0035 Clockwise from Unathi, Amu, Spikiri, Oskido, HHP and Mahoota. Picture Mujahid Safodien 07 10 2008

Therese Owen

The finalists for the 2013 Metro FM Music Awards were announced last night at the upmarket Summer Place, Sandringham. The national radio station, which boasts a listenership of 5.6 million, will host the 12th annual award ceremony in Durban on February 26.

Topping the list of nominees is Afro house crooner Donald with six nominations including Best Male and Best Dance Album. He goes up against DJ Pepsi, Tira, Revolution and Metro FM’s Glen Lewis. Drive Time host Lewis has been nominated for an award almost every year.

His Drive Time co-host, Unathi (pictured, left), is nominated four times for her album, With Love. Her four categories also include Best Female where she competes with flavour of the nano second Toya Delazy, newcomer Moneoa and Lulu Dikana.

Former music programmer for Metro FM, Fistaz Maxwell, was nominated in three categories. Other artists to receive four nominations are Kabomo for his second album, Memory Remains and Delazy.

Hipster Delazy exploded on to the South African music scene in 2012 and enjoyed crossover appeal among teenagers with her electro hip hop sound. Her success is echoed in Best Newcomer which is a strong category and reflects a remarkable growth in new South African music. The other nominees in this category include Durban rapper Zakwe, rock and R&B band The Muffinz, Idols winner Khaya and the brand new Diva – Moneoa.

The nominees in the popular category of Best Hip Hop are PRO, Shugasmakx, Teargas, Zakwe and Khuli Chana. Best Kwaito featured the big guns – Tokollo, fellow group member, Kabelo as well as Bricks, Professor and L’Vovo Derrango.

Reflecting the Best Hit Singles are HHP for his big song Bosso, AKA for Jealousy, DJVetkuk vs Mahoota for the summer hit Stokvel, Donald for Deserve and Fistaz for another big festive song Hade Mabebeza.

The voting lines will close at 11.59pm on February 17. For more info go to metrofm.co.za