The race for prizes at the 2016 edition of the MTV Africa Music Awards (MAMA), intensifies as the award organisers reveal the last group of nominees for this year’s prize.
Nigerian artists such as Tiwa Savage, Yemi Alade, Olamide, Patoranking, Wizkid and many others have received new nominations in the coveted categories which included artist of the year, best female, listener’s choice, best breakthrough and song of the year.
The nominees were selected from a pool of thousands of contemporary mainstream artistes across Africa.
In terms of nominations, Wizkid leads the pack of nominees from Nigeria. He was nominated in the artist of the year category, best male artist and in the personality of the year category.
X3M music artiste, Simi whose music continues to garner attention earns a nomination in the breakthrough category alongside compatriots, Tekno and Falz the bahd guy.
For the young singer, who actually has been craving the spotlight for almost a decade, with a handful of lukewarm songs over the years, getting a MAMA nomination is another milestone in her career.
She sits on the podium with another Mama fresher, hip-hop act Y-cee who got catapulted into the elites’ group after his 2015 hit, ‘Jagaban’.
He earned a nomination in best hip hop category which pitches him alongside music heavyweights including YBNL Boss, Olamide whom he featured in his breakthrough track.
In 2015, Nigerian dance-hall and reggae music act Patoranking picked up the best newcomer prize and in just about a year, he is now being nominated for the best male category contending alongside Wizkid and South-African rapper A.K.A.
The 2016 MTV Africa Music Awards is scheduled to hold in Johannesburg, South-Africa later in 2016.