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All Africa Music Awards; Categories and Regions

All Africa Music Awards; Categories and Regions 


All Africa Music Awards (also referred to as AFRIMA) is an annual awards event. The awards event was established by the International Committee AFRIMA, in collaboration with the African Union (AU) to reward and celebrate musical works, talents and creativity around the African continent while promoting the African cultural heritage. Its pioneer Awards show was held in 2014.

Nigeria has hosted three of the award editions during 2014–2016. Nigeria once again won the fourth-year hosting rights tenure in 2017. However, the Republic of Ghana was given the right to host the All Africa Music Awards for four consecutive years from December 2018 to 2020. On Monday, July 15, 2019, The International Committee of the All Africa Music Awards, (AFRIMA) withdrew the hosting rights from Republic of Ghana for the 2019 and 2020 editions of the All Africa Music Awards, AFRIMA, over lack of capacity by the Host Country to meet the financial and contractual obligations entered to on July 12, 2018, necessary to retain hosting the biggest music event in Africa. Due to the Covid-19 outbreak in 2020, AFRIMA did not hold as scheduled but returned in 2021 and was hosted in Lagos, Nigeria.

The International Committee of AFRIMA consists of five regions: SADEC, Eastern Africa, Central Africa, Northern, Southern Africa and Western Africa, which are run by regional directors and 54 country directors. Public votes determine which artists get awarded, alongside a jury of experienced African culture, media and music industry experts/professionals.

These awards consist of 37 prizes of two categories: region-based awards (covering the five African regions) overseeing the achievements of African artistes within their specific regions of origin and the genre-based continental awards.

Regional awards

  1. Best Female Artiste in Central Africa
  2. Best Male Artiste in Central Africa
  3. Best Female Artiste in Western Africa
  4. Best Male Artiste in Western Africa
  5. Best Female Artiste in Eastern Africa
  6. Best Male Artiste in Eastern Africa
  7. Best Female Artiste in Northern Africa
  8. Best Male Artiste in Northern Africa
  9. Best Female Artiste in Southern Africa
  10. Best Male Artiste in Southern Africa.

Continental awards

  1. Artiste of the Year
  2. African Fans’ Favorite
  3. Album of the Year
  4. Best African Collaboration
  5. Best African Contemporary
  6. Best African Electro
  7. Best African Group/Duo/Band
  8. Best African Hip Hop
  9. Best African Jazz
  10. Best African Pop
  11. Best African Reggae/Ragga/Dancehall
  12. Best African RnB/Soul
  13. Best African Rock
  14. Best African Traditional
  15. Best Female Inspirational
  16. Best Male Inspirational
  17. Best African DJ
  18. Best African Lyricist/Rapper
  19. Best African Act in Diaspora
  20. Best African Dance/Choreography
  21. AFRIMA Legend Award
  22. Most Promising Artiste of the Year
  23. Producer of the Year
  24. Revelation of the African Continent
  25. Song of the Year
  26. Songwriter of the Year
  27. Video of the Year.

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