Africa’s biggest night in music, the 2014 Channel O Africa Music Video Awards, was once more a massive celebration of the crème de la crème of the music industry.

East and Southern Africa reigned supreme in the form of South Africa’s Cassper Nyovest and Tanzania’s Diamond who scooped the most awards on the night.

Cassper – who has been on a winning streak this year and most recently celebrated his debut album Tsholofelo going Gold – his catchy club banger “Doc Shebeleza” earned him a win in the Most Gifted Male, Most Gifted Southern and the biggest award of the night the Jameson Most Gifted Video of the Year categories.

Beating the likes of DJ Clock, Tiwa Savage, K.O, Riky Rick, Burna Boy, Emmy Gee including the Prince of Hip Hop himself A.K.A who were also nominated in the latter category.

Bongo Flava recording artist Diamond Platnumz proved that he too is a force to be reckoned with when he took home the Most Gifted Newcomer, Most Gifted Afro Pop as well as Most Gifted East awards for his breakout hit “Number One”.

Up against Thembi Seete, Bucie, Lizha James and Seyi Shay, “Eminado” featuring one of the continent’s well-respected producers Don Jazzy garnered a win for Tiwa Savage in the Most Gifted Female category.

KCEE won the Most Gifted Duo, Group or Featuring award for his song “Pull Over” which features one of Nigeria’s best selling artists Wizkid, beating K.O, who undoubtedly has had one of the biggest songs of the year.

The awards for the equally competitive categories Most Gifted Kwaito and Most Gifted Hip Hop went to Uhuru featuring Oskido and Professor for “Y-Tjukutja” and A.KA for “Congratulate” beating Khuli Chana and Cassper Nyovest respectively.

Other winners included Busiswa (Most Gifted Dance – “Ngoku”), Buffalo Souljah (Most Gifted Ragga/Dancehall– “Turn Up”), Donald (Most Gifted R&B – “Crazy But Amazing”) and Olamide (Most Gifted West – “Turn Up”).

The only award not determined by public votes, the coveted Special Recognition Award went to Boom Shaka. Channel O paid homage with an honorary performance to the pioneering group that dared to be different and ultimately shaped the Kwaito genre in the ’90s.

Bucie and Busiswa took to the stage and joined remaining group members Junior Sokhela, Theo Nhlengethwa and Thembi Seete and paid tribute to fallen band member Lebo Mathosa with an emotional rendition of the group’s song “Free”, concluding with a spectacular trip down memory lane with the mega hits “Thobela” and “It’s About Time”.

In their 11th year running and hosted by Siyabonga Ngwekazi and Eku Edewor, the 2014 Channel O Africa Music Video Awards were broadcast LIVE from the sold out mammoth Nasrec Expo Centre.

2014 Winners

Most Gifted Male

Cassper Nyovest – Doc Shebeleza – Winner
Davido – Aye
Riky Rick Ft Okmalumkoolkat – Amantombazane
K.O. Ft Kid X – Caracara
Sarkodie – Illuminati

Most Gifted Female

Thembi Seete – Thuntsha Lerole
Bucie Ft Heavy K – Easy To Love
Lizha James Ft Uhuru – Quem Ti Mandou
Tiwa Savage Ft Don Jazzy – Eminado – Winner
Seyi Shay – Irawo

Most Gifted Newcomer

Dream Team Ft Tamarsha, AKA & Big Nuz – Tsekede
Cassper Nyovest – Doc Shebeleza
Emmy Gee Ft Ab Crazy & Dj Dimplez – Rands And Nairas
Diamond – Number One – Winner
Patoranking – Girlie O (Remix)

Most Gifted Duo, Group or Featuring

Uhuru Ft Oskido & Professor – Y-Tjukutja
Dj Clock Ft Beatenberg – Pluto (I Remember)
R2bees Ft Wizkid – Slow Down
K.O. Ft Kid X – Caracara
Kcee Ft Wizkid – Pull Over – Winner

Most Gifted Dance

Uhuru Ft Oskido & Professor – Y-Tjukutja
Davido – Skelewu
Dj Clock Ft Beatenberg – Pluto (I Remember)
P Square – Personally
Busiswa Ft Various – Ngoku – Winner

Most Gifted Ragga Dancehall

Buffalo Souljah – Basawine- Winner
Orezi – Rihanna
Jesse Jagz Feat Wizkid – Bad Girl
Patoranking – Girlie O (Remix)
Shatta Wale – Everybody Likes My Ting

Most Gifted Afro Pop

Davido – Aye
Mafikizolo Ft May D – Happiness
Diamond – Number One – Winner
Flavour – Ada Ada
Iyanya – Jombolo

Most Gifted Kwaito

Uhuru Ft Oskido & Professor – Y-Tjukutja – Winner 
Character Ft Mono T & Oskido – Inxeba Lendoda
Big Nuz Ft Khaya Mthethwa – Incwadi Yothando
Dj Vetkuk Vs Mahoota – Khaba Lenja
Dj Cndo – Yamnandi Into

Most Gifted R&B

2face Ft T-Pain – Rainbow
Jimmy Nevis Ft Kwesta – Balloon
Gb Collective Ft Brian Temba & Reason – Chocolate Vanilla
Donald – Crazy But Amazing – Winner 
Niyola – Toh Bad

Most Gifted Hip Hop

Cassper Nyovest – Doc Shebeleza
Khuli Chana Ft Da L.E.S & Magesh – Hape Le Hape 2.1
Phyno – Alobam
K.O. Ft Kid X – Caracara
AKA – Congratulate – Winner 

Most Gifted Southern

Dj Clock Ft Beatenberg – Pluto (I Remember)
Cassper Nyovest – Doc Shebeleza – Winner 
A.K.A. – Congratulate
Zeus – Psych
K.O. Ft Kid X – Caracara

Most Gifted West

R2bees Ft Wizkid – Slow Down
Davido – Aye
Burna Boy Ft D’banj – Won Da Mo
Olamide – Turn Up – Winner 
Dr Sid Ft Don Jazzy – Surulere

Most Gifted East

Sauti Sol – Nshike
Diamond – Number One – Winner 
Navio – No Holding Back
Eddy Kenzo – Sitya Loss
Elani – Kookoo

Most Gifted Video of the Year

Emmy Gee Ft Ab Crazy & Dj Dimplez – Rands And Nairas
Davido – Aye
K.O. Ft Kid X – Caracara
Burna Boy – Run My Race
Tiwa Savage Ft Don Jazzy – Eminado
Dr Sid Ft Don Jazzy – Surulere
Riky Rick Ft Okmalumkoolkat – Amantombazane
Cassper Nyovest – Doc Shebeleza – Winner 
Sarkodie – Illuminati
Dj Clock Ft Beatenberg – Pluto (I Remember)
AKA – Congratulate
Diamond – Number One

Special Recognition Award

Boom Shaka

Article: Channel O

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