About three weeks back, the Uganda entertainment industry was introduced to a new award called the Uganda Entertainment Awards at a ceremony that took place at the Cyclone club in Kabalagala.
Just as people were still pondering whether they will take place or not, the organizers took another step further by unveiling the nominee list at the same venue last evening.
Unlike other awards that only recognize a few people in the industry, the Entertainment awards are here to give back to everyone with 41 categories.
Presided over by Mc Esco and Robin Kisti, the event started 30 minutes past 11 with just a few people in the house, including artistes, their managers, journalists and hang out clients.
However big the nomination list is out and there are some categories that are quite interesting and eye catching regarding who the eventual winner will be at the end of the day. In the Best actor category, Andrew Benon Kibuuka will be against Sam Bagenda, Abby Mukiibi and Ashraf Semwogere. Best band has Revival, Afrigo, Golden, New Eagles and Fusion Band. Crackers, Fun factory and Bakayimbira will vie for the best comedy group category, while Big Talent, Goodlyf, Fire base, Kunta Kinte will all be against Bebe Cool’s Gagamel.
Ziza Bafana, Sheeba Karungi, A pass, Pallaso and Cindy are all nominated in the Dancehall group which is one of the tightest categories in these awards.
Sms One is also contending against Riham, Club Beer, Coca Cola and Movit in the Best entertainment supporting brand while in the best entertainment TV show category has NTV the beat, sqoop on sqoop, kulya kaasi, muziki zone, pundonor magazine and Jam 101.
The buzz teeniez award female artiste will have a go at these awards when she takes on Juliana Kanyomozi, Desire Luzinda, Irene Namatovu and Sheeba in the female category, Wilson Bugembe, Julie Mutesasira, Exodus as well as Levixone are all in the Best Gospel artiste. Best male nominees are Jose Chameleon, David Lutalo, Eddy Kenzo, Bebe Cool, Bobi Wine, Radio and Weasel.
Denzel, Mc Kats, Calvin the entertainer and Douglas are tipped for the best male entertainment TV presenter while in the Best music video category, Love you every day, wale wale, Kuzaala kujagaana, sitya loss and Gundeze are all contending.
Other categories include Best male model, Best male sports personality, best music producer, Best radio station, RnB artiste, Theatre drama group, TV station, Video producer, VJ and Song of the year among others.
The event also saw artistes like Fille and Ray Signature perform while Supa Nova’s Angelina, Maurice Hasa and Levixone just came to support the cause.