Nominations for the 2023 HiPipo Music Awards are underway


The prestigious HiPipo Music Awards enters its illustrious twelfth year, and we are thrilled to announce that nominations for 2023 are now open. Preparations for this year’s awe-inspiring finale are in full swing, scheduled for Friday, 17th November, at the opulent Kampala Serena Hotel.

The HiPipo Music Awards stand as a beacon in Africa, renowned for being the continent’s most steadfast platform that excels in unveiling and celebrating exceptional talents. Over the years, it has not only honoured but also empowered countless artists, reaffirming its commitment to musical excellence.

This year, we are introducing up to fifteen diverse categories for public nominations. These encompass a wide spectrum of musical talents, ranging from the local Ugandan scene to the broader East African region, and spanning the entire African continent.

Innocent Kawooya, the CEO of HiPipo, expressed his enthusiasm, saying, “The commencement of the 2023 HiPipo Music Awards nominations is a clarion call to all aficionados of African music. We invite everyone to nominate their favourite tracks and artists. Eligible music includes any audio or video releases between October 5th, 2022, and October 5th, 2023.”

He further added, “We’ve had the privilege of hosting some of the finest performances in our past editions, and this year, we aim even higher. A comprehensive list of confirmed performances will be revealed soon. But for now, let’s focus our passion and energy on the nominations—because the journey to victory starts here.”

The nomination phase will conclude on October 6th. Subsequently, our nominees will be announced to the public, paving the way for a month-long voting bonanza, culminating in the grand reveal of the winners on November 17th.

As we kick-start the 2023 #HiPipoMusicAwards nominations, we are in ‘full throttle mode’. Together with the global music community, we eagerly anticipate a season of unparalleled musical masterpieces from our continent’s top vocalists.

Visit and be a part of this musical odyssey by submitting your nomination today!

Categories Open for Public Nominations:


Africa Best ACT

Africa Best Video

Africa Number One

East Africa

East Africa Super Hit

East Africa Super Video


Best Regional Song

Breakthrough Artist

Most Viral Song 

Song of the Year

Video of the Year

Best Male Artist

Best Female Artist

Artist of the Year