14th Metro FM Music Awards nominees announced

Rapper ?Cassper Nyovest bagged seven Metro FM Music award nominations for his debut album, 'Tsholofelo'. (Supplied)

Rapper ?Cassper Nyovest bagged seven Metro FM Music award nominations for his debut album, 'Tsholofelo'. (Supplied)

The 14th Metro FM Music awards return to Durban, one of the seven Wonder Cities of the World, for the third consecutive year. 

Themed “celebrating greatness”, the nominees were announced on Thursday night at The Forum in Bryanston, Johannesburg. The award ceremony will be held on February 28 at the Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre (Durban ICC) and will be broadcast live on SABC 1 at 8pm.

The nominees reflect what a big year 2014 was for South African hip-hop with the genre’s artists dominating categories such as Best Collaboration, Best Male Album and Best Music Video.

One of the most sought-after accolades, the Song of the Year category, which was dominated by dance music in 2014, features hip hop acts such as AKA (Congratulate), Cassper Nyovest (Doc Shebeleza and Phumakim) and DJ Dimplez (Yaya).

With only three nominees, the Best Kwaito album category has the least nominations. The nominees include: Thebe (The Legend), Trompies (Delicious) and L’vovo Derango (The Boss). Rapper Cassper Nyovest bagged seven nominations – the most for a single artist this year – for his debut album, Tsholofelo.

All Eyes On Me hitmaker, AKA, scooped six nominations: Best Collaboration (twice), Best Music Video, Best Hip-Hop Album, Best Male Album and Song of the Year. 

Pop group, Beatenberg, received five nominations: Best Group, Best Collaboration, Best African Pop Album, Best Hit Single and Song of the Year for their hit single Rafael

To vote, dial 120*588# on your cellphone. USSD rates apply.

The radio station has added a new award category this year, called the Listeners’ Choice Nominee. The public can vote for their favourite artist from any of the categories by logging onto the Metro FM website.

The voting lines will be to the public until February 22 2015 at midnight for all categories except song of the year. Song of the year will close on February 28 at 9.30pm. For more info on the voting rules visit metrofm.co.za

MMA14 Nominees – Albums

Best African Pop Album
Beatenberg – The Hanging Gardens of Beatenberg 
Afrotraction – For The Lovers 
The Soil – Nostalgic Moments 
Naima Kay – Ngiyavuma 
Kelly Khumalo – Back To My Roots 

Best Compilation Album
Soul Candi – Sessions 2015
Vinny Da Vinci – Deep House Sounds Vol.10
DJ Terance – Music Box 7 
Euphonik – For The Love of House Vol.6
House Afrika – Sessions 5

    Best Dance Album
DJ QT – Quantized Vol.7 
Black Motion – Fortune Teller 
Nastee Nev – 0808 Sweetsoul 
DJ Fisherman – Evolution 1.0
Donald – Black And White 

Best Female Album 
Naima Kay – Ngiyavuma 
Bucie – Princess of House 
Unathi Msengana – Alive 
Lulu Dikana – I Came To Love 
Moneoa – Ndim Lo 

Best Duo/Group Album
Beatenberg  – The Hanging Gardens of Beatenberg 
Black Motion – Fortune Teller 
Jabu Hlongwane & Mthunzi Namba – Fakaza
The Soil – Nostalgic Moments 
Trompies – Delicious 

Best Hip-Hop Album 
Cassper Nyovest – Tsholofelo 
AKA – Levels 
K.O – Skhanda Republic 
Duncan – Street Government 
DJ Dimplez – Zeal 

Best Urban Jazz Album 
Jonathan Butler – Living My Dream 
Wanda Baloyi – Love and Life 
Mpumi Dlhamini – The Culture Express Vol.2
Thandi Ntuli – The Offering 
Kyle Sheperd – Dream State 

Best Kwaito Album 
Thebe – The Legend 
Trompies – Delicious 
L’vovo Derango – The Boss 

Best Male Album 
Cassper Nyovest – Tsholofelo 
AKA – Levels 
K.O – Skhanda Republic 
Donald – Black And White 
Afrotraction – For The Lovers     

    Best Urban Gospel Album 
Rebecca Malope – Ama VIP 
Khaya Mthethwa – The Uprising 
Lundi Tyamara – New Testament 
DJ QT – Quantized Vol.7 
S’fiso Ncwane – Bayede Baba 

BEST NEW ARTIST 
Musa – The Dream 
Dr Malinga – First Injection 
Duncan – Street Government 
DJ Dimplez – Zeal 
Chymamusique – Gift Of Sound 

  MMA14 Nominees - Singles

Song of the Year
AKA – Congratulate 
Cassper Nyovest – Doc Shebeleza
Beatenberg – Rafael 
The Soil – Susan 
Euphonik – Busa
Cassper Nyovest – Phuma Kim 
Black Motion – Rainbow
DJ Dimplez – Yaya 
DJ Fisherman – Call Out
Kelly Khumalo – Asine 

    Best Hit Single 
Cassper Nyovest – Doc Shebeleza
DJ Clock – Pluto 
K.O – Caracara 
DJ Merlon ft. Mondli – Koze Kuse
Beatenberg – Rafael  

    Best Music Video 
AKA – Congratulate 
Cassper Nyovest – Doc Shebeleza 
Afrotraction – Angeke 
DJ Fisherman – Call Out 
K.O – Caracara 

Best R&B Single
Afrotraction – Angeke 
Moneoa – Yekelela 
Ayanda Jiya – Go Go Girl 
Donald – Crazy But Amazing 
Lloyd Cele – Ndiyakudinga Mtakwethu 

    Best Remix
Cassper Nyovest ft. Talib Kweli – Doc Shebeleza Remix 
Uhuru ft. Donald, Speedy, Wiz Kid – Ungowami Remix 
Duncan ft. AKA, Professor, Mampitsha – Tsiki Tsiki Remix 
Naim Kay – Ngiyavuma Remix 
The Fraternity – Bheka Mina Ngedwa Remix 

Best Collaboration 
DJ Clock ft. Beatenberg – Pluto  
K.O ft. Kid X – Caracara 
AKA ft. K.O – Run Jozi 
AKA ft. Burna Boy, Da LES & JR – All Eyes On Me 
HHP ft. Harrison Crump, Asheru, Omar – So Amazing  

All nominated artists are automatically entered for the Listeners’ Choice award. 

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