The Categories


  • Production & technical support awards: these go to the ministry/industry stakeholders who contributed to the creation, facilitation and sustainability of the artists and their music. Their nomination is based on the quality, quantity & popularity of their nominated works in the eligible period; 
  1. Song Writer of the year
  2. Videographer of the year
  3. Audio Producer of the year
  4. Musician/Instrumentalist of the year
  5. Dancer/Dance group of the year
  6. DJ/VJ of the year
  7. T.V personality/station of the year
  8. Radio personality/station of the year
  9. Print media personality/company of the year
  10. Social media personality/platform of the year
  11. Manager/Promoter of the Year
  • Lifetime achievement and special merit recognition awards: these are special recognitions to long serving artists and individuals or institutions that contribute significantly to social transformation and wellbeing of artists and communities. The special merit awards may be received by non-artists and/or persons not directly in the music business. (These are decided by the VIGA Executive and FGAU members and are not subjected to public voting, though the public may propose nominees)
  1. Legends Award
  2. Community Empowerment Award  
  3. Unique Gospel Music Support Icons (Gospel Music Hero/Heroine)
  • Genre/style awards: these go to the artists with the most outstanding and successful works by style authenticity, production proficiency and popularity during the eligible period.
  1. Choir Category 
  2. Acapella Category
  3. Traditional Category
  4. Reggae Category
  5. Hip-hop/Rap Category
  6. Dancehall/Ragga Category
  7. RnB-Jazz-Soul-Country Category
  8. Afro-beat/Zouk/Kwaito Category
  9. Techno-House- Funkie-Rock Category
  10. Afri-style/Soukous/Kadongo kamu Category 
  • Exceptional and Regional awards: these go to artists who achieve estimable feats in specialized subjects, performance expertise, compassionate acts and by area/region/geographical location of execution during the eligible period.
  1. International Song/Artist of the year (considers music from outside Africa)
  2. African Song/Artist of the year  
  3. East African Song/Artist of the year (considers music by artists from within E. Africa)
  4. Special entity Song/Artist of the year (considers gospel music by ‘secular’ artists)
  5. Diaspora Song/Artist of the year (considers music by Ugandans living out of Uganda)
  6. Junior category (Children)
  7. New/Upcoming talent (Artists from the NextGeM talent competition) 
  8. Breakthrough Artist
  9. Exceptional Social theme Song/Artist of the year (non gospel lyrics music by Christian artists)
  10. Best Dual/Band/Group 
  11. Collaboration Song/Artists of the year
  12. Video of the year
  13. Eastern Gospel Artist of the year category 
  14. Western Gospel Artist of the year category 
  15. Northern Gospel Artist of the year category  
  16. Buganda Gospel Artist of the year
  17. Male Artist of the year category
  18. Female Artist of the year category
  19. Praise/Worship/Gospel Song of the Year

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