Many thanks to everyone who sent in nominations for this year’s Spill Awards: you’ll be delighted to hear that we remain as bizarrely eclectic and disparate as ever – over 100 different albums nominated for Album of the Year, for example, so that the shortlist consists, as has become traditional, of all the records that two people (and very occasionally three!) mentioned – and with the usual minimal overlap with end-of-year lists in the mainstream music press. We now come to the next stage, the voting. Full instructions below – but first, an announcement about the award ceremony.
I’ve decided unilaterally that we ought to be a bit more democratic this year.* So, we’re going to be going out live once again, from a secret venue and with a glittering array of surprise guest stars – but we’re going to be doing this in the comments, and everyone is invited to get involved. If you’ll be free between 8 and 9 pm UK time on Friday 28th December, please email me at abahachi(at)hotmail.co.uk within the next week. I’ll send you one email to tell you which award you’ll be announcing, roughly when you’ll be on, and whom you’ll then be introducing to hand over the next award, and another email telling you the result (it’s up to you whether you look at this in advance to prepare a suitable speech, or open it on the night). It’ll then be a matter of you keeping the comments updated, waiting for your cue. Provided no one posts any YouTube links, I think the system can cope, so what can possibly go wrong? Who am I kidding, actually this is an attempt at orchestrating chaos to match the famous Sam Fox – Mick Fleetwood Brit Awards. Alcohol more or less compulsory…
So, on to the voting. For Album of the Year, you have three votes, equally weighted (‘cos I can’t get the system to do single transferable vote or first preference); for all the other categories, you have just one vote. Get stuffing those ballot boxes! Voting closes at midnight on Boxing Day.
*Scholars of the ancient Greek historian Thucydides will of course recognise this as an allusion to his characterisation of Pericles’ leadership in Athens.