Local awards shows have been marred by technical faults and controversy over the years but Saturday's first ever DSTV Mzansi Viewer's Choice Awards held at the Sandton Convention Centre helped set a different tone.
They were joined on stage by social media dance maven Zodwa Wabantu before the likes of Thandiswa Mazwai, Lion of Judah power voice Lebo Sekgobela and AKA took to stage to perform in between segments.
In a surprise performance, Malaika's Tshedi Mholo took to the stage alongside Cassper Nyovest to do a throwback Mash-Up of his smash hit, Destiny (which, as you well know is a sample of Mholo's hit by the same name).
DJ Cleo, Winnie Khumalo and Busiswa closed the night off of in gqom-tacular fashion with a mash-up of their own.
Legendary jazz maestro, Hugh Masekela thrilled the crowd with a rousing performance before he was honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award handed to him by M-Net CEO, Yolisa Phahle.
DSTV also took the chance to honor viewers who were working to make a positive change in their communities. Anna Dithane and her son Eugene Dithane each walked off with R50 000 she was named the 1Life Life Changer for uplifting her community with the work she does at part of a community policing forum. Her son won the cash prize for nominating her.
South Africans made their voices heard as they cast over 1 million votes for 50 nominees in 10 categories but that brand-new Kia Picanto worth R150 000 and the R100 000 Vodacom World Shopping Experience that were up for grabs probably helped make voting a little easier. Each prize was awarded to a viewer on the night.
OPW's Thembisa Mdoda was the belle of the ball as she scooped 2 awards on the night, the most out of any category.
FULL LIST OF THE DSTV MZANSI VIEWERS’ CHOICE AWARD
SONG OF THE YEAR: Prince Kaybee – Charlotte
TV PRESENTER: Thembisa Mdoda
RISING STAR: Sjava
RADIO PERSONALITY: B2Cada
ACTOR: Themba Ndaba
ACTRESS: Vatiswa Ndara
MUSIC ARTIST OR GROUP: Kwesta
DJ: Black Coffee
SPORTS PERSONALITY: Caster Semenya
ULTIMATE VIEWERS’ CHOICE: Thembisa Mdoda
Main image credit: twitter.com / @anelemdoda