2020 Nominees

HiPipo Music Awards

2020 Nominees


Eddy Kenzo, Sheebah, John Blaq, Spice Diana and Fik Fameica are most nominated Artists this year.

KAMPALA, UGANDA – 08/01/2020. HiPipo, the organizers of the prestigious HiPipo Music Awards have revealed the nominees of the 9th HiPipo Music Awards. The release of the 2020 nominees followed a two months’ nominations submission, and clean-up process. Thousands of music stakeholders mainly from Uganda, East Africa and the rest of Africa took part in this exercise.

The 2020 edition is so strong on Africa with nominees coming from over 20 sub-Saharan and North Africa countries.

Burna Boy and Davido (both from Nigeria), Diamond Platnumz (Tanzania), Eddy Kenzo (Uganda), Fally Ipupa and Maître Gims (both from DRC), Mohamed Ramadan and Sherine (both from Egypt) and Soolking (Algeria) are competing for Africa’s Number One Artist.

Africa Song of The Year nominees are Bigtril – Parte After Parte (Uganda), Burna Boy x Zlatan – Killin Dem (Nigeria), Davido, Chris Brown – Blow My Mind  (Nigeria), Diamond Platnumz Ft Fally Ipupa – Inama (Tanzania/DRC), Joeboy – Baby (Nigeria), Mohamed Ramadan – Mafia (Egypt), Nasty C – SMA Ft. Rowlene (South Africa), Soolking feat. Ouled El Bahdja – Liberté (Algeria) and WizKid – Joro (Nigeria).

Eddy Kenzo leads the nomination list with 10 nods, closely followed by Sheebah, John Blaq, Spice Diana and Fik Fameica. Bigtril’s sell-out hit Parte after Parte is in contention to win Uganda Song of the Year, East Africa Super Hit and Africa Song of the Year.

While announcing the nominees, Innocent Kawooya – the CEO of HiPipo noted that following the completion of a laborious nomination process, it is now time for music fans from wherever they are to cast their votes for their favourite acts and artists via social media and the awards website until 14th March 2020.

“The music assembly has done its part. The acts and artists befitting of a nomination are those that are shortlisted. In our case, befitting means those that meet the HiPipo Music Awards nomination criteria which is available for everyone via the project website. All nominees are already winners. Even so, we now urge the artists to rally their fans because the ultimate winners will be those with the highest number of votes.” Innocent Kawooya explained.

HiPipo and its partners will present the prestigious 9th HiPipo Music Awards on Saturday 14th March 2020 live from Victoria Hall of Kampala Serena Hotel. The gala night will be preceded by a special red-carpet event.

Just like the previous years, the 2020 edition of HiPipo Music Awards is proudly sponsored by GOD.

The 9th HiPipo Music Awards Program.

  • 28th October to 13th December 2019: Nominations Collection – DONE.
  • 13th December 2019 to 3rd January 2020: Nominations Clean Up process – DONE.
  • 6th January 2020: Announcement of nominees – DONE.
  • 6th January to 14th March 2020 – VOTING UNDERWAY.
  • 14th March 2020 – AWARDS GALA EVENT.





1.       Africa Number 1

i.      Burna Boy (Nigeria)

ii.      Davido (Nigeria)

iii.      Diamond Platnumz (Tanzania)

iv.      Eddy Kenzo (Uganda)

v.      Fally Ipupa (DRC)

vi.      Maître Gims (DRC)

vii.      Mohamed Ramadan (Egypt)

viii.      Sherine (Egypt)

ix.      Soolking (Algeria)

2.       Africa Song of The Year

i.      Bigtril – Parte After Parte (Uganda)

ii.      Burna Boy x Zlatan – Killin Dem (Nigeria)

iii.      Davido, Chris Brown – Blow My Mind  (Nigeria)

iv.      Diamond Platnumz Ft Fally Ipupa – Inama (Tanzania/DRC)

v.      Joeboy – Baby (Nigeria)

vi.      Mohamed Ramadan – Mafia (Egypt)

vii.      Nasty C – SMA Ft. Rowlene (South Africa)

viii.      Soolking feat. Ouled El Bahdja – Liberté (Algeria)

ix.      WizKid – Joro (Nigeria)

