All You Need To Know About #YOUSpec2016

This year’s YOU Spectacular Awards were so much more than I bargained for. In addition to getting visual confirmation that one of South Africa’s most talked about couples are a thing, we once again got to see exactly why Bonang is ‘she who reigns supreme.’

Eccentric comedian Anne Hirsch reprised her role as host of the annual ceremony which took place this past Saturday (16 July) at Emperors Palace in Johannesburg.

She was joined on stage by her co-hosts for the evening, among which were Nomzamo Mbatha (who came straight to the awards show after landing back in the country from Rome), as well as Roxy Burger, Siv Ngesi, Jessica Nkosi and a newly single Lorna Maseko to name a few.


Bonang Matheba on stage at the 2016 YOU Spectacular Awards. Image by Luba Lesolle

Bonang “Queen B” Matheba reigned supreme as she scooped four awards in total, including the Most Stylish Female Celeb and Social Media Star awards.

Bonang and AKA at the 2016 YOU Spectacular Awards. Image by Luba Lesolle

She also took to the stage with rapper boyfriend AKA to accept their award for Favourite Couple. The stir they caused when they arrived and walked the red carpet together definitely served as indication that they might take the award home. AKA also won the Most Stylish Male Celeb award and revealed that it was a welcome surprise as he has never had a stylist, adding that although we might think B is his stylist, he actually does it all on his own.

Another equally famous couple caused quite the stir when Maps Maponyane surprised Nomzamo with a kiss on the lips as he went up to accept his Sexiest Male Celeb Award.

According to YOU “the night’s musical performances were a tribute to legendary artists who died over the past year and included Lloyd Cele doing a phenomenal cover of Stand By Me by Ben EKing, Thembeka Mnguni wowing the audience with her performance of You’re My World by Cilla Black and Graeme Watkins doing a brilliant version of David Bowie’s Let’s Dance.”

Watkins’ performance was by far the most entertaining – namely because of his incredibly enthusiastic back up dancer who made it his mission to make some of SA’s most beautiful women blush. He was all over Nomzamo, Jessica and Boity but he was swiftly sent back up on stage by AKA when he tried to give Queen B a little lap dance.

All in all, I have no complaints whatsoever about the evening. To make use of a pun I used in the first YOU Spec article I ever wrote; it was a truly spectacYOUlar affair.

The YOU Spectacular 2016 winners are:

Favourite TV Presenter: KATLEGO MABOE

Rising Star: EMTEE

Favourite Couple: BONANG MATHEBA & AKA



Most Stylish Female Celeb:BONANG MATHEBA

Most Stylish Male Celeb: AKA

Favourite Actress: JESSICA NKOSI

Favourite Actor: VUSI KUNENE

Favourite Sports Star: ITUMELENG KHUNE

Favourite Music Star: BLACK COFFEE

Favourite Radio Personality: BONANG MATHEBA

Favourite Comedian: TUMI MORAKE

Social Media Star: BONANG MATHEBA


Follow me on Twitter and Instagram @mediagirl_za to check out all the pics I took on the night.


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