GLOBAL BULLETIN: Grammy-winning producer, DJ and record exec DJ Khaled will host the MTV Africa Music Awards Kampala 2021 (MAMA), broadcasting globally for the first time on MTV Feb. 20.
Due to COVID-19 travel restrictions, Khaled will host the virtual ceremony from his home in Miami.
“MTV has always been a great partner so I jumped at the opportunity to host this year’s MAMAs,” DJ Khaled said.
“I can’t wait to celebrate the incredible music that comes out of Africa, which has inspired me throughout my career.”
DJ Khaled has made chart-topping hits featuring Jay-Z, Kanye West, Drake, Chris Brown, Ludacris, T.I., French Montana, Future, Big Sean, Rick Ross, John Legend, Nicki Minaj and Lil Wayne, among others.
MTV is putting on the music celebration, which last took place in 2016, in partnership with Uganda’s Ministry of Tourism, which is why the event’s name includes the country’s capital Kampala.
MAMA Kampala 2021 features 20 awards handed out to celebrate the best in African talent over the past year.
In addition to more general prizes: best male artist, female artist, song and collaboration, the MAMAs will recognize work from Portuguese and French-speaking Africa with the introduction of the Best Lusophone and Best Francophone categories.
Other new awards include the MAMA Generation Change Award, Best Fan Base, Alone Together Best Lockdown Performance and Personality of the Year.
MTV MAMAs 2021 will recognize outstanding personalities that have been at the forefront of culture on the continent during the year and include non-music stars from the worlds of sports, celebrity, and industry.
The awards will take place on on Saturday 20 February 2021 and will be broadcast globally and on MTV Base (DStv Channel 322) and MTV Africa (DStv Channel 130) at 20:00 WAT / 21:00 CAT / 22:00 EAT.