Grammy-winning DJ and record executive DJ Khaled is set to be the international host of the 14th edition of the MTV Africa Music Awards (MAMAs) taking place in Kampala.
The virtual awards ceremony will showcase African culture, music and creativity and is due to air globally for the first time in 180 countries on February 20 at 2.00 CAT/18.00 GMT/13.00 EST.
The event will celebrate African talent across 20 award categories, including Best Male, Best Female, Best Song and Best Collaboration.
The contribution of artists from Portuguese- and French-speaking Africa will also be recognised in the Best Lusophone and Best Francophone categories. Additional new categories included are the MAMA Generation Change Award, Best Fan Base, Alone Together Best Lockdown Performance and Personality of the Year.
Khaled, who has long been a major force in the music industry, said: “MTV has always been a great partner so I jumped at the opportunity to host this year’s MAMAs. I can’t wait to celebrate the incredible music that comes out of Africa, which has inspired me throughout my career.”
Bruce Gillmer, president of music, music talent, programming and events for ViacomCBS Media Networks, stated: “Africa is home to some of the world’s most dynamic talent and we’re excited to spotlight these artists as the MAMAs broadcast in 180 countries for the first time in MTV history. With Grammy-winning powerhouse DJ Khaled at the helm, we’re certain this will be an incredible, must-see global event.”
Monde Twala, senior VP and general manager at ViacomCBS Networks Africa, added: “We are thrilled to have DJ Khaled as our international host for MAMA Kampala 2021. With his global success achievement and over 22 million followers on social media, he will inspire youth across the continent and attract an even bigger international audience to the virtual event.”
The awards ceremony will be broadcast on MTV Base (DStv Channel 322) and MTV Africa (DStv Channel 130).
The MAMA was established in 2008 by MTV Networks Africa (now Viacom International Media Networks Africa) to celebrate the most popular contemporary music in Africa.
It has since recognised the talent of musicians and personalities from across Africa, including 2Face Idibia, AKA, Anselmo Ralph, Big Nuz, Cassper Nyovest, Clarence Peters, Cabo Snoop, Davido, D’Banj, Diamond Platnumz, Flavour, Lira, Lupita Nyong’o, Mafikizolo Nameless, P-Square, Sarkodie, Tiwa Savage, Toofan, Trevor Noah, Uhuru, Wahu, Wizkid, Yemi Alade and others.
To vote in any of the categories, click here. Voting closes on January 31.