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With the nominees officially named, online and social media voting has opened. Source: Twitter/@MTVBaseSouth

JOHANNESBURG – African artists gathered in their numbers yesterday at Constitutional Hill in Johannesburg for the MTV MAMA nominees event. The MAMA is one of the most prestigious musical show awards on the continent and last night they announced this year’s nominees.

Check out Mzansi’s Top 5 power circle nominees who have dominated the hip hop scene ever since they came into it and making us proud on a global level.

South Africa’s controversial and most consistent rapper AKA with the most nominations, got nominated for Best Male and Best Collaboration.

Doc Shebeleza hitmaker Cassper Nyovest also received a nomination for Best Live Act.

The king of Trap and Mzansi’s golden boy Emtee the Hustler made it onto the list as well for Best Hip-Hop category.

Our very own King Kotini better known as Riky Rick has also made it into the Best Hip-Hop category.

…And last but not least, Nasty C’s Juice Back remix landed himself a nod in the Best Collaboration category.

Voting for the MTV MAMA 2016 opens yesterday (September 21st) at 11pm. To vote head to www.mtvbase.com and affiliated Twitter, Facebook and Instagram accounts.

Fans can now vote for Best Group and Best International Actby simply searching for “MTV MAMA” on Google, with each Google account allowed five votes per category per day. Google voting for Best Breakthrough and Song of the Year will open on October 2nd.

Voting in all categories closes at 23.59 CAT on October 19 2016, with the event taking place on October 22nd.