Heavy K ft Nokwazi & Bucie - Inde

The categories and nominees were announced at the DStv Mzansi Viewers’ Choice Awards #DMVCA launch event held at Summer Place in Hyde Park

Grit, blood, sweat and tears! These are the elements that our nominees recognise and what they’ve endured to get to where they are in their craft. Mzansi Magic brings the second chapter of the award ceremony that aims to acknowledge and celebrate homegrown talent in various entertainment streams.

At the DStv Mzansi Viewers’ Choice Awards #DStvMVCA launch event held at Summer Place in Hyde Park, the Gqom sensation, Destruction Boyz, and their smash hit, Omunye the dynamic Durban duo commanded the spotlight. They also lead the nominees list with an impressive three nods; for Song of the Year, Favourite Rising Star and Favourite Music Artist/Group. It looks like they were right on the money when naming their breakout album Gqom is the Future.

Nipping close at the heels with two nominations each are Prince Kaybee and Kagiso Rabada. The house music master and Proteas fast bowler have been making waves and raking in the silverware respectively – most definitely #livingourbestlife in 2018.

Prince Kaybee is nominated in the Song of the Year and Favourite DJ categories, while Rabada appears in the Favourite Sports Personality of the Year and Favourite Personality of the Year lists.

Rabada will have to beat stiff competition from media darling Bonang Matheba, crowd favourite Papa Penny Ahee, Mzansi sweetheart Nomzamo Mbatha and the flamboyant reality TV star Somizi Mhlongo.

“The DStv MVCA launched in 2017 to great fanfare,” said Reneilwe Sema, Director of Local Entertainment Channels at M-Net. “The calibre of nominees, is testament to the quality shows and magnitude of the talent South Africa has to offer. With the viewers voting for the favourites in every category - this is anyone’s race.”

Said Sema: “The DStv MVCA is a way for us to give our viewers a platform to choose their favourite entertainers, who have become a significant part of their daily lives. Another important aspect of the awards is that they recognise both seasoned and new professionals, therefore contributing to the growth of Mzansi talent.”

Last year, fan favourite Thembisa Mdoda walked away with the gong for Mzansi’s ultimate favourite personality, a hotly contested category that had fans furiously casting a combined one million votes across categories.

This year there is the addition of a new category, Favourite Personality of the Year, which will be awarded to a personality that has gone above and beyond to have an impact in our society.

There’s also a hardworking and dedicated community leader who will be bestowed the Life Changer award, courtesy of headline sponsor 1LIFE. This is a person who has worked tirelessly and passionately for the betterment of their community to create positive change. Not only will they be honoured at the ceremony, but will also receive a cash prize of R50 000 (Fifty Thousand Rands) as a thank you.

Kia is also back as an associate sponsor, joined by Castle Milk Stout.

Fans will be able to vote in 11 categories and the nominee with the most votes out of all the categories will be named the ultimate viewers’ choice. With so much love for their entertainment favourites, let The Game of Votes begin – and may the best Fandom win!

Below is the full list of categories and nominees:

Favourite Song of the Year

Prince Kaybee & Lasoulmates ft Zanda Zakuza & TNS - Club Controller   

DJ Maphorisa ft DJ Tira, Busiswa & Moonchild Sanelly - Midnight Starring   

Heavy K ft Nokwazi & Bucie - Inde  

Distruction Boyz ft Dladla Mshunqisi & Benny Maverick - Omunye  

Kwesta ft Wale - Spririt   



Favourite TV Presenter 

Lerato KGanyago 

Thomas Mlambo

Pearl Modiadie           

Carol Tshabalala          

Anele Mdoda           


Favourite Comedian (KIA)


Felix Hlophe          

Tumi Morake        

Smowkey Nyembe         

Mpho Popps            


Favourite Rising Star (KIA)

Smash Afrika          

Luvo Manyonga       

Distruction Boyz           

Langa Mavuso          

Lungi Ngidi          


Favourite Radio Personality

Anele Mdoda        

Ntate Thuso Motaung        

Dudu 'Lady D' Khoza        

DJ Fresh         

Selby 'Selbeyonce' Mkhize        


Favourite Actor (1Life)

Warren Masemola         

Hamilton Dlamini         

Mduduzi Mabaso

Masoja Msiza          

Khulu Skenjana           


Favourite Actress (1Life)

Thembsie Matu       

Rami Chuene          

Linda Sebezo          

Moshidi Motshegwa          

Lesego Marakalla        


Favourite Music Artist / Group (Castle Milk Stout)

Lady Zamar         


Distruction Boyz      




Favourite DJ

MS Cosmo         

DJ Maphorisa          

Prince Kaybee         

DJ Tira       

Black Coffee          


Favourite Sports Personality (SuperSport)

Kagiso Rabada           

Percy Tau          

Caster Semenya           

Pitso Mosimane         

Siya Kolisi           


Favourite Personality of the Year

Papa Penny Ahee          

Bonang Matheba         

Nomzamo Mbatha        

Somizi Mhlongo         

Kagiso Rabada         

Life Changer  (1Life) – Separate Competition

Ultimate Viewers' Choice (DStv) – Most Voted in Total