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HiPipo Music Awards (HMA) celebrates and promotes music, musicians and artistic excellence in Africa.[1] Organized by Hipipo. First “HiPipo Charts Festival”, aka First HiPipo Music Awards, was held in - 2012. The second edition of HiPiPo Music awards (HMA) was held on February 9, 2013.[2]

The second annual HiPipo Music Awards took place on October 14, 2013 and culminated with a gala night at Wonder World (formerly Didi's World) auditorium in Kansanga.[3] HiPipo Music Awards event is held annually between January and February.


To be considered, an artist must have released music content within 12 months prior to October of any year.


Each category has five or six nominees.[4] The nominees come from different nominating stakeholders including musicians, video/audio producers, songwriters, media personalities (radio, TV, and print), and the general public.[5]


Once nominations are complete, the public votes via text (SMS) and Facebook through the official HiPipo Music Awards (HMA) platform.

List of ceremonies[edit]

Year Date Venue Host Reference
2013 2012 Digital Event (at Theater La Bonita) HiPipo Charts Festival
2013 February 9, 2013 Theater La Bonita [6]
2014 February 8, 2014 WonderWorld Auditorium Mohamed Kimbugwe [7]
2015 February 7, 2015 WonderWorld Auditorium Mohamed Kimbugwe [8]
2016 January 30, 2016 Serena Kampala Hotel Andrew,Wesley King [9]
2017 February 4, 2017 Serena Kampala Hotel Wesley King
2018 March 17, 2018 Serena Kampala Hotel Wesley King

Africa nominees[edit]

In 2017, HiPipo Music Awards released a broad and diverse list of categories and nominees, that are arguably the best songs, videos and artists from East Africa and rest of Africa for that year.

Africa Song of the Year[edit]

  1. Alikiba – Seduce Me
  2. C4 Pedro Ft Sauti Sol – Love Again
  3. Cassper Nyovest – Tito Mboweni
  4. Darassa Ft. Ben Pol – Muziki
  5. Davido – IF
  6. Diamond Platnumz Ft. Ne-Yo – Marry You
  7. Eddy Kenzo – Jubilation
  8. Jah Prayzah Ft. Mafikizolo – Sendekera
  9. Major Lazer & DJ Maphorisa – Particula (ft. Nasty C, Ice Prince, Patoranking & Jidenna)
  10. Roberto – Into You
  11. Runtown – Mad Over You
  12. Sheebah – John Rambo
  13. Wizkid – Come Closer Ft. Drake

Africa Video of the Year[edit]

  1. AKA – Caiphus Song
  2. Davido – Fall
  3. Diamond Platnumz Ft. Morgan Heritage – Hallelujah
  4. Flavour – Baby Na Yoka
  5. Mafikizolo – Love Potion
  6. Major Lazer & DJ Maphorisa – Particula (ft. Nasty C, Ice Prince, Patoranking & Jidenna)
  7. Eazi – Leg Over
  8. Sarkodie – Pain Killer Ft. Runtown
  9. Sauti Sol Ft. Patoranking – Melanin
  10. Sheebah – The Way
  11. Tekno – Rara
  12. Tiwa Savage – All Over
  13. Toofan – Terre

Best Francophone Africa Act[edit]

  1. Adiouza – Ma La Nob
  2. Awilo Longomba – Esopi Yo Tiwa Savage
  3. Daphne – Calée
  4. Dj Arafat –Kpadoompo
  5. Dj Kerozen – Le Temps
  6. Fally Ipupa – Eloko Iyo
  7. Maabo – Yako Waral
  8. Serge Beynaud – Akrakabo
  9. Sidiki Diabaté – Je Suis Désolé
  10. Toofan – Terre

Award winners[edit]

2nd HiPipo Music Awards winners[10][11][edit]

