It was a good day for Nigerian Music at the 2016 MTV Africa Music Awards which held in Johannesburg South Africa, an event dotted with recognition for some of the continents brightest stars.
The Music showpiece took place on Saturday night at the prestigious Ticketpro Dome, hosted by the beautiful Bonang Matheba.
One of the biggest winners on the day was Wizkid who walked away with three major awards: Artist of the Year, Best Male and Best Collaboration.
The events co-host, Nigeria’s Yemi Alade took home Best Female, while “Pana” crooner Tekno was named Best Breakthrough.
South Africa also fared well as Cassper Nyovest picked up Best Live Act, while Emtee was deemed Best Hip Hop and Caster Semenya got the 2016 Person of the Year.
Legendary Trumpeter and producer Hugh Masekela was given the Lifetime Achievement Award.
Kenya didn’t disappoint either, as Sauti Sol got the award for Best Group. Again, Patoranking featuring Nigeria’s Wande Coal got the Song of the Year in partnership with Google with “My Woman, My Everything”.
The Video of the Year went to “Niquer Ma Vie” – Youssoupha (Congo), directed by Antony Abdelli & Jose Eon, while the Best Pop & Alternative went to Shekinah & Kyle Deutsch (South Africa) as the Best Francophone went to Serge Beynaud (Ivory Coast).
The Best Lusophone was C4 Pedro (Angola); the Personality of the Year in association with DSTV was Caster Semenya (South Africa) and the Legend Award went to Hugh Masekela. The Best Collaboration in partnership with ABSOLUT: DJ Maphorisa feat. Wizkid & DJ Buckz – “Soweto Baby” (South Africa/Nigeria), while Africa Reimagined was Vivian Onano and Mary Taedzerwa, as the Best International was Drake (U.S.A.).
The Soweto Gospel Choir gave an awesome rendition of Korede Bello’s ‘Godwin’ at the opening, while Kwesta turned up the heat with his hit single as Stonebwoy brought some reggae flavour to the show.
Comedian AY decided to give Minnie Dlamini a quick performance before announcing the winner of the ‘Best Live Act’, Cassper Nyovest as Patoranking, dressed in a Jamaican inspired outfit took to the stage to perform ‘My woman, my everything’.
Fashion designer Sheba announced the Best Female in Africa as Yemi Alade, and Alade, who won for a second year in a row, performed with her ‘Azonto’ freestyle, backed by drummers and dancers. Also, Nigeria’s Falz performed ‘Soft work’, while Ycee performed ‘Jagaban’.
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