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Here’s the Full List of Nominees at the 2016 MTV Africa Music Awards in Johannesburg

We’re just a few hours away from the 2016 MTV Africa Music Awards (#MTVMAMA2016) at the Ticketpro Dome in Johannesburg hosted by Trevor Noah Bonang Matheba and co-hosts Nomzamo Mbatha and Yemi Alade. The show will feature performances by Future, Yemi Alade, Nasty C, Babes Wodumo, Cassper Nyovest, Patoranking and many more.


Here’s who’s nominated for what at tonight’s awards. Catch them live on MTV (DStv channel 130) and MTV Base (DStv channel 322) beginning at 21:00 CAT.

The 2016 MTV Africa Music Awards Full List of Nominees

ARTIST OF THE YEAR

Black Coffee (South Africa)

Diamond (Tanzania)

Sauti Sol (Kenya)

Wizkid (Nigeria)

Yemi Alade (Nigeria)

BEST FEMALE

Josey (Ivory Coast)

MzVee (Ghana)

Tiwa Savage (Nigeria)

Vanessa Mdee (Tanzania)

Yemi Alade (Nigeria)

BEST NEW ACT

Babes Wodumo (South Africa)

Emtee (South Africa)

Falz (Nigeria)

Franko (Cameroon)

Nasty C (South Africa)

Nathi (South Africa)

Raymond (Tanzania)

Simi (Nigeria)

Tekno (Nigeria)

BEST FRANCOPHONE

Franko (Cameroon)

J-Rio (Gabon)

Magasco (Cameroon)

Serge Beynaud (Ivory Coast)

Toofan (Togo)

LISTENER’S CHOICE

Adiouza (Senegal)

Bebe Cool (Uganda)

Burna Boy (Nigeria)

Den G (Liberia)

EL (Ghana)

Jah Prayzah (Zimbabwe)

Jay Rox (Zambia)

Kansoul (Kenya)

Kiss Daniel (Nigeria)

Lij Michael (Ethiopia)

LXG (Sierra Leone)

Meddy (Rwanda)

Messias Marioca (Mozambique)

Prince Kaybee (South Africa)

Reda Taliani (Algeria)

Saad Lamjarred (Morocco)

Sabri Mosbah (Tunisia)

Sidiki Diabate (Mali)

Tamer Hosny (Egypt)

The Dogg (Namibia)

Yamoto Band (Tanzania)

SONG OF THE YEAR

“Shaktibobo” – Olamide (Nigeria)

“Reggae Blues” – Harrysongz feat Olamide, Kcee & Iyanya, Orezi (Nigeria)

“My Woman, My Everything” – Patoranking feat. Wande Coal (Nigeria)

“Godwin” – Korede Bello (Nigeria)

“Ngud” – Kwesta feat. Cassper (South Africa)

“Roll Up Re-Up” – Emtee feat. Wizkid and AKA (South Africa/Nigeria)

“Soweto Baby” – DJ Maphorisa feat. Wizkid (South Africa/Nigeria)

“Baddest” – AKA feat. Burna Boy, Khuli Chana, Yanga (South Africa/Nigeria)

“Wololo” – Babes Wodumo feat. Mampintsha (South Africa)

“Coller la Petite“ – Franko (Cameroon)

“Unconditionally bae” – Sauti Sol feat. Alikiba (Kenya/Tanzania)

VIDEO OF THE YEAR

“Jump” – Anatii & Cassper feat. Nasty C (South Africa); Director: Kyle Lewis

“Caviar Dreams” – AL Bairre & PhFAT (South Africa); Director: Daniel Levi

“If I Start to Talk” – Tiwa Savage feat. Dr Sid (South Africa); Director: Clarence Peters

“Kisasi Kumi” – Sheeba (Uganda) – Director: Sasha Vybz

“Niquer Ma Vie“ – Youssoupha (Congo) – Director: Antony Abdelli & Jose Eon

BEST INTERNATIONAL ACT

Drake

Beyonce

Adele

Future

Rihanna

BEST LUSOPHONE

NGA

Nelson Freitas

C4 Pedro

Lizha James

Petro Show

BEST MALE

Wizkid (Nigeria)

AKA (South Africa)

Patoranking (Nigeria)

Black Coffee (South Africa)

Diamond Platnumz (Tanzania)

BEST LIVE ACT

Flavour (Nigeria)

Stonebwoy (Ghana)

Cassper Nyovest (South Africa)

Eddy Kenzo (Uganda)

Mafikizolo (South Africa)

BEST GROUP

R2Bees (Ghana)

Sauti Sol (Kenya)

Toofan (Togo)

Navy Kenzo (Tanzania)

Mi Casa (South Africa)

BEST POP & ALTERNATIVE

Tresor

TiMO ODV.

LCNVL

Desmond & The Tutus

kyle deutsch & shekhinah

BEST HIP HOP

Olamide (Nigeria)

Kiff No Beat (Ivory Coast)

Ycee (Nigeria)

Emtee (South Africa)

Ricky Rick (South Africa)

BEST COLLABORATION

Patoranking ft. Sarkodie – No Kissing

Sauti Sol ft. Alikiba – Unconditionally Bae

AkA ft. Burna Boy,Khuli Chana & Yanga – Baddest

Dj Maphorsia ft. Wizkid & Dj Buckz – Soweto Baby

Nasty c ft. Davido & Cassper Nyovest – Juice Back Remix

PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR

Linda Ikeji

Wizkid

Caster Semenya

Pearl Thusi

Pierre Emerick Aubameyang

Interview

A Candid Conversation With Olamide & Fireboy DML

We talk to the Nigerian stars about the hardest lessons they've learned, best advice they've ever been given and what Nigeria means to them.

Olamide and Fireboy DML have been working together for three years, but the first time they sit down to do an interview together is hours after they arrive in New York City on a promo tour.

It's Fireboy's first time in the Big Apple — and in the US — and the rain that's pouring outside his hotel doesn't hinder his gratitude. "It's such a relief to be here, it's long overdue," he tells OkayAfrica. "I was supposed to be here last year, but Covid stopped that. This is a time to reflect and refresh. It's a reset button for me."

Olamide looks on, smiling assuredly. Since signing Fireboy to his YBNL Nation label in 2018, he's watched the soulful young singer rise to become one of Nigeria's most talked-about artists — from his breakout single, "Jealous," to his debut album Laughter, Tears & Goosebumps, hit collabs with D.Smoke and Cuppy, and his sophomore release, Apollo, last year.

Even while he shares his own latest record, UY Scuti, with the world, Olamide nurtures Fireboy's career with as much care and attention as he does his own, oscillating between his two roles of artist and label exec seamlessly. His 2020 album Carpe Diem is the most streamed album ever by an African rap artist, according to Audiomack, hitting over 140 million streams. When Olamide signed a joint venture with US-based record label and distribution company, Empire, in February last year he did so through his label, bringing Fireboy and any other artist he decides to sign along for the ride, and establishing one of the most noteworthy deals on the continent.

Below, Olamide & Fireboy DML speak to OkayAfrica about their mutual admiration for each other, what makes them get up in the morning and how they switch off.

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