Two months after the elite sporting athletes and administrators have been honoured at the National Sports Awards in February, local musicians and music practitioners, to include vocalists, instrumentalists, pannists and disc-jockeys (DJs) will be awarded in like fashion during the inaugural National Music Awards.
The event, which is scheduled to take place on Thursday April 16th, will recognise the work of Antiguan and Barbudan musicians for the period January 1st to December 31st 2019.
On Thursday, the Ministry of Sports, Culture, National Festivals and the Arts held a press conference to launch the event where the Minister Daryll Matthew gave the reasoning behind the installation of this ceremony.
“We believe that those practitioners in the field of music ought to be recognised, for their hard work, and also rewarded for their time, effort, energy and resources that they put in annually to honing their craft,” he said.
The Minister added that the National Music Awards will not only focus on traditional areas of music, such as vocals, the steelpan and other instruments, but will also acknowledge the work of local disc jockeys (DJs), who are both talented and quite entrepreneurial, and contribute significantly to the field of music.
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