The announcement by MTV Africa that the music awards will be held in Johannesburg for the very first time generated great excitement. Adding more buzz was the selection of Trevor Noah as the host for the awards ceremony scheduled to be held at the TicketProDome on October 22, 2016. We had the honor of being at the Constitutional Hill in Braamfontein, hosted by Nomzambo Mbatha and Sandile Ntshingila on Wednesday, September 21, 2016, where the nominees in 7 categories were revealed. The most awaited categories of Best Male and Best Collaboration sparked some controversy when AKA, Patoranking, Saut Sol, Nasty C &DJ Maphorisa were nominated for Best Collaboration and AKA, Black Coffee, Wizkid, Patoranking and Diamond Platium were nominated for Best Male.
The Other Nominations Were:
Best Live Act: Cassper Nyovest, StoneBwoy, Mafikizolo, Flavour, Eddy Kenzo
Best Pop/Alternative: Desmond and The Tutus, Locnville, Shekhinah, Timo OD, Tresor
Best Collaboration: AKA-Baddest, Patoranking-No Kissing, Nasty C-JuiceBack, DJ Maphorisa-Soweto Baby, Sauti Sol-Unconditionally Bae
Best Group: MiVCasa, Navy Kenzo, R2BEES, Sauti Sol, Toofan
Best Male: AKA, Black Coffee, Diamond Platium, Patoraking, WizKid
Best International Act: Adele, Beyonce, Drake Future, Rihanna
Best Hip Hop: Emtee, Kiff No Beat, Olamide, Picky Rick, YCEEThe final round of nominations will take place in Lagos, Nigeria on October 2, 2016.