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Raphael Saadiq added on the BET Experience line-up

Posted by radio On October - 14 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

International R&B and soul artist, and GRAMMY Award winner singer, songwriter, musician and record producer, Raphael Saadiq joins fellow R&B sensation Maxwell on the lineup for the BET Experience Africa. Saadiq, appearing for the first time ever in Africa, will perform during the gala concert at the BET Experience Africa, a spectacular global celebration of urban culture, music and lifestyle, from entertainment channel BET (DStv channel 129).

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The inaugural BET Experience Africa takes place at the Ticketpro Dome, Johannesburg on Saturday 12 December 2015.  Further performers will be announced shortly.

 

Saadiq is a multi-talented musician with eleven GRAMMY nominations to his name plus a BET Award nomination and Soul Train Award.  Over the past two decades Saadiq, who also plays bass, mellotron, keys, guitar, percussion and drums, has worked behind the scenes as a celebrated producer, collaborator and sideman for big-time acts like John Legend, Stevie Wonder, Mary J. Blige, Snoop Dog, Whitney Houston and Elton John – to mention just a few. Fans of classic 80s and 90s R&B/soul will remember Saadiq as a founding member and lead vocalist of influential chart-toppers Tony! Toni! Toné!, responsible for hits like “Feels Good” and “It Never Rains in Southern California”.

 

Since Saadiq’s early days, he has always carried a torch for old school R&B.  In addition to releasing critically acclaimed solo albums like Ray Ray and Instant Village (nominated for five GRAMMYs), Saadiq has released an additional four albums since 1995, the most recent being the critically acclaimed Stone Rollin’.

 

BET Experience Africa provides the perfect kick off to the summer season, taking over the Ticketpro Dome for a non-stop, jam-packed entertainment fest, bringing together lovers of urban culture and music. Wowing visitors all day long, the BET Experience Africa will showcase great food, fashion, music, comedy, dance, sport and much, much more.

 

Inspiring, immersive and hugely entertaining, BET Experience Africa will feature stunning live performance on a central Sound Stage, while stand-up routines from comedy stars will keep the audience laughing. Watch top celebrities battle each other for sporting supremacy the fun-packed Celebrity Basketball Game. Fashionistas will revel in the Fashion & Beauty catwalk, while checking out the hottest trends on the Sneaker scene.  For inspiration, attend one of BET’s informative and instructive Genius Talks, curated by experts and opinion formers in various fields.

After a day of enthralling action and entertainment, it’s time to head to the BET Experience Concert featuring Maxwell, Raphael Saadiq and other international and African artists.

 

Book now to celebrate the many rich and varied faces of the urban lifestyle experience all under one roof. Tickets for the BET Experience Africa are on sale now at www.ticketpro.co.za.  Ticket prices (which include access to the sound stage and other lifestyle activities, plus the concert in the evening) range from R750 on the mezzanine level to R1150 (floor standing), R1250 (floor bleachers) and Golden Circle at R1500.

 

For more information on the BET Experience Africa, please visit www.betafrica.tv, like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/BETinAfrica or join the conversation about the channel on Twitter and Instagram @BET_Africa using the hashtag #BETXAfrica.

 

 

 

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East Coast Radio’s Toy Story with Game kicked off this morning, with celebrities and sports stars attending the launch at the station’s headquarters in Umhlanga.  The annual CSI campaign is aimed at giving joy by providing every child in a government hospital, children’s home and orphanage in KwaZulu-Natal with a brand new toy.

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Cash donations to East Coast Radio’s Toy Story with Game help sustain child-headed households over the long end-of-year school holidays. Each food parcel costs R350 and can feed a family of four people for six weeks.

 

Sharkie joined Sharks player Khaya Majola, Sunfoil Dolphins’ players Calvin Savage and Daryn Smit and musicians Kyle Deutch, Sketchy Bongo and Aewon Wolf in supporting this morning’s launch of the campaign which is now in its 15th year.

