That’s how quick a year flies by! It feels as if the 20th SAMAs were just the other day, but this morning saw the officiall nominee announcement at the 21st Annual South African Music Awards. It’s been a rather interesting year for local music with hip-hop dominating the space. Pop-wise, Beatenberg proved they are at the top of their game this year baggging five nominations. Rappers Cassper Nyovest and K.O. also recieved five nominations each. AKA and newbie Duncan recieved three nominations each. But anyway, without delay, here are the official nominees at this year’s SAMAs:

Album of the Year
Beatenberg – The Hanging Gardens of Beatenberg
Cassper Nyovest – Tsholofelo
K.O. – Skhanda Republic
Ringo Madlingozi – Vulani
The Soil – Nostalgic Moments

Duo or Group of the Year
Beatenberg – The Hanging Gardens of Beatenberg
Bittereinder – Skerm
BlackByrd – Home
McCoy Mrubata – Brasskap Sessions Vol. 2
The Soil – Nostalgic Moments

Female Artist of the Year
Bucie – Princess of House (Easy to Love)
Lulu Dikana – I Came to Love
Maleh – You Make My Heart Go
Moneoa – Ndim Lo
Simphiwe Dana – Firebrand

Male Artist of the Year
AKA – Levels
Cassper Nyovest – Tsholofelo
Jimmy Nevis – The Masses
K.O. – Skhanda Republic
Ringo Madlingozi – Vulani

Newcomer of the Year
Beatenberg – The Hanging Gardens of Beatenberg
Cassper Nyovest – Tsholofelo
Duncan – Street Government
Howie Combrink – Eat it While it’s Hot
Jeremy Loops – Trading Change

Best Rock Album
aKing – Morning After
Prime Circle – Let the Night In
Reburn – Majestic
Taxi Violence – Tenfold
Zebra & Giraffe – Knuckles

Best Pop Album
Beatenberg – The Hanging Gardens of Beatenberg
Jimmy Nevis – The Masses
Monark – Negatives
The Kiffness – KIFF
Toya Delazy – Ascension

Beste Pop Album
Bobby van Jaarsveld – Maak ’n Wens
Eden – Nooit Oud Raak Nie
Kurt Darren – Lied vir die Vrou
Nádine – Skildery
Riana Nel – Die Regte Tyd

Best Adult Contemporary Album
Arno Carstens – Lightning Prevails
BlackByrd – Home
Howie Combrink – Eat it While it’s Hot
Josie Field – S’bongile
Niemand – Back Again

Beste Kontemporêre Musiek Album
Adam Tas – Want Jy is Boer
Chris Chameleon & Daniella Deysel – Posduif
Dewald Wasserfall – #EkEnJy
Dozi – Hande Vol Genade
Pieter Koen – Wat die Hart Van Vol Is

Best African Adult Album
Kelly Khumalo – Back to My Roots
Maleh – You Make My Heart Go
Max-Hoba – Travelling Man
Ringo Mandlingozi – Vulani
Simphiwe Dana – Firebrand

Best Alternative Album
Bittereinder – Skerm
Bye Beneco – Space Elephant
Dassie – Mistress
Jeremy Loops – Trading Change
Tailor – Light

Best R&B/Soul/Reggae Album
Afrotraction – For the Lovers
Lulu Dikana – I Came to Love
Moneoa – Ndim Lo
The Soil – Nostalgic Moments
Vusi Nova – Did It for Love

Best Rap Album
AKA – Levels
Duncan – Street Government
Cassper Nyovest – Tsholofelo
K.O. – Skhanda Republic
Reason – Audio High Definition

Best Kwaito Album
L’vovo Derrango – The Boss
Phi & Ginger – Licence to Hustle
Professor – University of Kalawa Jazmee Since 1994
Thebe – Legend
Trompies – Delicious

Best Dance Album
Black Motion – Fortune Teller
Bucie – Princess of House (Easy to Love)
Cuebur – The Brand New Me: Soul Candi Sessions 2015 (Disc 2)
Da Capo – Da Capo
DJ Clock – The 4th Tick: A Clockumentary

Best Traditional Faith Music Album
Andile KaMajola – Chapter 6 Ujehova Ungibiyele
Rebecca Malope – Ama VIP
Rofhiwa Manyaga – Victory in the Blood
S’fiso Ncwane – Bayede Baba
Worship House – Live Project 11

