel
  • Best DJ Equipment Manufacturer
  • Most Innovative DJ Product
  • Best DAW

Categories powered by Viberate

  • Best Male Artist (Pop/Electronic)
  • Best Female Artist (Pop/Electronic)
  • Best Male Artist (Techno)
  • Best Female Artist (Techno)
  • Best Male Artist (House)
  • Best Female Artist (House)
  • Best Male Artist (Bass)
  • Best Female Artist (Bass)
  • Best Male Artist (Trance)
  • Best Female Artist (Trance)
  • Best Male Artist (Drum & Bass)
  • Best Female Artist (Drum & Bass)
  • Best Male Artist (Downtempo)
  • Best Female Artist (Downtempo)
  • Best Male Artist (Hardstyle)
  • Best Female Artist (Hardstyle)


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