I've searched all the dictionaries I can think of; I've read countless news items about award winners; and I've googled various strings such as "the jury's * reads" etc, but I still haven't been able to find the English word for the statement explaining why a person has won an award. So, now I'm turning to you. What word would you use instead of X below:
"John Doe has been awarded the prestigious BlueBerry Award for his discoveries in the field of blueberry picking. The jury's X reads: [statement detailing why John Doe has won the award]"
I've also googled "the jury's motivation reads", "the jury's justification reads", and "the jury's explanation reads" on BrE pages, but without any luck (the version with "motivation" got a few hits, but that's probably because they all had some kind of Swedish background (in Swedish, "motivation" is the word we use for this)).