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|Kiernan Jarryd Forbes|
28 January 1988|
Mitchells Plain, Cape Town, South Africa
|Genres||Hip hop o pop|
Kiernan Jarryd Forbes (born 28 January 1988), known by his stage name AKA, is a South African hip hop & pop artist, record producer, father and businessman.
In 2009 AKA ventured for a solo career with hits like "Problems", "In My Walk" and "Do It" with the latter making it to number 1 on the South African 5FM Top 40. He won Metro FM Music Awards for "Best Newcomer", "Best Hip Hop" as a solo act and "Best Produced Album" for his debut Altar Ego. It is then that he was dubbed "Prince of South African Rap" by one of the national newspapers. He also won "Best Dressed man" during the GQ Awards in South Africa alongside Oscar Pistorius. Later did a song with a dope Kenyan rapper known as Travee.
In 2011 AKA's song "Victory Lap" won Channel O's Most Gifted Hip-Hop Video at the 7th annual Channel O Music Video Awards and at the 18th South African Music Awards AKA was awarded Male Artist of the Year and Best Street Urban Music Album.
AKA has opened for Kanye West, Snoop dogg, Rick Ross, 2 Chainz, Big Sean and Kendrick Lamar in their South African tours. He has won many awards including "Best Street Urban Music Album" and "Male Artist of the Year" at the 18th South African Music Awards (SAMA)
In late 2014 rapper AKA signed a multi-album deal with Sony Music through its new local urban label Sound African recordings. Then executive head of A&R for Sony, Zakes Bantwini made the announcement through their platform. 'We're excited to add AKA's illustrious career to our stable. We are excited about AKA's growth prospects in Africa and beyond.' The Sony Music/AKA partnership is the key catalyst to change the business and face of Music across Africa, especially in the key areas of quality, distribution and content management'.
In June 2015, AKA's second album Levels was certified Gold, by the Recording Industry of South Africa, for shipments of over 20,000 copies domestically, as of May 2016 the album was certified platinum by RiSA. AKA was announced as a special guest at WWE live events held in Johannesburg and Cape Town in South Africa.
|Year||Award Ceremony||Prize||Recipient/Nominated work||Result||Notes|
|2012||18th South African Music Awards||Best Male Artist||Altar Ego||Won|
|2013||Channel O Africa Music Video Awards||Most Gifted Hip Hop||Himself||Nominated|
|2014||African Muzik Magazine Awards||Best Male, Southern Africa||Nominated|
|Best Rap Act||Nominated|
|MTV Africa Music Awards||Best Hip Hop||Nominated|
|Channel O Africa Music Video Awards||Most Gifted Hip Hop||Nominated|
|2015||African Muzik Magazine Awards||Best Male Southern Africa||Won|
|MTV Africa Music Awards||Best Collaboration||Won|
|21st South African Music Awards||Best Male Artist||Levels||Won|
|KORA Awards||Best African Hip Hop||Nominated|
|BET Awards||Best International Act (Africa)||Nominated|
|MTV Europe Music Awards||Best International Act|
|M.O.B.O. Awards||Best International Act (Africa)|
|4th South African Hip Hop Awards||Best Collaboration||AKA - Baddest (featuring Burna Boy, Khuli Chana and Yanga)||Nominated|
|Anatii - The Saga (featuring AKA)||Won|
|Most Valuable Artist||
|Most Digital Sales||Won|
|Song of the Year||Anatii - The Saga (featuring AKA)||Won|
|AKA - Baddest||Won|
|Video of the Year||AKA - All Eyes on Me||Nominated|
|Anatii - The Saga (featuring AKA)||Won|
|Da L.E.S - P.A.I.D (featuring AKA and Burna Boy)||Nominated|
|AKA - Sim Dope||Nominated|
|2016||15th Metro FM Music Awards||Best Collaboration||AKA - Baddest (featuring Burna Boy, Khuli Chana and Yanga)||Won|
|Best Hit Single||Won|
|Best Remix||AKA - Baddest Remix (featuring Fifi Cooper, Rouge, Moozlie and GiGi Lamayne)||Nominated|
|22nd South African Music Awards||Best Collaboration||AKA - All Eyes on Me (featuring Redsan, Burna Boy and Stonebwoy)||Nominated|
|Best Remix||AKA - Baddest (featuring FiFi Cooper, Rouge, Moozlie and GiGi Lamayne)||Nominated|
|BET Awards||Best International Act||Nominated|