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Here's the Full List of South African Hip Hop Awards 2016 Nominees

South African Hip Hop Awards 2016 nominees have just been revealed.

The fifth edition of the South African Hip Hop Awards are coming up next month, the 14th of December, at the Lyric Theatre in Johannesburg. Hosted by comedian Nina Hastie and actor and MC Batsile Ramasodi, this year’s show is themed “Who Wants to be a Billionaire?” According to a press release, it’s “inspired by the role big money is starting to play within the culture.”


Public voting is open for the following six categories: Best Collaboration, Best Female, Best Male, Best Hip Hop Radio Show, Best Video, Song of the Year.

Our very own Sabelo Mkhabela is up for Best Hip Hop Radio Show for his weekly Headwarmaz show on Bush Radio. Get to voting by heading to the SAHHA website.

The 2016 SA Hip Hop Awards will premiere on MTV Base (DSTV Channel 322) Monday, 26 December. Nominees have just been revealed. Check out the full list here:

SONG OF THE YEAR

“Gwan” - Maraza

“Ameni” - Miss Pru

“Pearl Thusi” - Emtee

“Sidlukotini” - Riky Rick

“One Time” - AKA

“Ngud’” - Kwesta ft. Cassper Nyovest

“Hell Naw” Nasty C

“Now Or Never” - DJ Switch

“Washa” - DJ CitiLyts ft. Ambitious Artists

“Walking & Dabbing” - Aewon Wolf ft. Gemini Major & Khuli Chana

BEST ALBUM

20FIFI - Fifi Cooper

Avery - Emtee

DAKAR II - Kwesta

Refiloe - Cassper Nyovest

We Need a Title - BETR Gang

HONORARY AWARD

Goddessa

MIXTAPE OF THE YEAR

AM-EP - Maraza

You Don't Know Me Yet - Priddy Ugly

Ground Zero - Gigi LaMayne

3/4 Pace - Kid X

Cameron Diaz - Stilo Magolide

BEST MALE

Avery - Emtee

DAKAR II - Kwesta

Refiloe - Cassper Nyovest

BEST FEMALE

20FIFI - Fifi Cooper

Bragga - Nadia Nakai

Ground Zero - Gigi LaMayne

Storiez 2 Tell - Megmafia

DJ OF THE YEAR

DJ Switch

Major League DJz

DJ Dimplez

DJ Speedsta

Ms. Cosmo

PRODUCER OF THE YEAR

Tweezy

Ruff

Ganja Beats

Lunatik Beats

Gemini Major

BEST COLLABO

“Ameni” - Miss Pru ft. Fifi Cooper, Emtee, B3nchmarq, A-Reece, Saudi & Sjava

“Kuze Kuse” - Fifi Cooper ft. Emtee

“Washa” - DJ CitiLyts ft. Fifi Cooper, Emtee & B3nnchmarq

“Dreamwork” - AKA ft. Yanga

“Ngud’” - Kwesta ft. Cassper Nyovest

“Ragga Ragga” - Gemini Major ft. Family Tree

“Now Or Never” - DJ Switch ft. Shane Eagle, Proverb, Reason & Kwesta

“Way It Go” - DJ Switch ft. Tumi, Nasty C and Youngsta

“Jump” - Anatii ft. Cassper Nyovest and Nasty C

“Walking & Dabbing” - Aewon Wolf ft. Gemini Major and Khuli Chana

LYRICIST OF THE YEAR

Nasty C

Solo

A-Reece

Kid Tini

Kid X

BEST FRESHMAN/NEWCOMER

Coming Of Age - Kid Tini

20FIFI - Fifi Cooper

Cameron Diaz - Stilo Magolide

¾ Pace - Kid X

Book Of Chad - Chad Da Don

HUSTLER OF THE YEAR

Cassper Nyovest

Khuli Chana

Proverb

Gigi LaMayne

BEST DANCE CREW

Creed Crew

Supreme I Crew

2Legitt Crew

Vintage Crew

BEST VIDEO

“Couldn’t” - A-Reece ft. Emtee

“Le Mpitse” - Cassper Nyovest ft. Riky Rick

“Sidlukotini” - Riky Rick

“Ameni” - Miss Pru

“War Ready” - Cassper Nyovest

“Yippikayay” - Reason ft. AKA and Khuli Chana

“More” - Stilo Magolide

“Mr. Madumane” - Cassper Nyovest

“Jump” - Anatii ft. Cassper Nyovest and Nasty C

“Fuseg” - Riky Rick ft. Cassper Nyovest and Anatii

BEST GRAFFITI

RIOT

MARS

TAPZ

BEST LOCAL BRAND

Bupan

Two Bop

GALXBOY

Ama Kip Kip

Cassper Nyovest

BEST INTERNATIONAL BRAND

PowerPlay

Castle Lite

Redd’s

Absolut vodka

Red Bull

PROMOTER OF THE YEAR

Pop Bottles

Major League Gardens

Authentic Sunday

Sneaker Exchange

Maftown Heights

MILESTONE

Fill Up The Dome - Cassper Nyovest

BEST DIGITAL SALES

Kwesta - Gold Album + Gold Single

Cassper Nyovest - Double Platinum Album

Emtee - Platinum Album

BEST REMIX

“Ambitions (Remix)” - Tweezy ft. Khuli Chana & Ice Prince

“Roll Up (Re-Up)” - Emtee ft. AKA and Wizkid

“Baddest (Remix)” - AKA ft. Fifi Cooper, Rouge, Moozlie & Gigi LaMayne

“Now Or Never (Remix)” - DJ Switch ft. Various Artists

“Juice Back (Remix)” - Nasty C ft. Davido & Cassper Nyovest

MOST VALUABLE

Cassper Nyovest

AKA

Riky Rick

Khuli Chana

Kwesta

BEST HIP HOP RADIO SHOW

The Hip Hop Floor - YFM

The Stir Up - 5FM

Namba Namba - UKHOZI FM

The Ready D Show - GOOD HOPE FM

Headwarmaz - Bush Radio

The Mixtape - Alex FM

Hip Hop Corner - NW FM

Hip Hop Culture - Ligwalagwala FM

The Fresh Cut - Gagasi FM

The Capital Rap Up - Cliff Central

KING OF MP

Thabs Tha Acid

Fortune Ntekati

Marvin Straight

KING OF WP

Lolli Dekeni

Zanzolo Uzwi Kantu

Emile Y?X

KING OF LIMPOPO

Hip Hop Live SA

Nema Wama Hunguni

DJ Chocos

KING OF EC

Yahkeem Ben Israel

Trusenz

Snesh Nota

KING OF NW

Amos Ofentse Tapile

DJ Lemonka

Thabiso "Lunchboy"Tshabalala

KING OF FS

Thabo Tsasane

Psykonik

Ba2cada

KING OF NC

DJ Speedy V

Snowy Maine

King Kyla

KING OF KZN

DJ Feel

Junior De Rocka

Lindo Prowjekt Thwala

KING OF GP

Spoken Priestess

Enzo

Major League DJz

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