Metro FM’s win­ners, losers, hope­fuls and moan­ers– and all the main sta­tis­tics

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Rap­per Kwesta and Babes Wo­dumo, who had two of the coun­try’s big­gest songs last year, left empty-handed at the Metro FM Awards last week­end af­ter Ma­bala Noise and Am­bi­tiouz En­ter­tain­ment cleaned up.

Metro FM win­ners are voted for by the pub­lic, and in­de­pen­dent record la­bels em­bark on a vot­ing blitz to en­sure they win. As a re­sult, it won’t al­ways be the most de­serv­ing track that wins.

The big win­ner of the night was Ma­bala Noise’s Nasty C, who won four awards, in­clud­ing Song of the Year, Best Hip-Hop Al­bum, Best Male Al­bum and Best New Artist. Other win­ners from the la­bel were Riky Rick, L’vovo, Kelly Khu­malo, Du Boiz and Musa Suk­wene.

Am­bi­tiouz led the nom­i­na­tions with Amanda Black, Miss Pru and Sjava. Its only artists who didn’t win were A-Reece and B3nchMarQ, who re­cently left the la­bel along with rap­per Fifi Cooper.

The awards were au­dited by SABC in­ter­nal au­di­tors.

“For the past 16 years, we have used in­ter­nal au­di­tors. It is a fair process,” said SABC spokesper­son Kaizer Kganyago, adding that the awards’ rules were clear and could not be changed just be­cause some peo­ple were un­happy with the re­sult.

“Why are these con­cerns about the process only raised now? Why couldn’t this be dis­cussed be­fore the awards cer­e­mony?” he asked.

“Ma­bala Noise did not win, it was the artists who won. We have not en­tered Ma­bala Noise any­where – there is no cat­e­gory for record la­bels, so we aren’t go­ing to en­ter­tain these po­lit­i­cal is­sues that are be­ing raised.”

Mroza’s SABC Sum­mer Song of the Year win with the song Van Damme in Jan­uary shocked many who be­lieved Babes Wo­dumo’s Wololo or King Mon­ada’s Ska Bhora Moreki would take it. An au­dit re­port SABC re­leased showed the song won by a 5% mar­gin.

Kganyago said the re­sults of the Met­ros wouldn’t be made pub­lic be­cause there were sim­ply too many cat­e­gories, but “we are open to shar­ing re­sults of the awards when and if there are con­cerns be­ing raised with us”. 1. NASTY C

Nasty C, whose Hell Naw won Song of the Year, was also nom­i­nated for al­bum Bad Hair Ex­ten­sions. Another track from the record, Al­low, was also nom­i­nated.

Hell Naw was re­leased in Fe­bru­ary last year and peaked at num­ber four on En­ter­tain­ment Mon­i­tor­ing Africa’s (EMA’s) Lo­cal Top 10 chart. It was made avail­able for free and was down­loaded more than 11 000 times.

Al­low had 14 plays at Metro FM dur­ing the sub­mis­sions pe­riod, with 14.65 mil­lion lis­tener im­pres­sions. Be­tween Novem­ber 2015 and this month, Hell Naw had 130 plays on Metro FM with 119.35 mil­lion lis­tener im­pres­sions. 2. DU BOIZ

Ma­bala Noise’s Du Boiz won Best Mu­sic Video for Dope Dream, which had 35 061 YouTube views by Fri­day. Fel­low nom­i­nee Khuli Chana’s more artis­tic of­fer­ing, One Source, had 161 087 views.

Dope Dreams re­ceived 41 plays be­tween Novem­ber 2015 and this month, with 48.6 mil­lion lis­tener im­pres­sions on the sta­tion. 3. BABES WO­DUMO

Babes Wo­dumo was nom­i­nated for Best Fe­male, Song of the Year, Best Dance Al­bum and Best New Artist.

Her hit, Wololo, had 189 plays on Metro FM with 199.45 mil­lion lis­tener im­pres­sions be­tween Novem­ber 2015 and this month. 4. RIKY RICK

He won Best Sin­gle for Sid­luko­tini, which had 130 plays on Metro FM with 140 mil­lion lis­tener im­pres­sions. 5. KWESTA Ngud’, nom­i­nated for Song of the Year, Best Col­lab­o­ra­tion, Best HipHop Al­bum and Best Male Al­bum, was the most playlisted song on South African ra­dio last year, played by 92 sta­tions across the coun­try. Kwesta lost to Nasty C for Song of the Year, Best Hip-Hop and Best Male Al­bum. Am­bi­tiouz’s Miss Pru scooped best col­lab­o­ra­tion for Ameni, which was up against Kwesta’s May­ibabo. Ngud’ de­buted at num­ber one on iTunes and at num­ber seven on EMA’s Lo­cal Top 10 chart. It peaked at num­ber one. Be­tween Novem­ber 25 2015 and De­cem­ber 9, the Metro FM sub­mis­sions pe­riod, Ngud’ was played 189 times on the sta­tion with 106.72 mil­lion lis­tener im­pres­sions, ac­cord­ing to air­play.

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