Is Hip Hop Music a genre that can thrive in Africa? Can it beat the more popular genres like Afropop, Afrobeat, Zouk, dancehall and a fusion of current beats into traditional sounds from all across Uganda? Has Hip Hop and rap received the much needed airplay? Will the media houses take a moment, stop and listen to the rhyming and flow to dope beats? These and more questions remain unanswered but, perhaps the Uganda Hip Hop Music Awards has an answer.
The multi-million dollar question to ask is why the awards committee did not let Christian/Gospel Hip Hop be a stand-alone category. The good news is, the ground is levelled for all and one can submit their music for any of the categories mentioned in this article.
The team organising the award has announced that nominations were opened on the 15th August 2016. The closing date for entries is the 15th September 2016.
Entry Forms, Rules and Regulations and Submission form can be filled and submitted Here.
An Artist may be entered into multiple categories and link to their music/video is required per artist.
Entries received are then screened for compliance with the relevant rules and to check whether such entries are entered in the correct categories. The purpose of this process, known as vetting, is to ensure that each entry is eligible, in the right category and is not at risk of disqualification. The UG Hip‐
Hop Awards panel performs this function. No artistic or technical judgments are made about entries at this stage.
Entries into incorrect categories are recommended for placement in the appropriate categories during vetting, in consultation with the entering record company. Entries that do not comply with the rules are disqualified.
A panel adjudicates all the categories in the awards, with the exception of the UG Hip‐Hop Awards
Special Awards namely Lifetime Achiever, media personality of the year and hustler of the year. The panel of judges are reviewed annually, and are selected for their impartiality and expertise in their respective fields.
Entries are forwarded to the panel who adjudicate according to strict guidelines, which include applying the judging criteria for each category and their expert knowledge of the artists, music, the market and the music industry in general.
In the interest of uniformity and transparency, the panel is required to sit in together to vote and return results on prescribed forms in the presence of auditors. Results are then collated into auditable sets.
CATEGORIES RULES AND REGULATIONS
Song of the year
Video of the year
Album of the year
Male artist of the year
Female artist of the year
Inspirational song of the year
Rookie of the year
Collaboration of the year
Producer of the year
Diaspora Artist of the year
Eastern Uganda artist of the year
Northern Uganda artist of the year
Western Uganda artist of the year
Central Uganda artist of the year
Lyricist of the year
Hip‐Hop Deejay of the year
Mixtape of the year
Hip‐Hop media personality of the year
UG HIP‐HOP AWARDS SPECIAL AWARDS
Hustler of the year
Submit Your Nomination Here.