The popular South African Music Awards returned with a bang this year at the Superbowl Arena in Sun City on Saturday the 1st of June. The star-studded award show-themed ’25toLife’, was a celebration of 25 years since inception.  It was a 2-day glittering celebration which saw a number of celebrities dressed to impress! The red carpet was a show on its own.

It was an exciting showcase of performances and presenters from the era of music mainly the 1990s, 2000s and 2010. Bob Mabena and Melanie Bala represented the 90s and did a sterling job as co-hosts. Khuli Chana and Twasa represented the 2000s. Last year’s returning host, Mpho Popps was paired with Nomzamo Mbatha to represent the 2010s. Some of the big winners included Sjava, Sho Madjozi, and Black Motion.

SAMA25 Main Awards Winners list

SAMRO & CAPASSO BEST SELLING DIGITAL ARTIST (COMPOSER’S AWARD) Joyous Celebration 22 – All for you :Lindelani Mkhize,
Mnqobi Nxumalo, Siphiwe Ngcobo, Thobeka Mahlangu
SAMPRA HIGHEST AIRPLAY OF
THE YEAR AWARD
Lady Zamar -Collide
BEST TRADITIONAL FAITH MUSIC ALBUM Spirit of Praise – Spirit of Praise
Vol.7
EST AFRICAN INDIGENOUS FAITH MUSIC ALBUM Ithimba Le-Africa – Sesiphunyukile
BEST TRADITIONAL ALBUM Candy – Hupenyu Unenge Viri
BEST KWAITO/GQOM/AMAPIANO ALBUM Spikiri – King Don Father
BEST AFRO POP ALBUM Sjava – Umqhele
BESTE POP ALBUM Snotkop – SOUS
BEST POP ALBUM Tresor – Nostalgia
BEST ROCK ALBUM Dan Patlansky – Perfection Kills
BEST HIP HOP ALBUM Nasty C – Strings and Bling
BEST DANCE ALBUM Black Motion – Moya Wa Taola
BEST MASKANDI ALBUM Sgwebo Sentambo -Yekani Umona
NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR Sho Madjozi – Limpopo Champions League
DUO OR GROUP OF THE YEAR Black Motion – Moya Wa Taola
FEMALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR Sho Madjozi – Limpopo Champions League
MALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR Black Coffee – Music is King
ALBUM OF THE YEAR Sjava – Umqhele
RECORD OF THE YEAR Holly Rey – Deeper
LIFETIME ACHIEVERS AWARD X3 TKZEE, Mango Groove and HHP