The fans have spoken! History was officially made at the inaugural DSTV Viewers’ Choice Awards. More than one million votes were cast for 50 nominees in 10 categories. Tonight’s glittering gala evening was the culmination of a legendary battle worthy of Mzansi’s entertainment history as fans voted for their favorites.
The red carpet at the Sandton International Convention Center showcased ladies in alluring gowns and men in elegant suits as fans cheered their favorites in an unparalleled fashion and glamour frenzy. Thespians, musicians, sports personalities and comedians were among those who put their best foot forward to be part of entertainment history in the making.
Bonang “Yo Girl B!” Matheba was beguiling as the evening’s MC, as she hosted guests and viewers in flawless style and impeccable fashion. If this was a Night of the Stars, then Matheba was the brightest of all.
The awards ceremony was streamed live to millions of households via Mzansi Magic (DSTV Channel 161). The show lit up all social media platforms and left the live audience at the ICC and those watching from the small screen in awe, as a parade of Mzansi’s finest entertainment talent walked off the stage clutching the coveted black and white gold statuette. Legendary jazz maestro, High Masekela, was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award presented to him by M-Net CEO, Yolisa Phahle.
However, the night was not just about the who’s who of the entertainment industry. Anna Dithane walked off with R50 000 after being named the 1Life Life Changer for uplifting her community, proudly presented by 1Life Direct. Another R50 000 went to Eugene Dithane, who nominated his community warrior mother.
Viewers who voted received appreciation as well, proving it is rewarding to be a DSTV viewer. One viewer was rewarded with a brand-new Kia Picanto worth R150 000 after being randomly selected via an audited process. Another lucky voter found themselves with a R100 000 Vodacom World Shopping Experience after predicting the Song of the Year.
The top notch entertainment was befitting a celebration of this magnitude. The ICC auditorium was transformed into a laser and tribal print cavern, with the state hosting, among others, the likes of Lady Zamar, social media dance maven Zodwa Wabantu, the majestic Thandiswa Mazwai, Lion of Judah power voice Lebo Sekgobela of Gqom, led by seasoned industry pros DJ Cleo, Winnie Khumalo and Busiswa. Surprise special guest, Tshedi Mholi, appeared in a ravishing and heavily embellished vintage fuscia gown with a train worthy of several attendents. Her stage partner, Cassper Nyovest, daringly dressed, had the audience going wild. It was a sight to behold!
The charismatic Thembisa Mdoda was the belle of the ball, winning not only for the Favorite Presenter category, but also the Ultimate Viewers’ Choice Award. It was the perfect ending to a perfect night!
List of Awards:
Song of the Year: Prince Kaybee – Charlotte
TV Presenter: Thembisa Mdoda
Rising Star: Sjava
Actress: Vatiswa Ndara
Actor: Themba Ndada
Music Artist of Group: Kwesta
DJ: Black Coffee
Sports Personality: Caster Semenya