The Radio Disney Music Awards is an annual awards ceremony recognizing the year's musical achievements in the "teen pop" genre. It began in 2002 as a live awards ceremony that was also broadcast on Disney Radio.
In an attempt to compete with Nickelodeon's Kids' Choice Awards, Disney made a change to the format of the awards ceremony in 2014. For the first time, the Radio Disney Music Awards aired a 90-minute long televised special on the Disney Channel a day after the live show took place. Disney hosts the live event at the Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE. It is promoted as the biggest awards ceremony for kids and families.
Award categories include Best Female Artist, Best Male Artist, Best Group, Best Song of the Year and several others. As of 2014, Hillary Duff has the most nominations and the most awards won.
A popular vote by the fans decides which performers win during the Radio Disney Music Awards. The trophy awarded to a winner is referred to as a "Golden Mickey," and features a gold-colored Mickey Mouse statuette wearing a set of headphones.
The Radio Disney Music Awards ceremony also features live musical performances by some of the most popular bands and artists heard on Radio Disney.