Africa’s most anticipated music awards started on a bad note when comedian Trevor Noah broke the news that he would not be hosting this year’s MAMAs (MTV African Music Awards) due to a respiratory and ear infection.
Queen B, Bonang, was then called on to save the day and graciously accepted the challenge even though she only had 24 hours to prepare.
The announcement caused a Twitter frenzy of mixed reactions and conspiracy theories.
But on the night, Idols SA judge Somizi had this to say to the Queen B haters: “Bonang was born ready. She was ready 24 hours before the show. When she was born they said ‘It’s Bonang.’ And she said ‘It’s your girl B’.
Bonang shared hosting duties with Nomzamo Mbatha and Nigerian singer Yemi Alade.
This year the award ceremony was held in Johannesburg at the Ticketpro Dome.
The red carpet was abuzz with celebs arriving in outfits ranging from glamorous to outrageous!
The ladies who really stood out were TV presenter Ayanda Thabethe, actress Terry Pheto and TV host and singer Nandi Madida, who showed off her growing baby bump in African prints.
Newly engaged couple Phat Joe and Palesa Morgan made their first public appearance.
She had a Rihanna look about her in a short shiny slip dress. The couple were spotted dancing the night away.
But then there were those who stand out for all the wrong reasons.
What was singer Tamara Dey was thinking when she put this outfit together?
But it was Khanyi Mbau’s half plastic Barbie dress that really got tongues wagging.
The bottom of the dress was plastic, showing off a portion of her booty.
Khanyi might have stolen the lime light on the red carpet but it was Wizkid who stole three awards including Best Male, Best Collaboration (with SA’s DJ Maphorisa & DJ Buckz) and prestigious Artist of the Year awards.
Back to the Beach artists Shekhinah and Kyle Deutsch won the Best Pop/Alternative Act award.
SA Olympic gold medallist Caster Semenya walked away with the Personality of the Year award.
And the great Hugh Masekela was honoured with the Legend Award.
A special tribute for the late Mandoza was performed by DJ Cleo, Mdu and Trompies had everybody on their feet.
American rapper Future brought the roof down by closing the show with a mini concert.