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May the best woman win - Amanda Black leads SAMAs female nomination pack

By Emmanuel Tjiya | 2017-04-21 12:19:41.0

  • Amanda Black. Picture Credit: Veli Nhlapo

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Fresh-faced songstress Amanda Black is leading the female nomination pack at the heavily male dominated 23th annual South African Music Awards (SAMA).

Black's debut album Amazulu has bagged her four nods in the Album of the Year and Best Female Artist of the Year, Best Newcomer of the Year and Best R&B Soul Reggae Album categories respectively.

Other female artists holding their own this year at the SAMA includes Babes Wodumo, Thandiswa Mazwai, Kelly Khumalo and Lebo Sekgobela; each scoring multiple nods. All the aforementioned names will duke it out with Black in the Best Female Artist of the Year category.

Black could hardly contain her excitement after her good news broke last night at the nominations unveiling party held at Destiny Exclusive Hotel in Kempton Park, located on Johannesburg's East Rand.

"I'm excited right now. I'm a little overwhelmed. I don't know if I'm coming or going," Black gushed.

"I was crossing my figures in most of the categories that I submitted for. I'm already crossing my figures for the big night.

"Being nominated it's an honour on its own. It's the SAMA, it's prestigious and it's the biggest music awards in the country where all South African musicians come together and get recognized for their work."

The platinum-selling artist is hoping to extend her lead to five nods tonight when Record of the Year is announced on SABC 1 music show Live AMP.

She adds that should she receive a nomination in the coveted category, that is the one she will be gunning for come the big night in Sun City on 27 May.

"Because we are still waiting for Record of the Year tomorrow, if my name comes up there that's the one I'm mostly looking out for. My song 'Amazulu' I really feel like it's a great contender and it did the part for me and South Africans," Black mentioned.

The Idols SA alumni says a year ago she would not have dreamed that her music career would have taken off this much.

"A year ago I would not have expected to have made it in this multitude. I have definitely always seen myself making it this far, but I just never thought it would happen this soon," Black said.

"I thought I would have to wait a couple more years. Maybe more albums. For this to be happening on my debut album it's a blessing. It's unheard of for me."