Lights, camera… METROs!

By Vusi | 02 March 2015 Blog home

Glitzy, glamorous and celebrating greatness, the 14th Metro FM Awards at Durban’s Inkosi Albert Luthuli Conference Centre on Saturday 28 February featured iconic artists who’ve helped to shape the South African music industry as well as new talent just stepping into the light.

Blue Moon had the honour of producing the event – broadcast live on SABC 1 and streamed live on SABC 1 and Metro FM websites – for the third consecutive year, and collaborated with a great team of talented people to exceed already high expectations.

 

Maps and Marks Maponyane are interviewed on arrival by Lunga Shabalala

Maps and Marks Maponyane are interviewed on arrival by Lunga Shabalala

#MMA14

Tweets by viewers sent the twitter world into frenzy and saw the event trending globally. The beautiful Pearl Modiadie spent the evening reading the tweets to the millions tuned in and sharing some with the artists themselves.

The show’s unique and inspiring opening was a retrospective montage featuring the winners of the night’s biggest award – Song of the year –with past winners such as Mapaputsi, Ntando and Uhuru performing their winning songs.

With hosts T-Bo Touch and Minnie Dlamini keeping things bouncy, the evening was peppered with magic performances, including  S’fiso Ncwane performing with the KZN Gospel Choir and Vuka Drumline, DJ Clock and Beatenberg’s 2014 sensation, Pluto (Remember You) and a journey of hits celebrating the music of K.O and HHP.

 

Paying tribute

The night’s Lifetime Achievement Awards went to the legendary Mahotella Queens and Tsepo Tshola, while Sibongile Ngoma, Moneoa and Brian Temba paid tribute to the year’s fallen stars.

But the “moment of the night” was without doubt the tribute to Metro FM’s Eddie Zondi, led by Robert Marawa. Zondi’s favourite songs from his much-loved Sunday soul sessions brought the audience to its feet.

 

Shining star

With seven nominations and five gongs (including the coveted Song of the year), Mafikeng (or “Mo-Town”) artist Cassper Nyovest stole the show. His 2014 debut album, Tsholofelo, enlisted some of the best in the industry, including Brian Soko, who co-produced Beyoncé’s Drunk in Love.

 With seven nominations and five gongs, Cassper Nyovest stole the show.

Fittingly, Nyovest closed the show with a fierce mash-up of ‘Phuma kim’ and ‘Doc Shebeleza’.

 

Lights...Cameras...METROs! The #MMA14 production set the Twitter universe alight!

Lights…Cameras…METROs! The #MMA14 production set the Twitter universe alight!

Big up!

Big kudos to The Metros for its ongoing innovation and originality. We can’t wait to see what MMA15 will bring!

 

2014 Hall of Fame:

Best African Pop Album
Afro’traction – The Lovers

Best Compilation Album
Vinny da Vinci – Deep House Sounds vol 10

Best Dance Album
Nastee Nev – 0808 Sweetsoul

Best Female Album
Naima Kay – Ngiyavuma

Best Duo/Group Album
The Soil – Nostalgic Moments

Best Hip Hop Album
Cassper Nyovest – Tsholofelo

Best Urban Jazz Album
Wanda Baloyi – Love and Life

Best Kwaito Album
L’vovo Derrango – The Boss

Best Male Album
Cassper Nyovest – Tsholofelo

Best Urban Gospel Album
Sfiso Ncwane – Bayede Baba

Best New Artist
Chymamusique – Gift of Sound

Song of the Year
Cassper Nyovest – Doc Shebeleza

Best Hit Single
Cassper Nyovest – Doc Shebeleza

Best Music Video
DJ Fisherman – Call Out

Best R&B Single
Lloyd Cele – Ndiyakudinga Mtakwethu

Best Remix Album
Duncan ft Aka, Professor & Mampitsha – Tsiki Tsiki remix

Best Collaboration
AKA ft Burna Boy, Da Les & JR – All Eyes on Me

Best Produced Album
The Soil – Nostalgic Moments

Best Styled Artist
Donald

Listener’s Choice – Artist of the Year
Cassper Nyovest

Best Selling Music Download
Zahara – Phendula

Lifetime achievement Awards
Tsepo Tshola
Mahotella Queens

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