Categories for the awards include Best Urban-Hip Hop/Rap Music, Best Ringtone, Best Song 2012-2013, Best Choral, Stage Performance, Best Gospel, Best Reggae/Dancehall, Best 'All Time' Band , Best upcoming band, Best Male, Best Traditional, and Upcoming artist among others.
Mobile voting for the artists began early this month. Tickets entry to the event cost K15,000.
Organizers of the Awards, Musicians Association of Malawi (MAM), have since cited insufficient funding as the main reason behind their disputed classification of artists in the nomination process.
Airtel Malawi has donated five million kwacha towards the event.
Speaking to Capital FM, MAM president Chimwemwe Mhango says flaws cannot be completely avoided in the shaping of the event since it is the first of its kind in the country.
According to the organizers, the Gala Night is a proactive and innovative drive by the Musicians Association of Malawi to complement governments' financial support towards self-sustainability and also honour the achievement to our local artists.
“On the Gala Night, the Musicians Association of Malawi will present ‘All time’ Awards to deserving artists, for their contribution to Malawian music since MAM’s inauguration. There will also be live performances by selected nominated artists,” MAM wrote on its Facebook page.