In their court: The Van Coke Kartel from left, Justin Kruger, Wynand Myburgh, Francois Van Coke and Jedd Kossew are in the running with four MK Awards nominations.

The nominees for the seventh annual MK Awards have been announced. The kings of hard-core rock, Van Coke Kartel dominate with four nominations, while alternative rockers Zebra & Giraffe and the overexposed Toya Delazy have three each.

The MK Awards celebrate the music and artists that the DStv music channel plays throughout the year. The awards have also become a prestigious accolade, particularly among the South African rock music genre, second only to the MTN Samas.

Van Coke Kartel, who first started as a side project to Fokofpolisiekar, also dominated the awards last year when they picked up three awards. This included Best Group for which they walked away with a Hyundai H1 touring van.

Led by the fiercely rock ‘n’ roll Francois van Coke and his wild and bad sidekick Wynand Myburgh, Van Coke Kartel have a large and loyal following with their popular videos dominating that channel.

This year they are nominated for Best Video, Best Group, Best Live Act and Best Rock. Francois van Coke is also nominated in Best Rock on Jack Parow’s track Hard Partytjie Hou. Other contenders are Woodstock Mafia, Taxi Violence and Zebra & Giraffe.

Delazy, who exploded on the scene last year with her big hit Pump It Up is nominated for Best Newcomer along with Gangs of Ballet, Spoegwolf, Tailor, Goodnight Wembley and Woodstock Mafia. She is also nominated in Best Solo where she is up against the glamorous Chiano Sky, the crazy Shotgun Tori, Bouwer Bosch and Jeremy Loops.

The Frown and their avant-garde electro-goth are nominated for two awards, as are The Plastics, Tailor and Woodstock Mafia.

Die Antwoord are also nominated for two awards – Best Group and Best Dance for their song, Baby is on Fire. Their video Fatty Boom Boom was not allowed to be aired on the channel, after DStv management thought it too controversial.

The video was an extension of their much-publicised tiff they had with Lady Gaga. After refusing to open for her sold-out concert, Ninja and Yo-Landi Vi$$er made a video for their song Fatty Boom Boom featuring a Lady Gaga lookalike getting lost in downtown Jozi.

The video also included a scene where a gynaecologist, played by Kagiso Lediga, pulls a Parktown prawn from her vagina.

In the category of Best Dance, Die Antwoord are nominated along with Double Adaptor, Goodluck, Johnny Neon and Pascal & Pearce.

In Best SA Music Festival, a new category, the nominees are Oppikoppi, RAMfest, Rocking the Daisies, Synergy and Up the Creek.

The MK Awards take place on March 24 at the State Theatre in Pretoria. The channel has not yet announced the hosts or who will perform on the night.