This year is about to get lit as Uganda is already gearing up for the 8th edition of the HiPipo Music Awards that will see artists across Africa recognised for their talent in music.
In early January this year, the list of nominees for the upcoming HiPipo Music Awards was revealed between 2nd and 4th with artists across the African continent selected ahead for the grand finale slated for 16th March 2019 at the Kampala Serena Hotel.
While announcing the nominees, Innocent Kawooya, CEO HiPipo noted that “the 8th edition of the prestigious HiPipo Music Awards comes with a theme ‘#WeTheBest’ and steps further to celebrate Africa’s Crème de La Crème with Africa’s Number 1 Award Category.”
This year’s nominee selection will be based on three categories that is Africa, East Africa and Uganda.
Africa: This category will have 10 centric nominations including Africa’s Number 1 Award. The categories will highlight excellent works of art from over 15 African countries with Africa’s Number 1 Award going to an artist that has been a trailblazer across the continent on different measures during the 8th HiPipo Music Awards eligibility year.
East Africa: This category will celebrate the best songs and videos from the East African community and features several nominees from East Africa artists with excellent pieces of work. The individual songs competing for East Africa Super hit and Best video accumulated over 96 million video views which makes an average of 9.6 million video views each during 2018 with the most views from acts by the Tanzania artists.
Uganda: Artists that have had a high-performance musical year are among the top nominees in categories such as song of the year, video of the year, written record of the year, best male, best female and artist of the year. In addition to having been radio, tv, online chart toppers, the individual songs competing for Uganda song of the year had cumulatively over 13 million video views which makes for an average of 1.3 million video views each during 2018.
The full list of nominees can be viewed here.
While all nominees are winners and are greatly celebrated, the gala event final winner is one that accumulates the highest number of votes as per the voting criteria which will be strengthened with the Music Assembly.
The Music Assembly will have a vote that will contribute 30 per cent to 8 categories among which will be Artist of the Year, Song of the Year and Video of the Year while the rest of the categories as always will be fully decided by the fans vote. Voting is still open up to 15th March, 2019.
Expect top notch production, star studded performances and a glamourous red carpet session at the Kampala Serena Hotel come Saturday 16th March 2019. The gala event will have tickets going for 100,000 UGX each while VIP Tables will cost only 3 Million UGX.