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The DJ Awards are all set to return for an impressive 22nd edition this summer. This year's event is set to be the biggest and most diverse awards to date, with a massive 125 nominees across 12 categories.

Al; the usual genres, ranging from house and deep house to trance and techno, will be returning, but this year organisers have also added afro house and deep tech categories.

Alongside the genre categories are four non-specific genre awards: Newcomer, Breakthrough, Electronic Live Performer and International DJ. The Industry Awards for key players in the electronic music scene will also be returning.

Despite the presence of heavyweights like Carl Cox, Armin van Burren and Dixon, since 2008, 54% of the nominees are in fact newbies to the DJ Awards. So there is everything to play for!

Some of our favourite artists have received the nod, including many club regulars. Roger Sanchez, Erick Morillo and Amine Edge & DANCE are all nominated in the best house category. Dixon is unsurprisingly in the running for best melodic house & techno, while Hernan Cattaneo, Henry Saiz and Guy J are up for best progressive house.

Naturally, The Gallery extended family have dominated the trance category with Aly & Fila, Ben Nicky, Bryan Kearney, Cosmic Gate, Ferry Corsten, Gareth Emery and John O'Callaghan all in contention.

Up for Techno DJ are ANNA, Amelie Lens, Charlotte De Witte and Nicole Moudaber who are also flying the flag for the women. This year, there are nearly 50% more female artists nominated since 2017, showing the move the industry is having towards diversity.

This year's awards will make for a topical evening, with a nod to global politics through the theme “Plastic No More.” The DJ Awards has teamed up with organisations such as Oceanic Global Foundation to encourage a more ethical and plastic free raving world. Yes, please!

HEART Ibiza will host the awards ceremony on Monday 16th September alongside an evening of dinner, drinks and partying. You have from now until 23:59 on 21st July to cast your vote, so make it count if you want to back your favourite DJ. Vote for your favourite artists here.


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