The ultimate celebration of local African and international talent and achievement, MAMA 2021 recognises and rewards musicians, trailblazers and those who are shining a light on the continent's diverse talent and creativity by instilling positive impact on African music and youth culture over the previous year. The awards ceremony will feature performances from leading African and international artists and will also showcase some of the biggest cross-genre and cross-border collaborations.
MAMA 2021 Award Categories
Simi (Nigeria) Sheebah (Uganda) Sho Madjozi (South Africa) Busiswa (South Africa) Yemi Alade (Nigeria) Soraia Ramos (Cape Verde) Tiwa Savage (Nigeria)
Burna Boy (Nigeria) Innoss’B (Democratic Republic of Congo) Kabza De Small (South Africa) Harmonize (Tanzania) Fireboy DML (Nigeria) Master KG (South Africa) Rema (Nigeria)
Blaq Diamond (South Africa) Sauti Sol (Kenya) Kabza De Small / DJ Maphorisa (South Africa) Calema (São Tomé and Príncipe) Ethic (Kenya) Rostam (Tanzania)
Artist of the Year
Burna Boy (Nigeria) Calema (São Tomé and Príncipe) Diamond Platnumz (Tanzania) Master KG (South Africa) Davido (Nigeria) Tiwa Savage (Nigeria) Wizkid (Nigeria)
Elaine (South Africa) Tems (Nigeria) Omah Lay (Nigeria) Zuchu (Tanzania) John Blaq (Uganda) Sha Sha (Zimbabwe) Focalistic (South Africa)
Best Hip Hop
Nasty C (South Africa) Suspect 95 (Cote d’Ivoire) Khaligraph Jones (Kenya) Kwesi Arthur (Ghana) NGA (Angola) OMG (Senegal)
Best Ugandan Act
Sheebah Bebe Cool John Blaq Vinka Daddy Andre Spice Diana
Best Lusophone Act
Calema (São Tomé and Príncipe) Preto Show (Angola) Anna Joyce (Angola) Mr Bow (Mozambique) Nelson Freitas (Cape Verde) Soraia Ramos (Cape Verde)
Best Francophone Act
Innoss’B (Democratic Republic of Congo) Suspect 95 (Cote d’Ivoire) Dip Doundou Guiss (Senegal) Stanley Enow (Cameroon) Fally Ipupa (Democratic Republic of Congo) Gaz Mawete (Democratic Republic of Congo)
Alone Together: Best Lockdown Performance
Diamond Platnumz (Tanzania) – Africa Day Benefit Concert Black Motion (South Africa) – Red Bull Rendezvous Niniola ft Busiswa (Nigeria / SA) – Africa Day Benefit Concert Singuila (Congo) – DCDR Series AKA (South Africa) – AKA TV Yemi Alade (Nigeria) – Poverty (live session)
The MTV Africa Music Awards Kampala 2021 will broadcast on MTV Base (DStv Channel 322) and MTV (DStv Channel 130) on 20 February 2021. The show will also be aired on MTV channels across multiple continents as a one-hour MAMA-themed MTV World Stage feature.
For more information on the MTV Africa Music Awards Kampala 2021, please go to www.mtvmama.com.