RECORD STORE DAY
Recognizes the best-designed album that was exclusively released for
Record Store Day 2023 RSD Black Friday 2023.
THEY SAID IT COULDN’T BE DONE
Recognizes innovation in structural design that takes into account the use of new machinery or materials or folds or printing processes that stretches the boundaries of media packaging.
SAVE THE EARTH AND HUMANITY (ALL FORMATS)
Recognizes innovations in sustainability with packages utilizing environmentally sound (e.g., recyclable paper, special links) materials and practices that reduce the carbon footprint, as well as projects that aim to improve society.
BEST BOX DELUXE SET
Recognizes the quality of the packaging, as well as booklets, posters, inner sleeves, etc., and how all the elements fit together aesthetically goes far beyond a standard, single LP release (e.g., multi-record boxed set).
Takes into account both the outside and inside wingspan of two or more panels and aesthetics of the inside graphic design, quality of photography and/or illustration.
BEST 7″ SINGLE COVER
Recognizing stellar 7-inch packaging that takes into the cover, the single’s inner label, coating of the outer package’s paper, etc.
BEST REISSUE PACKAGE
Recognizing stellar packaging of a “classic” album 10 years past its original release that improves on the first version. The record could mark an anniversary edition but must have been re-released on vinyl during the eligibility period.
BEST VINYL ALBUM LP COVER (ILLUSTRATION)
BEST VINYL ALBUM LP COVER (PHOTOGRAPH)
BEST JAZZ, CLASSICAL, SPOKEN-WORD, MISC VINYL (NON-DELUXE) LP PACKAGE
Recognizing that the packaging aesthetics of vinyl categories in other music genres that don’t get as much attention as rock, hip-hop, and pop music, as well as spoken word (e.g., audiobooks, plays, documentaries).
BEST RECORD ART
Recognizing what’s on the actual vinyl itself (e.g., colors, designs, and/or patterns, etchings on fourth sides, or novel techniques such as silk-screening), and can also include unusually shaped records, for example.
BEST PROMOTIONAL OR NON-PROFIT PACKAGE
This category recognizes standout vinyl packaging that promotes a product, brand or service. It is not meant for the promo music vinyl releases for the press or trade samples. However, it could be a music-themed compilation that supports a social justice cause by a non-profit organization
BEST OTHER PHYSICAL MEDIA
This category can include CD boxed sets (i.e., it should not just be in a standard jewel case), as well as stellar packaging of prerecorded tape formats.