An Award is something given to a person or persons to show appreciation of one’s achievements in a certain field marking a sign of excellence. Though awards are usually signified by trophies, titles, certificates, commemorative plaques, pins, ribbons, medals or badges, an award can also be a monetary prize given to the recipient, like, the Nobel Prize in wake of contributions to the society or the Pulitzer Prize for literary achievements. An award simply also means acknowledging one for excellence, without any tangible prize or token.

Although the respect associated with high quality award depends on the status of the awarder, awards can be given by any person or institution. Usually awards are given by an organization or a government organization. The recipient of the award lets the award become their identity, thereafter being chiefly known for winning the award.

Awards are also given to employees of an organization on their performance, titled “Performance Award”. United States follows “Employee of the Month” award, wherein the best employee for the month receives the award on the basis of the organization’s criteria.

Awards can be categorized as,

Music Awards: Music awards are given annually to musicians for their remarkable contribution to the world of music.

Grammy Awards: Grammy awards, a sign of praise by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences of the United States it to acknowledge somebody’s achievement in the music industry.

Army/Military Awards: The services and personal accomplishments of a member are recognized and therefore, they are awarded for their contribution in the field of military.

Navy Awards: The purpose of Navy Awards is to honor the veterans obtaining medals and ribbons as a result of their direct participation with units which may have been awarded during the war.