Bulawayo based radio station Skyz Metro FM have added the Hip Hop category for their awards show. The radio station announced that they would be holding the inaugural awards in December.
The station released categories for the awards last Friday at The Vista in Bulawayo. The 18 categories did not include hip hop. Hip hop artists back lashed the station for excluding the genre despite the station hosting a hip hop show-Rapperholix.
Skyz Metro FM station manager Godwin Phiri on Monday announced the station had decided to include a hip hop category for Best Hip Hop Song.
In a statement posted via Skyz Metro FM Facebook page, Phiri said, “There has been a heated and welcome debate concerning the absence of a specific Hip Hop Award from the upcoming Skyz Metro FM Awards. We wish to advise that after carefully listening to many voices from a diverse range of stakeholders and in keeping with our identity as Istitshi Sabantu, we’ve made the decision to add a Best Hip Hop Song award to the 18 already lined up. We hope that this will address valid concerns raised by many of the stakeholders that we interact with.”
Other categories include Song of the Year, Best Male Artist, Best Female Artiste, Best Gospel Song, Best Dance Song, Best Tshibilika Song, Best Imbube Song, Best Metro-Urban Song, Best Urban fire Song, Best Afro Soul Song, Best Masgandi/Mbaqanga Song, Best House/Gqom Song, Best Collaborated Song, Best Song by a Group/Duo, Best Music Sound Production, Best Music Journalist, Best Break-Out Star and Most Outstanding Contribution to Music.
The nominees will be nominated by the public and the awards will be held on December 21.