The Hawaiian music award, traditionally the most prestigious in the United States, has come under criticism for its treatment of women in recent years.
Critics say the awards have been tainted by sexual harassment allegations against several performers.
Here’s what you need to know about the 2018 classical music award.
What is the Hawaiian Music Awards?
The Hawaiian Music Award is awarded annually to the “most outstanding individual or group” in the field of classical music.
The winner will be announced May 5 in Honolulu, Hawaii.
The awards have traditionally focused on a wide variety of genres.
In recent years, the most recent winner was the composer John Williams, who won the award for “The Magic Tree of Life.”
The winner will receive $500,000.
A list of nominees for the 2018 Hawaiian Music award has been published.
The nominees are chosen by the Classical Music Association of America.
A full list of the nominees for this year’s award is posted on the American Academy of Music Awards website.
The American Academy has long supported women in the arts, and it has also made efforts to improve its standards for judging the art.
In 2016, the academy endorsed the inclusion of female musicians on the Grammy’s ballot.
The Hawaiian music awards are not a competition.
Instead, the winners are chosen from the members of the public who submit recordings of works that they’ve performed.
The winning artist will be honored at the 2017 awards.
The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported that the 2018 award ceremony was the first time the award had ever been held in Honolulu.
The awards are usually held at the University of Hawaii, where members of The American Academy are also members.
David Ige has praised the award as “one of the greatest musical achievements of our nation’s history.”
The Hawaiian Music Association, which is composed of members from across the country, also thanked Ige for his commitment.
“Hawaii has an outstanding music heritage,” the association said in a statement.
“The Academy of the Hawaiian Arts has been the leader in this area for decades.
Its members have earned a reputation as the leading group in this field.
Its recognition is a fitting tribute to our heritage, our history and our artists.”
A similar tradition in the music industry occurred in 2015.
The Associated Press reported that a group of female artists, including vocalists Blythe Danner, Debbie Harry, and Carrie Underwood, won a prize that included $1 million.
The AP also reported that more than 100 members of that group were part of a group that staged a sit-in in front of the House of Representatives to protest President Donald Trump’s travel ban on citizens from seven Muslim-majority countries.