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“We are always incredibly humbled by the kindness and generosity shown by people from all across KZN during this annual initiative,” says East Coast Radio’s General Manager, Boni Mchunu. “Listeners go all out to help us and our key sponsor, Game, make a difference in the lives of KZN’s disadvantaged children as we work towards building a better society for KZN.”

 

Speaking at the launch, Mchunu also extended her heartfelt thanks to the stakeholders who make this year’s social outreach programme possible, namely Game, Dawn Wing, Red Cross Air Mercy Services and Champ Marketing.

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“Game is delighted to be part of the East Coast Toy Story for the fifth year running,” says Game Marketing and Customer Director, Mark Turner. “This is one of the campaigns that are close to our hearts as it proof of the heights that can be attained through the collective efforts of the people of South Africa. East Coast Toy Story reminds us that we all have an important duty to play in ensuring the well-being of disadvantaged children, it is always so heart-warming to see the smile that a toy or a much needed meal can bring to the face of a child. We believe that the contributions made will make a tangible difference in the lives of the children.”

 

Last year, KZN listeners, schools  and businesses donated 31 000 new toys and more than R1.7 million to East Coast Radio’s Toy Story with Game, which funded 4685 food parcels. To get involved this year, donate a new toy or make a cash donation at your nearest Game store. Toys can also be dropped off at East Coast Radio’s offices in Umhlanga. Banking details and further information are available at www.ecr.co.za

If your business or school would like to get involved, email toystory@ecr.co.za  to request a collection box.

 

As is tradition, East Coast Radio will broadcast the 12pm to 3pm show live from Newcastle on 23 October 2015, giving businesses and residents in the area a chance to get involved to help make a difference. Celebrities and personalities will join us for the Toy Story Corporate Day Challenge on 20 November 2015 at the Pavilion Shopping Centre.  The initiative rounds off with the Toy Story Cavalcade on 15 December 2015.

 

 

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R&B Superstar Maxwell heading to SA

Posted by radio On October - 1 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

R&B SUPERSTAR MAXWELL ANNOUNCED AS ONE OF MANY INTERNATIONAL STARS TO PERFORM AS PART OF MULTIPLE EVENTS TO BE HELD, 12 DECEMBER 2015.

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R&B superstar Maxwell is heading to SA shores this summer to headline the BET Experience Africa, a spectacular global celebration of urban culture, music and lifestyle, from entertainment channel BET (DStv channel 129).

 

Making its African debut on 12 December, BET Experience Africa provides the perfect kick off to the summer season, taking over the Ticketpro Dome for a non-stop, jam-packed entertainment fest, bringing together lovers of urban culture and music. Wowing visitors all day long, the BET Experience Africa will showcase great food, fashion, music, comedy, dance, sport and much, much more.

 

Inspiring, immersive and hugely entertaining, BET Experience Africa will feature stunning live performance on a central Sound Stage, while stand-up routines from comedy stars will keep the audience laughing. Reserve your court-side seat for the fun-packed Celebrity Basketball Game and you could be watching top celebrities battle each other for sporting supremacy!

 

Fashionistas will revel in the Fashion & Beauty catwalk, while checking out the hottest trends on the Sneaker scene.  For inspiration, attend one of BET’s informative and instructive Genius Talks, curated by experts and opinion formers in various fields.

 

The day will be rounded off with the BET Experience Concert, with superstar artists headlined by GRAMMY Award winning R&B musician Maxwell, alongside other international and African performers. Further talent taking part in BET Experience Africa will be announced at a later date.

 

Commented Alex Okosi, Senior Vice President & Managing Director, Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) Africa, “VIMN Africa and BET are proud to introduce this incredibly successful BET franchise to African audiences for the first time, celebrating so many rich and varied faces of the urban lifestyle experience under one roof.”

 

BET Experience Africa is promoted in partnership with Glen 21 and inspired by the BET Experience, held annually in Los Angeles.

