Uganda’s Zzina Awards unveils nominees

Nominees for the third edition of Uganda's Zzina Awards were unveiled on Friday 5 February at Club Amnesia in Kampala. Organized by radio station Galaxy FM, the awards aim to recognize the immense talent in Uganda's music industry.

Ugandan artist Gravity Omutujju. Photo: www.galaxyfm.co.ug
Ugandan artist Gravity Omutujju. Photo: www.galaxyfm.co.ug

Artists will be nominated in 17 categories. Radio and Weasel lead the pack with eight nominations.They are closely followed by Bobi Wine, who has a total of six nominations. A Pass and Irene Ntale each have five nominations, while Sheeba and Juliana Kanyomozi have four nominations apiece. 

In the Male Artist of the Year category, David Lutalo - who was named Artist of the Year as well as Male Artist of the Year at the recent HiPipo Awards - will seek to outshine the likes of Ziza Bafana, A Pass, Bobi WineEddy Kenzo, King Saha and Radio and Weasel. Meanwhile, Sheeba will face off close rivals Irene Ntale, Juliana Kanyomozi, Cindy, Fille, and Rema Namakula for Female Artist of the Year.

Besides music, the awards will also recognizing comedians and personalities of the year.

The winner of the Fans Team category are expected to receive a bull at the awards ceremony, scheduled for Friday 4 March at Theatre Labonita in Kampala. 

The full list of nominees for the 2016 Zzina Awards is as follows:

Best Rising Star
  • Dax Kartel
  • Victor Kamenyo
  • Fefe Busi
  • SK Simeon
  • Beenie Gunter
  • Winnie Nwagi
Best Songwriter
  • Moze Radio
  • A Pass
  • Nince Henry
  • Chris Evans
  • Ray Signature
Lugaflow / Hip-Hop Artist
  • Gravity Omutujju
  • Victor Kamenyo
  • Santana
  • Navio
  • Mun G
  • St. NellySade
Contemporary RnB artist
  • Fille
  • Rema Namakula
  • Irene Ntale
  • Maro
  • Winnie Nwagi
  • Juliana Kanyomozi
Best Collabo
  • 'Bikola' – Goodlyfe & Irene Ntale
  • 'Kiggwa Leero' – Nubian Lee & Bobi Wine
  • 'Linda' – Rema & Chris Evans
  • 'Same Way' – Lydia Jazmine & Geosteady
  • 'Friendly Match' - Ziza Bafana & Zani Brown
  • 'Memories' – A Pass & Lillian Mbabazi
  • 'Otubatisa' – Irene Ntale and Sheeba
Best Concert of the Year
  • Kiggwa Leero - Bobi Wine
  • Akantu – David Lutalo
  • Gundeeze - King Saha
  • Guluma N’asomye - Ziza Bafana
  • Friends Of Bebe Cool – Bebe Cool
  • Broken English – Gravity Omutujju
Inspirational Song
  • 'Woman' – Juliana Kanyomozi
  • 'Kilimanyi' – Radio and Weasel
  • 'Teziwera' – King Saha
  • 'Go mama' – Bebe Cool
  • 'Empisa' – Ruyonga, St. NellySade
  • 'Bwerere' – Jose Chameleon
Producer of the Year
  • Diggy Baur
  • Nash Wonder
  • Rinex
  • Nessimu
  • Nash Swangz
  • Crouch
  • Washington

Best Stage Performer

  • Gravity Omutujju

  • Ziza Bafana

  • Sheeba

  • Cindy

  • Khalifa Aganaga

  • Eddy Kenzo

Best Dancehall Artist

  • Ziza Bafana

  • Nutty Neithan

  • Khalifa Aganaga

  • Cindy

  • SK Simeon

  • A Pass

Best Female Artist

  • Sheeba

  • Irene Ntale

  • Rema Namakula

  • Cindy

  • Fille

  • Juliana Kanyomozi

Best Fans Team

  • Fire Base Army

  • Gagmel Phamily

  • Team Radio and Weasel

  • Team Eddy Kenzo

  • Sheebaholics

  • Team Julaina Kanyomozi

  • Team Ziza Bafana

Best Male Artist

  • Eddy Kenzo

  • Radio and Weasel

  • Ziza Bafana

  • Bobi Wine

  • David Lutalo

  • Apass

  • King Saha

Best Afrobeat Song

  • 'Baala' – Dax Kartel

  • 'Mbilo mbilo' – Eddy Kenzo

  • 'Kigwa leero' – Bobi Wine

  • 'Juicy' – Radio and Weasel

  • 'Am bad' – Aziz Azion

  • 'Siste' – Jamal Wasswa

  • 'Gundeeze' – King Saha

Song of the Year

  • 'Baala' – Dax Kartel

  • 'Bikola' – Goodlyfe and Irene Ntale

  • 'Kigwa leero' – Bobi Wine

  • 'Juicy' – Radio and Weasel

  • 'Linda' – Rema Namakula and Chris Evans

  • 'Memories' – A Pass and Lillian Mbabazi

  • 'Bakuwe kyonywa' – Nutty Neithan

  • 'Gundeeze' – King Saha

Showbiz Personality

  • Gitawo

  • Zari

  • Anita Fabiola

  • Ivan Ssemwanga

  • Meddie Ssentongo

Comedian of the Year

  • Mc Mariachi

  • Mc Kapale

  • Anne Kansime

  • Madrat & Chiko

  • King Kong Mc

  • Salvado

  • Afande Kerekere

To cast your vote, visit the Galaxy FM website. If you're in Uganda, you can also vote via your mobile phone by dialling *289*4#, or via the Galaxy FM mobile app available on Google play store and other app stores.

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