DJ Khaled to host 2021 MTV MAMAs in Kampala

Grammy®️ award-winning global sensation, DJ Khaled. /Courtesy of Getty
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Kirunda Dan

DJ and record executive, DJ Khaled, who is best known for his hip hop and R&B hit anthems, will be the international host for the MTV Africa Music Awards Kampala 2021 (MAMA).

The highly anticipated awards show will be airing globally for the first-time beginning February 20th on MTV in 180 countries.

Khaled, a Grammy Award-winning global sensation will host the virtual awards ceremony from his home in Miami, Florida, alongside African co-emcees for the star-studded Kampala event.

“Africa is home to some of the world’s most dynamic talent and we’re excited to spotlight these artists as the MAMAs broadcast in 180 countries for the first time in MTV history,” said Bruce Gillmer, President of Music, Music Talent, Programming & Events for ViacomCBS Media Networks.

“With Grammy Award-winning powerhouse DJ Khaled at the helm, we’re certain this will be an incredible, must-see global event,” Gillmer added.

Monde Twala, Senior Vice President and General Manager at ViacomCBS Networks Africa (VCNA) said MTV was thrilled to have DJ Khaled the international host for MAMA Kampala 2021.

“With his global success achievement and over 22 million followers on social media, he will inspire youth across the continent and attract an even bigger international audience to the virtual event,” Monde Twala said, adding that, MTV can’t wait to showcase the latest African musical stars and culture to the MAMA themed MTV World Stage.

On his part, DJ Khaled said that considering the great music that comes out of Africa, he couldn’t resist the opportunity especially when MTV is a great partner of MAMA’s.

“MTV has always been a great partner so I jumped at the opportunity to host this year’s MAMAs,” he said, and that he couldn’t wait to celebrate the incredible music that comes out of Africa, which has inspired him throughout his career.

– DJ Khaled –

Better known as the “Anthem King” and commonly referred to as the “Quincy Jones of Hip Hop & R&B”, DJ Khaled has made dozens of chart-topping hit records featuring Chris Brown, Drake, JAY-Z, Kanye West, Ludacris, T.I., French Montana, Future, Big Sean, Rick Ross, John Legend, Nicki Minaj and Lil Wayne, among others. He has been nominated for, and won, numerous music awards, including 13 BET Hip Hop Awards, one MTV Music Video Award and most recently, a Grammy.

– MAMA Kampala 2021 –

The 2021 Kampala event will celebrate African talent across 20 award categories, including Best Male, Best Female, Best Song, and Best Collaboration. The contribution of artists from Portuguese and French-speaking Africa will also be recognized in the Best Lusophone and Best Francophone categories. Additional new categories included are Alone Together, Best Lockdown Performance and Personality of the Year, the Best Fan Base and MAMA Generation Change Award.

Sixteen categories of the awards have been announced so far and voting is now open at, and affiliated Facebook, Instagram and Twitter accounts. Voting in all categories closes on 31 January 2021.

Africa Tembelea has learnt that the MTV Africa Music Awards Kampala 2021 will be broadcast globally on MTV Base (DStv Channel 322) and MTV Africa (DStv Channel 130) on Saturday 20 February, 2021 at 20:00 WAT / 21:00 CAT / 22:00 EAT.

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