The “Oscars” of electronic music celebrate turning 21 with an exciting move to a venue that embodies the spirit of Ibiza, Heart Ibiza.

Heart Ibiza is a creative collision of art, gastronomy, and music created in a laboratory of experiences. A collaboration between the Adrià brothers and Cirque Du Soleil.

For many people, Ibiza is a temple of fun and leisure, free of conventions. These values are found in the deepest core of Heart Ibiza, positioning it as a unique space where we can live an experience that will serve to remind us that our senses are diluted among themselves, confusing their limits in an exceptional way.
 
Celebrating this special edition on Tuesday 11th September, the DJ Awards theme this year takes you back to the 70’s, paying homage to the sound that gave birth to the DJ and clubbing… Disco!

DJ Awards launch the 2018 Categories & Nominees with the most extensive changes to date. There are 13 DJ categories: 9 music categories including Bass, Deep House, Electronica / Downtempo, House, Tech House, Techno, Trance, 4 sub categories, 2 new music categories, Progressive House and Melodic House & Techno, 4 non music categories including Newcomer, Breakthrough and International DJ, supporting over 160 nominees!

The 2018 nominees have been compiled with our panel of industry professionals, and reflect some comprehensive changes from last year. Whilst continuing to support those who remain at the forefront, 4 of the popular music categories have a updated title plus 4 sub categories to the following categories: House, Techno, Tech House and Trance, to create a new layer of DJs who have burst onto the global dance scene in a spectacular fashion the opportunity to be recognised within these awards.
 
The past 20 years have bought some incredible past winners, including Anna, Armin van Buuren, Black Coffee, Carl Cox, David Guetta, Richie Hawtin, Jamie Jones, Seth Troxler, Solomun, Hannah Wants, Hardwell, Claptone, Solardo, Camelphat. Dimension Festival, Awakenings, Drumcode, Suara and the International Music Summit, have been among the recipients of the Special Awards.
 
Voting is open until Midnight 24th July, show your support and VOTE NOW for your favourite DJ.

In addition to the music categories, there will be 12 Special Industry Awards, which are decided between our panel, including Producer, Track of the season, Record Label of the Year, Ibiza DJ, Ibiza Music Event, Ibiza Night and International Festival.

DJ Awards is a celebration that unites the DJs, industry professionals and media together towards the end of the Ibiza summer season.

INTERESTING FACTS

  • DJ Awards was founded in 1998 by Jose Pascual and Lenny Krarup as the first music awards in recognition of the work and talent of the DJs and producers who live their life for electronic music.
  • DJ Awards is a Cultural Association and non-profit organisation.
  • DJ Awards has over 160 million audience reach with exposure in 44 countries.
  • Referred to as the “Oscars” of the music awards.
  • Over 450 nominees researched.
  • Over 350 man hours.
  • Over 52 days.
  • Over a 1500 times surfing nominees online platforms.
  • Over a 1250 times listening to nominees music, watching live sets, reading reviews.
  • Over a 1000 times checking tracks, releases and record labels.
  • Total of 161 DJ nominees/167 nominations.
  • 101 New Nominees.
  • 100% more female nominees than 2017.

CHANGES 2018

  • New category added: Progressive House.
  • New sub categories for the 4 popular genres: Techno, Trance, House and Tech House. E.g. Techno Master (Carl Cox, Nina Kraviz, etc) and Techno Artist (Amelie Lens, Ilario Alicante, Charlotte de Witte, etc). As these genres become more popular there is an increasing layer of artists who have burst onto the scene in a spectacular manner, who are no longer Breakthrough or Newcomers, but still should be recognised. Our answer was to create this new sub category.
  • New Category: Melodic House & Techno. Important nominees such as Solomun, Tale of Us, Maceo Plex no longer fit in to any of the existing categories, therefore this new category works to define this genre.
  • Renamed Category: Downtempo & Eclectic to Electronica / Downtempo. The name change allows a wider list of artists within this genre, including the ever increasingly popular nomad house DJs.
  • Updated 4 Categories including 4 new sub categories: House Master / House Artist, Tech Master / Tech House Artist, Techno Master / Techno Artist, Trance Master / Trance Artist.