Best Contemporary Faith Music Album
Khaya Mthethwa – The Uprising (Limited Edition)
Loyiso Bala – Power Love Sound
Ndo Dlakadla – Rhythm of Worship
Tebello Sukwene – He’s Alive
Word and Life – Freedom

Best Traditional Music Album
Botlhale Boikanyo – Spoken Word & Music
Brian Finch – Living for Yesterday
Imfez’emnyama – Palesa
Impumelelo – Isiporoporo
Qadasi (David Jenkins) – Uhambo Olusha

Best Maskandi Album
Abakwamnyandu – KoMalume
Amawele Ka Mamtshawe – Mhla Uphelamandla
Ichwane Lebhaca – Ohulumeni
Maqhinga Radebe – iFacebook
Thokozani Langa – Igema Lami

Best Jazz Album
Herbie Tsoaeli – African Time Quartet in Concert
Kyle Shepherd Trio – Dream State
Marcus Wyatt & Language 12 – Maji Maji in the Land of Milk and Honey
McCoy Mrubata – Brasskap Sessions Vol. 2
Nduduzo Makhathini – Mother Tongue

Best Classical and/or Instrumental Album
CH2 Guitar Duo – Soos in die Ou Dae
Charl du Plessis Trio – Baroqueswing
Tony Cox – Padkos
University of Pretoria – Phoenix Camerata
Wouter Kellerman – Winds of Samsara

Best Live DVD
Benjamin Dube Renewal in His Presence (producers: Aubrey Peacock & Benjamin Dube)
Krone – Krone Live (producer: Ben Heyns)
Lira – First Decade (producer: Robin Kohl)
Spirit of Praise Spirit of Praise Vol. 5 (producers: Aubrey Peacock, Benjamin Dube & Oupa Montshiwagae)
Various Artists – Innibos is Groot 2014 ‘Live’ (producer: Barry Pretorius)

Best Collaboration
AKA ft. K.O. – Run Jozi
Cassper Nyovest ft. OkMalumkoolkat – Gusheshe
DJ Clock ft. Beatenberg – Pluto
K.O. ft. Kid X – Caracara
The Soil ft. Ladysmith Black Mambazo – Hamba Uyosebenza

Best Music Video of the Year
Alessio Bettocchi (director) – Yaya by DJ Dimplez ft. Dream Team & Anatii
Mzi Kumalo (director) – Turn You On by Mi Casa
Ryan Kruger (director) – Let the Night In by Prime Circle
Kyle Lewis (director) – In Defence of My Art by Tumi Molekane
Zakes Bantwini (director) – Ghetto by Zakes Bantwini

Best Producer of the Year
Lulu Dikana & Powella Tiemo – I Came to Love by Lulu Dikana
Ewald Jansen van Rensburg – Negatives by Monark
Denholm Harding – Let the Night In by Prime Circle
David Scott – KIFF by The Kiffness
Wouter Kellerman & Ricky Kej – Winds of Samsara by Wouter Kellerman

Best Engineer of the Year
Brian O’Shea, Crighton – Johnny Apple by Johnny Apple
Goodwill & Marius Brouwer, Dave Reynolds & Peter Pearlson – The Light of Day by Dave Reynolds
Peter Auret – Brasskap Sessions Vol. 2 by McCoy Mrubata
Brendyn ‘Rusti’ Rossouw – Let the Night In by Prime Circle
Jürgen von Wechmar, Rogan Kelsey, Ross Fink & Jaziel Sommers – Ascension by Toya Delazy

Remix of the Year
DJ Sbu, Robbie Malinga & Mojalefa Thebe – Indlela Yam by DJ Sbu
Select Play – Tsiki Tsiki Remix by Duncan
Goldfish – Moonwalk Away (Goldfish Moon Landing Mix) Radio Edit by Goldfish
Heavy K – Personal Paradise Remix by Heavy K
Riky Rick – Amantombazane by Riky Rick

Category winners to be announced at the awards ceremony:
• International Achievement Awards
• Lifetime Achievement Awards
• Best Selling Album
• Best Selling DVD
• Best Selling Mobile Music Download
• Best Selling Ring-Back Tone
• Best Selling Full-Track Download
• Highest Airplay of the Year

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