It’s 9 days to the 2015 edition of the MTV Africa Music Awards — the biggest music awards on the African continent.
The MAMA awards will be held in South Africa for the 2nd consecutive year at the Durban International Convention Centre, KwaZulu-Natal on Saturday, July 18, 2015.
To perform at this prestigious event is international singer, Ne-yo, and he will be joined by Davido, Yemi Alade, Diamond Platnumz, Cassper Nyovest 2face, Wizkid, AKA, Black Motion, Toofan and Bucie. Organisers recently introduced a new category, ‘MAMA Evolution’, to celebrate the ‘Artiste of the Decade’ and the nominees are 2face, Asa and Psquare for Nigeria alongside Fally Ipupa, Samini, HHP, Chameleone, Black Cofee and Anselmo Ralph.
Nigeria has the highest number of nominations. Of the 15 categories being voted for, Nigerian artistes are nominated in 13. Davido is nominated in 3 categories which are Best Male, Best Collaboration (Davido feat Uhuru & DJ Buckz – The Sound) and Video of the year (Davido Ft Uhuru & DJ Buckz – The Sound).
This year, Beyonce, Big Sean, Chris Brown, Nicki Minaj and Rihanna battles for the Best International Act, which was taken home by Pharrell Williams in last year’s edition. For the Personality of the Year award we have, Manchester City star; Yaya Toure, Nigerian comedian; Basketmouth, actor; O.C Ukeje and South African media personalities; Bonang Matheba and Trevor Noah.
The year’s event will be the 5th edition of MAMA. The first edition held at the Velodrome in Abuja, Nigeria in 2008, while the 2nd edition was held at the Moi International Sports Centre in Nairobi, Kenya. The award returned to Nigeria in 2010 and held at the Expo Hall of Eko Hotel and Suites in Lagos. After a three years pause, the award returned in 2014 and was held at KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa, same venue of this year’s edition. This year’s event will be broadcasted live on MTV, MTV Base and BET, and is expected to rake in about a billion views.