2018 CATEGORIES AND NOMINEES

MUSIC CATEGORIES

BASS

ANDY C
CHASE & STATUS
DJ EZ
GOLDIE
HOLY GOOF
NETSKY
NOISIA
WILKINSON

DEEP HOUSE

&ME
ANDHIM
BEDOUIN
BLACK COFFEE
BLOND:ISH
DAMIAN LAZARUS
MAYA JANE COLES
OLIVER KOLETZKI
RAMPA

ELECTRONICA / DOWNTEMPO

ACID PAULI
BE SVENDSEN
DJ KOZE
JOHN TALABOT
JON HOPKINS
MONOLINK
MR. SCRUFF
NICO STOJAN
NIGHTMARES ON WAX
SATORI

HOUSE MASTER

DAVID MORALES
DENNIS FERRER
DJ HARVEY
DJ SNEAK
ERICK MORILLO
KENNY DOPE
KERRI CHANDLER
LITTLE LOUIE VEGA
ROGER SANCHEZ
TODD TERRY

HOUSE ARTIST

CAMELPHAT
FRANKY RIZARDO
HONEY DIJON
JACKMASTER
JOSH BUTLER
PEGGY GOU
PURPLE DISCO MACHINE
SAM DIVINE
SKREAM
THE BLACK MADONNA

MELODIC HOUSE & TECHNO

ADRIATIQUE
ÂME
DIXON
DJ TENNIS
HOSH
KÖLSCH
MACEO PLEX
SASHA
SOLOMUN
TALE OF US

PROGRESSIVE HOUSE

BEHROUZ
CRISTOPH
GUY J
GUY MANTZUR
HENRY SAIZ
HERNAN CATTANEO
JOHN DIGWEED
NICK WARREN
YOTTO

TECH HOUSE MASTER

ART DEPARTMENT
EATS EVERYTHING
GREEN VELVET
HOT SINCE 82
JAMIE JONES
LOCO DICE
LUCIANO
NIC FANCIULLI
SETH TROXLER
STEVE LAWLER
THE MARTINEZ BROTHERS

TECH HOUSE ARTIST

CHUS & CEBALLOS
DARIUS SYROSSIAN
DAVIDE SQUILLACE
DENNIS CRUZ
DETLEF
PATRICK TOPPING
RICHY AHMED
SOLARDO
SONJA MOONEAR
WAFF

TECHNO MASTER

ADAM BEYER
CARL COX
CHRIS LIEBING
JOSEPH CAPRIATI
NINA KRAVIZ
PACO OSUNA
RICARDO VILLALOBOS
RICHIE HAWTIN
SVEN VÄTH

TECHNO ARTIST

ALAN FITZPATRICK
AMELIE LENS
CHARLOTTE DE WITTE
DAX J
ENRICO SANGIULIANO
ILARIO ALICANTE
MARCO FARAONE
NASTIA
RØDHÅD

TRANCE MASTER

ABOVE & BEYOND
ALY & FILA
ARMIN VAN BUUREN
FERRY CORSTEN
GARETH EMERY
MARKUS SCHULZ
PAUL VAN DYK

TRANCE ARTIST

ANDREW BAYER
BEN NICKY
BRYAN KEARNEY
ILAN BLUESTONE
MENNO DE JONG
SIMON PATTERSON
WILL ATKINSON

NON MUSIC CATEGORIES

BREAKTHROUGH

ARCHIE HAMILTON
BONTAN
CAAL
DANA RUH
HELENA HAUFF
MAGIT CACOON
MALL GRABB
MARK JENKYNS
MAX CHAPMAN
MELÉ
MOSCOMAN
NORTH BASE
PAWSA
RED AXES

ELECTRONIC LIVE PERFORMER

BONOBO
FOUR TET
GUTI
HENRIK SCHWARZ
KINK
MATADOR
MOODYMANN
PAUL KALKBRENNER
SEBASTIAN MULLAERT
STEPHAN BODZIN

INTERNATIONAL DJ

ARMIN VAN BUUREN
CARL COX
DAVID GUETTA
DEADMAU5
DIXON
HARDWELL
MARTIN GARRIX
NINA KRAVIZ
RICHIE HAWTIN
SOLOMUN

NEWCOMER

ALEX KENNON
BAS IBELLINI
BRINA KNAUSS
CALL SUPER
EAST END DUBS
ELI BROWN
MAGA
MAHONY
MASON MAYNARD
MICHAEL BIBI
ROSSKO
SALOMÉ
SAOIRSE
THEMBA

SPECIAL INDUSTRY AWARDS

DANCE NATION
ELECTRONIC MUSIC PIONEER
IBIZA DJ
INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL in collaboration with FAZE MAG
IBIZA MUSIC EVENT
IBIZA NIGHT
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