Hip Hop and new talent ruled at the 15th annual Metro FM Music Awards on Saturday night.
Newcomer rapper Mthembeni Ndevu, better known as Emtee, bagged four awards at the glamorous ceremony — that was attended by musicians, celebrities and even Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula — while female hip hop artist Refiloe Moeketsi, aka Fifi Cooper, took three.
Both new in the industry, the artists were the biggest winners of the night. This year’s winners also received a R100 000 cash prize for each category win, meaning Emtee walked away with R400 000 while Fifi Cooper took R300 000.
Rapper Kiernan Forbes (AKA) took two awards, while Afro pop artist Nathi Mankayi took home two awards for Best African Pop Album and the coveted Artist of the Year.
Kwaito legend and 999 music label owner Arthur Mafokate received a Lifetime Achievement Award for his 20-year contribution to the music industry.
The show was hosted by radio personalities Bonang Matheba and DJ Moflava, who were hailed for doing a stellar job.
Full list of winners:
SONG OF THE YEAR: Nathi, Nomvula
BEST MALE ALBUM: Cassper Nyovest, Refiloe
BEST AFRICAN POP ALBUM: Nathi, Buyelekhaya
BEST COMPILATION ALBUM: 999 music, Summer Ya Di Summer
BEST DANCE ALBUM: Prince Kaybee, Better Days
BEST FEMALE ALBUM: Fifi Cooper, 20FIFI
BEST DUO OR GROUP ALBUM: DBN Nyts, Believe
BEST-HIT SINGLE: AKA ft Burnaboy, Khuli Chana, Yanga, Baddest
BEST MUSIC VIDEO: Emtee, Roll Up
BEST HIP HOP ALBUM: Emtee, Avery
BEST URBAN JAZZ ALBUM: Nomfundo Xaluva, From Now On
BEST KWAITO ALBUM: DJ Bongz, Game Changer
BEST NEW ARTIST: Fifi Cooper, 20FiFi
BEST R&B SINGLE: Cici, Runaway
BEST REMIX: Emtee, Roll Up Re-Up
BEST URBAN GOSPEL ALBUM: Worship House, True Worship 2015 (Live)
BEST COLLABORATION: AKA ft Burna Boy, Khuli Chana & Yanga, Baddest
BEST-PRODUCED ALBUM: Fifi Cooper, 20FiFi
BEST-STYLED ALBUM: Cici, Runaway
LISTENER’S CHOICE AWARD: Emtee
ONE AFRICA AWARD: Burna Boy
LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD: Arthur Mafokate