The star-studded event was filled with fabulous fashion and hosted by flamboyant personality Somizi Mhlongo, presenter Dino Ranaka and comedian Mpho Pops.
The hottest in Mzansi’s music scene were honoured for their work, and while some of our regular favourites picked up awards on the night, there were also some newcomers who got the recognition they deserved.
Shekinah has come a long way since her days on SA Idols! The singer-songwriter was the star of the night, walking away with three big awards.
She cleaned up at the SAMAs, winning Newcomer of the Year, Album of the Year and Female Artist of the Year for her debut album Rose Gold.
Breakout star Lady Zamar has given us one of the biggest dance tracks of 2018, Collide, and on Saturday night gained a Best Dance Album award under her belt. This rising pop princess is definitely one to watch.
There’s no denying Omunye by Destruction Boyz was the biggest record of the year, going viral online and riding off the success of Marvel’s Black Panter movie.
The hit electro-dance track not won Record of the Year to much applause.
Newcomer of the Year: Shekhinah for ‘Rose Gold’
Male Artist of the Year: Prince Kaybee for ‘I am Music’
Female Artist of the Year: Shekhinah for ‘Rose Gold’
Duo or Group of the Year: Mafikizolo for ‘20’
Album of the Year: ‘Rose Gold’ by Shekhinah
SAMRO Highest Airplay Composer’s Award: Sun-EL Musician ft Samthing Soweto for ‘Akanamali’ composed by Sanele “Sun-El Musician” Sithole
CAPASSO Best Selling Digital Download Composer’s Award: Joyous Celebration for ‘Joyous Celebration Volume 21: Heal Our Land’ composed by Timothy Bambelela Myeni
Best Selling Digital Artist of the Year: Joyous Celebration for ‘Joyous Celebration Volume 21: Heal Our Land’
SAMPRA Highest Airplay Song of the Year: ‘Akanamali’ by Sun-EL Musician ft Samthing Soweto
Best Selling DVD of the Year: ‘Joyous Celebration Volume 21: Heal Our Land’ by Joyous Celebration
Best Selling Album of the Year: ‘Joyous Celebration Volume 21: Heal Our Land’ by Joyous Celebration
Lifetime Achievement Award: Dr Mbongeni Ngema, Adv Steve Kekana , Letona “Spokes H” Hlatshwayo Spokes
International Achievement Award: Shashika Mooruth
Best Rock Album: ‘Selfmedikasie’ by Fokofpolisiekar
Best Pop Album: ‘The Beautiful Madness’ by TRESOR
Beste Pop Album: ‘Laat Die Dansvloer Brand’ by Kurt Darren
Best Adult Contemporary Album: ‘Symphonic Soweto’ by Wouter Kellerman and the Soweto Gospel Choir
Beste Kontemporêre Musiek Album: ‘Skepe’ by Jo Black
Best African Adult Contemporary Album: ‘Ilanga’ by Siseko Pame
Best Alternative Music Album: ‘Mangaliso’ by Bongeziwe Mabandla
Best R&B/Soul/Reggae Album: ‘Relationships’ by Afrotraction
Best Hip Hop Album: ‘Yellow’ by Shane Eagle
Best Kwaito Album: ‘Highly Flavoured’ by Busiswa
Best Dance Album: ‘King Zamar’ by Lady Zamar
Best Traditional Faith Music Album: ‘Andile KaMajola Chapter 8 Sekwanele’ by Andile KaMajola
Best Contemporary Faith Music Album: ‘Heaven’s Ways’ by Nqubeko Mbatha
Best African Indigenous Gospel Album: ‘Samson Aphi Amandla Akho’ by Vuma Zion
Best African Artist Album: ‘The Simphiwe Dana Symphony Experience’ by Simphiwe Dana
Best Traditional Music Album: ‘Jessica Mbangeni Sings IGoli Live @ Lyric Theatre Johannesburg’ by Jessica Mbangeni
Best Maskandi Album: ‘6 to 6’ by Abafana Baka Mgqumeni
Best Jazz Album: ‘Ikhambi’ by Nduduzo Makhathini
Best Classical and/or Instrumental Album: ‘Baroqueswing Vol. III’ by Charl du Plessis Trio
Best Afro Pop Album: ‘20’ by Mafikizolo
Best Live Audio Visual Recording / DVD: ‘Red Mic Xperience’ by Donald. Visual recording producer: Robin Kohl
Best Collaboration: ‘Akanamali’ by Sun-El Musician featuring Samthing Soweto
Music Video of the Year: ‘Arumtumtum’ by Rouge. Directed by Alex Fynn
Best Produced Album: ‘Late Night People’ by Goldfish. Produced by Dominic Peters and David Poole
Best Engineered Album: ‘20’ by Mafikizolo. Produced by Howard Gomba and Themba Sekowe
Remix of the Year: ‘I got you’ by Encore. Remixed by Mobi Dixon
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AUTHOR: Farah Khalfe