The inaugural KwaZulu-Natal Entertainment Awards (KZNEA) took place on Tuesday the 15th of December 2020 at the Durban ICC, and KZN celebrities showed up dressed to the nines as usual.
The awards ceremony was created to celebrate artists, movers, and shakers from the province and Somizi Mhlongo and Pearl Thusi held it down as the event’s hosts and served the most stunning looks!
Performances on the night included the likes of Durban-kwaito pioneers Big NUZ alongside DJ Tira, L’vovo Derrango, Nomcebo Zikode, Khuzani, Nasty C, Sjava, Babes Wodumo, and others.
Nomcebo Zikode for the Best Female Artist accolade. Other big winners included SK Khoza and Thandeka Dawn-King for best male and female actors, Sjava for best male artist, and Bonang Matheba who won an award for being KZN’s favourite cousin.
The South African Style Awards commemorates its’ twenty-fourth 24th year with a celebration honouring individuals across various industries who have not only made an indelible mark on local soil but who have become powerful vehicles for change globally too. The exclusive Awards Ceremony, by invitation only; was hosted by Ayanda Thabethe in the luxurious Diamond Walk on Sunday, the 22nd November 2020, powered by Vodacom Red, and observing all COVID regulations. This year’s theme was ‘Denim Couture’ and the celebrities showed up looking glamourous!
From Most Innovative Style to Most Stylish Business Person, from Most Stylish Media Personality to Most Stylish Model; from the Most Stylish Performing Artist in Film or TV to the Most Stylish Performing Artist in Music, from the Most Stylish Designer – Interior or Fashion to the Most Stylish Couple; from The Next Big Thing to the Most Stylish SA Icon, the prestige of The South African Style Awards pays tribute to South Africans who continue to elevate their industries.
Nadia Nakai scooped the Most Stylish Performing Artist in music award, whilst Sindi Dhlathu walked away with Most Stylish Performing Artist in Film or TV. Blue Mbombo was named the Most Stylish Model and Yasmin Furmie was the winner of this year’s Most Innovative Style award. The Most Stylish Couple Award went to Siya and Rachel Kolisi.
From young South Africans forging their African footprint, to professionals pioneering iconic ideas; from brilliant creative minds using their passion to fuel their dreams, to fearless females who are changing the business landscape across major South African markets; The South African Style Awards celebrates style and business innovators, as people who want more, and who continue to elevate the benchmark for ingenuity, excellence and innovation. This year marked over two decades of bestowing the honour upon South Africans who possess the passion and flair to make their dreams possible.
The 46th People’s Choice Awards were on November 15, 2020, to honour the best in popular culture for 2020. The show was hosted by Demi Lovato and was broadcast live by E! at the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, California.
Jennifer Lopez was honoured with People’s Icon Of 2020. The singer-actress was honoured for her work in cinema and music over the years. At the award ceremony, the superstar was given a surprise through a video message each from Renee Zellweger and Nicole Kidman before her acceptance speech. Both the actors congratulated her on the big award and lauded her hard work. Then, Lopez`s 12-year-old twins Emme and Max shared a sweet message and appeared virtually as they supported their mom on stage.
As she began her acceptance speech, the singer spoke about how 2020 was a “great leveler.” “Man, 2020 was no joke right? I mean before 2020 we were obsessing about winning this award or getting nominated for that award or we were caught up in who sold the most records or box office opening or crazy stuff like did we get the latest drop before anybody else. But not this year. This year was the great leveler,” People magazine quoted Jennifer as saying.
She then went on to thank her fans for their “belief,” and “faith,” in her. “Your belief and your faith in me motivates me to keep going and sometimes when I`m tired or beaten down, like a lot of us have been this year, it`s my family, friends, my babies and my fans, you guys, who have lifted me up when I couldn`t lift myself. I am so grateful to have you, to have that in my life,” she said. In the following section of her speech, the 51-year-old actor is seen giving inspirational messages to “girls in all ages and all colours.”
She also addressed that being a Latina had its share of struggles. “As a Latina and as a woman, we have to work twice as hard to get the opportunities, sometimes my big dreams and my ambitions, it made the people around me nervous. So now here I stand so very grateful knowing that the true measure of my success is not in box office numbers or records sold, but from the love that I feel from all of you,” Lopez said in the emotional speech.
“The true measure is inspiring girls in all ages and all colours, from all over the world, to know you can do whatever want, as many things as you want, and to be proud of who you are no matter where you come from. I want them to know your dreams are limited only by your imagination, determination, and willingness to never give up,” she added.
The actor-turned-singer-turned-businesswoman has seen massive success over the year. The star has had 10 of her songs reach the Billboard Hot 100`s top 10 and two No.1 albums on the Billboard 200.
The long-awaited Queen Sono is finally here and fans are here for it! On Thursday the 27th of February, the who’s who of South Africa’s entertainment industry showed up in their spiffy outfits for the show premiere.
Queen Sono is Netflix’s first African original series and was released on the streaming platform in 190 countries. The six-part crime drama web television series was created by actor and comedian Kagiso Lediga, who directed the show along with Tebogo Malope.
The series follows the story of a South African spy who
tackles criminal operations on the continent while dealing with crises in her
personal life, including a very complex love triangle. Cast members include Pearl
Thusi who plays the lead role of Queen, Enhle Mbali, Vuyo Dabula, Abigail
Kubeka, Chi Mhende, Kate Liquorish, Khathu Ramabulana, and Sechaba
“The thing I’m really excited about is how this is
going to move the industry forward, and where it’s going to take us,” says
Producer and director, Kagiso Lediga says; “It’s all about
bringing the continent of Africa together. I’d just like to see them
represented as part of a bigger African continent. We’re always insular; we’re
such an insular nation. I just wanted to “make South Africa part of
Africa” with this show.
After the show is the after-party! While the 2020 Oscars red
carpet brought out more than a few fabulous looks, but the after party was only
the beginning to a fashionable night out.
For many Hollywood stars, their Sunday night plans included
a trip to the Vanity Fair Oscars After-Party hosted by Radhika Jones at Wallis
Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills, Calif.
While Oscar attendees are expected to attend after the
telecast airs, more than a few familiar faces decided to get a head start and
stop by the party early.
On 1 February 2020, the horses and celebrities graced the Kenilworth
Racecourse for The Sun Met. The day’s theme was ‘African Luxury: Visionaries’ and it
inspired a varied display of looks. Media personality Bonang Matheba, actress
Nandi Mbatha, and Miss South Africa 2019 Sasha-Lee Olivier were among the
celebrities that dazzled on the red carpet.
Bonang, who was one of the official
faces of the event unveiling a new
Prestige Reserve from her bubbly brand, House of BNG, wearing a gold gown heavily encrusted with bling.
A-list racegoers included TV presenter Roxy Burger, celebrity chef Lorna
Maseko, as well as social media
influencers Kefilwe Mabote and Sarah Langa, who twinned in co-ordinating looks
from House Of Fabrosanz.