DJ Simmons and Empress Zingha have brought back their digital publication, Gine On?! Magazine’s, People’s Choice Award for the second year in a row. The husband and wife duo started the awards last year not only as a celebration of what Barbados and Barbadians have to offer in the areas of art and culture, but to also showcase said works and give its creators exposure.
For this year’s edition of the awards, five new categories have been added; Motivational Speaker of the Year, Model of the Year, Party of the Year, Poet of the Year and Writer of the Year. Unlike last year where the awards winners were announced via a live stream and digital awards were handed out, this year the winners will receive physical awards and there will be an official awards ceremony.
Over 11,000 people voted in last year’s awards. Speaking to Barbados Today Simmons noted that “[o]nly 65 per cent of those persons were from Barbados. Thirty-five per cent were from Germany, the United Kingdom, New York, Africa…”
User submitted nominations were opened on September 29th and will close on December 31st. Users can nominate cultural practitioners in thirty-seven categories such as Music Video of the Year, Musician of the Year, Fashion Designer of the Year, Sound Engineer of the Year, Event of the Year and Activist of the Year.
The nominees will be announced on January 2nd 2020, kicking off the voting period leading up to the awards ceremony in February.