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The Ammies Category Rules & Regulations

Any African music act can enter the Ammies. Entries will be submitted from around the world to the Ammies' core selection committee and short listed according to predetermined categories. There will be five acts selected for each category. The panel of judges will be selected from the African continent and other parts of the world. An international auditing firm will supervise the adjudication process.


Unless otherwise defined below, all categories are judge on the following criteria:
ARTISTIC ABILITY
CREATIVITY PRODUCTION
ENTERTAINMENT
VALUE

BEST TRADITIONAL MUSIC ARTIST
This category is for entry by artists who perform traditional African Music.

BEST AFRICAN CONTEMPORARY CHORAL
This category is for entry by artists who perform choral music where the artist in question is a choir.

BEST AFRICAN JAZZ ARTIST
This category is for entry by artists who perform contemporary jazz music.

BEST AFRICAN REGGAE ARTIST
This category is for entry by artists who perform Reggae music.

BEST AFRICAN ROCK ARTIST
This category is for entry by artists who perform Rock music wherein the lyrics are sung in the African language.

BEST AFRICAN R&B ARTIST
This category is for entry by artists who perform R&B.

BEST AFRICAN HIP HOP ARTIST
This category is for entry by artists who perform Rap Music.

BEST AFRICAN DIASPORA ARTIST

BEST MALE ZOUK ARTIST

BEST FEMALE ZOUK ARTIST

BEST AFRICAN GROUP

BEST MUSIC VIDEO
This category is for the entry of promotional music video singles and is judged on the following criteria: Creativity, Visual Appeal, Technical Quality, Enhancement of Song/Artist, and Entertainment Value.

AFRICAN MOST POPULAR SONG OF THE YEAR:
This category is not open for entry, the winner will be determined by PUBLIC VOTE.

BEST AFRICAN FEMALE ARTIST
The award will go to the best solo female artist.

BEST AFRICAN MALE ARTIST
The award will go to the best solo male artist.

BEST AFRICAN NEWCOMER
The award will go to the best artist whose entry is the debut album by that artist and where the artist in question has never previously earned artist royalties from album sales.

ALBUM OF THE YEAR
The Award will go to the artist whose entry is an album that in the opinion of the judges, is by its excellence, regardless of its genre, better than any other album entered in the AMMIES.

LIFE ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
This category is not open for entry. The recipients will be nominated by the Executive Committee of AMMIES.

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