3.       Africa Fans Favorite Fresh Talent

i.      Innoss’B (DRC)

ii.      Joeboy (Nigeria)

iii.      Mbosso (Tanzania)

iv.      Natacha (Burundi)

v.      Nviiri The Storyteller (Kenya)

vi.      Rosa Ree (Tanzania)

vii.      Sho Madjozi (South Africa)

viii.      Simmy (South Africa)

ix.      Teni (Nigeria)

x.      Vinka (Uganda)

4.       Best Song from Francophone Africa

i.      Fally Ipupa – Maria Pm (DRC)

ii.      Innoss’B – Yope (DRC)

iii.      Maître Gims – Miami Vice (DRC)

iv.      Salatiel – Anita (Cameroon)

v.      Shan’l – C’est Pas Les Gbés Gbés Gbés (Gabon)

vi.      Soolking Feat. Ouled El Bahdja – Liberté (Algeria)

vii.      Toofan ft. Jacob Desvarieux & Kassav – OU LÉ (Togo)

viii.      Ya Levis – #Katchua (DRC)

5.       Best Song from Western Africa

i.      Davido – Risky ft. Popcaan (Nigeria)

ii.      Joeboy – Baby (Nigeria)

iii.      Rudeboy – Audio Money (Nigeria)

iv.      Sarkodie – Lucky ft. Rudeboy (Ghana)

v.      Stonebwoy – Ololo ft. Teni (Ghana)

vi.      Tiwa Savage – “49-99” (Nigeria)

vii.      WizKid – Joro (Nigeria)

viii.      Zlatan X Burna Boy – Killin Dem (Nigeria)

6.       Best Song from Southern Africa

i.      AKA, YoungstaCPT – Main Ou’s (South Africa)

ii.      Cassper Nyovest feat Boskasie – Move For Me (South Africa)

iii.      Jah Prayzah – Sadza NeMuriwo (Starring IYASA) (Zimbabwe)

iv.      King Monada- Chuwana (South Africa)

v.      Nasty C – SMA Ft. Rowlene (South Africa)

vi.      Roberto -Beautiful (Zambia)

vii.      Sho Madjozi – John Cena (South Africa)

7.       Best Song from Northern/Arabic Africa

i.      Mohamed Ramadan – Mafia

ii.      Mostafa Hagag – Khatwa

iii.      Naseny Leh – Tamer Hosny

iv.      Salma Rachid Ft Mok Saib – Ma Gazelle

v.      Sherine – Ya Betfaker Ya Bet7es

8.       East Africa Super Hit

i.      Big Tril – Parte After Parte (Uganda)

ii.      Deejay Pius – HOMBA HOMBOKA (High Heels) (Rwanda)

iii.      Diamond Platnumz – The One (Tanzania)

iv.      Harmonize ‘Uno’  (Tanzania)

v.      Rayvanny Ft Diamond Platnumz – Tetema (Tanzania)

vi.      Sailors – Wamlambez (Kenya)

vii.      Sauti Sol ‘Extravaganza’ Feat. Bensoul, Nviiri, Crystal Asige & Kaskazini (Kenya)

viii.      The Ben – Vazi (Rwanda)

ix.      Vanessa Mdee – That’s For Me Ft. Distruction Boyz, Dj Tira, Prince Bulo (Tanzania)

x.      Willy Paul Ft Rayvanny – Mmmh (Kenya)

9.       Burundi Best Act

i.      Bantubwoy – Sugua

ii.      Big Fizzo – Sibeza

iii.      Double Jay – Numva Nshaka

iv.      Dr Claude – Utuntu

v.      Esther Nish X Kidum – Umbamwo

vi.      Kirikou Akili – Washa

vii.      Lolilo – Guitar

viii.      Natacha -Ufise Gute

ix.      Sat-B – Don’t Cry Ft Aslay

10.   Kenya Best Act

i.      Bensoul – Lucy

ii.      Chris Kaiga – Zimenice Ft. Tezzla

iii.      Masauti – Kiboko

iv.      Miracle Baby – Wamlambez

v.      Nadia Mukami – Radio Love

vi.      Otile Brown X Khaligraph Jones – Japo Kidogo

vii.      Redsan – Rio

viii.      Sauti Sol ‘Extravaganza’ Feat. Bensoul, Nviiri The Storyteller, Crystal Asige & Kaskazini

