The FRYDERYK AWARDS are presented by the PHONOGRAPHIC ACADEMY which associates nearly a thousand Polish musicians, authors, composers, record producers, music journalists and the recording industry. The number of Academy members has been growing each year since each edition’s nominees are being invited to join in.
The Academy picks the FRYDERYK nominees and winners in two rounds of secret voting.
In the 2008 and 2009 editions the winners in one category were chosen by the public in sms voting (a popular pop group FEEL won the award in the Newcomer category in 2008 and the song by Czesław Spiewa „Maszynka do świerkania” won in the Best Song category in 2009.
The Phonographic Academy is divided into three sections: popular music, classical music and jazz. Each member of the Academy signs up for only one section and is entitled to vote only within this section. Voting takes place by way of an electronic internet system. The first round of voting selects the nominees, in the second round – members of the Academy choose the winners. The results are secured by an independent auditing company and kept confidential until presented on stage during the Awards ceremony.
The 2009 FRYDERYK Awards were presented in 32 categories:
- Best POP ALBUM
- Best ROCK ALBUM
- Best HEAVY METAL ALBUM
- Best BLUES ALBUM
- Best SUNG POETRY ALBUM
- Best HIP HOP ALBUM
- Best ALTERNATIVE ALBUM
- Best FOLK/WORLD MUSIC ALBUM
- Best FOREIGN ALBUM
- Best SONG
- Best CLIP
- Best MALE VOCALIST
- Best FEMALE VOCALIST
- Best GROUP
- Best COMPOSER
- Best AUTHOR
- Best RECORDING
- Best GRAPHICS
- Best Album – BAROQUE AND EARLY MUSIC
- Best Album – CHAMBER MUSIC
- Best Album – ORCHESTRAL MUSIC
- Best Album – SOLOIST MUSIC
- Best Album – VOCAL RECITAL, OPERA, BALET
- Best Album – CONTEMPORARY MUSIC
- Best Album – CHORUS & ORATORIO
- Best POLISH MUSIC RECORDING
- Best COMPSOSER
- Best NEWCOMER (Classical)
- Best JAZZ MUSICIAN
- Best JAZZ ALBUM
- Best NEWCOMER (Jazz)
All recordings published between December 1 and November 30 can be submitted to the competition. The submission can be made by the recording company, the artist himself or his agent.
The GOLD FRYDERYK AWARD
This special award is being presented by the Academy to award artists for their lifetime achievement and outstanding value to the Polish culture. Since 1999, when the Phonographic Academy was founded, The Gold Fryderyk Award has been presented to the following artists: Marek Grechuta, Jacek Kaczmarski, Andrzej Kurylewicz, Tadeusz Nalepa, Czesław Niemen, Władysław Szpilman, Antoni Wit, Krystian Zimerman, Ewa Michnik, Irena Santor, Jerzy Połomski, Jan Ptaszyn Wróblewski, Jerzy „Duduś” Matuszkiewicz, Zbigniew Namysłowski, Krzysztof Penderecki oraz Henryk Mikołaj Górecki.
The FRYDERYK Calendar
Representatives of the respective sections of the Phonographic Academy meet to evaluate the past edition and make series of decisions regarding the coming edition, such as the choice of categories.
The arists, their agents or record companies enter their recordings to the competition – they must be published between December 1 of the previous year and November 30 of the year the submittion is being made.
Representatives of the respective Academy sections meet to analyse the recordings submitted to the Award, they evaluate whether they have been entered in the appropriate category, check whether all requirements had been met. Final list of recordings submitted is prepared in result of these meetings which is then presented the Academy members for the first round of voting.
The Academy decides who will receive the GOLD FRYDERYK AWARD in this edition.
Members of The Academy vote within their genre sections in the first round of voting.
Nominees to the FRYDERYK Award and the date of the awards’ ceremony are being announced at a press conference. Winners of the GOLD FRYDERYK AWARD also become known to the public.
Academy members vote on the Award nominees – winners are selected In result of this voting. An independent auditing company secures the voting results with full confidentiality.
FRYDERYK Award ceremony takes place as two separate events – one devoted to classical music and jazz, the other – to pop categories.
Time to sum-up the past edition, send invitations to become the Academy members to the nominees, up-date the statistics, register new members.
Preparations to the new edition begin.