Radio Disney Music Awards

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Radio Disney Music Awards
2017 Radio Disney Music Awards
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Sponsored by Radio Disney
Country United States
Presented by Radio Disney
Disney Channel (since 2014)
Reward(s) "Golden Mickey" trophy (Ardy)
First awarded 2001
Website Official website
Television/radio coverage
Network Radio Disney
Disney Channel
Runtime 150 minutes (radio)
120 minutes (television)

The Radio Disney Music Awards (RDMA) is an annual awards show which is operated and governed by Radio Disney, an American radio network. Beginning in 2001 only in Radio Disney, the ceremony began to be televised on Disney Channel since 2014.


The awards honor the year's achievements in music, mainly in the teen pop genre, and are awarded based on popular vote from the network's listeners via online voting. The trophy awarded to a winner is known as the "Golden Mickey", a gold-colored statuette with a silhouette figure of Mickey Mouse donning headphones nicknamed the "Ardy", representing Radio Disney's initials, before 2014, the ceremony was not televised beyond commercial interstitial segments for Disney Channel to promote their sister radio network. As of the seventh annual ceremony on April 26, 2014, the ceremony began to be televised in full a day after a tape delay, as the network attempts to compete with Nickelodeon's Kids' Choice Awards in airing awards programming. Starting in 2016, Canada was able to vote for the first time, as Disney programming formerly under the control of Family Channel is now carried by Disney-branded Corus Entertainment networks in both English and French.[1][2]

Awards events[edit]

Year Location Performers
2001[3] Audio-only recording at Radio Disney studios
Burbank, California
No performances
2008–2012 No ceremonies held
2013[10] Microsoft Theater
Los Angeles

Award categories[edit]



Special awards[edit]

Hero Award[edit]

Hero Award is an honor for contribution for the charitable work.

Icon Award[edit]

Icon Award is an honor for the music contribution and influence by long-time career artists.

Heroes for Change Award[edit]

Heroes for Change Award is an honor for young non-artists who make a difference in the world with charitable work.

  • 2013: Mary Dawson, Ben Harowitz, Misha Ahmad, Dara Reyes and Denzell Perry.[20]
  • 2014: Arianna Lopez, Matthew Kaplan and Yossymar Rojas.[21]
  • 2016: Whitney Stewart and Braeden Mannering.[22]

Other special awards[edit]


Below are the current rankings for the most wins and most nominated artist among female and male:

Most wins[edit]

Rank 1st 2nd 3rd 4th
Artist Hilary Duff Taylor Swift
Fifth Harmony
Avril Lavigne
Miley Cyrus
Selena Gomez
Amanda Bynes
The Cheetah Girls
Ariana Grande
Total 21 8 7 6

Most nominations[edit]

This is a list of multiple nominated performers and actors with 10 or more career nominations. Hilary Duff is currently the most nominated performer with 35 nominations.

35 nominations

22 nominations

21 nominations

19 nominations

17 nominations

16 nominations

15 nominations

11 nominations

10 nominations


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