Nominees for 2019 HiPipo Music Awards Unveiled

Songstress Sheebah Karungi posing with her HiPipo Music Award previously.

Nominees for this year’s HiPipo Music Awards slated for March have been unveiled.

The Awards now in their 8th year will see singers in Uganda and across Africa compete for accolades in a number of categories. The Gala night will  take place on March 16 at Kampala Serena Hotel.

The list of nominees from across Africa was released between January 2 and 4.

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.”

There are 10 Africa centric categories including Africa’s Number 1 Award. The categories highlight excellent works of art from over 15 African countries.

HiPipo Awards recognize artistes that have been a trailblazers across Africa on different measures.

Eligibility is based on an artiste that has been active or released audio or video music content within 12 months prior to 1st November of every year.  The 12 months eligible period is for works (audio or videos) commercially released between October 2017 to November 2018.

Nominees are assessed on metrics such as music video views and different social media following.  The 6 nominees had over 377,600,000 music videos views during 2018 i.e. an average of 63 million views in 2018.

They also had over 2,487,000,000 (2.4 billion) music videos views cumulatively over the years i.e. an average 414 million views each and over 66,000,000 million social media followers i.e. an average 11 million followers.

The individual songs competing for Africa Song of the Year  and Africa Video of the Year categories accumulated over 201 million views in 2018 with an average of 20 million video views each during 2018.

The East Africa category, features several 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.

On the Ugandan front, nominees include artistes 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.

Organizers say the event will have top notch production, star studded performances and glamourous red carpet at the Kampala Serena Hotel come Saturday March 16, 2019. The gala event will have Tickets going for Shs 100,000 each while VIP Tables will cost Shs 3 million.


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 will close on March 15.

Below are nominees in some of the HiPipo Music Awards categories 

Africa Song of The Year

Starboy Wizkid Ft. Terri X Spotless X Ceeza Milli  – Soco
Sauti Sol Ft. Nyashinski – Short N Sweet
King Monada – Malwedhe (Collapse Song)
Fally Ipupa Ft. Keblack & Naza – Mannequin
Diamond Platnumz Ft Omarion – African Beauty
Davido – Assurance

East Africa Best Video

Vanessa Mdee Ft. Gnako – Wet
Sheebah – Omwooyo
Sauti Sol Ft. Nyashinski – Short N Sweet
Navy Kenzo Ft. Diamond Platnumz – Katika
Diamond Platnumz – Sikomi
Bruce Melodie – Blocka

Artist of The Year (Uganda)

King Saha
Fik Fameica
Eddy Kenzo
David Lutalo

Song of The Year (Uganda)

A Pass – Didadada (Producer HerbertSkillz)
Bobi Wine – Kyarenga (Producer Sir Dan Magic)
Chosen Becky – Bankunza (Producer Nessim)
David Lutalo – Nkwagalira Ddala (Producer Yaled)
Fik Fameica – Property (Producer Artin on the beat)
King Saha – Biri Biri (Producer Andre on the beat)
Levixone – Turn the Replay (Producer Nessim)
Lydia Jazmine and Daddy Andre – You and Me (Producer Andre on the beat)
Sheebah – Beera Nange (Producer Nessim)
Vinka – Chips Na Ketchup (Producer Nessim)

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