The Ethiopian athlete Almaz Ayana, vocalists Yared Negu and Jacky Gosse, and music video producer Hope Entertainment get nominated for the 2022 African Entertainment Awards USA.
Almaz is nominated for Athlete of the Year, Yared and Jacky for Best Male Artist - East/South/North Africa, and Hope Entertainment for Video Director of the Year categories.
African Entertainment Awards USA is a Non-Profit established in New Jersey USA to support, celebrate and uplift African Entertainment & Achievements.
The 2022 African Entertainment Awards enlisted nominees in 38 categories and is open to public voting until Dec 10. The award ceremony will be held on Dec 23.
Among the artists competing in the Best Male Artist- East/South/North Africa with the Ethiopians Yared and Jacky are Tamer Hosny, an Egyptian singer; OC Osilliation, a recording artist and producer from Zambia; Eddy Kenzo, a Grammy-nominated Ugandan singer and; Harmonize, a Tanzanian Bongo Flava artist.
Jacky Gosee and Yared Negu are famed Ethiopian vocalists, especially with a number of their hit singles. Jack Gosse released his album Balambaras in 2019.
In the Athlete of the Year category are enlisted popular sports personalities including footballers Sadio Mané and Mohamed Salah who will be running for the award with the Ethiopian Almaz Ayana.
Almaz Ayana is an Olympic champion who won gold for the 10,000 meters and bronze for the 5000 meters at the 2016 Rio Olympics along with being a four-time World Athletics Championships. Almaz Ayana ran 2:17:20 in 2022 to achieve the fastest-ever women's marathon debut at Amsterdam Marathon.
Hope Entertainment, one of the leading music video producers and YouTube channels in Ethiopia, has been producing and featuring Ethiopian music for the past 12 years and is nominated for Video Director of the Year in the award.
According to NoxInfluencer, an influencer marketing, and management platform, Hope entertainment’s YouTube channel is ranked 12,087th globally with 2.39 million subscribers, 1.77 billion total views, and a monthly estimated monetization capability of 40.87 - 102.18 thousand dollars.
Celebrated artists of the time such as Rema, Fireboy DML, Diamond Platnumz, Davido, Kamo Mphela, Ayra Starr, Yemi Alade, and Burna Boy are among those featured in the African Entertainment Awards USA nominations.
The African Entertainment Awards USA is an annual event composed of 38 music & non-music categories and the 1st edition of the award was held on 31 October 2015. The award which is aimed at promoting African entertainment is running its 8th edition this year.