20 Oct 2016 17:30pm
WINDHOEK, 20 OCT (NAMPA) Entries for the 2017 Namibia Annual Music Awards (NAMAs) opened Wednesday and will close on 02 December 2016.
The NAMAs executive committee said in a media statement issued Wednesday the entry process started earlier than usual to allow time for artists to enter, especially those who are not necessarily based in the city or are not close to the awards offices in Windhoek.
All recordings submitted for the NAMAs must have been commercially released in Namibia between 01 December 2015 and 30 November 2016.
Entry is free of charge and is open to all Namibian artists or permanent residents in Namibia for a minimum of six months.
The top five awards include Best Female Artist of the Year, Best Male Artist of the Year, Best Album of the Year, Best Newcomer of the Year, and Best Group/Duo of the Year.
Albums should have a minimum of seven tracks and must not include previously released songs; old songs now remixed and previously entered will not be accepted.
Musicians can enter for a maximum of two categories.
Public voting will commence in February 2017.
Public vote categories include Song of the Year, Most Disciplined Artist of the Year, Best Live Performance, Best Musical Event of the Year, Radio DJ of the Year, Entertainment Journalist of the Year and Pan African Artist of the Year.
The no-entry categories are the Best Album of the Year, Best Female Artist of the Year, Best Male Artist of the Year, Best Group or Duo, Best Newcomer of the Year, Best Producer of the Year, Lifetime Achievement Award and NAMA Special Award.
The special awards are the Lifetime Achievement Award and the NAMA Special Recognition Award.
The Song of the Year award will go to the artist whose song in the opinion of the public is by its excellence, regardless of its genre, better than any other song entered in the Namibian Music Awards.
The public will vote to determine the winner in this category.
For the Song of the Year, the NAMA Steering Committee will vet the most played radio songs across Namibia.
The top 10 most popular radio songs will then be presented to the public for voting via small messaging services (SMS) and the official NAMAs digital online platform.