 

Tickets for the BET Experience Africa are on sale now at www.ticketpro.co.za.  Ticket prices (which include access to the sound stage and other lifestyle activities, plus the concert in the evening) range from R750 on the mezzanine level to R1150 (floor standing), R1250 (floor bleachers) and Golden Circle at R1500.

 

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C4U 2015 Sponsor a learner matric dance drive

Posted by radio On September - 30 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

Having collected over a 100 matric dance dresses last year for learners in Diepsloot Combined School, in the year 2015 C4U would like to double the number to 200 and increase the number of schools.

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C4U is a career guidance academy that facilitates the process of quality career decision making in disadvantaged areas. Following various engagements that C4U conducts, a few learners from these disadvantaged areas where identified, learners who dream to celebrate their high school journey-however they have no means to do such.

 

As it is now, matric learners are busy with the preparations of the second most anticipated day of their high school life, a day that marks a celebration of their high school life. It is for this reason that C4U saw it fit to engage on a matric dance drive, an event aimed at transforming disadvantaged young girls and boys into prince/ princesses for this special day and assist them offload the stress of matric year by giving them hope that they are not alone in this journey of success. Help us see matric learners exit school on a high note.

 

Schools that will be involved for this event are: Diepsloot combined school, Steve Tshwete Secondary, Diepsloot No 3 Secondary School ,East Bank high school, Bokgoni Secondary School , Rietvallei Secondary School and Ekwazini secondary school

 

C4U calls for people who are willing to join hands in donating dresses and suits for these young learners. The idea is for people to donate new or previously worn gowns, shoes and other glamorous attire to this project.

For drop offs, please contact Careers For A Powerful You, (C4U)

Contact: 010-590-5594/ 076-707-4234

 

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SABC to partner with SATMAs

Posted by radio On September - 29 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

SABC  is proud to be a media partner for the South African Traditional Music Achievement (SATMA Awards)  which will take place at the University of Zululand in Richards Bay – KwaZulu Natal on Friday 02 and Saturday 03 October  2015, under the theme “I am an African ”.

 

 

On Friday the event will host  Comedy and Fashion Show,13 Categories will be announced and the will be performances by various traditional groups. On Saturday evening is the main music awards ceremony and 15 music categories will be announced.

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SABC’s spokesperson Kaizer Kganyago says,” The SATMA Awards offers an opportunity to the SABC to continue showcasing  the countries music cultural diversity.  Music occupies a central place in the SABC’s programming, be it traditional, Jazz, Gospel, Choral Music or any genre, music plays a crucial role in the promotion of the culture of South Africa’s people and the rest of the continent.

 

The SATMA Awards Founder Dr. Dumisani Goba promised that the, “SATMA Awards will continue to honour and preserve South Africa’s culture and heritage through its support of the arts”. He further challenged government and associated Arts and culture departments to put their financial muscles behind programs that support the upliftment of Traditional Music,  Culture and Heritage.

 

SATMA Awards promote, preserve, uplift, develop, stage multicultural exchanges, honour and award traditional musicians across racial and ethnic background.

 

The Red Carpet will start at 17h30 with VIP Guest such as Celebrities, Traditional Musicians and High Ranking Government Officials.

 

The official Award Ceremony will start at 19h00 with breathtaking performances by some of the SATMA Awards Nominees, Icons and Legends of Traditional Music.

 

Some of the SABC talent that will grace the event include, Bheka Mchunu (uKhozi FM), Ngizwe (Ukhozi FM),

 

SABC will also support the SATMA Awards as follows:

 

 

Ukhozi FM:

Ukhozi FM is a host platform for the SATMA’s  2015.  The station will broadcast  at Empangeni on Friday 2nd  and Saturday 3rd October.  uKhozi FM talent will engage and connect with its listeners and artist at the event.   All other SABC Radio stations will be supporting and covering the event and doing interviews with various artist nominated for the SATMA’s.

