For the first time since their launch 12 years ago, the Metro FM Awards were broadcast on SABC1 live, which gave viewers an opportunity to be part of the event as it unfolded. Usually the awards are broadcast one week after the main event, by which time the winners are already known to the public.
This year’s production improved on the previous one in various ways. The stage setting was stunning, the sound was top-quality and the performances well constructed. The stars also outdid themselves in terms of fashion, adding elegance to talent. Durban hosted the awards for the second time and, judging by the attendance, the city welcomed the Metros back with open arms.
The Soil opened the awards in style, performing their hit Inkomo (featuring Zakwe). Metro FM DJ Azania Ndoro acquitted herself with aplomb as the MC, although Robert Marawa looked a little out of place. Berita, who hails from East London, was the first winner. The newcomer couldn’t hold back her emotion as she went up to accept the award for Best African Pop Album.
Despite her three nominations, Lulu Dikana went home empty-handed, while Zonke scored the award for Best Female Artist. Donald was one of the biggest winners of the night, bagging the Best Styled and Best Produced Albums. The singer broke down in tears as he accepted his awards.
New group The Muffinz walked away with the Best Group award, much to the crowd’s approval. Soul singer Kabomo, Unathi Msengana and newcomer Moneoa were among the artists who received no awards, despite scoring many nominations. However, King of Kwaito Arthur Mofokate surprised everyone by winning the Most Downloaded Song award for Hlokoloza.
Idols winner Khaya Mthetwa performed his hit Move, backed by sexy dancers, before being joined by Toya Delazy. Khuli Chana wowed the crowd with his rendition of Tswa Daar and Mafikizolo who are firmly on the comeback trail, had the audience roaring when they performed Khona.
This year’s Metros might have taken notes from last year’s SAMAs, which were hailed as the best award show in years. The ceremony showed growth, disproving those who say that music awards in SA are both poorly produced and presented, and that they’re disappointing for musos. With the kind of professionalism and thought put into this year’s Durban event, it looks as if they’re going from strength to strength.
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