Beyoncé, Adele lead 2016 MTV Video Music Awards

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Oh boy what I’d give to go to these awards!!! The nominees for this year’s MTV Video Music Awards were announced last night via Facebook Live. It shouldn’t come as a big surprise to you that Beyoncé and Adele lead the pack of nominees with 11 and 8 respectively. See the full list of nominees below. The 2016 “MTV Video Music Awards” will take place at New York’s iconic Madison Square Garden on Sunday 28 August, premiering across Africa on Monday 29 August at 21:00 CAT (MTV, MTV Base) and 20:00 WAT (MTV Base ROA).  Build up to the big night begins with the official Pre-Show including red carpet action on Monday 29 August at 20:00 CAT (MTV, MTV Base) and 19:00 WAT (MTV Base ROA).

See below for a full list of nominees:
VIDEO OF THE YEAR
Adele – “Hello”
Director: Xavier Dolan
Beyoncé – “Formation”
Director: Melina Matsoukas
Drake – “Hotline Bling”
Director: Director X
Justin Bieber – “Sorry”
Director: Parris Goebel
Kanye West – “Famous”
Director: Kanye West

BEST FEMALE VIDEO
Adele – “Hello”
Director: Xavier Dolan
Beyoncé – “Hold Up”
Director: Jonas Åkerlund, Beyoncé Knowles Carter
Sia – “Cheap Thrills”
Director: Lior Molcho
Ariana Grande – “Into You”
Director: Hannah Lux Davis
Rihanna ft. Drake – “Work” (short version)
Director: Director X

BEST MALE VIDEO
Drake – “Hotline Bling”
Director: Director X
Bryson Tiller – “Don’t”
Director: Cris
Calvin Harris ft. Rihanna – “This Is What You Came For”
Director: Emil Nava
Kanye West – “Famous”
Director: Kanye West
The Weeknd – “Can’t Feel My Face”
Director: Grant Singer

BEST COLLABORATION
Beyoncé ft. Kendrick Lamar – “Freedom”
Director:  Beyoncé Knowles Carter, Kahlil Joseph
Fifth Harmony ft. Ty Dolla $ign – “Work From Home”
Director: Director X
Ariana Grande ft. Lil Wayne – “Let Me Love You”
Director: Grant Singer
Calvin Harris ft. Rihanna – “This Is What You Came For”
Director: Emil Nava
Rihanna ft. Drake – “Work” (short version)
Director: Director X

BEST HIP HOP VIDEO
Drake – “Hotline Bling”
Director: Director X
Desiigner – “Panda”
Director: Paul Geusebroek
Bryson Tiller – “Don’t”
Director: Cris
Chance The Rapper featuring Saba – “Angels”
Director: Austin Vesely
2 Chainz – “Watch Out”
Director: Motion Family

BEST POP VIDEO
Adele – “Hello”
Director: Xavier Dolan
Beyoncé – “Formation”
Director: Melina Matsoukas
Justin Bieber – “Sorry”
Director: Parris Goebel
Alessia Cara – “Wild Things”
Director: Aaron A
Ariana Grande – “Into You”
Director: Hannah Lux Davis

BEST ROCK VIDEO
All Time Low – “Missing You”
Director: Patrick Tracy
Coldplay – “Adventure Of A Lifetime”
Director: Mat Whitecross
Fall Out Boy ft. Demi Lovato – “Irresistible”
Director: Wayne Isham
twenty one pilots – “Heathens”
Director: Andrew Donoho
Panic! At The Disco – “Victorious”
Director: Brandon Dermer

BEST ELECTRONIC VIDEO
Calvin Harris & Disciples – “How Deep Is Your Love”
Director: Emil Nava
99 Souls ft. Destiny’s Child & Brandy – “The Girl Is Mine”
Director: Ludovic Zuili / Simon Bouisson
Mike Posner – “I Took A Pill In Ibiza”
Director: Jon Jon Augustavo
Afrojack – “SummerThing!”
Director: Sam Sneed
The Chainsmokers ft. Daya – “Don’t Let Me Down”
Director: Marcus Kuhne

