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Citi TV unveils categories for Entertainment Achievement Awards

Citi TV has released the categories and their definitions for the Entertainment Achievement Awards.

The awards scheme organised by Citi TV seeks to recognise and celebrate entertainers and entertainment industry players, who have distinguished themselves in the practice of their art and in their chosen fields of endeavour.

The main award ceremony will be held on February 20, 2021.

The Categories

The following are the key categories for the Entertainment Achievement Awards. Others may be announced in due time.

This focuses on awarding artiste(s) who have churned out singles, EPs, Albums, records and other musical bodies of work, within the Ghanaian music space. Reasonable consideration is given to their interpretation of their chosen musical genre, as well as their contribution to the growth of the Arts and Entertainment industry of Ghana. Their live performances, curated tours or projects, social media presence and influence in the year under review shall also be examined.

Best Male Artist: The Male Artist of the Year is adjudged by the EAA Academy as the male Ghanaian musical artist who released a song, an EP or album in the year under review. He must have gained prominence through airplay, online streaming views and must have won the hearts of music enthusiasts and critics, with his outstanding stagecraft and performances.

Best Female Artist: The Female Artist of the Year is adjudged by the EAA Academy as the female Ghanaian musical artist who released a song, an EP or album in the year under review. She must have gained prominence through airplay, online streaming views and must have won the hearts of music enthusiasts and critics, with her outstanding stagecraft and performances.

Song of the Year: The Song of the Year is the song adjudged by the EAA Academy as the song with the highest level of public reception and critical acclaim, in the year under review.

Album of the Year: The Album of the Year is the album adjudged by the EAA Academy as the album which embodies the highest number of hit songs, with quality production and undisputable artistry. The Album of the Year should also have attained the highest level of public reception and critical acclaim, in the year under review.

Best Video: The Best Video award goes to the video with the best pictures and storyline. The strength of the cinematography and the all-round production quality shall be of utmost importance, in this category. It gives credence to the artistic qualities of the video, without much consideration of album sales or chart positions.

Cultural Troupe of the Year: This award goes to the cultural ensemble that would have become more visible, through performances and/or recordings, in the year under review.

Sports

This area of the EAA focuses on the recognition of sportsmen and women in all branches of sports, as well as sports administrators who have been instrumental or who have significantly influenced the development of the Ghanaian Sports Industry and Social Media community, in the year under review.

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Sportsman of the Year: The Sportsman of the Year is a male personality in the field of sports, who would have excelled in the year under review and affected his society positively while having succeeded at inspiring others through Sports.

Sportswoman of the Year: The Sportswoman of the Year is a female personality in the field of sports, who would have excelled in the year under review and affected her society positively while having succeeded at inspiring others through Sports.

Film

This portion of the EAA recognizes filmmakers and movie actors, relative to their contribution to the development of the Ghanaian film industry through movies and international features. It targets all facets of cinematography, film making, film artistry and social media presence, in the year under review.

Ghanaian Movie of the Year: The Ghanaian Movie of The Year is adjudged by the EAA Academy, as the movie that would have attracted the highest level of public reception and critical acclaim. Premiere numbers, streams and general public sentiment about the film shall all be considered.

Male Actor of the Year: The Male Actor of the Year is adjudged by the EAA Academy as the male actor who exhibited prowess in technically interpreting his role in a particular movie released in the year under review. Public reception and critical acclaim shall also be considered.

Female Actor of the Year: The Female Actor of the Year is adjudged by the EAA Academy as the female actor who exhibited prowess in technically interpreting her role in a particular movie released in the year under review. Public reception and critical acclaim shall also be considered.

Film Director of the Year: This award goes to the film director, who would have exhibited outstanding direction and artistic interpretation of a film released in the year under review.

Best Picture: This award is adjudged by EAA Academy as the film with the most outstanding picture aesthetics.
Online Media

Online (Website/ Blog/ YouTube/ Instagram): This award goes to any media personality whose works online have projected the Arts and Entertainment sector, through articles/write-ups, videos and still images.

Events

This seeks to recognize events within the Events and Planning space, which would have been organized in the year under review. Credence is given to Event Organizers, Planners and Events held either physically or virtually and which may be considered to be outstanding, as well as the quintessence of best industry practice.
Event of the Year: The award goes to the event that had the best stage, lighting and over-all best organization of the programme.

Event Host of the Year: This award goes to the Master of Ceremony who confidently steers a high-profile event, keeps it lively and helps the event to achieve its intended purpose, to the admiration of all.

