Music Artist

$175 fee per entry. Limit 2 entries.

Available to all age divisions. Each participant will receive a complimentary official rhinestone “Music ” pin.

One winner will be selected from among the Princess, Jr. Pre-Teen, and Pre-Teen age divisions, and one winner will be selected from among the Jr. Teen, Teen, and Miss age divisions. Each winner will receive the official signature Music Artist of the Year. Award and the Grand Prize Package. The 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th runners-up will be presented with specially designed awards.

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MUSIC  ARTIST OF THE YEARSM sponsored by Studio 1 ZERO.  We are excited to introduce the National American Miss Music Artist of the YearSM! This is a brand-new optional contest offered exclusively at National American Miss where you will have the rare opportunity to audition in front of a Grammy award-winning producer. National participants in all age divisions can enter the Music Artist of the YearSM and two lucky winners will receive a trip to Hollywood and a recording session with Studio 1 ZERO.

The National American Miss Music Artist of the YearSM is a unique American IdolTM-style audition process. Before arriving at the national pageant, participants will prepare a musical performance to present in front of the producer. This performance will be a live, solo performance that should not exceed 2 minutes (see the rules listed below for your age group to prepare your performance). When you arrive at the national pageant, you will select a time slot to audition in front of the producer.  Each contestant should arrive at the audition room early so that she is ready to walk in and perform at her scheduled time. If you will be playing an instrument, please take a moment to set it up. You will be asked to introduce yourself to the producer. You will then begin your prepared performance.

Studio 1 ZERO is looking for musical talent, skill, confidence, uniqueness, personality, and personal artistry. Two Music Artist of the YearSM winners will be chosen. One winner will be chosen from among the Princess, Jr. Pre-Teen, & Pre-Teen age divisions; and one winner will be chosen from among the Jr. Teen, Teen, & Miss age divisions.  The Top 5 will be presented with specially designed awards to be announced on Thanksgiving Day at the 2018 live-streamed Ford Mustang Car Drawing! Each Music Artist of the YearSM winner will receive a Music Artist of the YearSM Rose Gold Record Award in addition to her airfare, hotel and meals during her trip to Hollywood for her recording session with Studio 1 ZERO.

As a contestant in the Music Artist of the YearSM, you will first need to decide what you will perform for your audition. Keep in mind that you must follow the rules listed below for your age group.

Princess, Jr. Pre-Teen, and Pre-Teen:
Vocal performers must use one of the complimentary downloadable cover songs provided by the recording studio. If the performer is playing a musical instrument, then she will not be singing. Only live, solo musical presentations will be permitted. The Music Artist of the YearSM competitor will be the only person performing as well as the only person allowed in the audition room. The prepared presentation cannot exceed 2 minutes. If you are playing an instrument, you are responsible for the set-up and removal of the instrument. Keep in mind that each audition has an allotted amount of time, so you don’t want to take up too much time setting up and taking down an instrument. Makeup is allowed in all age divisions for this contest.

Click HERE for the official list of NAM songs!

Jr. Teen, Teen, and Miss:
Vocal performers can use one of the complimentary downloadable cover songs provided by the studio. Alternatively, she may bring her own song choice on a CD or on a music-playing device (smartphone, iPad or tablet, laptop computer). The performer may sing a song, play a musical instrument, or she may sing while playing an instrument. Only live, solo musical presentations will be permitted. The Music Artist of the YearSM competitor will be the only person performing as well as the only person allowed in the audition room. The prepared presentation cannot exceed 2 minutes. If you are playing an instrument, you are responsible for the set-up and removal of the instrument. Keep in mind that each audition is an allotted amount of time, so you don’t want to take up too much time setting up and taking down an instrument.  Makeup is allowed in all age divisions for this contest.

Frequently Asked Questions

What does the audition furnish?
Standard musical performance equipment and technician to assist the performer in her vocal and/or musical instrument performance. The performer may use any of the provided components on a complimentary basis, including CD player and operator, hand-held microphone, microphone on a stand, and audio connections (one standard aux jack, one ¼” acoustic input, two ¼” keyboard inputs, and two RCA inputs) for her instrument or music player. The performer may also use the complimentary digital keyboard (full 88 weighted keys) that will be provided in the audition room.

What outfit do I wear?
Once you know what you will be performing, select an outfit to wear during your audition. The outfit can be anything that you would like to wear. Make sure it compliments your performance piece and highlights your own individuality and personality.

May I wear makeup?
Yes. All age divisions may wear makeup for this contest.

When and where will the Music Artist of the YearSM contest take place?
The day and location of the Music Artist of the YearSM will be listed on your detailed schedule, which you will receive prior to the national pageant.

At what time will my audition take place?
At the pageant, you will select a block of time to audition that fits into your schedule. Please arrive early to your audition.

