MTV Africa Music Awards postponement leaves bitter style with nominated artists. Image: Screengrab/MTV web site
The postponement of the MTV Africa Music Awards (MAMA 21) has left nominated artists in the dead of night as they declare they haven’t been formally notified of the change within the scheduled occasion.
The digital music ceremony, which was alleged to mark the largest evening in African music and the return of the awards following a four-year hiatus, have been placed on ice by the worldwide leisure channel.
The MAMA 21 are an African spin of the internationally acclaimed MTV Awards. The native providing was set to happen in Kampala, Uganda later this month with DJ Khaled because the host.
MTV Base introduced the postponement final week by way of a quick assertion on their social media web page, however some artists who’re nominated and have been lobbying for votes say they solely came upon by way of Metropolis Press that the awards had been postponed to a date, which is but to be introduced.
“I simply logged in now on the web site and solid my vote so I don’t find out about them being postponed. We’ve not heard something from our file label additionally so that’s bizarre,” the artist who requested not be named stated on Tuesday.
The awards have nominations throughout 20 classes, which included artist of the 12 months, greatest group, greatest lusophone act, greatest male, greatest feminine and greatest collaboration. Hit makers Grasp KG, Blaq Diamond, Burna Boy, Tiwa Savage, Busiswa, Davido, Kabza De Small and DJ Maphorisa are amongst those that are nominated.
Voting strains on the web sites had been closed on Thursday afternoon following a Metropolis Press inquiry and a observe stating that the awards are postponed was posted.
One other artist claimed that they had been solely knowledgeable of the brand new modifications on Thursday night after he known as his file label for readability.
“They solely simply obtained again to me now. I suppose we’ll wait for brand new dates from the awards. I’m not certain what it means for individuals who have already solid votes. It’s simply that for now we will’t do something about it,” the musician stated.
In response to questions despatched, MTV Base instructed Metropolis Press that they’ve knowledgeable artists in time.
“All MAMA nominees and performers have been notified of the postponement,” the channel stated.
The channel held that the postponement was brought on by Covid-19 associated problems.
“After cautious consideration, MTV Base is anxious that present well being and security challenges will considerably jeopardise the flexibility of the MAMA 2021 marketing campaign to proceed to realize its targets,” the assertion learn.
“Voting formally closed on January 31 and the voting mechanism on the MAMA web site equally closed.”
The channel stated a brand new date for the awards can be introduced with the Grammy Award profitable worldwide hit maker DJ Khaled persevering with because the host.