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By Bonginkosi Tiwane

Digital Journalist

TKO for K.O at Metro FM awards

Despite being the most nominated artist on the night and having the Metro FM awards hosted in his province of Mpumalanga, rapper K.O was the night’s biggest loser having not won a single award.

K.O was nominated in seven categories, including Artist of the Year, Best Collaboration Song, Best Hip Hop Artist and Best Male Artist. It was anticipated that AKA would win a number of those awards, following his murder earlier this year and the release of his last album.

But K.O was at least expected to win the Song of the Year award for his song Sete featuring Young Stunna and Blxckie.

K.O’s snub

The award went to gospel artist Betusile Mcinga for his hit, Ngena Noah. Parts of the audience cheered when Minister of Sports Arts and Culture Zizi Kodwa sang the gospel song to announce he had won, while some sections of the crowd seemed shocked that Sete didn’t win the award.

K.O wasn’t present on the night, as he was in the UK. He was performing in Manchester on Saturday night, having performed in Dublin, Ireland on Friday night. A number of people online were disappointed with K.O’s snub.

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Black was back at Metros

Themed Black is Back, the Metro FM awards were held for the first time in five years at Mpumalanga’s Mbombela stadium.

The awards were well attended, with the likes of Minister of Justice and Correctional Services Ronald Lamola, SABC CEO Madoda Mxakwe, former SABC spokesperson Kaizer Kganyago and the Forbes family in attendance.

Lamola told The Citizen he was looking forward to the performances ahead of the event. But when asked which artist he was rooting for on the night, the minister was rather coy, only saying “all of them”.

AKA scooped four of the six awards he was nominated for and was the night’s biggest winner. While the Forbes family was accepting one of the four awards, the crowd chanted Kairo’s name, who was on stage with her grandparents and AKA’s team.

Zizi kodwa and Tbo Touch presenting the Song of the Year Award at Metro FM Music Awards. (Photo by Gallo Images/Oupa Bopape)

As expected, Nduduzo Makhathini walked away with the Best Jazz Album, with his award being accepted by his brother. Duo Mafikizolo were bestowed with the Lifetime Award, so too was Dr Esther Mahlangu.

Betusile Mcinga was one of the night’s standout performances, including Mafikizolo and Musa Keys. The latter won the Best Styled Artist and true to the award, he looked stylish in his fluffy pink jacket.

“I feel great bro,” an excited Musa Keys told The Citizen after coming off stage.

“I was expecting it, I knew [that I would win],” said Musa Keys, who was rushing to perform at another event.

SABC group executive for Radio Ms Nada Wotshela was pleased with how the awards went.

“We are truly delighted with the success of the Metro FM Music Awards 2023, which has cemented its place as the biggest and most prestigious music award ceremony on the South African entertainment calendar,” said Wotshela in a statement.

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