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The Full List of Winners at the 2016 South African Music Awards #SAMA22

Here’s who won what at the 2016 South African Music Awards #SAMA22 in Durban.

The South African Music Awards (SAMAs) took place Saturday night at the Durban International Convention Centre. Hosted by TV stars Somizi Mhlongo and Thando Thabethe, the 22nd annual show, #SAMA22, featured performances by KwestaRiky Rick, AKA, Nakhane Touré and more.

Petite Noir took home the SAMA for Best Alternative Music Album for last year’s La Vie Est Belle / Life Is Beautiful. Moonchild Sanelly was also nominated in the Best Alt Album category.

Black Coffee walked away with three awards in addition to his already-announced International Recognition Award: Album of the Year, Best Dance Album and Best Engineered Album. And although he couldn’t be there himself (he’s just embarked on a summer tour in the U.S. and Europe), his mom was there two accept two of the awards on his behalf. “I’m grateful to be in this position to take our music, culture and just our flag and fly it around the world” Black Coffee said in a video to his fans. “This message is for every kid in the township who thinks they don’t have what it takes. Trust your dopeness.”

23-year-old rapper Emtee took home three awards: Record of the Year, Male Artist of the Year and Best Rap Album.

Big Nuz and Nathi won two awards each: Best Kwaito Album + Duo or Group of the Year for the Durban-based kwaito group and Newcomer of the Year + Best R&B/Soul/Reggae Album for the “Nomvula” singer.

Check out the full list of winners below:

Record of the Year

Emtee - Roll Up

Album of the Year

Black Coffee - Pieces of Me

Duo or Group of the Year

Big Nuz - For the Fans

Female Artist of the Year

Zonke - Work of Heart

Male Artist of the Year

Emtee - Avery

Newcomer of the Year

Nathi - Buyelekhaya

Best Rock Album

Desmond & the Tutus - Enjoy Yourself

Best Pop Album

Tresor - VII

Beste Pop Album (Afrikaans)

Karlien van Jaarsveld - My Hartjie

Best Adult Contemporary Album

Judith Sephuma - One Word

Beste Kontemporêre Musiek Album

Elvis Blue - Êrens in die Middel van Nêrens

Best African Adult Album

Dizu Plaatjies & Friends - Ubuntu – The Common String

Best Alternative Album

Petite Noir - La Vie Est Belle/Life is Beautiful

Best R&B/Soul/Reggae Album

Nathi - Buyelekhaya

Best Rap Album

Emtee - Avery

Best Kwaito Album

Big Nuz - For the Fans

Best Dance Album

Black Coffee - Pieces of Me

Best Traditional Faith Music Album

TYGC Family - The Journey Begins

Best Contemporary Faith Music Album

Ntokozo Mbambo - Spirit and Life

Best Maskandi Album

Imithente - Ichakijana

Best Jazz Album

Marcus Wyatt & the ZAR Jazz Orchestra - One Night in the Sun

Best Classical and/or Instrumental Album

Wouter Kellerman - Love Language

Best Live Audiovisual Recording

Jimmy Dludlu - Live at Emperors Palace

Best Collaboration

Dbn Nyts ft. Zinhle Ngidi & Trademark - Shumaya

Best Music Video of the Year

Jack Parow & Freshly Ground - Army of One

Best Produced Album of the Year

Zahara - Country Girl (Producer: Robbie Malinga)

Best Engineered Album of the Year

Black Coffee - Pieces of Me

Best Remix of the Year

DJ Sliqe - Do Like I Do Remix

Special Awards:

International Achievement Award

Black Coffee

Lifetime Achievement Award

Roger Lucey

Nana Coyote

Bhekumuzi Luthuli

Best Selling Mobile Music Downloads

Best Selling Album

Nathi - Buyelekhaya

Best Selling DVD

Joyous Celebration - Vol. 19: Back to the Cross

Best Selling Music Download of the Year

Sfiso Ncwane - Bayede Baba

Best Selling Ring-Back Tone

Sfiso Ncwane - Bayede Baba

Best Selling Full-Track Download

Nathi - Nomvula

Sampra Highest Airplay of the Year Award

Dbn Nyts ft. Zinhle Ngidi & Trademark - Shumaya

Sampra Highest Airplay Composers Award

Dbn Nyts ft. Zinhle Ngidi & Trademark - Shumaya

Thank you. Love you all.

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Bitter Sweet Feeling....South African Music Awards happening tonight in my home City...but I'm in the beginning of a Summer Tour in the US and Europe and not able to attend but also happy for the International Recognition Award that I'm honoured with...and even more happy that my Mother will be receiving it on my behalf....She's the one who's seen everything from day one and supported it through and through....for me She's more befitting to receive that Award more than me as she never doubted my dreams but always encouraged me even when I didn't see the light and the end of the tunnel... I'm truly Honoured by this great Gesture....from the beginning I've always wanted to follow the foot steps of Bheki Mseleku, Bra Hugh Masekela,Jonny Clegg,Dj Mbuso,Ladysmith Black Mambazo ,Busi Mhlongo the late Lucky Dube and Miriam Makeba to mention a few who strongly believed South African Music and Culture was not inferior but even more special because of our diverse a proud South African I urge our youth to understand that the future of our Country is in your hands and the World is your Oyster. Trust Your Dopeness. This wouldn't be possible without my amazing team at Soulistic Music, Real Tone Agency and William Morris Agency. I dedicate this Award to my beautiful Wife @enhlembali_ and my Children who allow me to continue chase my dreams. Thank you to all the Fans and to the powers be at the Samas?????????? Music = Vukani =>Bheki Mseleku

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