 

 

  • Interviewing SATMA AWARDS Winners during and post Award Ceremony by SABC Radio Stations.

 

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Selimathunzi  and ROOTS will do the insert which will be broadcast later on the channel.

 

SABC 1  will broadcast the SATMA AWARDS later in October.

 

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Snoop to host the BET Hip Hop Awards

Posted by radio On September - 23 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

Third time’s the charm as entertainment icon Snoop Dogg and BET (DStv channel 129) team up again for the biggest night of hip hop, electrifying cyphers, powerful performances and legendary tributes that encompass the BET “HIP HOP AWARDS” 2015!

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ATLANTA, GA – SEPTEMBER 20: Rapper Uncle Snoop performs onstage during the BET Hip Hop Awards 2014 at Boisfeuillet Jones Atlanta Civic Center on September 20, 2014 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Brad Barket/BET/Getty Images for BET)

Hosting the show is hip hop icon Snoop Dog, affectionately known as “Uncle Snoop” for the leadership and guidance he provides to both established and up and coming artists. With more than 20 years in the business, Uncle Snoop has become an international name for his work in music, film, entrepreneurship and philanthropy.

“With the huge success of the first two shows, I’m excited to host my third BET ‘Hip Hop Awards’ this year,” said Uncle Snoop. “We’re gonna do it big with more surprises and more performances—you’re not gonna wanna miss this!”

For a second year in a row, Drake leads the BET “Hip Hop Awards” 2015 with twelve impressive nominations including ‘Best Live Performer’, ‘Lyricist of the Year’, ‘MVP of the Year’, ‘Album of the Year’ and ‘Hustler of the Year’. ‘Following closely behind are  Big Sean with 10 nominations; Nicki Minaj with 9 nominations; Kendrick Lamar and J.Cole in a close tie with eight nods.

The awards will be taped on Friday 9 October 2015 at the Boisfeuillet Jones Atlanta Civic Center in Atlanta, GA for the tenth year running, and will premiere on BET and BET2 on Saturday 17 October at 21:35 CAT.

See below for the complete list of BET “HIP HOP AWARDS” ’15 Official Nominees:

Best Hip Hop Video
Big Sean F/ Chris Brown & Ty Dolla $ign – Play No Games
Big Sean F/ Drake & Kanye West – Blessings
Fetty Wap – Trap Queen
Kendrick Lamar – Alright
Nicki Minaj F/ Beyoncé – Feeling Myself

Best Collabo, Duo or Group
Big Sean F/ Drake & Kanye West – Blessings
Big Sean F/ E-40 – IDFWU
Fetty Wap F/ Monty – My Way
Nicki Minaj F/ Beyoncé – Feeling Myself
Nicki Minaj F/ Drake & Lil Wayne – Truffle Butter

Best Live Performer
Drake
J. Cole
Kanye West
Kendrick Lamar
Nicki Minaj

Lyricist of the Year
Big Sean
Drake
J. Cole
Kendrick Lamar
Nicki Minaj

Video Director of the Year
Alan Ferguson
Benny Boom
Chris Robinson/Lil Chris
Colin Tilley
Director X

DJ of the Year
DJ Drama
DJ Envy
DJ Esco
DJ Khaled
DJ Mustard

Producer of the Year
DJ Mustard
J. Cole
Kanye West
Mike Will Made-It
Pharrell Williams
Timbaland

MVP of the Year
Big Sean
Drake
Future
J. Cole
Kendrick Lamar
Nicki Minaj

Track Of The Year
Alright – Produced By Pharrell Williams & Sounwave (Kendrick Lamar)
Blessings – Produced By Boi-1da & Vinylz (Big Sean F/ Drake & Kanye West)
Commas – Produced By DJ Spinz & Southside (Future)
IDFWU – Produced By DJ Dahi, DJ Mustard, Kanye West & Key Wane (Big Sean F/ E-40)
Trap Queen – Produced By Tony Fadd (Fetty Wap)