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Comedy

This focuses on awarding comedians who have distinguished themselves, within their field of endeavor. For this award, The EAA Academy shall consider the winner’s reasonable following and influence on social media, in addition to his/her contribution to the growth of the Ghanaian Comedy industry. Their works (i.e. comedy shows, events which they have hosted, special projects etc.) shall be vetted for viability, in the year under review.

Stand-up Comedian of the Year: The award goes to the comedian whose works of comedy, either from shows or skits, have generated a substantial level of excitement among the general public.

Comic Actor of the Year: The award goes to the comedian whose works of comedy, either from shows or skits, stage plays have generated a substantial level of excitement among the general public.

Special Recognition Awards

The Special Recognition Awards are presented to personalities with long-standing service to the development of their respective fields or industry, over the past decades.

This category spotlights all aspects of life e.g. Musicians, Sound engineers, Actors and Actresses, Writers, Politicians (Who have demonstrated a significant impact on the development of their respective constituencies and ministries), Sportsmen and Women, NGOs etc.

During each review cycle of the EAA, the organizers and the EAA Academy shall agree upon three (3) special categories that they wish to focus on. The categories in question shall then be announced to the public.

Entertainment Personality of the YEAR: This is the overarching award of the Entertainment Achievement Awards. It is adjudged by the EAA Academy, as the Entertainment Personality with the most outstanding influence in the year under review. The Entertainment Personality of the Year may come from any of the subcategories of the Entertainment industry.

Writing & Poetry

This acknowledges the contribution of writers in respective social fields or settings and the impact of their work on society. Their intellectual work is subjected to scrutiny in tandem with copyrights and publishing regulations (both hardware and software) as well as online in the year under review. It must also be noted that where the writers are concerned, the period under review may range between two (2) to five (5) years, at the discretion of the organisers and the EAA Academy.

Best Author (Prose, Poetry, Creative Nonfiction): This award goes to a single writer of one or more of the literary genres of Prose, Poetry or Creative Nonfiction, who has released a piece of work, or a body of work, within the stipulated period under review. The winner must have distinguished himself/herself through his/her creative choices, prosaic technique, thematic focus and stylistic risks. The EAA shall also consider public reception, the sphere of distribution and critical acclaim.

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Best Performance Poet: This would be the Performance Poet who has performed at major shows and who has contributed immensely to the Poetry industry, in the year under review. The winner must have released/ published at least one popular Spoken Word track, or must have gained prominence through his/her outstanding stagecraft and performances. The Best Performance Poet must also have attained the highest level of public reception and critical acclaim, in the year under review.

Photography

This category causes people to stop and ponder over the many compelling images that may have caught their attention on Social Media and the internet in general, Billboards, in magazines and via other media. Those photographs would have been captured by talented and skilled photographers, who deserve to be recognised on a stage as mammoth as the Entertainment Achievement Awards.

Photographer of the Year: This award goes to the photographer, who would have distinguished himself/herself in the Art of Photography, within the year under review. His/Her work must be diverse and versatile, cutting across various genres of Photography. The EAA Academy shall consider the level of difficulty that may have been endured in order to capture a particular shot. Creativity, humanitarian value, application of technique, clarity of expression and uniqueness of concept are also some of the factors that would lead a photographer to win this category.

Fashion

This focuses on celebrating excellence within the fashion industry and supporting the future pipeline of creative, fashion-focused talent. Primarily, it shall cover fashion designers and models.

Accessories Designer of the year: This award goes to the designer whose work has projected accessories in the fashion industry, thereby commanding global presence with its creativity and commercial value. The EAA academy shall consider authenticity and the potential of the winner to amplify the Ghanaian and African voice, through fashion.

Female Designer of the Year: This award goes to the female designer whose work has made great impact on the Ghanaian fashion industry and beyond. The EAA Academy shall consider the designer’s level of public reception, critical acclaim and the designer’s track record of editorial and/or runway success, creative/ experimental projects, in addition to commercial success.

Male Designer of the Year: This award goes to the male designer whose work has made great impact on the Ghanaian fashion industry and beyond. The EAA Academy shall consider the designer’s level of public reception, critical acclaim and the designer’s track record of editorial and/or runway success, creative/ experimental projects, in addition to commercial success.

Model of the Year: This award goes to the male or female model, who, in the year under review, has dominated the industry. The winner’s influence must go beyond the catwalk and/or editorial pages and canvases.

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