Fifty #MAMA2016 nominees including artists and achievers from 18 countries were revealed in 9 key music and lifestyle award categories by Viacom International Media Networks Africa and MTV Base at a star-studded reception at Constitution Hill Wednesday night.
At the front of the field is Nigerian star Wizkid with three nominations including nods in Best Male, Best Collaboration and Personality of the Year. Next in line with two nominations each are AKA, Cassper Nyovest and Sauti Sol. The hotly contested Best Hip Hop category sees MAMA nominations for Emtee and Riky Rick, who’ll be going head to head against Nigeria’s Olamide and Ycee, and Kiff No Beat (Ivory Coast). An epic battle of the bands is in store in the Best Group category where Ghana’s R2bees face off against Sauti Sol, South Africa’s Mi Casa, Navy Kenzo from Tanzania and Togolese duo, Toofan.
Speaking about the #MAMA2016, Alex Okosi, Senior Vice President & Managing Director, Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) Africa said:
“The MAMA celebrates Africa’s incredible young musicians and trailblazers by breaking down barriers, driving engagement, and highlighting the continent’s rich and abundant talent. It’s an honour to be able to salute their achievements at MAMA 2016, and we offer our congratulations to all of the nominees as we look forward to the most exciting and diverse MAMA yet.”
We spoke to Cassper & Tressor find out what they think about their #MAMA2016 nominations:
I am nominated for something I really deserve which is Best Live Act. I really put so much effort in my performances, I would say I am one of the best performers live so I really appreciate the nomination. This is the one I really want, I need to win this one!.
I am nominated for Best Pop Artist. I was not expecting this nomination, the MAMA’s are a great platform and i am really grateful. Hopefully I win, there are really great artists nominated in the same category. To fans, Thank You for always believing in my music and supporting the brother. Go out there and vote!
Voting for MAMA 2016 is open at www.mtvbase.com and affiliated Twitter, Facebook and Instagram accounts. Additionally, fans can vote for Best Group and Best International Act from 21 September by simply searching for “MTV MAMA” on Google, with each Google account allowed 5 votes per category per day. Google voting for Best Breakthrough and Song of the Year will open on 2 October. Voting in all categories closes at 23.59 CAT on 19 October 2016.
See the full list of #MAMA2016 Nominees Below:
AKA (South Africa)
Black Coffee (South Africa)
Cassper Nyovest (South Africa)
Eddy Kenzo (Uganda)
Mafikizolo (South Africa)
Mi Casa (South Africa)
Navy Kenzo (Tanzania)
Sauti Sol (Kenya)
Best Collaboration in partnership with Absolut
AKA feat. Burna Boy, Khuli Chana & Yanga – “Baddest” (South Africa/Nigeria)
DJ Maphorisa feat. Wizkid & DJ Bucks – “Soweto Baby” ((South Africa/Nigeria)
Nasty C feat. Davido, Cassper – “Juice Back Remix” (Nigeria/South Africa)
Patoranking feat. Sarkodie – “No Kissing” (Nigeria/Ghana)
Sauti Sol feat. Alikiba – “Unconditionally Bae” (Kenya/Tanzania)
Best Hip Hop in association with MTN
Emtee (South Africa)
Kiff No Beat (Ivory Coast)
Riky Rick (South Africa)
Desmond & The Tutus (South Africa)
LCNVL (South Africa)
Shekinah (South Africa) / Kyle Deutsch (South Africa)
Timo ODV (South Africa)
C4 Pedro (Angola)
Lizha James (Mozambique)
Nelson Freitas (Netherlands/Cape Verde)
Preto Show (Angola)
Personality of the Year in association with DStv
Caster Semenya (South Africa)
Linda Ikeji (Nigeria)
Pearl Thusi (South Africa)
Pierre Emerick Aubameyang (Gabon)
Tickets for the MTV Africa Music Awards Johannesburg 2016 are on sale now for R250 (standing only) on www.ticketpros.co.za, Ticketpro retail outlets or www.mtvbase.com. Over 18s only.Visit www.mtvbase.com to vote for your favourite nominee.