We don't yet know when and where the 2018 South African Music Awards will be but the hype in the lead up to the 24th annual ceremony has begun as the SAMAs celebrate a rise in the number of entries.
According to the Recording Industry of South Africa (RiSA), the SAMA office received 778 eligible entries, which is 38 more than 2017's 740 entries and almost double the number of 2016's 470 entries.
The SAMAs office consider the sustained and substantial increase in entries as a vote of confidence in the integrity and prestige of the SAMA as the ultimate music honour for local and continental musicians.
The most popular category is the Best Music Video of the Year category (which got 127 entries), followed by the Best Collaboration category (which received 100 submissions).
Other competitive categories include Best Produced Album stands (86), Best Dance Album (53), Best Engineered Album (42) and Best Hip Hop Album (26).
"We are still committed to the practice of openness and transparency and a fair selection process. We release these entries for the industry and music supporters to be kept abreast of the developments as we progress through the stages of the SAMA. We also do so to avoid any surprises when we announce the final nomination list in the next few weeks. We are thankful that year after year, the industry gives us a thumbs up knowing that this is a platform that celebrates worthy talent. As we head into the 24th edition of the SAMA we are confident of our credibility and take pride in our long standing track record that speaks for itself," said RiSA CEO, Nhlanhla Sibisi, in a statement.
Recording companies and interested parties were invited to submit entries over a period of three months starting in November 2017 until February 2018.
A stringent vetting process presided over by RiSA officials and record company representatives ensured that the entries met all the eligibility requirements.
Those who ticked all the boxes have been handed over to panels of independent judges drawn from radio, television, newspapers, blogs and the recording industry for judging.
The SAMA office will release only five nominees in each category as voted for by the panels and verified by an independent audit firm.
Among the people hoping for a nomination are the likes of Shekhinah, Toya Delazy, Tresor, Rouge, Riky Rick, Shane Eagle, Da L.E.S, Emtee, Priddy Ugly, Busiswa, Chomee, Zakes Bantwini, MiCasa, Lady Zamar, Dumi Mkokstad, Major League DJz and Zakwe to name a few. Click here to view the full list.
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