It was the first of its kind. It's a genre that's been growing in leaps and bounds in SA and abroad, so it seemed fitting that it be celebrated with the first Amapiano Awards ceremony.
The historical event was held at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg and the pioneers of the genre were lauded for their work.
This year was definitely the biggest year for the yanos and yesterday was Amapiano's biggest night. We just want to say congratulations to all the artists who won an award at the Amapiano Awards and we hope that the culture lives on. Salute! ???#LiveAmp #SAAmapianoAwards pic.twitter.com/0RGWzBdCWk— Live Amp (@liveamp) October 24, 2021
Presented by actor and comedian Moshe Ndiki and content creator Robot Boii, the audience was treated to performances by choreographer Kamo Mphela, who also walked away with two wins, Sir Trill, Amaroto, Lady Du, and an on-stage exhibition to honour late Amapiano artists Killer Kau, Mpura, TD, Thando Tot and Rustenburg firefighter Sanza Mohumi.
The awards will be broadcast on SABC 1 and dates will be announced closer to the time.
Best Amapiano Music Video - Major League DJz & Abidoza feat. Mpho Sebina – Dinaledi
Best Amapiano Newcomer - Boohle
Friends Of Amapiano - Riky Rick
Most Viral Amapiano Song Of the Year - Khuza Gogo by DBN Gogo, Blaqnick, and MasterBlaq feat. Mpura, Ama Avenger & MJ
Best Amapiano Dance Act - Kamo Mphela
Best Amapiano Live Vocal Performance - Sir Trill
Best Amapiano Lyricist/Rapper - Mpura
Best Amapiano Vocalist - Boohle
Best Amapiano Collaboration - Killer Kau & Mr JazziQ | Amaneighbor feat Reece Madlisa, Zuma & Thackzin DJ
Best Amapiano Music Producer - Kabza De Small
Best Amapiano Produced Song - Umsebenzi Wethu
Best Amapiano Duo or Group - Amaroto
Best Amapiano Female DJ Act - Owami Mafokate
Best Amapiano Male DJ Act - DJ Melzi
Amapiano Album Of the Year - De Mthuda | Ace Of Spades
Best Female Amapiano Artist - Lady Du
Best Male Amapiano Artist - Mr Jazziq
Amapiano Artist of the Year - Kamo Mphela
Amapiano Song Of the Year - Umsebenzi Wethu