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The #MMA14- a celebration of music, legends and great fashion, writes @Buhlebonga

Thebe and HHP performing at the 14th Metro FM Music Awards
South Africa’s music stars were honoured at the annual Metro FM Music Awards at the Durban ICC on Saturday evening. 

Minnie Dlamini and Tbo Touch
The event was staged in Durban for the third year in a row and co-hosted by media personalities Tbo Touch and Durban’s own Minnie Dlamini. It was a night to remember for those who had made a significant contribution to the industry over the past year.

North West rapper Cassper Nyovest walked away with four of the biggest awards – best hip hop, male singer, song of the year and hit single – which underpinned his reign as the prince of hip hop in the country. Popular rapper AKA won two – for best collaboration with All Eyes On Me and best remix with Durban rapper Duncan’s hit Tsiki Tsiki Remix.
Those victories proved last year was a big one for hip hop, which had finally become a force to be reckoned. 

A cappella group The Soil won two awards for their latest album, Nostalgic Moments. KZN’s Naima Kay won the best female category, while former Idols winner Lloyd Cele won for the award for best rhythm and blues. 

Performers last night included KO, Cassper Nyovest, AKA, DJ Clock, Beatenberg, HHP, DJ Merlon and Busiswa, who all set the stage alight, bringing the audience to their feet. 
World-famous Mahotella Queens received a lifetime achievement award and took to the stage to perform. Tsepo Tsola also got a lifetime achievement award.

There was an emotional moment when the late Metro FM presenter Eddie Zondi was honoured by his colleagues last night. His widow, Phakamile, and their children received the special remembrance award. 

Fashion at the Metro FM Music Awards black carpet impressed.  Bonang Matheba proved her style icon status with a stunning  Gert Johan Coetzee creation and Cartier jewels. 
Dlamini also delivered in the style stakes, wearing Michael Costello, who dressed BeyoncĂ© at the Grammy Awards last year, amongst other designers, including Durban's Zarth Designs. 

Kelly Khumalo (TACKY), Pearl Thusi (AMAZING), Bonang Matheba (SHUT DOWN), Pearl Modiadie (CHEEKY/SEXY), Khanyi Mbau (CLASSY)
Others who impressed were Isidingo actress Michaella Russell in a JJ Schoeman outfit, Pearl Modiadie, who wore a cheeky number by Inga. Pearl Thusi wore a Gert Johan Coetzee creation, while Khanyi Mbau opted for Pallu. 

Many of the men appeared in suits, though with an edge, the best styled artist winner Donald wore Palse Homme.  Cassper Nyovest wore his own creation, an elaborate Eastern-inspired coat and pants.

Newcomer Kay Sibiya, wore CSquared, while  Tbo Touch wore black and white ombrĂ© Dashiki and matching pants and was heard telling everybody he was the best dressed.

The after-party took place at the Moses Mabhida Stadium People’s Park, where those who hadn’t secured tickets to the event at the ICC watched on the big screens and were able to get into the after-party, where many DJs, including Durban’s DJ Tira, performed for the crowds until the early hours.

The Winners List
Man of the Moment, Cassper Nyovest

Best African Pop: Afrotraction (For The Lovers)
Best Remix: Duncan ft. AKA, Professor, Mampinstha (Tsiki Tsiki Remix)
Best Collaboration: AKA ft. Burna Boy, Da Les and JR (All Eyes On Me)
Best Compilation: House Afrika (Sessions 5)
Best Dance: Nastee Nev (0808 Sweetsoul)
Best Duo/Group: The Soil (Nostalgic Moments)
Best Female: Naima Kay (Ngiyavuma)
Best Hip Hop: Cassper Nyovest (Tsholofelo)
Best Hit Single: Cassper Nyovest (Doc Shebeleza)
Best Kwaito: Lvovo Derrango (The Boss)
Best Male: Cassper Nyovest (Tsholofelo)
Best Music Video: DJ Fisherman (Call Out)
Best New Artist: Chymamusique (Gift of Sound)
Best RnB: Lloyd Cele (Ngiyakudinga Mtakwethu)
Best Urban Gospel: Sfiso Ncwane (Bayede Baba)
Best Urban Jazz: Wanda Baloyi (Love and Life)
Best Styled Artist: Donald (Black & White)
Song of the Year: Cassper Nyovest (Doc Shebeleza)
Listeners Choice Award: Cassper Nyovest 
Downloads: Zahara

All pictures: Bongani Mbatha 

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