The Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik (“German Record Critics’ Award”) was established in 1980 to set the most rigorous standards for supreme achievement and quality in the field of music recording.
The German Record Critics’ Award Association consists of up to 156 music critics, writers, musicologists and editors in Germany, Austria and Switzerland actively involved in the assessment of CDs and DVDs. Its mission is to provide producers, composers, artists and music lovers with an honest guide to new releases of true artistic significance. The critics nominate from the latest releases in 32 categories ranging from opera to rock, folk, blues — even Indonesian Gamelan orchestra — produced by large and small, domestic or foreign record companies. These nominations feature a wide range of performers, from newcomers to stars, and include bestsellers as well as rare little-known gems.
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