Nominees for this year’s American Music Awards were selected, for the first time, using BigChampagne’s Ultimate Chart. In previous years, the AMA assembled its nominees based upon the Billboard 100. BigChampagne describes its new Ultimate Chart as “an unprecedented aggregation of timely, relevant metrics and a product of our friends’ and partners’ hard work and well-deserved success. We analyze and integrate information about music everywhere — from Amazon and iTunes and YouTube and VEVO and Pandora and Clear Channel and Myspace and Facebook and Yahoo and AOL and many, many others. Our machines are very clever but our analysts are too. Real people grade the computers’ work to ensure accuracy.”
The chart is arranged by artists and by songs. A details tab offers a graph timeline to show momentum over various categories such as broadcast, sales, watching & listening and Fans, Friends & Followers.
Even with the new methodology and info resources, the nominees shouldn’t arrive as a shock. For a complete list of AMA nominees click here.