The South African Music Awards have announced a few changes to some category names to include more artists who’s contributions might have been easily blackballed. As calls for entries for next year’s gong shindig continue gaining momentum, a more diverse pool of artist may now approach the table:
Best Rap Album has changed to Best Hip Hop Album. The renaming allows for Hip Hop DJs to enter their albums in addition to Rap residing in this category. We can already think of a few DJs who will soon be giving rappers a run for their money in this hotly contested category.
Best African Adult has changed to Best African Adult Contemporary Album. The category does not carry language exclusion.
Best Africa Artist has changed to Best African Artist. This has also been made a special category so that South African artists can enter their works and compete for the bragging rights of being named the best artist in the African continent.
The Best Kwaito Album category name has not been changed, but its definition has expanded to include Gqom, New Age Kwaito, Amapiano and other types of Kwaito subcategory music available in the country.