Blaq Diamond scoop the coveted Record of the Year award at Samas grand finale

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  • The grand finale of the 2020 Samas took place on Friday night under the sub-theme, #ForThaClub.
  • Walking away with the biggest award of the show, Record of the Year, was musical duo, Blaq Diamond.
  • All five episode of the Samas will be available on DStv Catch Up.

The final night of the South African Music Awards was a grand celebration. 

The show, which was divided into five episodes, came to a close on Friday with Blaq Diamond walking away as the winners of the coveted Record of the Year for their single, Ibhanoyi.

Other winners on the night included Francois van Coke for Best Rock Album and Prince Kaybee for Album of the Year.

The performances did not disappoint, living up to the theme, #ForThaClub. While Nasty C lit up an empty warehouse to debut his tracks, That's Hard and Palm Trees, Holley Rey took over a Joburg rooftop with her song, You.

But no SA party would be complete without a little bit of Amapiano. Kabza De Small and Sha Sha brought down the house with Koko and Tender Love

Dineo Langa and Donovan Goliath paired up for the last time as show hosts, while Skhumba, Rebecca Malope, DJ Ankletap, Tswyza and Supta kept the comments rolling in as part of the My Muze reaction crew.

A surprise guest appearance was also made by Somizi who showed off his dance moves to Master KG's popular track, Jerusalema.

With three trophies each, Prince Kaybee, Ndabo Zulu (& Umgidi Ensemble) and Benjamin Dube share the top spot for the highest number of wins for the 2020 show.

"We at the SAMA are delighted that despite the Covid-19 restrictions of lockdown and social distancing, the show has indeed gone on. We extend our congratulations to all the musicians who received the prestigious SAMA, as well as the nominees and our honourees. Let's stand by our artists and support their efforts," RiSA CEO, Nhlanhla Sibisi, said in a statement.

Nhlanhla also thanked those responsible for putting the event together and ensuring the broadcast ran smoothly.

All five episodes of the 2020 Samas will be available on DStv Catch Up.

Here are the winners from the grand finale:

Best Rock Album:

Dagdrome in Surburbia by Francois van Coke

Duo/Group of the Year:

Ndabo Zulu & Umgidi Ensemble for Queen Nandi

Album of the Year:

Re Mmino by Prince Kaybee

International Achievement Award:

Ndlovu Youth Choir

Best Remix:

Shay' inumber by Malumz on Decks 

Best Dance Album: in Partnership with Yfm

Re Mmino by Prince Kaybee

Record Of The Year:

Ibhanoyi by Blaq Diamond


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Ndlovu Youth Choir and Prince Kaybee among winners from night 2 of the Samas

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Compiled by Nikita Coetzee

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