ix.      Willy Paul Ft Rayvanny – Mmmh (Kenya)

x.      Zikki-Welcome To Kenya

11.   Rwanda Best Act

i.      Amalon – Byakubaho

ii.      Andy Bumuntu – On Fire

iii.      Bruce Melodie – Katerina

iv.      Butera Knowless – Day To Day

v.      Deejay Pius – Homba Homboka (High Heels)

vi.      King James – Igitekerezo

vii.      Meddy – All Night

viii.      Nari High – The Mane All Stars

ix.      The Ben – Naremeye

12.   Tanzania Best Act

i.      Diamond Platnumz – The One

ii.      Harmonize ‘Uno’

iii.      Mbosso – Tamu

iv.      Nandy Featuring Sauti Sol – Kiza Kinene

v.      Rayvanny Ft Diamond Platnumz – Tetema

vi.      Vanessa Mdee ‘That’s For Me’ feat. Distruction Boyz, DJ Tira & Prince Bulo


1.       Artist of The Year

i.            Spice Diana

ii.            Sheebah

iii.            John Blaq

iv.            Fik Fameica

v.            Eddy Kenzo

vi.            David Lutalo

2.       Best Female Artist

i.            Winnie Nwagi

ii.            Vinka

iii.            Spice Diana

iv.            Sheebah

3.       Best Male Artist

i.            John Blaq

ii.            Fik Fameica

iii.            Eddy Kenzo

iv.            David Lutalo

4.       Song of the Year

i.            B2C & Rema – Gutujja

ii.            Bigtril – Parte After Parte

iii.            Eddy Kenzo – Semyekozo

iv.            John Blaq – Do Dat

v.            Rickman X Dt Timo – Bango

vi.            Sheebah X Carol Nantongo – Sirwana

5.       Written Record of The Year

i.            Ronnie and Alexander Muge writer for Enyanda (Sheebah)

ii.            David Lutalo writer for Tugende

iii.            John Blaq writer for Makanika

iv.            Kapa Cat writer for Sikyo

v.            Spice Diana & Ray G writer for Omusheshe

vi.            Shena Skies writer for Sunday (Slick Stuart, DJ Roja)

6.       Best Social Message

i.            Ziza Bafana – Ebizibu

ii.            Tip Swizzy -Tebatusera

iii.            Saava Karim – Freedom Anthem

iv.            Fik Fameica –Tobiloberamu

v.            David Lutalo – Ensi

7.       Video of the Year

i.            Slick Stuart, DJ Roja & Allan Toniks – Sunday

ii.            Kabako – Sabisubira

iii.            Irene Namatovu – Tweyanze

iv.            Feffe Bussi – Love Yo

v.            Eddy Kenzo – Signal

vi.            B2C & Rema – Gutujja

8.       Best Breakthrough Artist

i.            Fresh Kid

ii.            Grenade Official

iii.            John Blaq

iv.            Recho Rey

v.            VIP Jemo

9.       Must Watch Talent

i.            Jowy Landa

ii.            Kapa Cat

iii.            Lydia Bless

iv.            Prince Omar

v.            Shena Skies

vi.            Vivian Tendo

vii.            Zulanda

viii.            Karole Kasita

ix.            Ring Rapper

10.   Best A-Cappella Group

i.            Jehovah Shalom

ii.            Spring Gents

iii.            The Harmonics

11.   Best DJ

i.            Dj Bryan

ii.            Dj Fikie

iii.            Dj LL

iv.            Dj Shiru

v.            Dj Slick Stuart & Dj Roja

vi.            DVJ Mercy

vii.            Selector Jay

12.   Best Audio Producer

i.            Artin Pro

ii.            Bomba Beat

iii.            Daddy Andre

iv.            Diggy Baur

v.            Nessim

vi.            Producer Ronnie

vii.            T.O.N

13.   Best Video Director

i.            Aaronaire

ii.            Darlington – Zero One Media

iii.            Jahlive Films

iv.            Marvin Musoke (Swangz Avenue)

