The South African Music Awards is one of Mzansi’s biggest calendar events where our favourite musicians get an opportunity to be recognised and awarded for their contribution to the music industry.

This year’s theme was ‘25toLife’, which was aimed to celebrate the 25 years of the awards since its inception at the Alberton Civic Centre in Germiston in May 1995.

The Sun City Superbowl came alive with action, glitz and glam on Saturday night. The event was hosted differently this time around and there were six presenters in total. Each of the presenters represented an era of music, with a focus on the 1990s, 2000s and 2010s. 

Bob Mabena and Melanie Bala were a powerful combo and the ultimate throwback to the ’90s music show, Studio Mix. Rapper Khuli Chana teamed up with radio personality Twasa to relive the moments that made the 2000s and comedian Mpho Popps and Nomzamo Mbatha joined forces to represent the 2010s.

Let us look at some of the red carpet highlights from this year.

Limpopo’s golden girl, Tsonga rapper Sho Madjozi continues her rapid rise as one of Mzansi’s top musicians. Her debut album ‘Limpopo Champions League’ bagged the Newcomer Of The Year award and also the Female Artist Of The Year award. She gave an electrifying performance and her family was there to celebrate with her. 

Luthando ‘LootLove’ Shosha rocked the red carpet in a smoking silver grey number with a thigh-high slit. She had twins just a few months ago and she managed to look flawless on the SAMA red carpet. 

Kelly Khumalo is no stranger to the red carpet and is not afraid to take fashion risks and push boundaries. This time she turned heads with a neon pink gown with feathers and a matching headpiece by Khothatso Tsotetsi. Her husband Chad Da Don was also by her side in a burgundy suit and sneakers. 

Lady Zamar looked whimsical in a white chiffon dress, which she paired with oversized earrings. She scooped both the Samro/Capasso Highest Airplay Composer’s Award and the SAMPRA Highest Airplay of the Year Award for her album, Collide.

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Sjava walked away with the very sought after Best Afro Pop album and the prestigious Album of the Year Award for his debut album, Umqhele. Sjava is known for not conforming to fashion expectations, and this time he walked the red carpet in a ‘dad outfit’ of casual trousers and a jacket.


Best Adult Contemporary Album: Ard Matthews - Impossible Machines
Best African Adult Contemporary Album: Nathi- Iphupha Labantu
Best Alternative Album: Nakhane - You Will Not Die
Best R&b/soul Album: Zonke - L.o.v.e
Best Reggae Album: Black Dillinger - Mavara Is King
Best Contemporary Faith Music Album: We Will Worship - Seasons Volume 1
Beste Kontemporêre Musiek Album: Coenie De Villiers - Pure Coenie
Best Jazz Album: Bokani Dyer Trio- Neo Native
Rest of Africa Award: Diamond Platinumz - a Boy From Tandale
Best Live Audio Visual Recording of the Year: Cassper Nyovest - Fill Up Orlando Stadium- Robin Kohl
Best Collaboration: Black Coffee Feat. David Guetta and Delilah Montagu - Drive
Music Video of the Year: Jeremy Loops - Gold by Robert Smith
Best Produced Album of the Year: Nasty C - Strings and Bling by Nsikayesizwe David Junior Ngcobo, Sipho Dlamini and Collin Gayle
Best Engineered Album of the Year: Vusi Nova - Manyan-nyan by Robin Walsh
Remix of the Year: Zakwe - Sebentin by Cassper Nyovest, Hhp, Blaklez, Kwesta and Musiholiq
Best Selling DVD: Joyous Celebration 22 All for You
Best Selling Artist: Joyous Celebration - Umoya Kulendawo
Samro/capasso Highest Airplay Composer’s Award: Lady Zamar -Collide
Samro/capasso Best Selling Digital Artist Composer’s Award: Joyous Celebration - Umoya Kulendawo
Sampra Highest Airplay of the Year Award: Lady Zamar -Collide
Best Traditional Faith Music Album: Spirit of Praise - Spirit of Praise Vol.7
Best African Indigenous Faith Music Album: Ithemba 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

2019 SAMAS RED CARPET ROUND UP 2019 SAMAS RED CARPET ROUND UP Reviewed by Jet Club on June 03, 2019 Rating: 5
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