Briefly News has launched the Entertainment Awards 2023 to recognise and award the most brilliant South African entertainers.
We will highlight the names who made us laugh and cry, evoked true emotions and changed South Africa for the better. But who will become the winner? You will make this choice by voting for your favorite celebrities.
The Actress of the Year category appreciates the efforts of female movie stars whose performances in movies and series through the year made the biggest impressions on fans.
Sannah 'Sana' Mchunu is a stalwart in the South African acting industry. She is best known for roles in television series such as eKasi: Our Stories, Muvhango and The River. In 2020, Sana appeared in the Mzansi Magic telenovela Gomora as Zodwa, where her role received critical acclaim.
The Actor of the Year category seeks to recognise male movie stars whose works (performances in movies and series) impressed fans the most.
Wiseman Mncube is an actor, playwright, singer and director best known for his roles in television series such as Gold Diggers, EHostela, Uzalo and The Wife. His recent portrayal of legendary musician Mandoza has received critical acclaim.
The DJ of the Year category aims to recognise and honour DJs and individuals who have influenced electronic dance music.
Thuthuka Zindlovu, prominently known as Dlala Thukzin, is a DJ and record producer He is best known for his versatility of blending amapiano, afro tech and gqom. Zindlovu came to prominence after producing Babes Wodumo's "Umngan'wami" taken from her first studio album Gqom Queen, Vol. 1.
The Amapiano Artist of the Year category seeks to recognise the best musician of the year in terms of performances, songs or albums released, and general impact in 2023.
Babili Amos Shili, popularly known by his stage name, Aymos, is a South African singer-songwriter. He is best known for the hit song 'Emcimbini' which was produced by Kabza De Small and DJ Maphorisa. His single 'Fatela' with Ami Faku was certified multi-platinum.
Hip Hop Artist of the Year is an award to honour the outstanding achievements of male artists in hip hop in 2023.
Nsikayesizwe David Junior Ngcobo, known as Nasty C, is a rapper, songwriter, actor and record producer. He became the youngest recipient of an award at the 2015 South African Hip Hop Awards and has since become internationally-renowned.
Makhosazane “Khosi” Twala is a South African journalist, model and reality TV star. She was crowned the winner of the first Big Brother Titans in 2023. Beyond her impeccable fashion sense and red-carpet appearances, Khosi Twala is also making waves as a symbol of entrepreneurial success.
The Top Influencer of the Year category is to recognise social media users who set trends or excited people on the internet.
Naledi Aphiwe Myongwane is an artist, vocalist, singer, songwriter and viral sensation. The teenager got her breakthrough after a video of her singing in her school went viral on TikTok and caught the attention of US singer Chris Brown.
The Best New Artist of the Year category is to recognise new artists whose talent sparked conversations on the internet.
Tyla Laura Seethal is a singer and songwriter. She rose to international fame with her 2023 single 'Water', which was a top 10 hit in a dozen countries, including the United States, United Kingdom and Australia. It is also the first song by a South African soloist to enter the US Billboard Hot 100 in 55 years.