v.            Nolton And George (NG Filmz)

vi.            Pest – Grate Make

vii.            Zyga Pix

14.   Best Song Writer

i.            Black Skin

ii.            Daddy Andre

iii.            Jamie Culture

iv.            Nince Henry

v.            Shena Skies

vi.            Yesse Oman Rafik

vii.            Producer Ronnie

15.   Best Hip-Hop/Rap Song

i.            Bigtril – Parte After Parte

ii.            Fik Fameica – Omu Bwati ft Patoranking

iii.            Flex D’paper – Level Up

iv.            Fresh Kid – Banteeka

v.            Kapa Cat – Sikyo

vi.            Recho Rey – Cheating

16.   Best Rnb Song

i.            Allan Toniks & Fille – Falling

ii.            Cosign – Kayayana

iii.            Jamie Culture – Nkulowooza

iv.            Maro – Anjagala

v.            Navio Ft King Saha- Nkwagala Omu

vi.            Slick Stuart, DJ Roja – Sunday ft. Allan Toniks

17.   Best Soul Song

i.            Kenneth Mugabi – Oliwa

ii.            Naava Grey – Laavu Eno

iii.            Nshuti Mbabazi – Alemelako

iv.            Sandra Nankoma – Mwisuka

v.            Shifah Musisi – Tondekangawo

18.   Best Ragga/Dancehall Song

i.            Cindy Sanyu – Boom Party

ii.            John Blaq- Makanika

iii.            Rickman X Dt Timo – Bango

iv.            Sheebah x Orezi – Sweet Sensation

v.            Spice Diana x Rosa Ree – Jangu Ondabe

vi.            Vip Jemo – Sima

vii.            Ziza Bafana – Kingdom

19.   Best Reggae Song

i.            Chris Evans – Bwebinyuma

ii.            DJ Shiru – Reggea Music Ft Bruno K & Josesax

iii.            Fille & Voltage Music – Squeeze

iv.            Kenneth Mugabi – Obadde Wa

v.            Trekxone – Mukama Taasa

20.   Best Band Song

i.            Carol Nantongo – Ompuuba

ii.            Chris Evans – Call Me

iii.            David Lutalo – Tugende

iv.            Henry Mwanje & Namiiro Reachel – Awululu

v.            Jovan Luzinda – Mpedde

vi.            Sasha Brighton – Gwe Manyi Gange

vii.            Vivian Tendo – Hajjati Wa Hajji

21.   Best Contemporary Folk Song

i.            Afande Miah, Hoe & Yazo – Miluvu

ii.            Da Agent & Betinah Fasie – Bamungamba

iii.            Irene Kayemba  – Yanyiridde

iv.            Irene Namatovu – Tweyanze

v.            Lily Kadima – Ighe Olinaki

22.   Best Kadongo Kamu Song

i.            Gerald Kiweewa – Obuwangwa

ii.            Jackie Kizito – Obufumbo bwekyavu

iii.            Kasule Cereste – Stress Free

iv.            Kazibwe Kapo – Ffa Kubikwatako

v.            Willy Mukabya – Omwan’aninze

23.   Best Zouk Song

i.            B2C & Rema – Gutujja

ii.            Chosen Becky – Kyosaba

iii.            Chozen Blood & Winnie Nwagi – Yitayo

iv.            Eddy Kenzo – Signal

v.            Geosteady – Ebisembayo Ft Chosen Becky

vi.            Lydia Jazmine – Wankolera

24.   Best Afrobeat Song

i.            Eddy Kenzo- Semyekozo

ii.            Feffe Bussi- Love Yoo

iii.            Grenade – Nkuloga

iv.            John Blaq – Do Dat

v.            Kabako – Sabisubira

vi.            Sheebah X Carol Nantongo – Silwana

vii.            Spice Diana & Ray G – Omusheshe

25.   Best Afropop Song

i.            Daddy Andre – Sikikukweeka

ii.            David Lutalo – Eat zote

iii.            Fik Fameica – Am Different

iv.            John Blaq – Ebyalagirwa

