Recap: MTV African Music Awards Nominees

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African music has grown tremendously over the past year especially in SA. And it was only fit that we all came together at the MAMA nomination party to recognize those who stood out in 2014/2015.
The nominees for Best Male act category are AKA (South Africa), Davido (Nigeria), Diamond (Tanzania) and Sarkodie (Ghana). And judging from social media Cassper fans aren’t too happy that the platinum selling artist wasn’t nominated. nontheless K.O and Cassper were both nominated for Best Hip Hop Artist alongside Phyno (Nigeria),Olamide (Nigeria) and Youssoupha (DRC).
Cassper leads in South African artist nominations scooping a total of three including: Best Newcomer, Best Hip-Hop Artist and Best Song of the Year.
Our very own March/April cover boy Riky Rick scored a nod in the Video of The Year category for the hit single ‘Nafukwa’ off his new album Family Values. Levels rapper AKA scored himself a second nomination for his hit single ‘All Eyes On Me’ ft Burna Boy, JR and Da L.E.S in the Best Collaboration category.
The MTV African Music Awards will take place on Saturday the 18th of July in Durban.
Check out a full list of nominees’ right here:
Best Female:
Bucie (South Africa), Busiswa (South Africa), Seyi Shay (Nigeria), Vanessa Mdee (Tanzania), and Yemi Alade (Nigeria)

Best Group:
B4 (Angola), Beatenberg (South Africa), Black Motion (South Africa), P-Square (Nigeria) and Sauti Sol (Kenya)
Best New Act Transformed by Absolut:

Best Newcomer:
Anna Joyce (Angola), Cassper Nyovest (South Africa), Duncan (South Africa), Patoranking (Nigeria) and Stonebwoy (Ghana)
Best Collaboration:

AKA, Burna Boy, Da LES & JR: “All Eyes On Me” (SA/Nigeria), Davido featuring Uhuru & DJ Buckz: “The Sound” (Nigeria/SA), Diamond & Iyanya: “Bum Bum” (Kenya/Nigeria) , Toofan & DJ Arafat: “Apero Remix” (Togo/Ivory Coast) and Stanley Enow & Sarkodie: “Njama Njama Cow Remix” (Cameroon/Ghana)

Song of the Year:
Cassper Nyovest: “Doc Shebeleza” (South Africa), Euphonik featuring Mpumi: “Busa” (South Africa), DJ Fisherman & NaakMusiQ featuring DJ Tira, Danger & Dream Team: “Call Out” (South Africa), K.O featuring Kid X: “Caracara” (South Africa), Lil Kesh Featuring Olamide & Davido: “Shoki Remix” (Nigeria), Mavins: “Dorobucci” (Nigeria), Sauti Sol: “Sura Yako” (Kenya), Toofan: “Gweta” (Togo), Wizkid: “Show You The Money” (Nigeria) and Yemi Alade: “Johnny” (Nigeria)
Best Live:
Big Nuz (South Africa), Diamond (Tanzania), Flavour (Nigeria), Mi Casa (South Africa) and Toofan (Togo)
Video of the Year :
“Crazy” – Seyi Shay Featuring Wizkid; Director: Meji Alabi, “Doors” – Prime Circle; Director: Ryan Kruger, “Love You Everyday” – Bebe Cool; Director: Clarence Peters, “Nafukwa” – Riky Rick; Director: Adriaan Louw, “The Sound” – Davido Featuring Uhuru & DJ Buckz; Director: Sesan
Best Pop & Alternative:
Fuse ODG (Ghana), Jeremy Loops (South Africa), Jimmy Nevis (South Africa), Nneka (Nigeria) and Prime Circle (South Africa)
Best Francophone:
DJ Arafat (Ivory Coast), Jovi (Cameroon), Laurette Le Pearle (DRC), Tour 2 Garde (Ivory Coast), Toofan (Togo)
Best Lusophone:
Ary (Angola), B4 (Angola), Nelson Freitas (Cape Verde), NGA (Angola), Yuri Da Cunha (Angola)
Personality of the Year:
Basketmouth (Nigeria), Bonang Matheba (South Africa), OC Ukeje (Nigeria), Trevor Noah (South Africa) and Yaya Toure (Ivory Coast)
Do you think that these nominees were judged fairly?