The nominees for the MTV Africa Music Awards 2015 were revealed at a glitzy ceremony in Johannesburg on Thursday evening.
Local stars will go head-to-head with their peers from across the continent when the awards are held in Durban on 18 July.
Cassper Nyovest leads the pack on home soil, scooping three nominations for Best Newcomer, Best Hip-Hop track and Best Song of the Year.
Even though AKA walked away with nominations in the Best Male and Best Collaboration categories – he quickly became a talking point for being ‘snubbed’ in the best hip-hop category.
Cassper and AKA were followed closely by K.O, who banked two nominations in the Song of the Year and Best Hip-Hop categories.
Other artists who are set to be honoured for their work this year include Bucie, Mi Casa, Beatenberg, Prime Circle, Jimmy Nevis and Jeremy Loops.
Here’s a full list of the nominees:
AKA (South Africa), Davido (Nigeria), Diamond (Tanzania), Sarkodie (Ghana) and Wizkid (Nigeria)
Bucie (South Africa), Busiswa (South Africa), Seyi Shay (Nigeria), Vanessa Mdee (Tanzania), and Yemi Alade (Nigeria)
B4 (Angola), Beatenberg (South Africa), Black Motion (South Africa), P-Square (Nigeria) and Sauti Sol (Kenya)
Best New Act Transformed by Absolut:
Anna Joyce (Angola), Cassper Nyovest (South Africa), Duncan (South Africa), Patoranking (Nigeria) and Stonebwoy (Ghana)
Best Hip Hop:
Cassper Nyovest (South Africa), K.O. (South Africa), Phyno (Nigeria), Olamide (Nigeria) and Youssoupha (DRC)
Best Collaboration: AKA, Burna Boy, Da LES & JR: “All Eyes On Me” (SA/Nigeria), Davido featuring Uhuru & DJ Buckz: “The Sound” (Nigeria/SA), Diamond & Iyanya: “Bum Bum” (Kenya/Nigeria) , Toofan & DJ Arafat: “Apero Remix” (Togo/Ivory Coast) and Stanley Enow & Sarkodie: “Njama Njama Cow Remix” (Cameroon/Ghana)
Song of the Year:
Cassper Nyovest: “Doc Shebeleza” (South Africa), Euphonik featuring Mpumi: “Busa” (South Africa), DJ Fisherman & NaakMusiQ featuring DJ Tira, Danger & Dream Team: “Call Out” (South Africa), K.O featuring Kid X: “Caracara” (South Africa), Lil Kesh Featuring Olamide & Davido: “Shoki Remix” (Nigeria), Mavins: “Dorobucci” (Nigeria), Sauti Sol: “Sura Yako” (Kenya), Toofan: “Gweta” (Togo), Wizkid: “Show You The Money” (Nigeria) and Yemi Alade: “Johnny” (Nigeria)
Big Nuz (South Africa), Diamond (Tanzania), Flavour (Nigeria), Mi Casa (South Africa) and Toofan (Togo)
Video of the Year :
“Crazy” – Seyi Shay Featuring Wizkid; Director: Meji Alabi, “Doors” – Prime Circle; Director: Ryan Kruger, “Love You Everyday” – Bebe Cool; Director: Clarence Peters, “Nafukwa” – Riky Rick; Director: Adriaan Louw, “The Sound” – Davido Featuring Uhuru & DJ Buckz; Director: Sesan
Best Pop & Alternative:
Fuse ODG (Ghana), Jeremy Loops (South Africa), Jimmy Nevis (South Africa), Nneka (Nigeria) and Prime Circle (South Africa)
DJ Arafat (Ivory Coast), Jovi (Cameroon), Laurette Le Pearle (DRC), Tour 2 Garde (Ivory Coast), Toofan (Togo)
Ary (Angola), B4 (Angola), Nelson Freitas (Cape Verde), NGA (Angola), Yuri Da Cunha (Angola)
Personality of the Year:
Basketmouth (Nigeria), Bonang Matheba (South Africa), OC Ukeje (Nigeria), Trevor Noah (South Africa) and Yaya Toure (Ivory Coast)