I like this idea because it gives users and onlookers easy pickings to sift through and discover, but I think the algorithm generating these labels (assuming 80+ critic score & +15 critic reviews?) is a bit of an insult to the rest of the user community. I would strongly consider giving equal weight to users and critics.
It would be cool to see the site going towards a more user-centric direction, in which case I would be willing to donate a bit more (been looking for another reason for a while now), but unless you’re getting money from the music publications/critics that are currently considered on AOTY, I don’t think this change does anything for users beyond the surface level. Either way I appreciate the time and effort that has already been put into this site so far and hope to see cool new ways for users to engage with the music and each other!