Kathmandu:

February 3 will see the popular music artistes of our country crowned at the Close-Up 9th Hits FM Music Awards 2062.

Having successfully organised eight such grand award functions, Hits FM announced the list for this year’s nominees in 18 categories and a separate award for Lifetime Achievement on November 12, 2005. The main sponsor for the 9th Hits FM Music Awards is Close-Up in association with Himalayan Bank, Lumbini Bank, Machchhapuchhre Bank and supported by Hero Honda Karizma and Philips. Annapurna Post is the official media for this mega event.

Hits Nepal Pvt Ltd through its radio station Hits FM has been involved in promoting artistes in the Nepali music industry ever since its inception and using radio as a medium. It initiated and hosted the first ever Hits FM Music Awards in 2054 BS.

This award ceremony is a way of acknowledging and paying tribute to excellence in the field of Nepali music. An annual event, the Awards has gained a certain stature. From seven categories it has risen to a total of 19 categories. The Awards will include singles, albums and music videos registered at Hits FM 91.2 in 2061 BS.

The preliminary nominations in various categories for the award function were based on an extensive nationwide listeners poll, conducted through the Hits FM website and the nomination forms were also published in AP. A panel of expert judges will eventually decide the winners in each category in the nest stage of the judging process.