MTV Africa Music Awards nominee list – AKA, Cassper Nyovest, Davido. The MTV Africa Music Awards (MAMAs) 2015 nominee list is arguably one of the most contested ceremonies since its inception in 2005.
Africa’s biggest stars, including AKA, Cassper Nyovest, Davido, Diamond Platnumz, Patoranking and Trevor Noah are all nominated for MAMAs, which will see the most voted nominees standing tall come July 18 when this continental awards spectacle beams live to the world from the Durban ICC.
Speaking at the announcement last night at Club Harem in Rosebank, Alex Okosi, senior vice president and managing director at Viacom International Media Networks Africa, said: “We are thrilled to pay tribute to the dynamism, creativity and passion of all the MAMA 2015 nominees.
Applauding music and achievement all over the continent, the MAMAs recognise the contribution of both enduring icons to the African music scene and new and emerging talents of the future.”
The hotly contested best male act category features AKA, Davido (Nigeria), Diamond Platnumz (Tanzania) and Sarkodie (Ghana).
In the female category, South Africa’s Bucie and Busiswa lock horns with Seyi Shay and Yemi Alade from Nigeria and Tanzania’s Vanessa Mdee.
The best hip hop category features Cassper Nyovest, K.O., Olamide (Nigeria), Phyno (Nigeria) and Youssoupha (DRC). Local stand-up comedian Trevor Noah is nominated for the second year running as personality of the year and is up against Nigerian TV personality Basketmouth, reality show star Bonang Matheba, actor O.C. Ukeje (Nigeria) and Manchester City/Ivory Coast midfielder Yaya Touré.