National Music Awards Launched


On Thursday 16th January, the Minister of Sports, Culture, National Festivals and the Arts, Honourable Daryll Matthew, announced that the Department of Culture will be launching its newest initiative in the form of a National Music Awards, to highlight and motivate practitioners in the field of music, in Antigua and Barbuda.

Deputy Director of Culture, and accomplished musician, Mr Khan Cordice delivered a thorough overview of the plans for the inaugural National Music Awards, to be held on Thursday 16th April 2020. He described the awards as a ‘Grand Celebration’ to recognize the work of all musicians and music practitioners alike to include vocalists, instrumentalists, pannists and DJs for the work they would have contributed to music over the years, but more specifically, throughout the year 2019.

The Awards comprises of six categories, namely ‘Vocal Awards’; ‘Instrumental Awards’; ‘Steelpan Awards’; ‘Best Recording Artiste of the Year’; ‘DJ of the Year’ and ‘Special Awards’.

See complete list of the National Music Awards categories below:
1. Vocal Awards
Junior Soca Artist of the year
Junior Calypsonian of the year
Junior Reggae Artist of the year
Junior Gospel Artist of the year
Soca Artist of the year
Calypsonian of the year
Reggae Artist of the year
Gospel Artist of the year
Choir of the Year

2. Steelpan Awards
Junior Pannist of the Year
Pannist of the Year
Arranger of the year
Junior Steelband of the Year
Steelband of the Year

3. Instrumental Awards
Junior Instrumentalist of the Year
Instrumentalist of the Year

4. Best Recording Artist of the Year

5. DJ of the Year

6. Special Recognition

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  1. Mr Minister think big….

    Great idea expand the pool and make it interesting, OECS MUSIC AWARDS. To be held in Antigua only, imagine the economic spin-offs for the country.

  2. This idea has good merit but needs some more inclusiveness for example there is no category for Hip Hop/Trap, R&B, Pop and Dancehall artiste.
    There’s so category for songwriters and producers who without them the artiste cannot even have a song.
    Also How can you have an Artiste of the year without lead up categories. Ideally I would suggest it be…
    In Each Genre….


    Best New Artiste- Male/Female (Soca)
    (An award reserved for a breakout artiste in that particular category who is relatively new to the scene)

    Best Male Artiste (Soca)
    Best Female Artiste (Soca)
    Artiste of the Year (Soca)
    Song of the Year (Soca)
    Producer of the Year (Soca)
    Songwriter of the Year (Soca)

    And this can be the format for all the other genres.

    You definitely cannot have a NATIONAL Music awards and exclude certain Genres or limit the award categories when the island has so many artiste, producers, songwriters doing the dam thing.

    Sarah Mark- Pop Artiste there’s no category to offer her or artiste within her genre any recognition.

    Jay-Abnormal- Dancehall Artiste…..again no category to appreciate or honor the work of Dancehall Artiste

    And I can go on…

    Good Idea Mr. Minister and Khan but it needs a bit more fine tuning.

    If your gonna launch this initiative might as well do it properly and done.

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