Album Of The Year
Big Sean – Dark Sky Paradise
Drake – If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late
J. Cole – 2014 Forest Hills Drive
Kendrick Lamar – To Pimp A Butterfly
Nicki Minaj – The Pinkprint
Wale – The Album About Nothing

Who Blew Up Award
Bobby Shmurda
Dej Loaf
Fetty Wap
Rae Sremmurd
Tink

Hustler Of The Year
Dr. Dre
Drake
J. Cole
Jay Z
Nicki Minaj

Made-You-Look Award (Best Hip Hop Style)
A$AP Rocky
Dej Loaf
Drake
Kanye West
Nicki Minaj

Best Hip Hop Online Site
Allhiphop.Com
Complex.Com
Hotnewhiphop.Com
Rapradar.Com
Worldstarhiphop.Com

Best Club Banger
Big Sean F/ E-40 – IDFWU (Produced By DJ Dahi, DJ Mustard, Kanye West & Key Wane)
Dej Loaf – Try Me (Produced By Dds)
Fetty Wap – Trap Queen (Produced By Tony Fadd)
Future – Commas (Produced By DJ Spinz & Southside)
Rich Homie Quan – Flex (Ooh, Ooh, Ooh) (Produced By DJ Spinz & Nitti Beatz)

Best Mixtape
Future – 56 Nights
Future – Beast Mode
Future – Monster
Lil Wayne – Sorry 4 The Wait 2
Travis Scott – Days Before Rodeo

Sweet 16: Best Featured Verse
Drake – Blessings (Big Sean F/ Drake & Kanye West)
Drake – My Way Remix (Fetty Wap F/ Drake)
E-40 – IDFWU (Big Sean F/ E-40)
Kendrick Lamar – Classic Man Remix (Jidenna F/ Kendrick Lamar)
Lil Wayne – Truffle Butter (Nicki Minaj F/ Drake & Lil Wayne)

Impact Track
Big Sean F/ Kanye West & John Legend – One Man Can Change The World
Common & John Legend – Glory (From The Motion Picture “Selma”)
J. Cole – Apparently
J. Cole – Be Free
Kendrick Lamar – Alright

People’s Champ Award
Big Sean F/ Drake & Kanye West – Blessings
Fetty Wap – Trap Queen
Future – Commas
Kendrick Lamar – i
Rae Sremmurd – No Type
Rich Homie Quan – Flex (Ooh, Ooh, Ooh)

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MTV & MTV Base DJS to go Head-to-Head

Posted by radio On September - 9 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

Tired of the same dull, old VIP club nights? Where music takes a back seat to the poseurs and the popping of corks… Here to help that old skool groove get out of its rut are music authorities and sister channels MTV (DStv channel 130) and MTV Base (DStv channel 322), who are going head-to-head in their first ever #MTVDJBATTLE – the ultimate face-off between two teams of the nation’s hottest DJs.
Duking it out for DJ glory on the ones and twos will be DJs KenzheroVigilante, Zinhle, C’ndo, Tira and Shimza who will each be assigned to play for Team MTV or Team MTV Base.

 

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The DJs’ skills will be put to the test with three themed “DJ Battles” and a few rounds of wild card challenges thrown into the mix. Each “Battle” will call on one DJ from each team to out-battle the other to gain favour from the crowd. At the end of the 3 rounds, the audience will select the winner of that battle; after the three battles are completed, the winning team will be crowned #MTVDJBATTLE masters!

 

To see who triumphs on the wheels of steel head down to #MTVDJBATTLE at Carfax, 29 Gwigwi Mrwebi Street, Newtown on Wednesday 16 September 2015. Doors open at 8:00 pm. Tickets are available at Webtickets at www.webtickets.co.za/mobi/event.aspx?itemid=1457804248, priced R100.

