Wizkid top of 2016 MAMA nominations
WIZKID, Cassper Nyovest, AKA and Sauti Sol received multiple nominations for the MTV Africa Music Awards (MAMAs) with the Ojuelegba singer topping the list with three nominations in the Best Male, Best Collaboration and Personality of the Year categories.
Next in line with two nominations each are Southern rapper rivals AKA and Cassper, and Kenyan band Sauti Sol. The Best Hip Hop category has two South African artists Emtee and Riky Rick, who are up against Nigeria’s Olamide and Kiff No Beat from Ivory Coast.
The Best Group category has Ghana’s R2bees battling Sauti Sol, South Africa’s Mi Casa, Navy Kenzo from Tanzania and Togolese duo, Toofan.
The sixth edition of the awards ceremony has been scheduled for October 22 in Johannesburg. The second round of nominations will be revealed on October 2 in Lagos, Nigeria during the Road to MAMA – Lagos event.
It comprises an announcement of seven additional award categories namely, Artiste of the Year, Best Female, Listener’s Choice, Best Breakthrough, Best Francophone, Song of the Year in partnership with Google, and Video of the Year.
Voting begins on September 21 at 11PM on the MTV Base website. It is worth noting that fans can vote for Best Group and Best International by simply searching for “MTV MAMA” on Google.
Each Google account is allowed five votes per category per day. Google voting for Best Breakthrough and Song of the Year will open on October 2.
Voting in all categories closes at 11:59PM on October 19. These are the nominees thus far: Best Male AKA (South Africa) Black Coffee (South Africa) Diamond (Tanzania) Patoranking (Nigeria) Wizkid (Nigeria) Best Live Cassper Nyovest (South Africa) Eddy Kenzo (Uganda) Flavour (Nigeria) Mafikizolo (South Africa) Stonebwoy (Ghana) Best Group Mi Casa (South Africa) Navy Kenzo (Tanzania) R2bees (Ghana) Sauti Sol (Kenya) Toofan (Togo) Best Collaboration in partnership with Absolut
AKA feat. Burna Boy, Khuli Chana – ‘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) Olamide (Nigeria) Riky Rick (South Africa) Ycee (Nigeria) Best Pop/Alternative Desmond & The Tutus (South Africa) LCNVL (South Africa) Shekinah (South Africa) / Kyle Deutsch (South Africa) Timo ODV (South Africa) Tresor (DRC) Best Lusophone C4 Pedro (Angola) NGA (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) Wizkid (Nigeria) Best International Adele (UK) Beyoncé (USA) Drake (Canada) Future (USA) Rihanna (Barbados) — Online