5th November, 2010
MTV Networks AfricaÂ andÂ Zain announced nominations for theÂ 2010 MTV Africa MusicÂ Awards with Zain (MAMA).
Nominees for the annual poll of young Africaâ€™s music stars were announced at aÂ star-studded event at De Marquee, Lagos, Nigeria, attended by artistes, nominees,Â celebrities and VIPs.
The nominations were revealed by Alex Okosi, Senior Vice President and ManagingÂ Director, MTV Networks Africa; Andre Beyers, Chief Marketing Officer, Airtel GroupÂ and Rajan Swaroop, CEO, Zain Nigeria.
Nigerian artistes scored an impressive 13 nominations including three nominationsÂ for the duo of P-SquareÂ (Artiste of the Year, Best GroupÂ andÂ Best Video) and twoÂ nominations each for MAMA 2009 winner,Â 2face (Best Male,Â Artiste of the Year);Â WandeÂ CoalÂ (Best Anglophone,Â Best Male) andÂ Banky W.Â (Song of the Year,Â Best Video).
Nigerian female artistes also rated well withÂ Best FemaleÂ nods forÂ NnekaÂ andÂ SashaÂ and a nomination asÂ Brand NewÂ Artiste forÂ Moâ€™Cheddah.
Dâ€™banj, a four-time MAMA winner, received yet another nomination forÂ Song of theÂ YearÂ for Fall in Love.
MAMA 2008 Best Live Performer winnersÂ JoziÂ (South Africa), notched up another â€˜nodâ€™Â from the MAMA academy with a nomination forÂ Artist of the Year.
Six further South African artistes were recognised by the MAMA Academy, withÂ nominations for TeargasÂ (Best Group),Â JRÂ (Song of the Year),Â Black CoffeeÂ (BestÂ Male),Â Big Nuz (Best Anglophone), LiquideepÂ (Song of the Year) andÂ TheÂ ParlotonesÂ (Best Video).
Fally IpupaÂ scored the highest individual number of the nominations with fourÂ separate MAMA award nominations. The charismatic artiste from the DemocraticÂ Republic of the Congo (DRC), who is also performing at MAMA 2010, has been nominatedÂ forÂ Artiste of the Year,Â Best Male,Â Best VideoÂ andÂ Best Francophone, while BarbaraÂ Kanam brought the DRC nomination tally to five with a first time nomination inÂ theÂ Best FemaleÂ category.
East African artistes continued their positive nominations run with five from Kenya,Â Tanzania and Uganda.
Kenyan gospel crossover artiste Daddy Owen,Â is nominated for the first time inÂ theÂ Best AnglophoneÂ category, while hip hop outfit,Â P-Unit,Â gets a mention forÂ BestÂ GroupÂ andÂ MuthoniÂ is recognised in theÂ Brand New category.
In Uganda, there is a first time nomination forÂ Radio and WeasleÂ (Best Group), whileÂ Tanzaniaâ€™sÂ DiamondÂ gets his commendation in theÂ Brand NewÂ category.
Following the MAMA success of Samini in 2009, Ghanaian artiste,Â Sarkodie,Â gets aÂ first time nomination in theÂ Best AnglophoneÂ category.
Four US mega artistes are to fight it out in theÂ Best InternationalÂ category whichÂ seesÂ RihannaÂ representing the gals againstÂ Eminem,Â DrakeÂ andÂ Rick RossÂ in theÂ ultimate urban music face-off.
Two new categories in 2010 have broadened the scope of artistes eligible for theÂ MAMA. TheÂ Best FrancophoneÂ category sees Gabon enter the MAMA race for the firstÂ time with a nomination forÂ Ba Ponga, while Senegalese artiste,Â AwadiÂ and IvoryÂ Coastâ€™sÂ DJ Arafat,Â also pick up their first ever MAMA nominations.
Angolan artistes,Â Cabo SnoopÂ andÂ Paul G,Â pick up nominations in the BestÂ LusophoneÂ category alongside Mozambiqueâ€™s hip hop queens,Â Lizha JamesÂ and Dama doÂ Bling.
The winners for the 2010 MTV Africa Music Awards with ZainÂ will be revealed onÂ Saturday, 11 December, 2010 at the Eko Expo Centre, Lagos, South West Nigeria.