Metro FM Music Awards nominees announced

Urban radio station Metro FM on Thursday night announced this year's nominees for the 13th annual Metro FM Music Awards.

Though there are not many solid albums that made the list of nominees this year, the song of the year category has 10 strong contenders competing for the coveted title. Mi Casa's Jika, Mafikizolo's Khona and Happiness and Uhuru for Y-Tjukuja among others. 

The four-man producers, Uhuru, who are also behind Mafikizolo's hit Khona, have been nominated for best dance album, best duo/group, and best collaboration. 

Danny K was nominated in two genre categories for his album Good Look – best African pop album and best R&B album. 

This year only three rappers are nominated in the best hip-hop album category, namely iFani, Kwesta and L-Tido.  

The awards will be held at the Inkosi Albert Luthuli Conference Centre (ICC), in Durban on the March 1 and will be broadcast live on SABC1, at 8PM. To vote, SMS the category followed by the name of the artist to 34764.

Nominees:

Best African pop album

  • Mafikizolo – Reunited 
  • Zahara – Phendula 
  • Naima Kay – Umsebenzi 
  • Danny K – Good Look
  • Ntando – Monday to Sunday 

Best compilation album

  • Euphonik – For the Love of House Vol. 5
  • Soul Candi Sessions – 2014
  • The Fresh Drive – Ultimix @ 6 Vol. 4
  • DJ T-Deep – Fundamentals of House
  • DJ Fresh – Fresh House Flava Vol. 7

Best dance album

  • Uhuru – Our Father
  • Mi Casa – Su Casa
  • Lulo Café – Soul Africa
  • Heavy K – Respect the Drumboss 2013
  • Zakes Bantwini – My Music Bible

Best female artist

  • Zama Jobe – Thula Mntwana
  • Zahara – Phendula
  • DJ Cndo – Finest Lady of House Vol. 5
  • Indwe – Indwe
  • Naima Kay – Umsebenzi

Best duo/group

  • Mi Casa – Su Casa
  • Mafikizolo – Reunited 
  • Muzart – Muzart 
  • Uhuru – Our Father
  • Big Nuz – Made in Africa

Best hit single

  • DJ Ganyani – Xigubu
  • Khuli Chana – Mnatebawen 
  • Black Coffee – Buya 
  • AKA – Kontrol
  • Gino Brown – Body Language

Best music video

  • Da Les – Heaven 
  • Khuli Chana – Mnatebawen
  • Veezo – Money, Sex, Clothes, Girls 
  • iFani – Milli
  • Donald – Your Joy 

Best hip-hop album

  • iFani – I Believes In Me
  • Kwesta – Dakar 
  • L-Tido – All of Me 

Best urban jazz album

  • Julius Schultz – Colour Blind
  • Zama Jobe – Thula Mntwana
  • Indwe – Indwe
  • Swazi Dlamini – Soul of Me 
  • Nomfundo – Kusile

Best Kwaito Album 

  • Character – Self Control
  • Big Nuz – Made in Africa 
  • Alaska – Revival 
  • Mandoza – Sgantsontso

Best male artist

  • Zakes Bantwini – My Music Bible 
  • Vusi Nova – Walk Into Light 
  • iFani – I Believes In Me 
  • Lulo Café – Soul Africa 
  • Culoe De Song – Exodus

Best Newcomer

  • Muzart – Muzart 
  • Happy – Ahead of Time 
  • iFani – I Believes In Me
  • Naima Kay – Umsebenzi 
  • Indwe – Indwe 

Best RnB album

  • GB Collective – Collective Conscience 
  • Presss – Black
  • Vusi Nova – Walk Into Light 
  • Danny K – Good Look 
  • Lungi Naidoo – I Am 

Best urban gospel album

  • Takie Ndou – Palmist 
  • Thapelo Tau – Sediba Sa Nnete 
  • Judith Sephuma – The Experience 
  • We Will Worship – YHWH
  • Nqubeko Mbatha – Sentiments of a Worshiper

Best collaboration

  • Revolution ft Black Motion, Yasira – Noqatiko
  • Mafikizolo ft May D – Happiness
  • Uhuru ft Oskido, Professor, DJ Bucks – Y-Tjukuja
  • Lulo Café ft Black Motion Nape Leon – Whistling to Bed
  • DJ Ganyani ft FB – Xigubu

Song of the year

  • Mi Casa – Jika 
  • Mafikizolo – Happiness 
  • Mafikizolo – Khona 
  • Heavy K – Wena 
  • Uhuru – Y-Tjukuja 
  • Big Nuz – Inazo 
  • Big Nuz – Hawaii
  • Zahara – Phendula 
  • Lulo Café – Whistling To Bed 
  • Naima Kay – Lelilanga (remix)

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Rhode Marshall
Rhodé Marshall is the Mail & Guardians arts, culture and entertainment content producer. She started as a radio reporter and producer in Cape Town, before jumping into online news. When there is chaos, she is the responsible, cool and calm one. With one hand glued to her phone and the other to a can of Coca-Cola, she is a pop culture junkie. And dont you dare write her name without the accent on the e, she will make sure that you know how to do it on every device. Visit her blog: rhodemarshall.co.za

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