Here are your 2016 SAMA nominees

By Shanaaz Prince
21 April 2016

The nominees for this year's 22nd annual South African Music Awards have been announced.

It's that time again where some of South Africa's best acts square it off to be announced as South African Music Award winners.

This year sees both veterans and new kids on the block competing for the coveted award in the over 20 categories for this years 22nd annual SAMAs.

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In case you've missed it, here are this year's nominees:

Album of the Year

Francois van Coke – Francois van Coke

Emtee – Avery

Nathi – Buyelekhaya

Tresor – VII

Black Coffee – Pieces of Me

Duo or Group of the Year

Desmond & the Tutus – Enjoy Yourself

Witness the Funk – Finding Nomusa

Marcus Wyatt & the ZAR Jazz Orchestra – One Night in the Sun

Junior Taurus & Lady Zamar – Cotton Candy

Big Nuz – For the Fans

Female Artist of the Year

Judith Sephuma – One Word

Zahara – Country Girl

Fifi Cooper – 20Fifi

Karen Zoid – Drown Out the Noise

Zonke – Work of Heart

Male Artist of the Year 

Nathi – Buyelekhaya

Black Coffee – Pieces of Me

Riky Rick – Family Values

Emtee – Avery

Francois van Coke – Francois van Coke

Newcomer of the Year

Riky Rick – Family Values

Emtee – Avery

Tresor – VII

Fifi Cooper – 20Fifi

Nathi – Buyelekhaya

Best Rock Album 

Desmond & the Tutus – Enjoy Yourself

Francois van Coke – Francois van Coke

Shortstraw – Youthless

Karen Zoid – Drown Out the Noise

Saarkie – Reisiger

Best Pop Album

Tresor – VII

Lakota Silva – Pop: The Mix Tape

Loki Rothman – The Way Back

Can Skylark – Overdrive

Vincent Bones – Shaded Soul

Beste Pop Album (Afrikaans) 

Karlien van Jaarsveld – My Hartjie

Brendan Peyper – Stop, Wag, Bly Nog ’n Bietjie

Vaughan Gardiner – Sit Vanaand op Herhaal

Pierre Rossouw – In my Bloed

Suzanne – Vuurbestand

Best Adult Contemporary Album

Judith Sephuma – One Word

Watershed – Watch the Rain

Karen Zoid & Various – Republiek van Zoid Afrika Vol. 2

Kahn – Salt

Josie Field & Laurie Levine – Tigerlily

Beste Kontemporêre Musiek Album

Elvis Blue – Êrens in die Middel van Nêrens

Andriëtte – Pêrel vir ’n Kroon

Neil Somers – Hierdie Hande

Bok van Blerk – Sing Afrikaner Sing

Stiaan Reynierse – Sonde

Best African Adult Album

Dizu Plaatjies & Friends – Ubuntu – The Common String

Kabomo – Sekusile

Thiwe – Soul Therapy

L’wei Netshivhale – Mudzimu washu

Jessica Mbangeni – Busisiwe – Tribute to the African Heroines

Best Alternative Album 

Petite Noir – La Vie Est Belle/Life is Beautiful

Sannie Fox – Serpente Masjien

The Plastics – In Threes

Moonchild Sanelly – Rabulapha!

Die Heuwels Fantasties – Ja. Nee. Lekker (Deluxe)