  1. Artist of the Year: Bebe Cool
  2. Best Male Artist: jairus nakisa
  3. Best Female Artist: Rema
  4. Best Breakthrough Artist: Rema Namakula
  5. Best Artist in Diaspora: Fyonna Nsubuga
  6. Best Artist on Social Media: Navio[12]
  7. Best Young/Teen Artist: Young Zee
  8. Best On-stage Performer: Vampino[13]
  9. Best Audio Producer: Hannz Tactiq
  10. Best Video Producer: Seasons – Kim XP
  11. Album of the Year: Book of Kirya by Maurice Kirya
  12. Video of the Year: One and Only by Navio
  13. Song of the Year: Bakoowu by Mathias Walukaga
  14. Best Hip-hop Song: One and Only by
  15. Best R&B Song: Oli Wange by Rema
  16. Best Ragga – Dancehall Song: Tebakusobola by Yung Mulo
  17. Best Reggae Song: Missing you by Bebe Cool and Rema
  18. Best Gospel Song: Body Guard by Emron and Sizzaman
  19. Best Band Song: Bwolonda by Chris Evans
  20. Best Kadongo Kamu Song: Bakoowu by Mathias Walukaga
  21. Best Zouk Song: Valu Valu by Jose Chameleone
  22. Best Afropop and Soul Song: Zina by Viboyo Ft Vampino and Benon
  23. Best Afrobeat Song: Jennifer by Bobi Wine
  24. Best HiPipo Charts Artist:Kagoma phillip

3rd HiPipo Music Awards winners[14][15][edit]

Full list of Winners: #HiPipoMusicAwards 2014

  1. The Artist of the Year: Bebe Cool
  2. The Best Male Artist : Bebe Cool
  3. The Best Female Artist: Rema
  4. The Best Duo-Group Artist : Radio and Weasel
  5. The Best Male Breakthrough Artist : Aganaga Khalifah
  6. The Best Female Breakthrough Artist : Irene Ntale
  7. The MTN Most Selling Song : Kisumuluzo – Diana Nalubega[16]
  8. The Best HiPipo Charts Artist : Sarah Musayimuto and MC Norman
  9. The Best Artist on Social Media : Bebe Cool
  10. The Best on Stage Performer : Bebe Cool
  11. The Best Artist in Diaspora : Pallaso
  12. The Best Young/Teen Artist Young Zee
  13. The Best DJ : DJ Shiru
  14. The Album of the Year : Obudde Album – Radio and Weasel
  15. The Video of the Year : Kata – Navio
  16. The Song of the Year : Badilisha – Jose Chameleone
  17. The Best Concept Music Video : Kata – Navio
  18. The Best Performance Music Video : Ntandika – Grace Nakimera
  19. The Best Audio Producer : Nash Wander
  20. The Best Video Producer : JahLive
  21. The Best Song Writer : Saxeess
  22. Best Male HIP HOP Song : Leka Kwenyumiriza – Navio and Unique
  23. Best Female HIP HOP Song : Go Gal – Mc Clara
  24. Best Male R&B Song : Tonefulira – Sylver Kyagulanyi
  25. Best Female R&B Song : Kukaliba – Rema
  26. Best Male RAGGA-DANCEHALL Song : Kokodiosis – Bebe Cool
  27. Best Female RAGGA-DANCEHALL Song : Fire Tonight – Rema
  28. Best Male REGGAE Song : Love Letter – Bebe Cool and Irene Ntale
  29. Best Female REGGAE Song : Yimuka – Allen Majara
  30. Best Male GOSPEL Song : Mukama Mpa Okukumanya – Richard Masembe
  31. Best Female GOSPEL Song : Saba by Julie Mutesaasila
  32. Best Male BAND Song : Wa Gyetugenda – David Lutalo
  33. Best Female BAND Song : Onkubyeko Ekibaati – Benah Namisinga
  34. Best Male KADONGO KAMU Song : Ebintu Bizibu – Hassan Ndugga (Revival Band)
  35. Best Female KADONGO KAMU Song : Omwana Wani – Jackie Babirye and Umar Mwanje
  36. Best Male ZOUK Song : Badilisha – Jose Chameleone
  37. Best Female ZOUK Song : Its OK – Titie Tabela
  38. Best Male AFRO MIX Song : Love Me Love Me – Viboyo Oweyo
  39. Best Female AFRO MIX Song : Hooray – Leila Kayondo and Jose Chameleone.
  40. Best Male AFROBEAT Song : Akalimu – Bobi Wine
  41. Best Female AFROBEAT Song : Eddiba – Juliana Kanyomozi
  42. Best Western Region Song : Kigambe – Lady Mariam
  43. Best Eastern Region Song : Akuloga – Fusion Band
  44. Best Northern Region Song : Mama – Bosmic Otim
  45. Best Southern Region Song: Mpatikana – SK Brian

