The nominees for the 2017 Metro FM Music Awards were announced on Tuesday and all eyes were on Gospel-Pop singer, Amanda Black

The 24-year-old singer has five nominations at this year’s ceremony, more than any other act.

The likes of Babes Wodumo and Nasty C follow closely with four nominations each, while Kelly Khumalo, Kwesta and A-Reece also received nods at the 16th Metro FM Awards.

Amanda Black’s story is a triumphant one. She could have given up music after failing to win SA Idols in 2015, where she came seventh in the singing competition. Instead, she used that as motivation to spur her on to victory. The Amazulu singer is now one of the biggest artists in the country and this has been reflected in the response to her music.

She stands a chance of winning R500 000 at this year’s awards. Like 2016’s Metros, there is a R100 000 cash prize for every category.

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Here is a full list of Metro FM Music Awards nominees:

African Pop Album
Musa
Amanda Black
Vusi Nova
Soul Kulture
Sjava

Collaboration
Ms Pru – Ameni
Bucie – Rejoice
DJ Speesta – Mayo
Kwesta = Mayibabo

Compilation Album
DJ Tokzen
DJ Qness
DJ Fresh

Dance Album
Babes Wodumo
Dr Malinga
Mobi Dixon
Mpumi
DJ Merlon

Female Album
Amanda Black
Babes Wodumo
Kelly Khumalo
Lebo Sekgobela
Brenda Mntambo

Group Album
Jeziel Brothers
The Soil
Soul Kulture
Durbans Finest
Encore

Hit Single
Citi Lyts – Vura
Riky Rick – Sidlukotini
AKA – One Time
Ms Pru – Ameni
DJ Speedsta – Mayo

Hip Hop
Kwesta
A Reece
Anatii
Nasty C
DJ Slique

Kwaito
Mshoza – Abantu Bam
L’vovo – Amatin tin
Vetkoek and Mahoota – Sohamba ngo7
Sosha – Good Times

Male Album
Nasty C
Kwesta
Sjava
Mobi Dixon
A Reece

Music Video
Duboiz – Dope Dream
Benchmarq – All on Me
Khuli Chana – One Source
Mafikizolo Kucheza
Anatii – Jump

New Artist
Babes Wodumo
Nasty C
Amanda Black
Sjava
Soul Kulture

Urban Gospel Albums
Dr Tumi – Love & Grace
Lebo Sekgobela – Restored
Joyous Celebratio – Joyous 20
We Will Worship – Mmuso
Khaya Mthethwa – The Dawn

Urban Jazz Album
Jimmy Dludla
Brenda Mntambo
Thandiswa
Hugh Masekela
Henry Philemon

R&B Single
Amanda Black
Floda
Charlie Mindgames
Zonke
Joocy

Remixes
DJ Ganyani – Talk to me
Prince Kaybee – Don’t Give Up
Thee Lagacy – Wena Wedwa
Bob Ezy – Close To You
Thee Lagacy – Sthandwa Sami

One Africa Award
Tekno
Vee Mampeezy
Tiwa Savage
Kommanda Obbs
Patoranking

Song of the Year
Babes Wodumo – Wololo
Musa, ft Robbie Malinga – Mthande
Kwesta – Ngudu
Amanda Black – Amazulu
Dr Malinga – Akulaleki
Durban’s Finest, ft Professor – Unsindo
King Monada – Ska Bhora Moreki
Lebo Sekhobela – Lion of Juda
Black Motion – Imali