The Ambies 2021: the full nominations
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The nominations for the Ambies, The Podcast Academy’s awards for excellence in audio, have been announced. They were chosen by 120 members who volunteered to be on the Blue Ribbon Panel, and listened to over 30 episodes each, rating them across multiple variables. If you’re a member, you now get to vote for the winners. Just want to listen? Our list of the nominations has links to all the major platforms.
- According to our compiled data, NPR and Wondery both lead with 14 nominations; Gimlet has 13; and iHeart has 11.
- Megaphone host 62 of the nominations; ART19 host 24; and PRX 19.
- Being open helps, seemingly - just four nominations were for Spotify exclusives; and one for Amazon Music’s exclusive “The First One”.
- Of the 164 nominees, fewer than 10% were from outside the US: 7 from the UK, 4 from Canada, 2 from Australia and 1 from the UAE.
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