v.            Nina Roz- Munda Dala

vi.            Sheebah – Enyanda

vii.            Vinka – Sure

26.   Best Religious/Gospel Act

i.            Baby Gloria – Remote Control

ii.            Grace Nakimera – Anviriddeyo

iii.            John Marie Ft Dvoice – Mukama Mulungi

iv.            Levixone Ft. Timeless Noel – Chikibombe

v.            Robinsan – Oxygen

vi.            Wilson Bugembe – Nkusabira Nyo Nyo Nyooo

27.   Best Collabo

i.            B2C & Rema – Gutujja

ii.            Eddy Kenzo X Harmonize – Inabana

iii.            Fik Fameica  { Omu Bwati } ft Patoranking

iv.            Fille Ft. Voltage Music – Squeeze

v.            Sheebah Karungi Ft Orezi- Sweet  Sensation

vi.            Slick Stuart, DJ Roja – Sunday ft. Allan Toniks

vii.            Spice Diana & Ray G – Omusheshe

28.   Best Choreography

a.       Galaxy Kids

b.       Ghetto Kids Triplets

c.       Masaka Kids Afrikana

d.       Trojans Dance Crew

e.       Wembly Mo Foundation

29.   Best School Act

i.            Amasomero G’abazira Ba Cbs – Happy Birthday Ssaabasajja.

ii.            Buddo S.S – Bansindika

iii.            Buddo S.S – We Are The Hope

iv.            Kyadondo Secondary School Matuga – Without Green

v.            Mumsa High School Mityana – Kirimululu

vi.            St. Peters S.S Bombo-Kalule – Ki Kyo Ye

vii.            Wakiso Muslim S.S – Mutuyambe

30.   Best Song from Eastern Region

i.            Afande Miah, Hoe & Yazo – Miluvu

ii.            Irene Kayemba – Kankinemu

iii.            Jojo Laze – Omoyo

iv.            Menton Rass And Roo Ya Simba – Busoga Tuseteyo

v.            Peter Rymz- Nabushawo

vi.            Usher Roberts – Twatambula

31.   Best Song from Northern Region

i.            Beepee – Par Pira

ii.            General Ice – Boli Free

iii.            Okeng Born Town – Anyaka Man

iv.            Original Lady Bella – Big Nayaboli

v.            Pine Avenue5 – Private Dancer

vi.            Prince Yubu Ft. Daxx Kartel And Shim Dropa – Between

vii.            Professor Maros – Med Mac

viii.            W’ojok Dekoda – Alur Mudhing

ix.            Romeo Odong – Pililili Yoo Leng

32.   Best Song from Southern/Central Region

i.            Juicy Landy – Silinda Leero

ii.            Lindah Blessing – Tundula

iii.            Chris Johnz – Nkooye Obwomu

iv.            St. Maxi Mayne Ft. Gnl Zamba – Koi Koi Freestyle

33.   Best Song from Western Region

i.            Amani Amaniga & Big Beats – Kyahwire Remix

ii.            Emily Kikazi – Mpaka Mpaka

iii.            Gen Geeon – Nfumbata

iv.            Happi Freeman – Kingambire

v.            Kelon G – Byansi byakuleka

vi.            Medotex – Maama

vii.            Ray G – Weeshe

viii.            Spice Diana & Ray G – Omusheshe


34.   Best Cinematography/Editing

i.            Jaylive Films for Love Yo (Feffe Bussi)

ii.            Martin Beta for Ogwo (Eddy Kenzo ft Wembly Mo Foundation)

iii.            Marvin Musoke for Sabisubira (Kabako)


Fashion and Style

35.   Most Stylish Artist

i.            B2C.

ii.            Eddy Kenzo.

iii.            Fik Fameika.

iv.            Grenade.

v.            Lydia Jazmine.

vi.            Nina Roz.

vii.            Pia Pounds.

viii.            Spice Diana.


36.   Lifetime Achievement Award (TBC)

37.   Producer of the Generation (TBC)