Industry bigwigs pick Metro Award favourites

2015-01-18 15:00

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Music industry heavyweights are backing DJ Merlon, rapper K.O, Cassper Nyovest and Black Motion to be on top of the list when Metro FM announces the nominees for its annual awards on Thursday.

The 14th Metro FM Music Awards will be held in Durban on February?28.

Before the big nominee reveal at Sandton’s Urban Tree, City Press canvassed the industry to see who’s likely to get a nod this year.

Businessman Oscar Mdlongwa, whose fans know him as DJ Oskido, says his current top five are Cassper Nyovest, K.O, DJ Merlon, Black Motion and Busiswa.

“I’m a DJ and I play their songs wherever I’m playing, so all of them should make it to the nominees list,” he said.

Music producer Cleopas Monyepao, better known as DJ Cleo, said his nominee list featured K.O, Heavy K, DJ Merlon and AKA.

“Cassper Nyovest is non-negotiable. It would be unfair if he doesn’t take even one award home,” said Monyepao.

Nyovest, whose real name is Refiloe Phoolo, told City Press he’d submitted entries for about six categories and felt confident about scooping at least four awards.

Record labels and artists submitted nominations between November 6 and December 6 last year, and a panel of judges will choose five finalists for each category.

It’s these finalists who will be revealed on Thursday.

Sibusiso Mhlongo, who uses the moniker DJ Merlon, rocketed to stardom late last year, thanks to his breakout hit Koze Kuse. He told City Press he believed that he deserved to win something.

Any award he picks up on February 28 would be dedicated to his fans, Mhlongo said.

“We are looking forward to the competition,” he said.

Other names being bandied about at industry parties as Metro Award hopefuls are Kelly Khumalo, Thebe, Trompies, Mono-T and Busiswa.

Metro FM communications manager Happy Ngidi said the station didn’t regret moving the awards from their traditional November slot to February.

“It’s working in our business strategy. This gives all the hit songs that were released during the festive season an opportunity to make it to the nominees’ list,” Ngidi said.

The awards will be held at Durban’s International Convention Centre. There are 3 000 tickets for music fans, although the price hasn’t been set yet. Last year these ordinary tickets cost between R150 and R350. There are also 1 500 tickets for VIPs and VVIPs, according to Ngidi.

A public viewing area will be set up for those who can’t get tickets, and the official afterparty is at Moses Mabhida Stadium.

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