Yemi Alade to light up award stage in Johannesburg

The lively performer alongside Hip hop act Nasty C and singer Babes Wodumo will get things rolling at the prestigious awards ceremony.

Yemi Alade

South African Hip-hop act Nasty C as well as South African singer Babes Wodumo of 'Wololo' fame are also acts billed to rock the MAMAs Jo'burg stage.

The previous edition of the awards  held in Durban, South Africa saw Psquare winning Artist of the Decade, Best Group Award, D’banj won MTV Evolution Award,  Davido went home with African Best Male Artist, and Yemi Alade Best Female.

The nominations for the MAMA will be revealed in Johannesburg in September, 2016.

Nominees are selected by the MAMA "academy", a group of opinion formers and professionals from the world of music and entertainment who create a shortlist based on the artists and musicians who have received airplay on the channel between 21 March 2015 and 23 August 2016.

Performers on the night at the 2015 edition included Psquare, Flavour, Seyi Shay, 2face Idibia, AKA, Big Nuz, Black Motion, Bucie, Cassper Nyovest, Da LES, Davido, Diamond Platnumz, DJ Fisherman, DJ Tira, Jhené Aiko, NaakMusiQ, Ne-Yo, Toofan, Wizkid, Yemi Alade and Young Thug.

American actor and comedian Anthony Anderson was the host of the event.

The award categories at the MAMA 2016 include:

1. Best Male2. Best Female3. Best Group4. Best New Act in association with Absolut5. Best Live Act6. Best Collaboration 7. Best Hip Hop8. Best Alternative9. Best Francophone10.Best Lusophone11.Best International12.Video of the Year13.Artist of the Year14.Artist of the Decade15.Song of the Year16.Personality of the Year17.MTV Base Leadership Award

Senior Vice President and Managing Director Viacom International Media Networks Africa,Alex Okosi states "We are thrilled that the MTV Africa Music Awards will be taking place in Johannesburg, City of Gold, for the first time on October 22. We are looking forward to staging the largest awards show in Africa, in one of the continent's most vibrant cities. Noted for its exciting youth culture and rich music scene, Joburg will make the perfect backdrop for our biggest MAMA ever."


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