American musician and record executive DJ Khaled has been announced as the international host of the 2021 MTV Africa Music Awards (MAMA) scheduled to hold in Kampala, Uganda.
The awards, which will broadcast live globally in 180 countries for the first time on February 20, will see DJ Khaled host virtually from the confines of his home in Miami, Florida, alongside African co-emcees.
“MTV has always been a great partner, so I jumped at the opportunity to host this year’s MAMAs,” DJ Khaled said. “I can’t wait to celebrate the incredible music that comes out of Africa, which has inspired me throughout my career.”
Commenting on the choice of the hip hop star as host, President of Music, Music Talent, Programming & Events for ViacomCBS Media Networks, Bruce Gillmer said: “Africa is home to some of the world’s most dynamic talent and we’re excited to spotlight these artistes as the MAMAs broadcast in 180 countries for the first time in MTV history. With Grammy award-winning powerhouse DJ Khaled at the helm, we’re certain this will be an incredible, must-see global event.”
The MAMA Kampala 2021 event will celebrate African talent across 20 award categories, including ‘Best Male’, ‘Best Female’, ‘Best Song’, and ‘Best Collaboration’ over the past year.
The contribution of artists from Portuguese and French-speaking Africa will also be recognised in the ‘Best Lusophone’ and ‘Best Francophone’ categories.