Donald and Professor Langa win big at the Metro FM Music Awards

Donald was a big winner at the Metro FM Awards. (Supplied)

Donald was a big winner at the Metro FM Awards. (Supplied)

Following a year of absence, one of SA’s largest award ceremonies returned to Durban, and also made its TV debut.

The 12th Metro FM Awards were held at Durban’s International Conference Centre on Saturday evening with performances by Dr Malinga, Motswako rapper Khuli Chana, Afro-pop group Mafikizolo and more.

The awards ceremony was hosted by Metro FM presenters Azania Ndoro and Robert Marawa, who held the show together well, despite the unfortunate appearances of politicians and SABC board members who presented various awards.

The event featured a highly-anticipated medley perforemed by two of the host city’s popular pop artists: Khaya Mthethwa and Toya Delazy, who was cheered on by her grandfather Chief Mangosuthu Buthelezi who was seated in the front row.

The lifetime achievement award was given to singer and longtime producer of the late Brenda Fassie, Sello ‘Chico’ Twala, who dedicated his award to the African National Congress during his acceptance speech, which saw former police commissioner Bheki Cele rising to his feet in applause.

Donald Moatshe, who is best known for his songs Denial and Deserve, was nominated for six awards, and walked away with the best produced album and best styled artist/group awards.

Another big winner for the night was kwaito artist Professor Langa who won for best kwaito album and best male album.

Winners were chosen based on votes that were sent via SMS by their fans and followers.

After just over a month of lobbying for votes, these were the winners:

Best African pop album: Berita – Conquering Spirit

Best compilation album: Kalawa Jazmee 2012 – Pre Release

Best produced album: Donald – Train of Love

Best dance album: DJ Pepsi – Royal House

Best female album: Zonke – Ina Ethe

Best group album: The Muffinz – Have You Heard?

Song of the year: Oskido – Tsa Mandebele

Best hit single: AKA – Jealousy

Best hip-hop album: Zakwe – Zakwe

Best contemporary jazz album: Mbuso Khoza – Zilindile

Best kwaito album: Professor – The Orientation

Best male album: Professor – The Orientation

Best newcomer: Khaya Mthethwa – For You

Best R&B album: Bryce Anderson – Ready for the World

Best styled artist/group: Donald – Train of Love

Best Collaboration of the Year: Khuli Chana – Tswa Daar

Best music video: Jullian Gomes – Love Song 28

Best urban gospel album: Solly Mahlangu – Mwamba Mwamba

Best digital download: Arthur Mafokate – Hlokoloza

Lifetime achievement award: Sello "Chico" Twala

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