#SAMA25 sees local stars rising to the top

#SAMA25 sees local stars rising to the top

Established talent and up-and-coming stars were given centre stage at this year's SAMAs this past weekend.

25 years of sama
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It was all about celebrating the stars of music. The spectacular event was hosted by six celebrities who montaged 25 years of SAMAs - and had those watching glued to their seats in anticipation of more.

According to Channel 24, newcomer Sho Madjozi won two awards, including 'Newcomer of the Year' and 'Female Artist of the Year'.

Sjava scooped up the prestigious 'Album of the Year' and 'Best Afro Pop Album' awards. 

Black Motion with Moya wa Taola won 'Best Dance Album' and 'Duo/Group of the Year', cementing her place in the local entertainment industry.

DJ Black Coffee also sealed the double-win with two gongs for 'Male Artist of the Year' and 'Best Collaboration Award' with David Guetta for Drive.

Joyous Celebration picked up the SAMRO/CAPASSO 'Best Selling Digital Artist (Composer’s Award)', bringing their tally to three, making them the biggest winners of the 25th SAMAs after they were also crowned winners in the 'Best Selling DVD' and 'Best Selling Artist' categories.

The 'Record of the Year' winner, which is voted for by the public, was announced as Holly Rey for 'Deeper'.

The highly contested 'Best Hip-Hop Album' award went to Nasty C for his Strings and Bling.

Kwaito veteran Spikiri proved his staying power when he beat off stiff competition to clinch 'Best Kwaito/Gqom/Amapiano Album'.

Spirit of Praise won the 'Best Traditional Faith Music Album' for their Spirit of Praise Vol. 7, while on the African Indigenous front, Ithimba LeAfrica’s Sesiphunyukile came out tops.

Snotkop’s SOUS took home the 'Beste Pop Album', while Tresor’s Nostalgia earned him 'Best Pop Album'.

Sgwebo Sentambo emerged a winner in the 'Best Maskandi Album' category for Yekani Umona. Candy’s Hupenyu Unenge Viri won the 'Best Traditional Album' award.

Here are some of the highlights:

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