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.
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.
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.
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’.
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
Best Compilation Album
Best Dance Album
Best Female Album
Best Duo/Group Album
Best Hip Hop Album
Best Urban Jazz Album
Best Kwaito Album
Best Male Album
Best Urban Gospel Album
Best New Artist
Song of the Year
Best Hit Single
Best Music Video
Best R&B Single
Best Remix Album
Best Produced Album
Best Styled Artist
Listener’s Choice – Artist of the Year
Best Selling Music Download
Lifetime achievement Awards
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