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Sunday, 22 January 2023 10:15

Entries for nominees now open for Metro FM Music Awards after five-year hiatus.

Entertainment Reporter.

The Metro FM Music Awards (MMAs), which celebrate excellence in the South African music industry are back after a five-year absence.

The 2023 edition of the awards is scheduled to take place on 29 April, in Mbombela, Mpumalanga.

The 17th Metro FM Awards will be a live awards show broadcast on SABC 1 (DStv 191) and streamed on SABC+ and Metro FM's YouTube channel.

The awards last took place in 2017 in Durban and were overshadowed by controversy and claims of corruption after the late Ricky Rick slammed radio stations for their apparent lack of support of local musicians and claimed that South African record companies were "buying" awards.

During his acceptance speech for Best Hit Single, Riky Rick had his mic cut off when he said, "90 per cent of the shit I hear on radio is garbage. So, if you're a kid and you're watching this right now, forget radio. If they don't let you play on radio, you better go to the internet and let your songs pop on the internet".

Metrofm says the aim of the awards is to reward "excellence in the music industry" and that the 2023 awards ceremony is "designed to stimulate interest by unearthing talent and promoting development".

The Metro FM Awards have opened online entries, which will run until 28 February. There are 20 categories of awards that will be handed out for singles and albums released between 28 February 2022 and 28 February 2023.

"We are excited to bring back one of the SABC's biggest events that are loved by millions of our audiences. This event has grown to be embraced by the industry and surely has made an indelible mark, hence the demand for it remained high even at the time of its short break," says Nada Wotshela, SABC radio boss.

"We have held this event in different provinces, and we are delighted they have returned to Mpumalanga and are looking forward to an exhilarating event."