SABC1 has been announced as the official broadcaster of the Amapiano Awards.

The popular awards, which took place last month and are deemed to be the biggest night of amapiano, will air on Friday, 3 December at 9pm.

According to the channel, they are set to give the audience a first class experience of what exactly went down on the night where the best of the best in the amapiano genre were honoured.

In a statement, Dichaba Phalatse, marketing manager of video entertainment at the SABC, said they’re proud to broadcast the inaugural awards of this home-grown music genre and culture that is spearheaded by the youth of this country.

“The impact of amapiano is being felt globally and SABC1 had to ensure that these awards are shown to the broader South African audience. SABC1 is giving a well-deserved platform to this groundbreaking, youth inspired and led amapiano music genre.”

Qhubani “DJ Qness” Ndlovu, president of the South African Amapiano Awards, said: “It feels so surreal to see all the hard work, sweat and vision that is amapiano’s biggest night which only began as a dream finally come to fruition, and I can’t wait for Mzansi to witness the world class show that myself and the team put together on SABC1. Danko means thank you.”

The amapiano stars were honoured at the awards ceremony that was graced by celebrity guests such as Ntando Duma, Jessica Nkosi, Vuyo Dabula, DJ Tira, Zenokuhle Maseko, Samora Mangesi, Zodwa Wabantu, Kuhle Adams, Phil Mphela, Patrick Seleka and Tumi Morake.

Viewers are in for a treat with performances by Sir Trill, Nobantu Vilakazi, Boohle, Nhlanhla Nciza, Pabi Cooper, Reece Madlisa and Zuma, Mr Jazziq, Busta 929, Bontle Smith, DJ Melzi, as well as Lady Du.

The awards were hosted by Robot Boii, Moshe Ndiki and Zola Mhlongo, with Zanele Potelwa taking the reins as the official red carpet host.