4th HiPipo Music Awards winners[17][edit]

  1. Artist of the Year – Bebe Cool
  2. Best Male Artist – Bebe Cool
  3. Best Female Artist – Sheebah Karungi
  4. Best Duo Group Artist – Radio And Weasel
  5. Best Male Breakthrough Artist – Ziza Bafana
  6. Best Female Breakthrough Artist – Spice Diana
  7. Best Use of Social Media by Artist – Eddy Kenzo
  8. Best Concert Performance – Best of Bebe Cool
  9. Best Artist in Diaspora – Frank Rock
  10. Best Young/Teen Artist – Aba Marcus Mayanja – Trex
  11. Best DJ – DJ Shiru
  12. Album of the Year – Amaaso Ntunga By Radio And Weasel
  13. Video of the Year – Love You Everyday – Bebe Cool
  14. Song of the Year – Neera – Radio And Weasel
  15. East Africa Super Hit – Number One – Diamond Platnumz
  16. Best Audio Producer – Diggy Baur
  17. Best Video Producer – Jah Alive (Frank)
  18. Best Song Writer – Jamie Culture
  19. Best Hip Hop Song – No Holding Back – Navio
  20. Best Rnb Song Neera – Radio And Weasel
  21. Best Ragga Dancehall Song – Pomini Pomini – Ziza Bafana
  22. Best Reggae Song – Love You Everyday – Bebe Cool
  23. Best Religious Song – List Ya Mukama – Julie Mutesasira
  24. Best Band Song Akantu – David Lutalo
  25. Best Kadongo Kamu Song – Kuzaala Kujagaana – Irene Namatovu
  26. Best Zouk Song Gyobela – Irene Ntale
  27. Best Afrobeat Song – Mulirwana – King Saha
  28. Best Afropop Song – Go Down Low – Pallaso And Sheebah
  29. Best Western Region Song – Kaana Ka Maama – Dorrys Mutahunga
  30. Best Eastern Region Song – Ngesi Ore – Genious Drey Ft 2gb
  31. Best Northern Region Song – Pingo – Pretty B
  32. Best Southern Region Song – Jangu – Sk Brain Ft King Saha
  33. Most Active Fans Group – Gagamel Phamily/Firebase Army
  34. Life Time Achievement Award – Joanita Kawalya

5th HiPipo Music Awards winners[18][edit]

