Following an intense adjudication process of nominees selection, the African Union and the 13-man international jury of the All Africa Music Awards (AFRIMA) have unveiled the official nominees list for the 2016 edition of the continents leading music awards.

The Best Female Artistes and Best Male Artistes of the five regions have been released while the nominees in the continental categories will follow suit seven days after.

Public voting for the nominees in the different categories of the awards will open on August 30. In partnership with the AUC and the Official Host City, Lagos State, the AFRIMA 3.0. calendar of events for November 4-6, 2016 will include the Africa Music Summit on Friday, November 4, and the AFRIMA Music Village, an open concert-style festival featuring nominees and other top billed music stars.

The grand awards ceremony holds on Sunday, November 6 with over 2,500 guests expected in Lagos, Nigeria for the various events.

Here are the lists out now:

Regional Categories

Best Male Artiste,Western Africa

Best Male Artiste  Central Africa

Best Female Artiste, Central Africa

Best Female Artiste, Northern Africa

Best Male Artiste, Northern Africa

Best Female Artiste, Southern Africa

Best Male Artiste, Southern Africa

Best Female Artiste, Western Africa