These musicians whose work enriched the lives of South African music lovers and listeners over the last 12 months were revealed in a spectacular ceremony in Johannesburg, as nominees for the 15th METRO FM Music Awards (MMA15).

Following an unforgettable musical year that saw the birth of new stars, the nominees’ announcement was filled with the country’s top talent. The slew of hits that kept music lovers thrilled this year will contest for the enviable ‘Song of the Year’.

This year’s edition has introduced new ground breaking features to the prestigious awards ceremony. For the first time, winners in each respective category will receive R100 000 Cash Award to mark their musical merit. As South Africa’s largest commercial radio station, Metro FM is investing in musicians building wealth and benefiting financially from their trade over and above the artistic recognition that comes with the MMA’s coveted statuette.

The awards have also introduced a New Pan-African Category. This new category will focus on celebrating African musical excellence by honouring musicians from across the continent that made it onto the Metro FM playlist hence contributing to the station’s music offering.

 

To expand on the empowerment agenda of the awards, the MMA15 has added a music workshop, designed to empower up and coming artists. It will be hosted by renowned artists from the SA music industry with the aim to nurture, groom and help them to build sustainable and competitive careers in the music industry.

The road to the MMA15 will also include a comedy show component. This new element will showcase some of the big names in the South African comedy scene to bring light and laughter to the road to MMA15.

The road to the MMA15 ceremony will also feature a fashion show themed ‘Music Meets Fashion’. The MMA’s have always had a fashion element as part of the Black Carpet Experience. The fashion show will acknowledge fashion and its place in the music industry.

The SABC remains committed to delivering a world-class music extravaganza, which will be broadcast on Saturday 27 February 2016, on SABC 1.

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The MMA15 Nominees and categories are as follows:

The finalist announcement also officially opened the voting lines for the public to vote for their favorite artist/s in the various categories. Voting lines open to the public at midnight on the 17 January 2017 and close at 23:59 on the 12 February 2017 via the official USSD line *120*1512#  . Voting for Song of the Year will close on the night of the awards, at a time communicated during the main event. USSD rates will be charged at R1.50 per minute.

 

BEST AFRICAN POP ALBUM
  NOMINEE TITLE
1 Nathi Buyelekhaya
2 Zahara Country girl
3 Zonke Work of Heart
4 Maleh You make my heart go
5 Kabomo Sekusile
BEST COMPILATION ALBUM
# NOMINEE TITLE
1 DJ Fresh Fresh House Flava Vol 8
2 DJ Kanunu Soul Meditation 2
3 Various Artists It’s Not A Party Without Us
4 999 music Summer Ya Di Summer
BEST DANCE ALBUM
# NOMINEE TITLE
1 DJ Sphectacula & DJ Naves Kings Of The Weekend
2 Black Coffee Pieces of Me
3 Prince Kaybee Better Days
4 Mobi Dixon Tribal Soul Special Edition
5 Heavy K Respect The Drumboss 2015
BEST FEMALE ALBUM
  NOMINEE TITLE
1 Maleh You make my heart go
2 Zonke Work of Heart
3 Zahara Country Girl
4 Thiwe Soul Therapy
5 Fifi Cooper 20FIFI
BEST DUO OR GROUP ALBUM
# NOMINEE TITLE
1 DBN Nyts Believe
2 Deep Xcape Pandora’s Box
3 DJ Sphectacular & DJ Naves Kings Of The Weekend
4 Junior Taurus & Lady Zamar Cotton Candy
5 Mi Casa Home Sweet Home
BEST HIT SINGLE
# NOMINEE TITLE
1 AKA ft Burnaboy, Khuli Chana, Yanga Baddest
2 L-Tido Dlala ka yona
3 Kwesta Nomayini
4 WTF Nomusa
5 Shekinah & Kyle Deutch Back to the Beach
BEST MUSIC VIDEO
# NOMINEE TITLE
1 Da Les P.A.I.D
2 Donald What Goes Around
3 Emtee Roll Up
4 DJ Sphectacula & DJ Naves KOTW Anthem
5 Tumi ft Busiswa Visa
BEST HIP HOP ALBUM
# NOMINEE TITLE
1 Cassper Nyovest Refiloe
2 Ricky Rick Family Values
3 Emtee Avery
4 FiFi Cooper 20FIFI
5 Zakwe Impande
BEST URBAN JAZZ ALBUM
# NOMINEE TITLE
1 Benjamin Jephta Homecoming
2 Judith Sephuma One World
3 Mpumi Dlamini Mpumi Dlamini
4 Nduduzo Makhathini Listening to the ground
5 Nomfundo Xaluva From now on
BEST KWAITO ALBUM
# NOMINEE TITLE
1 Big Nuz For The Fans
2 DBN Nyts Believe
3 DJ Bongz Game Changer
4 Kabelo Mabalane Immortal Vol 3
BEST MALE ALBUM
# NOMINEE TITLE
1 Nathi Buyelekaya
2 Black Coffee Pieces Of Me
3 Cassper Nyovest Refiloe
4 Prince Kaybee Better Days
5 Ricky Rick Family Values
BEST NEW ARTIST
# NOMINEE TITLE
1 Nathi Buyelekhaya
2 Emtee Avery
3 Ricky Rick Family Values
4 Prince Kaybee Better Days
5 Fifi Cooper 20FiFi
BEST R&B SINGLE
# NOMINEE TITLE
1 Zonke Reach It
2 Nathi Nomvula
3 Maleh Feels so good
4 Cici Runaway
5 Vincent Bones My lady
BEST REMIX
# NOMINEE TITLE
1 Kelly Khumalo Asine (Afrikan Soul Remix)
2 DJ Sliqe Do like I do Remix
3 Emtee Roll Up Re-Up
4 Tresor Never let me go (Mobi Dixon Remix)
5 AKA Baddest (Remix)
BEST URBAN GOSPEL ALBUM
# NOMINEE TITLE
1 Ntokozo Mbambo Spirit and Life
2 Andile ka Majola Chapter 7
3 Malusi Mbokazi Ngisize Nkosi
4 Ayanda Ntazi Udumo
5 Worship House True Worship 2015 (Live)
SONG OF THE YEAR
# NOMINEE TITLE
1 Black Coffee We Dance Again
2 Nathi Nomvula
3 DJ Sphectacula & DJ Naves Kings Of The Weekend Anthem
4 DBN Nyts Shumaya
5 Heavy K Umoya
6 DJ Ganyani Talk To Me
7 Prince Kaybee Wajelwa
8 Ricky Rick Boss Zonke
9 DJ Shimza Akulalwa
10 Prince Kaybee Better Days
 BEST COLLABORATION
1 DJ Sphectacula & DJ Naves ft. Professor Kings Of The Weekend Anthem
2 Heavy K FT. Professor & Mpumi Umoya
3 Majour League DJs ft.Cassper Nyovest,Ricky Rick and MalumKoolkat Slyza Tsotsi
4 AKA ft Burna Boy, Khuli Chana & Yanga Baddest
5 DJ Sliqe ft JR, Okmalumkoolkat, WTF iLife
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