Shekhinah, who took away the album of the year, female artist of the year and newcomer of the year awards, was the biggest winner of the night, matching the amount of awards won by Sun-El Musician the previous night.
Kwesta, on the the other hand, was snubbed, losing out on the two categories he was nominated in. He was seen as a favourite in both. “It would’ve been great to win, just ask any artist. As much as it doesn’t define why we make the music, a pat on the back would be great,” he said.
The awards this year were hardly a straight forward affair due to controversy involving two disqualifications. Newcomer Sand was chopped from Record of the Year due to being from Swaziland while Port Elizabeth house DJ Mobi Dixon was disqualified because he was nominated for a remix of an international song.
Channel24 also reported that art was stolen at this years awards. No further details were given.
As for the gossip, Skolopad, dressed in a risqué black ‘dress’, had to be carried out of the venue on a stretcher after passing out, allegedly from exhaustion, although some have speculated that alcohol may also have been a factor.
Host Somizi had the crowd laughing, taking shots at a number of celebs, while co-hosts Dineo Ranaka and Mpho Popps also held their own.
Here is a list of the winners this year:
Best Selling Digital Artists
Highest Airplay Special Composer Winner Package
Sun-El Musician ft Samthing Soweto
Best Traditional Faith Music Album
Andile Kamajola for Andile Kamajola Chapter 8 Sekwanele
Best African Indigenous Gospel Album
Vuma Zion for Samson Aphi Amandla Akho
Best Kwaito Album
Busiswa for Highly Flavoured
Best Afro Pop Album
Mafikizolo for 20
Beste Kontemporere Musiek Album
Jo Black for Skepe
Best Pop Album
Tresor for The Beautiful Madness
Lifetime Achiever Award recipients
Spokes H, Steve Kekana and Mbongeni Ngema
International Achiever Award
Best Rock Album
Fokofpolisiekar for Selfmedikasie
The Best Hip Hop Album
Shane Eagle for Yellow
Best Dance Album
Lady Zamar for King Zamar
Abafana Baka Mgqumeni for 6 to 6
Newcomer of the Year
Duo/Group of the Year
Female Artist of the Year
Male Artist of the Year
Album of the Year
Shekhinah for Rose Gold
Record of the Year
Distruction Boyz FT Benny Maverick & Dladla Mshunqisi for Omunye