Best R&B/Soul/Reggae Album

Nathi – Buyelekhaya

Zonke – Work of Heart

Olwethu – Imbewu

Zahara – Country Girl

The Muffinz – Do What You Love

Best Rap Album

Emtee – Avery

Kid X – 3 Quarter Pace

Da L.E.S – North God

Riky Rick – Family Values

Zakwe – Impande

Best Kwaito Album

Big Nuz – For the Fans

Dbn Nyts – Believe

Kabelo Mabalane – Immortal Vol. 3

Dj Bongz – Game Changer

Mzansi – North Coast Vibe

Best Dance Album 

Black Coffee – Pieces of Me

Mi Casa – Home Sweet Home

Mobi Dixon – Tribal Soul Special Edition

DJ Merlon – Original Copy

Junior Taurus & Lady Zamar – Cotton Candy

Best Traditional Faith Music Album 

TYGC Family – The Journey Begins

Worship House – Project 12 Praise Live

Worship House – True Worship 2015

Dumi Mkokstad – Ukhona Uthixo

Women in Praise – Various Artists

Best Contemporary Faith Music Album 

Ntokozo Mbambo – Spirit and Life

Mark Counihan – To the Brave Ones

Mahalia Buchanan – Redeemed to Worship

24 Skies – Endless Anthem

Benjamin Dube – Sanctified in His Presence

Best Maskandi Album

Imithente – Ichakijana

Thokozani Langa – Khuzeka Mshana

Shwi no Mtekhala – Bazali Bami

Buselaphi – Gabi Gabi

Phuzekhemisi – Woze Durban

Best Jazz Album

Marcus Wyatt & the ZAR Jazz Orchestra – One Night in the Sun

Nduduzo Makhathini – Listening to the Ground

Benjamin Jephta Quintet – Homecoming

Amandla Freedom Ensemble – Bhekisiwe

Bokani Dyer – World Music

Best Classical and/or Instrumental Album

Wouter Kellerman – Love Language

Guy Buttery – Guy Buttery

Deep South – Heartland

Cape Consort – Christoph & Sebastian

KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic – Mintirho ya SJ Khosa

Orchestra

Best Live Audiovisual Recording

Jimmy Dludlu – Live at Emperors Palace

Krone – Krone 2

Ntokozo Mbambo – Spirit and Life

Neyi & Omega – Friends in Praise

Benjamin Dube – Sanctified in His Presence

Best Collaboration

Dbn Nyts ft. Zinhle Ngidi & Trademark – Shumaya

Shekinah x Kyle Deutsch – Back to the Beach

AKA ft. Redsan, Burna Boy & Stoneboy – All Eyes on Me

Major League DJz ft. Cassper Nyovest, Okmalumkoolkat, Riky Rick & Carpo – Sylza Tsotsi

Khuli Chana ft. Patoranking – No Lie

Best Music Video of the Year

Jack Parow & Freshly Ground – Army of One

Riky Rick ft. Cassper Nyovest & Anatii – Fuseg

Al Bairre & PH Fat – Caviar Dreams

iFani – Ayadelela

Monark – Negatives Deluxe

Best Produced Album of the Year

Zahara – Country Girl

Mi Casa – Home Sweet Home

Sannie Fox – Serpente Masjien

Mark Counihan – To the Brave Ones

Zonke – Work of Heart

Best Engineered Album of the Year

Black Coffee – Pieces of Me

Brendan Peyper – Stop, Wag, Bly Nog ’n Bietjie

Zonke – Work of Heart

Mi Casa – Home Sweet Home

Marcus Wyatt & the ZAR Jazz Orchestra – One Night in the Sun

Best Remix of the Year

DJ Sliqe – Do Like I Do Remix

AKA – Baddest Remix

Mobi Dixon – My Sugar

Mobi Dixon – Never Let Me Go Remix

The Fraternity – Bheka Mina Ngedwa Amplified

Category winners to be announced at the awards ceremony:

SPECIAL AWARDS

International and Lifetime Achievement Awards

BEST SELLING MOBILE MUSIC DOWNLOAD

· Best Selling Album

· Best Selling DVD

· Best Selling Mobile Music Download

· Best Selling True-Tone

· Best Selling Ring-Back Tone

· Best Selling Full-Track Download

SAMPRA AWARD

· Highest Airplay of the Year

The shortlist of nominees for the Amstel Record of the Year will be announced on Live Amp this Friday, 22 April on SABC 1, with the public being invited to vote for their favourite song of 2015. The 22nd edition of the South African Music Awards will take place at the Durban International Convention Centre on Saturday, 4 June 2016, and will be broadcast live on SABC1.

Ticket sales for the 22nd Annual South Africa Music Awards taking place on Saturday, 4 June will be open to the public on Friday, 22 April at 12 noon. Tickets are R350 and available from Computicket.

The annual South African Music Awards are organised by the Recording Industry of South Africa (RiSA). The City of Durban is the hosting partner for the Annual South African Music Awards; SABC is the official broadcast partner; Apple Music and iTunes is the Digital Music Partner; PRASA is the transport partner.

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