- Zola 7 got every excited when the SAMAs committee told him he would be honoured at this year's ceremony
- His excitement was short-lived when he was snubbed at the eleventh hour
- Bishop Benjamin Dube and Dan Tshanda were the only two musicians who received the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award
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Zola 7 was on cloud nine when he was chosen as one of the three recipients to receive this year's Lifetime Achievement Award at the SAMAs. But the star was snubbed at the eleventh hour. He did not get his award when they were handed out two weeks ago.
A week before the awards took place, he was informed he would no longer be honoured. The only two people who received the prestigious award were Dan Tshanda and Bishop Benjamin Dube.
The snub left the excited musician deflated. He was surprised that the SAMAs decided to snub him at the eleventh hour.
According to The The Sowetan, a source close to the Woof Woof hitmaker said he was excited when he received confirmation that he was one of the recipients for the award. The source said he was devastated when he was told he would no longer receive the honour.
Recording Industry of SA (RiSA) CEO Nhlanhla Sibisi told the publication that they received a number of nominations for the Lifetime Achievement Award which were considered by the board.
"After a lengthy deliberation, the number was reduced to three and later to two. The decision of the board on the Lifetime Achievement Award is final."
Zola's manager Sbu Nkambule said the star understands the nomination process and has accepted the decision of the awards committee.
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In other news, Briefly.co.za reported that Yanga Chief took to social media to share his excitement after he scooped the Best Hip Hop Album award with his album titled Becoming a Pop Star on Wednesday night, 5 August.
While many Mzansi artists have taken to social media to bash this year's SAMAs, the Mzansi rapper has absolutely no problem with the prestigious awards. The rapper's album consisted of the hit songs titled Utatakho and the Utatakho remix, which featured Boity, Riky Rick and Dee Koala.
Yanga beat big names such as K.O, DJ Slique, Big Zulu and YoungstaCPT. The award-winning star said he is forever indebted to South African hip-hop.
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