BREAKTHROUGH LONG FORM VIDEO
Florence + The Machine – The Odyssey
Beyoncé – Lemonade
Justin Bieber – PURPOSE: The Movement
Chris Brown – Royalty
Troye Sivan – Blue Neighbourhood Trilogy

BEST NEW ARTIST
Bryson Tiller
Desiigner
Zara Larsson
Lukas Graham
DNCE

PROFESSIONAL CATEGORIES

BEST ART DIRECTION
Beyoncé – “Hold Up”
Production Designer: Jason Hougaard
Fergie – “M.I.L.F. $”
Production Designer: Alexander Delgado
Drake – “Hotline Bling”
Production Designer: Jeremy MacFarlane
David Bowie – “Blackstar”
Production Designer: Jan Houllevigue
Adele – “Hello”
Production Designer: Colombe Raby

BEST CHOREOGRAPHY
Beyoncé – “Formation”
Choreographer: Chris Grant, JaQuel Knight, Dana Foglia
Missy Elliott ft. Pharrell – “WTF (Where They From)”
Choreographer: Hi-Hat
Beyoncé – “Sorry”
Choreographer: Chris Grant, JaQuel Knight, Dana Foglia, Anthony Burrell, Beyoncé Knowles Carter
FKA Twigs – “M3LL155X”
Choreographer: FKA Twigs
Florence + The Machine – “Delilah”
Choreographer: Holly Blakey

BEST DIRECTION
Beyoncé – “Formation”
Director: Melina Matsoukas
Coldplay – “Up&Up”
Director: Vania Heymann, Gal Muggia
Adele – “Hello”
Director: Xavier Dolan
David Bowie – “Lazarus”
Director: Johan Renck
Tame Impala – “The Less I Know The Better”
Director: Canada

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
Beyoncé – “Formation”
Cinematographer: Malik Sayeed
Adele – “Hello”
Cinematographer: André Turpin
David Bowie – “Lazarus”
Cinematographer: Crille Forsberg
Alesso – “I Wanna Know”
Cinematographer: Corey Jennings
Ariana Grande – “Into You”
Cinematographer: Paul Laufer

BEST EDITING
Beyoncé – “Formation”
Editor: Jeff Selis
Adele – “Hello”
Editor: Xavier Dolan
Fergie – “M.I.L.F. $”
Editor: Vinnie Hobbs
David Bowie – “Lazarus”
Editor: Johan Söderberg
Ariana Grande – “Into You”
Editor: Hannah Lux Davis

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS
Coldplay – “Up&Up”
VFX Editor: Vania Heymann
FKA Twigs – “M3LL155X”
VFX Editor: Lewis Saunders, Jihoon Yoo
Adele – “Send My Love (To Your New Lover)”
VFX Editor: Sam Sneade
The Weeknd – “Can’t Feel My Face”
VFX Editor: Bryan Smaller
Zayn – “PILLOWTALK”
VFX Editor: David Smith

Your MAMA in review

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So the annual MTV Africa Music Awards took place in KwaZulu – Natal at the weekend and naturally the show attracted some of the biggest names in the game. Names like AKA, Sauti Sol, D’Banj, Bonang Matheba, Cassper Nyovest, Bucie and a whole heap more from the continent were there to be part of the celebrations, as were internationals like Ne-Yo, host Anthony Anderson and Jhene Aiko too.

So what was the show like? Here are a few of my 2015 MAMA moments to remember:

  • The kissing: Are Bonang and D’Banj dating? (I’ve coined them Bonanj). Well when D’Banj was announced as the winner in the category, the two shared a kissed that looked more coupley than it did friendly. They’ll keep us guessing I’m sure. The other kiss that had everyone talking was from the newly announced couple, Cassper and Boity. They’re clearly feeling each other. Shem, cute.
  • T Bo Touch… Oh Touch. Was he the talking point o the night or what? From ice creams to poor orphan, Twitter showed no backing down. Check this link to see what I mean. I cried I was laughing so much! Read this trending topic
  • Bucie is amazing… I love her, but can we actually take a minute to appreciate how banging her body is? The star looked amazing!
  • AKA showed his softer side, when he accepted his award and gave thanks to his queen, DJ Zinhle for what is arguably one of the best gifts a man can ever receive… a beautiful baby! All the bet to the happy couple and their bundle of joy!
  • Awkward presenter moments. From Khuli Chana pretending to understand French, to Boity waffling off and throwing shade, to a Top Actor star being too overenthusiastic, to boring government speeches, the pairings were um… questionable at times
  • Anthony Anderson was better than I thought. I still didn’t love him, but he was way better than last year’s host, Marlon Wayans.
  • Production at this year’s MTV Africa Music Awards was ON POINT. Besides some technical glitches with sound and a few out of sync lip-syncers, the show was great. MTV stays winning.

