Once again the South African Music Awards proved itself as the nation’s biggest annual music event. Themed #TheFutureIshere, which it certainly was, as was evident from the red carpet looks (Hallo Bonang!), the outstanding live performances and extraordinary collaborations.

 

The evening was alive with anticipation and excitement and just to mix things up even more, we’ve decided to celebrate a couple of our own awards... – Words: Bianca Agenbag 

 

Best-dressed Male and Female Award
Who said a suit is the only way to go? Definitely not Riky Rick, who not only pushes boundaries musically but also when it comes to fashion
Representing the future no doubt, Bonang Matheba, and let’s just add not surprisingly so.

Special mention: Gert Johan Coetzee, who with the looks and charm of Minnie Dlamini and Nomuzi Mabena for his breathtaking creations
   

Host(ess) with the Mostess Award
Somizi Mhlongo and Thando Thabethe, could not have done a better job killing it with their electric chemistry and antics.

    
SAMA22 Slayer Award
Newcomer Nathi Mankayi dominated the evening, taking home an astounding five awards for Best R&B/Soul/Reggae Album, Best Newcomer, Best Male Artist, Best-selling Full-track Music Download and Best-selling Album of the Year. This afro pop sensation is one to watch, we sure will!

Global Dominator
Black Coffee continued his global domination with the International Achievement Award. He also walked away, or at least his mom did, with trophies for Best Dance Album, Best Engineered Album, Album of the Year for Pieces of Me.

Heart Warmer Award
All respect to Tresor, who told us in his speech how he moved to Durban 8years ago working as a car guard, and walked away with the award for Best Pop Album

Performance Award
The SAMAs has a reputation for providing the loudest, most influential live celebration of music in South Africa and once again the evening delivered, with performances from some of the biggest names in the industry.  The artist who really rocked our world was DJ Bongz, who brought us his electric Durban flavour.

Collaboration Award
The surprise collaboration between Nathi, Karlien van Jaarsveld and Niel Somers unconventional rendition of Nomvula made us ‘proudly South African’.

And so the curtain closes on yet another sensational SAMAs, getting bigger and better each year. Our warmest congratulations to all the nominees and victors! Well done South Africa!

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