#WeTheBest: See Full List of 2019 HiPipo Music Awards Nominees \n\n\n\nThe nominees for the HiPipo Music Awards 2019 scheduled for March at Kampala Serena Hotel have been released.\n\n\n\nNow in their 8th edition, singers in Uganda and across Africa will compete for awards in a number of categories. The gala night will take place on 16 March at the Kampala Serena Hotel.\n\n\n\nBetween 2nd and 4th January the list of nominees from all over Africa was published. \n\n\n\nWhen Innocent Kawooya was announcing the nominee, CEO HiPipo stated that "the 8th edition of the prestigious HiPipo Music Awards 2019 has the theme' WeTheBest' and steps forward to celebrate Africa's entertainment industry".\n\n\n\nThere are 10 African categories, including the African Number 1 Award. The categories highlight excellent works of art from more than 15 African countries.\n\n\n\nFor the last 8 years, the HiPipo Music Awards have recognized artists who have been trailblazers throughout Africa for various measures.\n\n\n\nEligibility shall apply to the artist who, within 12 months from 1 November of a year, has been active or released in audio \/ video. The twelve months are eligible for publication (audio or video) between October 2017 and November 2018.\n\n\n\nThe HiPipo Music Awards nominees for 2019 are evaluated with measures such as music video views and various social media outlets. \n\n\n\nIn 2018, the six nominees had over three hundred and seventh thousand music videos. In 2018, 63 million views were averaged.\n\n\n\nThey also had a cumulation of over 2,487,000,000 (2,4 billion) videos, i.e. an average of 414 million views per year and more than 66,000,000,000 followers of social media, for example 11 million on the average.\n\n\n\nIn 2018, over 201 million views were accumulated in each song competing for Africa Song of the Year and Africa Video of the Year, with 20 million views in average each in 2018.\n\n\n\nThe East Africa category has many excellent works by East African artists. The individual songs for East Africa Super Hit and Best Video have collected over 96 million videos, each of which in 2018 had the most sights on the events of Tanzania's artists, an average of 9,6 million videos.\n\n\n\nOn the Ugandan front, nominated artists are among the top candidates in the categories song of year and video of year, written record of the year, best male, best female and artists of the year. \n\n\n\nThe artists have had an important year of musical prestigious performances.\n\n\n\nIn 2018 the songs for Uganda song of the year cumulatively showed more than thirteen million video views, in addition to radio, television, online chart tops, each representing an average of 1.3 million video views.\n\n\n\nOn Saturday, 16 March 2019, organizers say the event is going to have top production and glamorous Red Carpet and starry shows at the Kampala Serena Hotel. \n\n\n\nThe gala will have 100,000 Shs tickets each, and 3 million Shs will be charged in the VIP tables.\n\n\n\nHOW TO VOTE FOR 2019 HiPipo Music Awards\n\n\n\nThe final winner of the gala event is one that gathers the highest number of votes according to the voting criteria, which is strengthened by the Musical Assembly, even while all nominees are the winners and celebrated.\n\n\n\nThe Music Assembly will have a vote that will contribute 30% to 8 categories, including Artist of the Year, Song of the Year and Video of the Year, while the rest of the categories will be fully decided by the fans, as always. The vote will be closed on 15 March.\n\n\n\nSee full list here.