Premios Oye! (Premio Nacional a la Música Grabada) are presented annually by the Academia Nacional de la Música en México for outstanding achievements in the Mexican record industry. The awards ceremony features performances by important national and international artists like Robbie Williams, Sarah Brightman, Shakira, Juanes, Paul McCartney and Lily Allen among others.
The awards were established in 2002 by the ANAMUSA (Academia Nacional de la Música) in order to reward composers, artists, record companies and every person who is involved in the music industry. This recognizes the very best of musical production without counting the position where the artists charted in the Mexican Albums Chart.
The equivalent of Premios Oye! (Spanish, meaning "Hear! Awards") to the United States's Grammy Awards. It is telecast by Televisa in Mexico through its Canal de las Estrellas and on Univision in the USA.
The trophy was created by the recognized Mexican plastic artist Jorge Marín, who previewed the award as a silhouette of a woman. In his own words, he acknowledges that the female body is a perfect body which represents the triumph of its gender and reflects the victory of each winner.
The Muse consists of an alloy with bronze and polished silver, creating a unique contrast that enhances the aesthetic appeal of the trophy. The trophy consists of a woman standing on the world, in her right hand holding the world of music and on the left, a lyre, which is the symbol of ANAMUSA. Bearing a naked torso and a rising sun on its head, this statue is a collector's item.
The awards are divided into 3 groups: Pop and Rock, Anglo and Popular which includes physical and digital sales. El Consejo de la Comunicación gives an award called Premio Social a la Música to the song or artist that promotes positive values. Also the Academy dedicated a special tribute to the trajectory of Timbiriche, Marco Antonio Solís, Los Tigres del Norte and Miguel Bosé that was first awarded in 2008.
The 20 categories as 2008 are:Main Spanish:
Spanish Record of the Year
Spanish Song of the Year
Spanish Breakthrough of the Year
Latin Pop Spanish:
Pop Male Solo Artist
Pop Female Solo Artist
Latin Rock Spanish:
Rock Solo or Group
English Record of the Year
English Song of the Year
English Breakthrough of the Year
Popular Record of the Year
Popular Song of the Year
Popular Breakthrough of the Year
Norteño Solo or Group
Grupero Solo or Group
Ranchero Solo or Group
Banda/Duranguense Solo or Group
Tropical Solo or Group
Video of the Year
It is expected that Electronica and Indie categories will be included soon due to success in recent years.
ANAMUSA and record companies are responsible for entering into nomination the works that they deem most deserving. Once a work is entered, reviewing sessions are held by experts selected from the academy. This is done only to determine whether or not a work is eligible or entered into the proper category for official nomination. Some of the rules of nomination process are: Live Records and Best Of are eligible for nominations if they contain at least 2 new records and only participate in Song of the Year according to its category (pop & rock, Anglo or popular). Any artist can be nominated in Breakthrough Artist of the Year (Artista Revelación del Año) national and international artists who have achieved significant success in Mexico for the first time with records released in the eligibility period.
As of 2008, the eligibility period for the Premios Oye! begins July 1 from the previous year to June 30 of the actual year. PricewaterhouseCoopers is in charge of accounting the results of votes from more than 1,700 members of the jury in order to obtain 5 nominees or 6 in case of a tie. It is also responsible for publicizing the winners through sealed envelopes that will be open on the day of the final.
155 Musas of Premio Oye! have been awarded to 95 artists in 9 years. To date Shakira and Alejandro Fernández has won the most awards, 9 and 8 respectively.
List of winners Premios Oye! Year by Year
Since Televisa is responsible for the show, that year Nadia and Yahir were nominated for Breakthrough artists in Popular and Spanish respectively and since the artists were alumni from TV Azteca's project La Academia, some media expected the banning of the moments from Televisa since they were promoting their competitor. However there was no banning from the first winner, Nadia who was congratulated by the host, Adal Ramones. But the controversy came when Yahir won Breakthrough of the Year because he thanked TV Azteca in a live show transmitted in Televisa Network.
Some prominent media figures disagreed with the presentation of an award to Angélica Rivera because they said she was an actress, not a singer and the other nominees had more seniority in the music field. They contended that the award was given to her primarily because the show was on Televisa and her telenovela was very successful at the time. However she has a musical background since 90's when she sang in Muñecos de Papel alongside Ricky Martin and Sasha Sokol