South Africa’s hottest acts will be going head to head in 11 categories where viewers votes determine who will walk away as winners on 23 March at The State Theatre in Pretoria.

This year sees the dawning of a new era for the Awards where the “Best Indie” category makes its debut. Viewers have the opportunity to vote on the following platforms: @mktv_. Voting ends at midday on 1 March, 2012.

The nominees for 2012 are:

Best Video
Jack Parow – Tussen Stasies
Locnville – Stars Above You
Die Heuwels Fantasties ft. Inge Beckman– Modus Operandi
Spoek Mathambo – Control
Winterstasie – Los My

Best Newcomer
Bittereinder – Ware Verhaal
Shadowclub – Guns n Money
Moses Metro Man – Huigelaar
The Graeme Watkins Project – Music Affair
Mr Cat & The Jackal – The Devil Always Wants To Dance

Best Group
Van Coke Kartel – Ondier Kom
Shadowclub – Good Morning Killer
Zebra & Giraffe – Undo These Lies
Die Heuwels Fantasties – Buitenste Ruim
Bittereinder ft. Tim Beumers – Slechte Mensen
aKING – Catch Alight

Best International Hit
Mumford & Sons – Little Lion Man
Adele – Rolling In The Deep
LMFAO – Party Rock Anthem
Maroon 5 – Moves Like Jagger
Foo Fighters – Walk

Best SFX/ Animation
aKING – Catch Alight
Goldfish – We Come Together
Mr. Cat & The Jackal – Bad Man Comin
Die Heuwels Fantasties ft. Inge Beckman– Modus Operandi
Van Coke Kartel – Ondier Kom

Best Rock
Knave – Hollow Chamber
Van Coke Kartel – Vir Almal
Taxi Violence – Head Or Tails
Shadowclub – Guns n Money
Dead Alphabet – Eat You Alive

Best Indie
Ashtray Electric ft. Gazelle – Release
Yesterday’s Pupil – Too Tired To Disco
Dance, You’re On Fire – Boxes Of Tigers
The LA Els – Soulkiller
Wrestlerish – Bodies Of Water

Best Hipster
Fulka – Dancing In Our Darkest Days
Holiday Murray – Jirrey
Fire Through The Window – Lonely Hearts
Jack Parow – Byelville
Sedge Warbler – Paranormal Ox Man

Best Dance
PH Fat – The Big Five
Gazelle ft. Teba – Chic Afrique
Goodluck – Hop On Hop Off
Sedge Warbler – Paranormal Ox Man
Jax Panik – Get Up

Best Radio Hit
Kovsie FM – aKING/Catch Alight
Puk FM – Moses Metro Man/Huigelaar
Jacaranda FM – Elvis Blue/Lighthouse
MFM – Jax Panik/Dinosaur
Tuks FM – KONGOS/I’m Only Joking

Best Live Act
Viewers have the opportunity to nominate any artist/band for the Best Live Act category. To cast a vote, ‘Like’ the MK Facebook page at and click on the ‘Live’ tab. Voting on Facebook and Mxit for the “Live” category puts viewers in line to win a Hyundai i20