Johannesburg – South Africa suffered a marginal loss to Nigeria at the 2015 MTV Africa Music Awards (MAMAs) in Durban’s ICC on Saturday night.
Unlike last year,where both countries were tied at five awards each, this year Nigeria took home eight awards and South Africa remained at last year’s five.
Top South African contender Cassper Nyovest, who had scooped an incredible three nominations, including Best Newcomer, walked away with one award.
He won the all-important Best Hip Hop album title, which was a stamp of approval from Africa for his debut album, Tsholofelo. South African rapper K.O was also entered in this category with his debut solo album, Skhanda Republic.
Nyovest’s on-and-off arch-rival AKA managed to save South African face by clinching one award in the Best Collaboration category for his club hit All Eyes On Me, which features his buddy Da L.E.S and Nigerian singer Burna Boy.
Multi-instrumentalist Jeremy Loops also won an award in the Best Pop and Alternative category, while the MTV Base Leadership Award went to Saran Kaba Jones and S’Bu Mavundla.
But the biggest South African win for the night was undoubtedly the Personality Of The Year category won by Trevor Noah.
Apart from his incredible stand-up comedy material, which he has done over the years worldwide, his appointment as the next host of The Daily Show in the US propelled his win. Another South African contender in the same category was Bonang Matheba, who had expressed that Noah would be hard to beat.
Overall, the local music industry lost out in all the major categories, which include the Best Female, Best Male and Song of The Year.
The Best Female category looked like it would be taken by either Busie or Busiswa but it went to Nigeria’s singing sensation Yemi Alade.
The same stroke of bad luck repeated itself in the Best Male, where AKA was also nominated but Davido, the Nigerian singer, won.
While Nyovest’s Doc Shebeleza, Euphonic’s Busa, DJ Fisherman and NaakMusiQ’s Call Out and K.O’s Caracara were all strong contenders in the Song Of The Year category, it was Nigerian Mavins who won for his gem Dorobucci.
One school of thought suggests the many South African choices in this category worked against the artists, who had to share votes.
Both Black Motion and Beaternberg faced tough competition from P-Square in the Best Group category.
Given how much international appeal P-Square has, it was no surprise they were the winners.
This edition of the MAMAs was the second to beheld in South Africa and it marked the 10th anniversary of the awards ceremony.
American comedian and actor Anthony Anderson hosted the show solo, although there were several African hosts he could have shared the limelight with.
American singer Ne-yo showed up with an electrifying performance of his greatest hits.
American Jhené Aiko, Nigerians P-Square and Flavour, and our own talent Da L.E.S, DJ Tira, Black Motion and Big Nuz, were among the other stand-out performances at the awards. The Sunday Independent
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