Multi-award winning DJ and record executive, DJ Khaled, who is best known for his Hip Hop and R&B hit anthems has been announced as the official international host for the MTV Africa Music Awards Kampala 2021 (MAMA), going down this year in Kampala on 20th February on MTV in 180 countries.
The ‘I’m the one’ hitmaker will host the virtual awards ceremony from his glamourous home in Miami, Florida, alongside African co-emcees like Bonang Matheba for the star-studded lifestyle and entertainment event.
“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,” DJ Khaled said.
According to the President of Music, Music Talent, Programming & Events for ViacomCBS Media Networks Bruce Gillmer, he believes that Africa is home to some of the world’s most dynamic talent.
“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,” Bruce Gillmer said.
“With DJ Khaled at the helm, we’re certain this will be an incredible, must-see global event,” Bruce added.
The MAMA Kampala 2021 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 recognized 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.
Sixteen categories of the awards have been announced so far and voting is now open at www.mtvmama.com and affiliated Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram accounts. Voting in all categories closes on 31 January 2021.