  1. Artist of the Year – David Lutalo
  2. Best Male Artist – David Lutalo
  3. Best Female Artist – Sheebah Karungi
  4. Best Music Group – Radio and Weasel
  5. Best Breakthrough Artist – Winnie Nwagi
  6. Best DJ – DJ Shiru
  7. Album of the Year – Go Mama by Bebe Cool
  8. Video of the Year – Siri Zari by Sheebah
  9. Song of the Year – Juicy by Radio and Weasel
  10. Best Audio Producer – Dr Fizol
  11. Best Video Producer – Savy Films – Sasha Vybz
  12. Best Song Writer – Moses Radio
  13. Best Hip Hop Song – Kigozi (Iko Hivi) by Navio
  14. Best Rnb Song – Linda by Rema and Chris Evans
  15. Best Ragga Dancehall Song – Friendly Match by Ziza Bafana & Zanie Brown
  16. Best Reggae Song – Go Mama by Bebe Cool
  17. Best Religious Song – Saum Kareem by Swahaba Kasumba
  18. Best Band Song – Nkuze by Maureen Nantume
  19. Best Folk – Kadongo Kamu Song Akalulu by Saava Karim
  20. Best Zouk Song – Memories by A Pass & Lillian Mbabazi
  21. Best Afrobeat Song – Mpulunguse by Diana Nalubega
  22. Best Afropop Song – Tusasanya by BigEye
  23. Best Regional Song – Go On – Pine Avenue 5 All Stars and Barbi Jay (North)
  24. Most Active Fans Group – Gagamel Phamily
  25. East Africa Super Hit – Nana by Diamond Platnumz (Tanzania)
  26. East Africa Best Video – Nana by Diamond Platnumz Ft Mr Flavour (Tanzania)
  27. Life Time Achievement Award – Paul Ssaka
  28. Video Trailblazer Award – Triplets/Gheto Kids
  29. MTN Most Downloaded CRBT – Mchuzi by Rema Namakula

6th HiPipo Music Awards Winners[edit]

  1. Best Hip Hop Song: Sala Puleesa by Mun G
  2. Best Global Act: Michael Kiwanuka
  3. Song of the Year South Sudan: Sambala by MB Law and Rhapsody Ft Radio & Weasel
  4. Must Watch Talent: KizAza
  5. Commended A-Cappella Group: Canaan Gents
  6. Best Regional Song: Ninkwesiga by Ray G Rhiganz
  7. Best Audio Producer: Nessim
  8. Best Video Producer: NG Filmz UG (Dr. Nolton)
  9. Best DJ: Dj Slick Stuart & Dj Roja
  10. Best Song Writer: John Kay
  11. Best ZOUK Song: Same Way by Geosteady And Lydia Jazmine
  12. Song of the Year Rwanda: Indoro by Charly & Nina Feat Big Fizzo
  13. Video Trailblazer Award: Waka Stars
  14. Entertainment Showpiece Act of 2016: Madina Nalwanga
  15. Quinquennial Africa Music Vanguard Award: Diamond Platnumz
  16. Best R&B Song: Addicted by Maro Ft Iryn Namubiru
  17. Best Religious Song: Omusiibi by Swahaba Kasumba
  18. Song of the Year Tanzania: Aje by Alikiba
  19. Best Music Group: Pine Avenue5
  20. Life Time Achievement Award: Sammy Kasule
  21. Best RAGGA-DANCEHALL Song: Tuli Majje by Ziza Bafana
  22. Best AFROBEAT Song: Nkwatako by Sheebah Karungi
  23. Best REGGAE Song: African Gal by Bebe Cool
  24. Song of the Year Kenya: Unconditionally Bae by Sauti Sol and Alikiba
  25. East Africa Super Hit: Unconditional Bae by Sauti Sol Ft Alikiba
  26. East Africa Best New Act: Navy Kenzo
  27. Best BAND Song: Sembera by Mary Bata
  28. Best Folk Song: Mayumba Kumi by Jackie Kizito
  29. Best AFROPOP Song: Dangerous by Ceaserous
  30. East Africa Best Video: Salome by Diamond Platnumz ft. Rayvanny
  31. Best Breakthrough Artist: Roden Y
  32. Video of the Year: Kisasi Kimu by Sheebah Karungi
  33. Song of the Year: Kabulengane by Bebe Cool
  34. Album of the Year: The Chosen Album by Navio
  35. Best Male Artist: Bebe Cool
  36. Best Female Artist: Sheebah Karungi
  37. Music Icon of the Decade: Bebe Cool
  38. Artist of the Year: Sheebah Karungi

Sheebah Artist of the Year (2016-2017, 2017-2018)[edit]

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