Metro FM has announced the finalists in this year’s Metro FM Awards and has opened its voting lines for the public to get involved in supporting their favourite artists and songs. But, says the SABC, tickets ARE NOT on sale yet.
“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, it’s time to push harder than ever before, to learn lessons, to shatter those glass ceilings and be better than your best,” said station manager Sibongile Mtyali.
“The SABC and its partners promise to deliver an amazing awards ceremony with a world-class broadcast. We wish all the finalists the best and encourage them to galvanise support and campaign amongst their fans to get votes,” she added.
The 2017 Metro FM Awards will be the first since the SABC introduced its 90% South African music quota. The station, in a statement, said it had “unearthed a vault of South African music. Delivering local music content quota is something we don’t only brag with but something we hope many copy because celebrating your own can never be a bad idea. Charity indeed begins at home”.
The 16th Metro FM Music Awards (#MMA16) will again be hosted by the KwaZulu-Natal Province in association with eThekwini Municipality. Sponsors include BP, Audi and African Bank as well as the new sponsor, Caivil. SABC 1 will the broadcast partner for the awards.
The awards will be held on Saturday, 25 February 2017, at the Inkosi Luthuli Convention Centre (ICC) and will be broadcast live on SABC1.
Voting lines are open and will close at 23:59 on the 12 February 2017. The official USSD line is*120*1512#. Voting for Song of the Year will close on the night of the awards, at a time communicated during the main event. USSD rates will be charged at R1.50 per minute.
For the second year running, winners in the respective categories will be walking away with R100 000 prize money per category.
These categories for the 16th METRO FM Music Awards to be voted for via the USSD line:
1. Best African Pop Album
2. Best Compilation album
3. Best Dance Album
4. Best Duo/Group Album
5. Best Female Album
6. Best Hip Hop Album
7. Best Kwaito Album
8. Best Male Album
9. Best New Artist
10. Best Urban Gospel Album
11. Best Urban Jazz Album
12. Song of the Year 2016
13. Best Hit Single
14. Best R&B Single
15. Best Collaboration
16. Best Music Video
17. Best Remix
Metro FM special awards:
18. Lifetime Achiever
19. Best Styled Artist/Group
20. Best Produced Album
21. Listeners Choice (Artist/Group)
22. One Africa Award
And the finalists are:
Best African Pop Album: Musa – Mr Serious, Amanda Black – Amazulu, Vusi Nova – Naninina, Soul Kulture – Ngeliny’langa, Sjava – Isina Muva
Best Collaboration: Ms Pru – Ameni, Bucie – Rejoice, DJ Speesta – Mayo, Kwesta – Mayibabo
Best Compilation Album: DJ Tokzen – Mnthi’s Essential Selections 7, DJ Qness – Essential Selections, DJ Fresh
Best Dance Album: Babes Wodumo- Dr Malinga Mobi Dixon Mpumi DJ Merlon
Best Female Album: Amanda Black, Babes, Wodumo, Kelly Khumalo, Lebo Sekgobela, Brenda Mntambo
Best Group Album: Jeziel Brothers, The Soil, Soul Kulture, Durbans Finest, Encore
Best Hit Single: Citi Lyts – Vura, Riky Rick – Sidlukotini, AKA – One Time, Ms Pru -Ameni, DJ Speedsta – Mayo
Best Hip Hop: Kwesta, A Reece, Anatii, Nasty C, DJ Slique
Best Kwaito single: Mshoza – Abantu Bam, L’vovo – Amatin tin, Vetkoek and Mahoota – Sohamba ngo7, Sosha – Good Times
Best Male Album: Nasty C – Bad Hair extensions, Kwesta – Dakar 2, Sjava – Isina Muva, Mobi Dixon- Live the Music, A Reece – Paradise
Best Music Video: Duboiz – Dope Dream, Benchmarq – All on Me, Khuli Chana – One Source, Mafikizolo- Kucheza, Anatii – Jump
Best New Artist: Babes Wodumo, Nasty C, Amanda Black, Sjava, Soul Kulture
Best Urban Gospel Albums: Dr Tumi – Love & Grace, Lebo Sekgobela – Restored, Joyous Celebration – Joyous 20, We will Worship – Mmuso, Khaya Mthethwa- The Dawn
Best Urban Jazz Album: Jimmy Dludla, Brenda Mntambo, Thandiswa Mazwai, Hugh Masekela, Henry Philemon
Best R&B Single : Amanda Black, Floda, Charlie Mindgames, Zonke, Joocy
Best Remixes: DJ Ganyani – Talk to me, Prince Kaybee – Don’t Give Up, Thee Legacy – Wena, Wedwa Bob”Ezy – Close To You, Thee Lagacy – Sthandwa Sami
One Africa Award: Tekno, Vee Mampeezy, Tiwa Savage, Kommanda Obbs, Patoranking
Song of the Year: Babes Wodumo – Wololo Musa ft Robbie Malinga – Mthande Kwesta – Ngudu Amanda Black – Amazulu Dr Malinga – Akulaleki Durban’s Finest ft Professor Umsindo King Monada – Ska Bhora Moreki Lebo Sekhobela – Lion of Juda Black Motion – Imali