The International Portuguese Music Awards announced this year’s IPMA nominees for their 8th annual award show, presented by Tiverton Casino Hotel. IPMA will present their awards on April 25 at 6:30PM, at the majestic Zeiterion Theatre located in historic downtown New Bedford, Massachusetts. Portuguese-American actress Daniela Ruah, who is best known for her role on NCIS: Los Angeles, is set to host the event.

Awards will be presented in thirteen different categories. This year’s nominee’s hail from eight different countries and five continents. In addition, two artists have been chosen as finalists in the “New Talent” category.  They will compete by performing live at the awards show. The winner will be chosen by a panel of music professionals and announced during the event. For a complete nominations list, visit

The nominees are as follows:

Music Video of the Year

“Holy, My Heart” by Nikita Afonso, Directed by Mitch Francis (USA)

“Every Day All Day” by Nelson Freitas, Directed by Paperclips Media (NETHERLANDS)

“1 Minuto” by The Code, Directed by Line Up Productions (PORTUGAL)

“Psycho” by Tyler & Ryan, Directed by Mitch Francis (USA)


“Prelude – Cello Suite N. 1 in G Major” by Rodrigo Serrão (PORTUGAL)

“Nollaig” by ZZmartins (PORTUGAL)

“Douro” by José Luis Iglesias (USA)

“Mister Machado” by Nelson Conceição (PORTUGAL)

World Music

“Luz Brando Di Bo Olhar” by Assol Garcia (USA)

“Devin” by Dan Tibério (FRANCE)

“Chega de Saudade” by Lindsey Camara (CANADA)

“Samba Português” by Fátima Fonseca (BRAZIL)


“As Palmas” by Myrica Faya (PORTUGAL)

“Maria Faia” by Tony Gouveia (CANADA)

“Charolesca” by Nelson Conceição (PORTUGAL)

“Canção Açoreana” by Fátima Santos (USA)


“Quando Me Encontro” by Sarah Pacheco (USA)

“Meu é Amor Marinheiro” by Maura (PORTUGAL)

“A Rosa de Dores” by Cordeone (USA)

“Um Quarto Para as Duas” by Carlos Leitão (PORTUGAL)


“Waking Up” by Sabrina Alves (SOUTH AFRICA)

“Take It Or Leave It” by Sir Matty V (USA)

“Day Dreamer (ft. Moses Christopher)” by GAMIIX (PORTUGAL)

“Give Me The Sunshine” by Marcos Carnaval, Donny Marano & Paulo Jeveaux (USA)


“Now Ya Know” by The Craft (USA)

“Escuta o Teu Coração” by Andy Scotch (PORTUGAL)

“Been Sayan” by Jay Duende (CANADA)

“Patrões” by Xynna231 (PORTUGAL)


“All of My Love” by Lyia Meta (MALAYSIA)

“Cave Alien” by Audio Vex (USA)

“Firefly” by Black Suit Devil (CANADA)

“1 Minuto” by The Code (PORTUGAL)


“Filling Up” by Pedro Barbosa (SOUTH AFRICA)

“Gin” by Rebecca Correia (USA)

“Burning Memories” by Cristóvam (PORTUGAL)

“Shadows” by Sarah Pacheco (USA)

Musica Popular

“O Homem Português” by MOKIKA (PORTUGAL)

“Dá-me Um Sorriso” by Zé Duarte (USA)

“Coração Safado” by Pedro Cruz (PORTUGAL)

“Quero Dançar Contigo” by Edge (USA)

New Talent

João Moniz (PORTUGAL)

Capapparda (PORTUGAL)

Song of the Year

“Hole My Heart” by Nikita Afonso (CANADA), written by Nikita Afonso

“All of My Love” by Lyia Meta (MALAYSIA), written by Paul Michael Curtis

“Burning Memories” by Cristóvam (PORTUGAL), written by Flávio Cristóvam

“Devin” by Dan Tibério (FRANCE), written by Michel Handson

People’s Choice Award

An additional category is the Azores Airlines People’s Choice Award. This is the only category voted on by the general public online. Voting is expected to commence later this month. 

The 2020 International Portuguese Music Awards will include performances by various prominent artists including GNR, Miguel Gameiro, Aurea, and Dino d’Santiago. For tickets visit

Following the 2020 IPMA Awards Show, a spectacular After-Party will be held at the Kilburn Event Center. 

For more information regarding the 2020 IPMA events and to purchase tickets for the Show and After-Party, please visit The official hashtag for the event is #2020IPMA.


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Diane Fontes is a first-generation Luso-American with ties to Santa Maria, Azores. You can see snapshots of her travels on Instagram: @diane_fontes

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