09 Jan 2014 13:50pm
WINDHOEK, 09 JAN (NAMPA) - Interest in the 2014 NAMAs has been very positive, with a total of 559 entries received, organisers have said.
A media statement issued here on Thursday by the 2014 Namibian Annual Music Awards (NAMAs) organising committee said at close of entries on 12 December 2013, a total of 96 online entries and 463 manual entries have been recorded.
This is a very good number, considering we have limited the number of entries to a maximum of two per artist, it said.
The categories with the most entries are Non-Album Single with 54 entries, followed by the Best Newcomer with 50, and Best Collaboration with 45 entries.
The least contested categories are Best Rock, Reggae, Afrikaans and Acapella, and this has been constant over the last three years.
Organisers further said the vetting process will determine which entries qualify for judging.
The vetting process is aimed at checking if all entries complied with the rules, and those who qualify will judged.
On the public vote categories, organisers indicated that the Most Popular Artist category is dominating the public votes, while the Entertainment Journalist of the Year and Entertainment Disk Jockey (DJ) of the Year categories have received very poor votes.
The 2014 NAMAs will take place over two days, with the tentative dates being Friday, 04 April and Saturday, 05 April 2014.
The decision to split the awards ceremony into two was because previous events took too long, organisers said earlier.