The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) ‘s most prominent commercial radio station, METRO FM, has announced the return of the much-anticipated music awards ceremony, the METRO FM Music Awards (MMAs)2023.
The broadcaster indicated that the glamourous awards ceremony will take place on 29 April 2023 and will be hosted by the City of Mbombela, Mpumalanga. The ceremony will be broadcast live on SABC1 and supported by various SABC radio stations. The awards will also be streamed live on SABC Plus and METRO FM’s YouTube channel.
In a statement, the broadcaster said, “Following a short-lived break, the MMAs will provide a platform for interaction with music, business, public representatives, communities and the media, with a rationale to recognise and reward luminaries and excellence in the music industry. In addition, this year’s awards are designed to stimulate interest by unearthing talent and promoting development.”
The METRO FM Music Awards 2023 is open for entries from 19 January 2023 and will close on 28 February 2023.
Speaking about the awards, Group Executive for SABC Radio, Ms Nada Wotshela, said, “We are excited to bring back one of the SABC’s biggest events loved by the millions of our audiences. This event has grown to be embraced by the industry and surely has made an indelible mark; hence the demand for it remained high even during its short break. This property presents a great opportunity to amplify SABC’s brand equity and strengthen our efforts of taking SABC brands to the people”.
In addition, Wotshela stated that “METRO FM Music Awards are successful because of the key strategic partnerships with various stakeholders, and this is not something we take for granted. We have held this event in different provinces, and we are delighted they have returned to Mpumalanga and are looking forward to an exciting event.”
Also commenting, the Head of the Department for Culture, Sport and Recreation, Mr Godfrey Ntombela, said, “We are delighted to welcome the METRO FM Music Awards back to Mpumalanga Province. We strongly believe that this event will reignite tourism, and the fact that we are the host Province again indicates that our Province is a perfect destination for tourism and cultural activities. The opportunity to host this major event comes at the right time, and we are hopeful that it will benefit the creative industry that is still reeling from the dire effects of COVID-19”.