What were some of your favourite moments? Who stood out, performed well or stole the red carpet? Share your thoughts? Oh and here the winners in case you missed them:

Best Female: Yemi Alade (Nigeria)
Best Male: Davido (Nigeria)
Best Group: P-Square (Nigeria)
Best New Act Transformed by Absolut: Patoranking (Nigeria)
Best Hip Hop:  Cassper Nyovest (South Africa)
Best Collaboration: AKA, Burna Boy, Da LES & JR: “All Eyes On Me” (SA/Nigeria)
Song of the Year: Mavins: “Dorobucci” (Nigeria)
Best Live: Diamond Platnumz (Tanzania)
Video of the Year:  “Nafukwa” – Riky Rick; Director: Adriaan Louw
Best Pop & Alternative: Jeremy Loops (South Africa)
Best Francophone: DJ Arafat (Ivory Coast)
Best Lusophone: Ary (Angola)
Personality of the Year:  Trevor Noah (South Africa)
MAMA Evolution: D’Banj (Nigeria)
Best International: Nicki Minaj
Artist of the Decade: P-Square
MTV Base Leadership Award: Saran Kaba Jones & S’Bu Mavundla

 

Anthony Anderson to host the MAMAs

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It’s MAMA week!! The annual MTV Africa Music Awards are back and the countdown to the big show is on. On Saturday stars from all over the continent (and the world) will be heading down to the sunny city of Durban for the awards. It has just been announced that actor, producer and “comedic genius” funnyman Anthony Anderson will host the awards. Hmmmmm.

Marlon Wayans hosted the awards last year and let’s be frank. He was shit. Maybe he would’ve worked for an American market, but for a local audience, he just didn’t work. So with that in mind, I have to ask… WHY bring yet another American celebrity down to host the show? Trevor Noah, who is nominated for an award and who has cracked the big time with his Daily Show host announcement, would be a much better fit. Don’t you think? Maybe it’s a scheduling thing, but we have talent on the continent. I’m just saying

Don’t get me wrong, I think Anderson is funny and he’ll do a fair job. I just think while we celebrate African talent, we should use the platform to highlight the talent too, not so? I’m not opposed to international singers performing, but hosting is a different beast altogether.

Anyway, the MAMAs will be live on MTV Base (DStv channel 322), MTV (DStv channel 130) and BET (DStv channel 129).

For more information on the MTV Africa Music Awards KwaZulu-Natal 2015, visit www.mtvbase.com or http://mama.mtv.com, like them on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/MTVBaseVerified, or follow them on Twitter and Instagram @MTVBaseAfrica. To join the conversation about the awards please use the hashtag #MTVMAMA2015.

Ne-Yo returns to SA for MTV Africa Music Awards 2015

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Tell your MAMA that R&B superstar NE-YO is on his way back to Mzansi. The Grammy winner will be out here for the MTV Africa Music Awards, going down in KZN on the 18th of July.
On performing in Durban for the first time, the R&B crooner said, “I can’t wait for you to see what I have in store Durban! I hope you’re ready, because I am!”

 

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Commented Alex Okosi, Senior Vice President & Managing Director, Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) Africa, “We are very excited to welcome NE-YO to MAMA 2015 for his first ever appearance in Durban.  As a sensational live perfomer and truly accomplished R&B star, NE-YO’s an all-round class act who will greatly complement the African performers on the show.”
I’ve had the privilege of meeting NE-YO. As a fan and as reporter, I can tell you he is one of the nicest, most humble people in the industry. He’s a talent to behold and trust me, if you’re going to be at the MAMAs, you will not be disappointed.

