The nominees for the MTV Africa Music Awards (MAMAs) have been announced ahead of the awards ceremony in Kampala, Uganda, on February 20.
The MAMAs, which are in their seventh edition, will feature performances from leading African and international artists. The event will be in partnership with Uganda’s Ministry of Tourism.
“These nominees represent some of the very best talent the continent has to offer,” ViacomCBS Networks Africa senior vice-president and GM Monde Twala said. “The MAMA is a great showcase and opportunity for African music along with youth culture to shine on the global stage. Congratulations to all the nominees who continue to push the boundaries of creativity and authenticity. We are proud of your contribution to the continent’s music industry in taking Africa to the world. It’s a celebration not to be missed.”
The organisers have introduced two new categories, namely Best Ugandan Act and Alone Together: Best Lockdown Performance. The Best Ugandan Act Award recognises the host country’s rising talent while the Alone Together: Best Lockdown Performance Award aims to reflect on the unique reality of the music scene in 2020.
There will be a second round of nominee announcements for Best Collaboration, Best International, Personality of the Year, Best Alternative Act, Best Fan Base Award and Song of the Year on MTV Base from 5 January 2021.
Voting is under way and the public can vote via the MAMAs official website.
The 20 February ceremony will be broadcast on MTV Base (DStv Channel 322) and MTV Africa (DStv Channel 130). – Music In Africa
Best Female: Simi (Nigeria), Sheebah (Uganda), Sho Madjozi (South Africa), Busiswa (South Africa), Yemi Alade (Nigeria), Soraia Ramos (Cabo Verde), Tiwa Savage (Nigeria)
Best Male: Burna Boy (Nigeria), Innoss’B (DRC), Kabza De Small (South Africa), Harmonize (Tanzania), Fireboy DML (Nigeria), Master KG (South Africa), Rema (Nigeria)
Best Group: Blaq Diamond (South Africa), Sauti Sol (Kenya), Kabza De Small/DJ Maphorisa (South Africa), Calema (São Tomé and Príncipe), Ethic (Kenya), Rostam (Tanzania)
Artist of the Year: Burna Boy (Nigeria), Calema (São Tomé and Príncipe), Diamond Platnumz (Tanzania), Master KG (South Africa), Davido (Nigeria), Tiwa Savage (Nigeria), Wizkid (Nigeria)
Best Breakthrough Act: Elaine (South Africa), Tems (Nigeria), Omah Lay (Nigeria), Zuchu (Tanzania), John Blaq (Uganda), Sha Sha (Zimbabwe), Focalistic (South Africa)
Best Hip Hop: Nasty C (South Africa), Suspect 95 (Cote d’Ivoire), Khaligraph Jones (Kenya), Kwesi Arthur (Ghana), NGA (Angola), OMG (Senegal)
Best Lusophone Act: Calema (São Tomé and Príncipe), Preto Show (Angola), Anna Joyce (Angola), Mr Bow (Mozambique), Nelson Freitas (Cabo Verde), Soraia Ramos (Cabo Verde)
Best Francophone Act: Innoss’B (DRC), Suspect 95 (Cote d’Ivoire), Dip Doundou Guiss (Senegal), Stanley Enow (Cameroon), Fally Ipupa (DRC), Gaz Mawete (DRC)
Alone Together: Best Lockdown Performance: Diamond Platnumz (Tanzania) – Africa Day Benefit Concert, Black Motion (South Africa) – Red Bull Rendezvous, Niniola ft Busiswa (Nigeria/SA) – Africa Day Benefit Concert, Singuila (Congo) – DCDR Series, AKA (South Africa) – AKA TV, Yemi Alade (Nigeria) – Poverty (live session)