Get ready for the 2018 ECMA Awards – This year will mark the 30th anniversary of the East Coast Music Association and anticipation is building for this year’s award show taking place early May.
The 2018 East Coast Music Awards nominations were announced late January, and rap/hip-hop is decently represented and in multiple categories.
Nominees in the Rap/Hip-Hop Recording of the Year category included City Natives, Fortunato & DJ IV, Ghettosocks, Mitchell Bailey, and Quake Matthews.
Members of the East Coast hip-hop community found nods in other categories including Album of the Year, where Classified’s work on Ria Mae’s self-titled project is being recognized.
Meanwhile, City Natives were nominated in two other categories including Group Recording of the Year and Indigenous Artist of the Year.
Wordburglar’s “Channel Halifax” is up for Video of the Year, while Neon Dreams and Kardinal Offishall received a nomination in the Fans’ Choice Video of the Year category for the Cazhhmere-directed “Marching Bands.” Neon Dreams was also up for Fans’ Choice Entertainer of the Year, while group member Corey LeRue was also nominated for Producer of the Year.
It was a bit surprising not to see Quake get love for Celebrate the Struggle outside of the hip-hop category. The SOCAN Songwriter of the Year brought some of his best work to date on the project and we expected to see it get at least one or two more nominations.
In any event, well-deserved nominations all around and we hope to be on hand when they announced the winners.
“‘The 30th Anniversary of the East Coast Music Awards will be an incredible event, taking over the city of Halifax with five days of our region’s best music. This year’s nominees include well-established East Coast acts and exciting newcomers, which reflects not only our rich history of the past 30 years but also the direction our music is taking in the future,’ says Andy McLean, ECMA Executive Director. ‘We’re also thrilled to announce our showcasing lineup that highlights the variety of music coming out of the East Coast today. Plus, there’ll be many more exciting announcements in the weeks to come!'”