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Mu­sic awards nom­i­nees an­nounced at glitzy party

The Star Early Edition - - NEWS - LIAM KARABO JOYCE AND AMANDA MALIBA

FOR­MER Idols con­tes­tant Amanda Black and Wololo hit maker Babes Wo­dumo are lead­ing the nom­i­na­tions for the 16th an­nual Metro FM Mu­sic Awards.

The new­com­ers re­ceived five and four nods each, re­spec­tively for their mu­si­cal work this past year.

The an­nounce­ment party was held at The Fo­rum in Joburg on Tues­day.

The star-stud­ded af­fair was at­tended by the likes of Kelly Khu­malo, Bragga hit maker Na­dia Nakai, afro-soul’s Rob­bie Malinga and TV pre­sen­ter Lalla Hi­rayama. This year‘s awards will be held on Fe­bru­ary 25 at the Inkosi Al­bert Luthuli ICC Arena for the fifth year with the theme “What’s Next is All That Mat­ters”.

“In 2016, we were still be­ing leg­endary, but this time around we are not just pro­claim­ing ‘Leg­ends Don’t Stop, They Ask What’s Next’, we are so­lid­i­fy­ing that state­ment by an­chor­ing it and pro­nounc­ing ‘What’s Next is All That Mat­ters’.

“Now is the time to push harder than ever be­fore, to learn lessons, to shat­ter those glass ceil­ings and be bet­ter than your best,” said Metro FM sta­tion man­ager Si­bongile Mtyali.

Mtyali also con­firmed that Dur­ban would play host to next year’s Metro FM Mu­sic Awards.

New kids on the block Amanda Black and Babes Wo­dumo ce­mented their new found sta­tus in the in­dus­try with a raft of nom­i­na­tions in­clud­ing Best Fe­male, Best Dance Song, Best New Artist and Song of the Year, Best African Pop Al­bum and Best R&B Sin­gle shared among both.

Rap­per Kwesta made his pres­ence felt with nom­i­na­tions for Best Hip Hop al­bum and Song of the Year, while gospel star Lebo Sek­go­b­ela re­ceived nom­i­na­tions in the Best Ur­ban Gospel Al­bum, Best Fe­male and Song of the Year cat­e­gories.

Metro FM ra­dio per­son­al­ity and Club DJ Mo Flava said the nom­i­na­tions were all about the new school which made the awards that much more ex­cit­ing.

“I am an­tic­i­pat­ing newer artists mak­ing big­ger waves than last year,” TV pre­sen­ter Luthando ‘Loot­love’ Shosha said, adding she was ea­ger to see the new names on the mu­sic scene win.

“I’m ex­cited for my favourites Kwesta and Nasty C. The night will be full of sur­prises and the awards jour­ney filled with ex­cite­ment,” she said.

Win­ners of the awards will be awarded R100000 each.

Vot­ing lines will close on the Fe­bru­ary 12 at mid­night.

New fea­tures added to the awards in­clude mu­sic meets fash­ion, com­edy and mu­sic work­shop that aims to nur­ture up­com­ing tal­ent on how to fur­ther ex­pand their mu­si­cal foot­print as­sisted by mu­sic gi­ants.

Rap­per Kwesta was nom­i­nated for Best Hip Hop al­bum and Song of the Year.

New­com­ers Babes Wo­dumo, left, and for­mer

con­tes­tant Amanda Black shared a raft of nom­i­na­tions in­clud­ing Best Fe­male, Best Dance Song, Best New Artist and Song of the Year, Best African Pop Al­bum and Best R&B Sin­gle.

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