MTV Africa Music Awards (MAMA) 2021 Nominees: John Blaq, Bebe Cool, Sheebah in tight battle

A total of 52 artistes from 15 countries were on Wednesday nominated for the MTV Africa Music Awards Kampala 2021 (MAMA) in the initial 10 music categories by MTV Base.

At least six Ugandan artistes received nominations in the different categories and below we unveil the the full list of nominees.

The nominees show repeats on Thursday, 10th December at 21:00 WAT on MTV Base ROA (DStv ) and @16:00 CAT on Saturday, 12th December on MTV Base.

Below is the full list of all the MAMA 2021 Awards nominees and their respective categories:

Best Female
Simi (Nigeria), Sheebah (Uganda), Sho Madjozi (South Africa), Busiswa (South Africa), Yemi Alade (Nigeria), Soraia Ramos (Cape Verde), Tiwa Savage (Nigeria)
Best Male 
Burna Boy (Nigeria), Innoss’B (Democratic Republic of Congo), Kabza De Small (South Africa), Harmonize (Tanzania), Fireboy DML (Nigeria), Master KG (South Africa), Rema (Nigeria)
Best Group
Blaq Diamond (South Africa), Sauti Sol (Kenya), Kabza De Small / DJ Maphorisa (South Africa), Calema (São Tomé and Príncipe), Ethic (Kenya)
Rostam (Tanzania)
Artist of the Year
Burna Boy (Nigeria), Calema (São Tomé and Príncipe), Diamond Platnumz (Tanzania), Master KG (South Africa), Davido (Nigeria), Tiwa Savage (Nigeria), Wizkid (Nigeria)
Best Breakthrough Act
Elaine (South Africa), Tems  (Nigeria), Omah Lay (Nigeria), Zuchu (Tanzania), John Blaq (Uganda), Sha Sha (Zimbabwe), Focalistic (South Africa)
Best Hip Hop  
Nasty C (South Africa), Suspect 95 (Cote d’Ivoire), Khaligraph Jones (Kenya), Kwesi Arthur (Ghana), NGA (Angola), OMG (Senegal)
Best Ugandan Act 
Sheebah, Bebe Cool, John Blaq, Vinka, Daddy Andre, Spice Diana
Best Lusophone Act
Calema (São Tomé and Príncipe), Preto Show (Angola), Anna Joyce (Angola), Mr Bow (Mozambique), Nelson Freitas (Cape Verde), Soraia Ramos (Cape Verde)
Best Francophone Act 
Innoss’B (Democratic Republic of Congo), Suspect 95 (Cote d’Ivoire), Dip Doundou Guiss (Senegal), Stanley Enow (Cameroon), Fally Ipupa (Democratic Republic of Congo), Gaz Mawete (Democratic Republic of Congo)
Alone Together: Best Lockdown Performance
Diamond Platnumz (Tanzania) – Africa Day Benefit Concert
Black Motion (South Africa) – Red Bull Rendezvous
Niniola ft Busiswa (Nigeria / SA) – Africa Day Benefit Concert
Singuila (Congo) – DCDR Series
AKA (South Africa) – AKA TV
Yemi Alade (Nigeria) – Poverty (live session)

Monde Twala, Senior Vice President and General Manager at ViacomCBS Networks Africa (VCNA) said, “These nominees represent some of the very best talent the continent has to offer. The MAMA is a great showcase and opportunity for African music along with youth culture to shine on the global stage. Congratulations to all the nominees who continue to push the boundaries of creativity and authenticity, we are proud of your contribution to the continent’s music industry in taking Africa to the World. It’s a celebration not to be missed.”

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Two new categories have been announced for the MAMA Kampala 2021. The first is the exciting entrant of the Best Ugandan Act, which recognises the host country’s star and rising talent. The nominees include Sheebah, Bebe Cool, John Blaq, Vinka, Daddy Andre, and Spice Diana. The second new category inspired as a reflection of the unique reality of the music scene in 2020 is the Alone Together: Best Lockdown Performance.

“This is a milestone moment for Uganda to bring the MAMA Kampala 2021 to the African continent that presents a great opportunity to share the beauty and diversity of our magnificent nation, music and culture from the Pearl of Africa,” said The Honourable Godfrey Kiwanda, State Minister for Tourism Uganda.

“The MAMA is a great platform to highlight the continent’s music and showcase the full spectrum of what the continent has to offer. We extend our congratulations to everyone who has been recognised with a nomination.”

Voting for MAMA KAMPALA 2021 opens at 22.00 CAT on Wednesday 9 December at www.mtvmama.com, and affiliated Twitter, Facebook and Instagram accounts. Voting Ts and Cs are available at www.mtvmama.com.

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The MTV Africa Music Awards Kampala 2021 will be broadcast on MTV Base (DStv Channel 322) and MTV Africa (DStv Channel 130) on 20 February 2021. The show will also be aired on MTV channels across multiple continents as a one-hour MAMA-themed MTV World Stage feature.

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