The Dally M Awards is a magical night on the National Rugby League calendar where the game celebrates the most outstanding performers from the premiership season.
Hosted during Grand Final week, and fittingly named after the games first superstar Herbert "Dally" Messenger, the major awards presentation recognises the most outstanding Rookie from the current season, the Dally M Female Player of the Year, Dally M Team of the Year and the coveted Dally M Medal Best & Fairest Player of the Year.
The black-tie event has earned a reputation for being rugby league's night of nights, from the red carpet to the vote count, which is screened live on Fox Sports.
Introduced in 1980 by News Limited, the Dally M Awards was initially voted on by journalists at the Daily Mirror, and more recently the Daily Telegraph newspaper.
The amalgamation of the game's governing bodies in 1998 would announce the Dally M Awards as the official awards event for the premiership season.
In 2017, the NRL established the Recognition & Awards Committee, chaired by the NRL Head of Football and including Wally Lewis, Laurie Daley, Roy Masters, Debbie Spillane, Ian Heads and the game's 13th Immortal Mal Meninga.
The committee is charged with providing guidance and strategic direction to the game's recognition and awards framework.
The Dally M Medal, which is proffered as the pinnacle award of the night, is aptly presented to the player deemed the competition's Best & Fairest.
Adjudicated by former recipients and greats of the sport such as Peter Sterling, Greg Alexander, Steve Roach and Andrew Johns the Dally M Medal symbolises consistency and excellence in performance across 25 rounds of regular season competition.