17 categories up for grabs as MTV Africa Music Awards (MAMA) returns

Posted on May 21 2015 , at 03:25 pm
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By ‘Dayo Showemimo

(Iyanya was at at the announcement of MTV MAMA 2015 today and the singer will be hoping to be not just among nominees but ultimately among winners when the event holds in South Africa in July. Photo: BHM)

Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) Africa and MTV Base have just announced the fifth edition of the MTV Africa Music Awards (MAMA).

The award returns to the Durban International Convention Centre (ICC), KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa on Saturday July 18, 2015 while the nominations for the awards are to be revealed on 11 June, 2015.

This year, MAMA 2015 will celebrate African talent across 17 award categories such as Best Male, Best Female, Best Song and Best New Act Transformed by Absolut.

The contributions of artists from Portuguese and French-speaking parts of Africa will also be recognised in the Best Lusophone and Best Francophone categories.

In line with the MAMA 2015 “evolution” theme and VIMN Africa’s 10-year celebration, this year’s show will also feature a special edition Artist of the Decade category to recognise artists whose careers have flourished throughout the last 10 years. Additional categories include the MAMA Leadership Award as well as Personality of the Year. 

Full list of all 17 categories…

  1.  Best Male
  2.  Best Female
  3.  Best Group
  4.  Best New Act Transformed by Absolut
  5.  Best Live Act
  6.  Best Collaboration
  7.  Best Hip Hop
  8.  Best Alternative
  9.  Best Francophone
  10.  Best Lusophone
  11.  Best International
  12.  Video of the Year
  13.  Artist of the Year
  14.  Artist of the Decade
  15.  Song of the Year
  16.  Personality of the Year
  17.  MTV Base Leadership Award

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