Is there any restriction of what instruments I may play?
No percussion instruments will be allowed into the audition room. Examples: drums and bongos.

Who can enter the Music Artist of the YearSM ?
The Music Artist of the YearSM is available to all National Finalists.

How is the Music Artist of the YearSM judged?
Just like all optional contests at NAM, the Music Artist of the YearSM is an optional contest having no bearing on the overall National American Miss and National All-American Miss pageants. It is not required and is viewed by a music producer who has no connection to queen’s competitions. There will be a Top 5, selected from the youngest 3 age divisions, as well as the oldest 3 age divisions. The Top 5 will be announced during the Ford Mustang Car Drawing, streamed live on Thanksgiving Day. Music Artist of the YearSM competitors will be evaluated on their musical ability, their uniqueness in their talent, preparation, charisma, and “it” factor.

If I am in the Jr. Teen, Teen, or Miss age group, may I sing any song I want?
Yes.  Keep in mind that it must be no more than 2 minutes long, and we recommend that you bring your music on a CD or thumb dive. Please test the music before you arrive at the audition. Also, remember that the producer wants to hear YOUR talent, so the music you bring should not contain vocals of the original singer. The song should be a Karaoke style song track that allows your voice to be featured.

If I am in the Jr. Teen, Teen, or Miss age group, may I sing one of the downloadable songs provided by the producer?
Yes. If you wish to sing one of the downloadable songs provided by the producer, you may do so. If you wish to sing the song from the beginning, we can play the song from our device, so you do not need to bring the song with you. However, if you wish to start singing from any other point in the song, you must bring your abridged version of the song with you on a device such as a thumb drive or CD.

If I am in the Princess, Jr. Pre-Teen, or Pre-Teen age group, am I required to sing one of the downloadable songs provided by the producer?
Yes. The producer will start the song from the beginning and play the song up to the 2:00 minute mark. Therefore, there is no need to bring your song on a device such as a CD or thumb drive.
If I am in the Princess, Jr. Pre-Teen, or Pre-Teen age group, may I sing if I am playing an instrument?
No. If you choose to play an instrument, you may not sing. If you wish to sing, you must choose one of the cover songs provided by the producer and may not play an instrument.

If I am a Princess, Jr. Pre-Teen, or Pre-Teen, what music can I play on my instrument?
You may play any music you please, but keep in mind that you will not be singing. Also, please make sure that your performance is under 2 minutes in length.

If I am in the Jr. Teen, Teen, or Miss age group, may I sing if I am playing an instrument?
Yes, you may sing and play an instrument to any song you wish.

If I am playing an instrument, how long do I have to set it up and take it down?
The entire time that you are allowed in the audition room is 4 minutes, so setting up and taking down your instrument needs to be quick and smooth. You will want to spend as much time as you can talking to the producer and auditioning for him. There will be a keyboard provided by NAM in the room, so there will be no need to bring your own.

How should I prepare my music for the audition?
If you are singing a song, please be sure which song you are doing before you get to the audition. If you brought your own song selection (allowed for Jr. Teen, Teen, Miss), please have had the music cut down to under 2 minutes and on a medium such as a CD or thumb drive. If you will be using a smartphone or tablet, please make sure it is in airplane mode, so that you do not receive a phone call, text, or Amber Alert during your audition. Also, it is essential that you test your song in airplane mode, because some music libraries require streaming data to play. The person who greets you outside the audition room will also test your music before you walk into the room to make sure it will work for the audition. It is very important that you have a tested backup CD or other device with you for your audition, as NAM will not be able to download your song for you if your device does not work properly.

Who will be allowed in the audition room?
The contestant is the only person allowed inside the audition room, other than the producer and NAM staff. Parents will be allowed to wait right outside the door of the audition room.

What will the audition process be like?
You will sign up for an audition time at your pageant check-in. You must arrive at your audition time and location 10 minutes early. If you are playing an instrument please have it with you and ready before walking into the audition room. After you check in to your audition, you will be asked to enter the audition room by yourself; parents and supporters will be allowed to wait right outside the door. You will be asked to introduce yourself to the producer who will be sitting at the front of the room with NAM staff in attendance. There will be some small talk for him to get to know a little bit about you, and then he will ask you to preform what you have prepared. After your performance, you will receive feedback from the producer. Example feedback might be, “You were really good, and I think you have a lot of potential,” or “I think you have a good voice, but you didn’t seem to be prepared…” After receiving feedback, you will depart the room. The awards will be announced on Thanksgiving Day at the live-streamed Ford Mustang Car Drawing.

Will I receive a score for my audition?
No. The producer will not be scoring your performance. Instead, after watching your performance, he will give you live feedback on how he thinks the audition went.

Do I need to bring a headshot or resume with me to the audition?
No, a headshot and resume are not needed for this contest.

 

Click HERE for the official list of NAM songs!