- Social media users have slammed the SAMAs after Ami Faku did not get the Best Newcomer of The Year award
- Ami was a fan favourite among the artists she was nominated with in the same category
- When the SAMAs snubbed her, her fans took to Twitter to express their disappointment after the show
Social media users are not impressed by this year's annual South African Music Awards (SAMAs26). They took to Twitter to share their disappointment after songstress Ami Faku was not recognised as the newcomer last night, 3 August.
Ami Faku was nominated in the Best Newcomer of The Year category which was won by Ndabo Zulu and Umgidi Ensemble. Many South Africans had hoped that the Imali hitmaker woukd win her first SAMA via the category.
The controversial awards were hosted by Dineo Langa and Donovan Goliath. The five-night broadcast will take place until Friday, 7 August.
Ami's songs have been on high rotation on TV and radio stations which made her a fan fave to scoop the category. When the SAMAs snubbed her, many fans took to social media to slam the event. Below are some of their reactions:
"How on earth did Ami Faku not win Best Newcomer of The Year? #SAMA26 I'm annoyed."
"So Ami Faku didn't win the best newcomer. #SAMA26 aphambene nyani lama awards."
"Newcomer???!!!! The award had to to be Ami Faku because guyses I'm not ok."
"Dear @amifaku you're a winner for best newcomer. @DjMaphorisa @KabzaDeSmall_ you're winners of best collab. SAMAs are just daylight robbery."
In other news related to the SAMAs, Briefly.co.za reported that Cassper Nyovest blasted the SAMAs after his artist Nadia Nakai was not nominated in the Best Hip Hop Album category. The Amademoni hitmaker has advised artists who were snubbed by the SAMAs to rather focus on winning new fans than taking home new awards.
"My advice to everyone who didn't get nominated and feels cheated: a strong fan base is way more valuable than a full cabinet. They love you when you are new and then they find a replacement when you dominate too much."
Mzansi stars including Matorokisi hitmaker Makhadzi, Nadia and R&B sensation Ayanda Jiya have all taken to social media to complain about not being nominated for this year's ceremony.
Cassper, who feels that Nadia deserved a nomination, emphasised that musicians don't need recognition from the SAMAs in order to succeed in the industry.
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