 

Who’s got what it takes to win the #MTVDJBattle crown? Find out more at www.mtvbase.com or www.mtv.co.za.  To share your views on the #MTVDJBattle, please follow @MTVBaseAfrica or @MTVza on Twitter using the hashtag #MTVDJBattle.

 

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Kaya FM Presents: Live @ The Bassline

Posted by radio On September - 1 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

Kaya FM is on the forefront of bringing audiences the hottest music performances.

 

With the relationship between Kaya FM  and the Bassline music venue the new monthly series Kaya FM’s Live @ The Bassline, they are blowing audiences away with  sold-out shows featuring the top Afropolitan artists.

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Following the success of the debut event in August featuring Zamajobe and Maleh, September the 18th sees the follow up event and features South African superstar Thandiswa Mazwai alongside Neo Soul star Afro’traction and newcomer sensation Thiwe, in what promises to be another spectacular evening of great music.

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Thandiswa needs no introduction, and this soul sister is sure to deliver once again on the Bassline’s big stage. She last appeared at the venue three years ago, and is making a welcome return. The fiercely outspoken artist is one of the most influential musicians in SA and is keeping the flame – lit for the likes of Busi Mhlongo and Miriam Makeba – alive and well. After numerous albums and countless awards as part of Bongo Maffin and as a solo artist, Thandiswa straddles the urban and the cultural, effortlessly melding the traditional with the modern. An absolute star on stage, she is not to be missed in concert.

Afro Traction

Joining Thandiswa will be the hugely popular Mzwandile Moya, better known by his stage name Afro’traction. With two acclaimed albums under his belt, this self-taught Neo Soul star from Mpumalanga has quickly developed a loyal following and made a name for himself as an artist to watch. This will be his debut on the Bassline stage, and he’s excited about the challenge. ” Music has a soul, it is my business to keep that soul alive”, he says.

Making another Bassline debut will be the stunning Thiwe. Riding high on the back of her recent debut album release entitled Soul Therapy, this Afro Dance star is bound to make an impact on the industry. She first tasted success when Black Coffee remixed her R&B song Crazy and it went on to become a global dance floor hit. A trained Sangoma or traditional healer who hails from a small town in the Free State, Thiwe credits her spiritual side for her live success. “Often I don’t remember my performances, but people rave about them. I can’t take credit for what happens on stage, I just put myself in God’s hands and he supplies the energy.”

 

This month’s Kaya FM Live @ The Bassline show it not to be missed. Tickets are available at www.webtickets.co.za for R200 or R220 at the door.

 

Book now to avoid disappointment.

 

 

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Nicki Minaj to open the MTV VMAs

Posted by radio On August - 28 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

Rapper, singer, global icon and cultural provocateur Nicki Minaj today announced that she will perform to open the 2015 “MTV Video Music Awards,” airing on MTV (DStv channel &130) on Monday 31 August  at 03:00 CAT and 21:00 CAT.  Slyly poking fun at the latest gossip headlines, Minaj made the revelation to her 32 million followers on Instagram by posting an image of an adorable, tiny, gestating…MTV Moonman.

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The “MTV Video Music Awards” will air across Africa on MTV (DStv channel 130) from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, on Monday 31 August at 03:00 CAT and 21:00 CAT.  The primetime simulcast takes place on MTV/MTV Base on Monday 31 August at 20:00 CAT (pre-show) and 21:00 CAT (main show).

 

Having just concluded her global, sold-out tour, The Pinkprint Tour, Minaj returns to a VMA stage that she can rightfully call home.  Minaj made her VMA debut in the 2010 “MTV Video Music Awards” pre-show, t ook to the main stage in 2012 to join Alicia Keys on “Girl on Fire”, and bounced through a performance of her mega-hit “Anaconda” in 2014.

 

The 2015 MTV VMAs will feature Miley Cyrus as host. In addition, Justin Bieber, The Weeknd, Pharrell Williams, Demi Lovato, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Tori Kelly, A$AP Rocky and Twenty One Pilots are confirmed to perform. Presenters will be announced at a later date.