Tickets for the MAMAs are on sale at Computicket now. Visit the site for more details and to join the conversation about the awards please use the hashtag #MTVMAMA2015.

 

 

 

Nominees for the 2015 MTV African Music Awards

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Come the 18th of July, Durban will once again play host to one of the biggest music award shows on the African continent. Yes folks, that’s the right the MTV Africa Music Awards are back and last night the nominees for this year’s awards were announced. Check out the full list below:

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2014 MTV VMA winners

Screen Shot 2014-08-25 at 7.26.48 AMOne of the coolest events in the awards season calendar is the MTV Video Music Awards. The show is always a celeb fest and never shy of its controversial moments – Miley the twerkster, Kanye and his “Immaletyoufinish” and Beyonce showing off her baby bump/ quashing divorce rumours. I usually stay up for most of the awards, but after a busy weekend, I just couldn’t bring myself to pull an all-nighter. The beauty of online is that there will be clips popping up on the old YouTube during the course of the day, so I’ll wait for those to surface. In the mean time, here are the winners from this year’s MTV Video Music Awards:

Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award: Beyonce

Video of the Year: Miley Cyrus, “Wrecking Ball”

Artist to Watch: Fifth Harmony, “Miss Movin’ On”

Best Rock Video: Lorde, “Royals”

Best Hip-Hop Video: Drake ft. Majid Jordan, “Hold On (We’re Going Home)”

Best Pop Video: Ariana Grande ft. Iggy Azalea, “Problem”

Best Male Video: Ed Sheeran ft. Pharrell, “Sing”

Best Female Video: Katy Perry ft. Juicy J, “Dark Horse”

Best Lyric Video: 5 Seconds of Summer, “Don’t Stop”

Best Collaboration: Beyonce ft. Jay Z, “Drunk In Love”

MTV Clubland Award: Zedd ft. Hayley Williams, “Stay the Night”

Best Video With a Social Message: Beyonce, “Pretty Hurts”

Best Cinematography: Beyonce, “Pretty Hurts”

Best Editing: Eminem, “Rap God”

Best Choreography: Sia, “Chandelier”

Best Direction: DJ Snake & Lil Jon, “Turn Down For What”

Best Art Direction: Arcade Fire, “Reflektor”

Best Visual Effects: OK Go, “The Writing’s On the Wall”

If you’re in Africa, catch the VMAs on MTV tonight at 21:00, CAT.

 

Beyoncé cracks 8 MTV VMA nominations

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It seems as if Beyoncé’s self-titled surprise album last year hit the right spot because the Drunk In Love (questionable according to reports at this stage) cracked 8 nods for this year’s MTV Video Music Awards. The star has been nominated in prestigious Video of the Year category, alongside Pharrell, Miley and Iggy… Oh and Sia. Very tough category, but it’s nice to see such a competitive category. This isn’t the only category that Beyoncé’s fans will have to hope and pray she wins – stiff competition from Ariana and the like. Check out the full list of nominees below and to see the awards, diarise the 24 August. They’ll be taking place at The Forum in Inglewood, California. Pity I’m one month shy of attending the awards. I’ll be States side a month later, but hey… let’s see what happens. Maybe I’ll get lucky. *Coughs, drops a hint haha.

VIDEO OF THE YEAR:

Iggy Azalea ft. Charli XCX – “Fancy”

Beyoncé ft. JAY Z – “Drunk In Love”

Pharrell Williams – “Happy”

Sia – “Chandelier”

Miley Cyrus – “Wrecking Ball”

 

BEST HIP HOP:

Eminem – “Bezerk”

Drake ft. Majid Jordan – “Hold On (We’re Going Home)”

Childish Gambino – “3005”

Kanye West – “Black Skinhead”

Wiz Khalifa – “We Dem Boyz”

 

BEST MALE:

Pharrell Williams – “Happy”

John Legend – “All Of Me”

Ed Sheeran ft. Pharrell – “Sing”

Sam Smith – “Stay With Me”

Eminem ft. Rihanna – “Monster”

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