Organisers of the South African Music Awards (Samas) have announced that two of rapper Nasty C’s music videos have been removed from this year’s competition.
After proper investigation, Nasty C’s music videos Good Girls and Don’t Do It have been disqualified and subsequently removed from the nomination list.
“Our investigations revealed that the videos were submitted for entry on 24 January 2017. We have further determined that the videos were not aired before the closing date of the entries of 31 January 2017 as required by the rules,” Samas revealed in a press statement.
The videos were listed for the best video of the year category. However, following complaints that the videos were not in line with the rules as dictated by the Samas, the organisers decided to disqualify them.
“We have always trusted that all music videos submitted for this category to us have already been aired by broadcasters during the specified entry period of the Samas entries.
“This case has proven us wrong and we accept full responsibility for our oversight to further verify whether the music videos submitted for this category were in fact aired during the relevant Samas entry period.
“In light of this, the two music videos are automatically disqualified because they do not meet the criteria for Best Music Video Category.”
Nasty C’s tally of nominations goes down to five, making fellow rapper Kwesta the most nominated artist of SAMA 23 with his six nods.
— The SA Music Awards (@TheSAMAs) April 26, 2017
During the announcement which was made late Tuesday night, organisers added that replacement nominees would be announced soon. This would be after the auditors have verified the entries.
Following the changes, Nasty C’s tally of nominations goes down to five. This means that fellow rapper Kwesta is now the most nominated artist of SAMA 23 with his six nods.
While Nasty C is yet to comment on this, his management, Mabala Noise said they did what was required of them. Therefore, it wasn’t their fault that things turned out this way.