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In addition, MTV has teamed up with world-renowned fashion designer Jeremy Scott to redesign the MTV Moonman for the 2015 “MTV Video Music Awards”.  As homage to Jeremy and his creative talent, the 2015 VMA Moonman encapsulates the true iconic essence of both the fashion designer and the network. From the distinct color of the TV color bars, to the peace sign necklace, to Jeremy’s signature sneakers, the redesign of statue is part of MTV’s long-standing history of bridging the gap between the world of fashion and music.

 

Artists who win a 2015 “Video Music Award” will take home a special-edition Jeremy Scott Moonman, which was created exclusively for this year’s show.

 

The 2015 “MTV Video Music Awards” will air across MTV’s global network of channels in more than 160 countries and territories, reaching more than half a billion households around the world.

The 2015 “MTV Video Music Awards” are sponsored by Smirnoff.

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MTV (DStv channel 130) is set to award Kanye West with the VMA’s highest honour, the “Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award,” for his career-spanning groundbreaking videos, legendary VMA performances, and continued impact on music, art, fashion, and culture The award will be presented during the live broadcast of the 2015 “MTV Video Music Awards” on Monday 31 August at 03:00 CAT.

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The 2015 “MTV Video Music Awards” are sponsored by Smirnoff.

 

MTV also revealed that Pharrell Williams, Demi Lovato, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Tori Kelly, A$AP Rocky and Twenty One Pilots will be performing at the awards, alongside previously announced performer The Weeknd.

 

To download an image of the performers, please click here.

 

The “MTV Video Music Awards” will air live across Africa on MTV (DStv channel 130) from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, on Monday 31 August at 03:00 CAT (official pre-show starts at 02:00 CAT; the primetime simulcast takes place on MTV/MTV Base on Monday 31 August at 20:00 CAT (pre-show) and 21:00 CAT (main August 26, 2015

 

Throughout his career, West has blended musical and visual artistry to powerful effect. From his trilogy of videos for “Jesus Walks,” to the mind-bending animation of “Heartless,” to the arresting imagery of “Bound 2”, he’s pushed boundaries and delivered something new with every successive video.

 

West is also known for some of the most visually stunning VMA performances to date including, 2013’s “Blood on the Leaves”, “Otis” with JAY Z in 2011, the innovative, theatrical staging and visuals of “Runaway” in 2010, his performance debut with auto-tune on “Love Lockdown” in 2008, the hugely-influential, Daft Punk-sampling “Stronger” and “Good Life” with T-Pain in 2007, the mega-hit “Gold Digger” featuring Jamie Foxx in 2005, and his VMA debut performance with a medley of “Jesus Walks/All Falls Down/Through The Wire” featuring Chaka Khan in 2004.

 

West joins the prestigious list of past Vanguard recipients including Michael Jackson, Madonna, Peter Gabriel, Guns N’ Roses, Beastie Boys, Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake and BEYONCÉ.

 

The 2015 MTV VMAs will feature Miley Cyrus as host. Additional performers and presenters will be announced at a later date.

 

MTV has teamed up with world-renowned fashion designer Jeremy Scott to redesign the MTV Moonman for the 2015 “MTV Video Music Awards.” As homage to Jeremy and his creative talent, the 2015 VMA Moonman encapsulates the true iconic essence of both the fashion designer and the network. From the distinct color of the TV color bars, to the peace sign necklace, to Jeremy’s signature sneakers, the redesign of statue is part of MTV’s long-standing history of bridging the gap between the world of fashion and music.

 

Artists who win a 2015 “Video Music Award” will take home a special-edition Jeremy Scott Moonman, which was created exclusively for this year’s show.

 

The 2015 “MTV Video Music Awards” will air across MTV’s global network of channels in more than 160 countries and territories, reaching more than half a billion households around the world.

 

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