This weekend, the 25th annual South African Music Awards took place in Sun City where acts like Sjava, Sho Madjozi, Jeremy Loops, Black Coffee, Lady Zamar, Joyous Celebration and Black Motion were amongst the biggest winners of the night. However, it was Holly Rey’s ‘Record of the Year’ win for her hit single ‘Deeper’ which had everyone talking.
The star made history by becoming the first female artist in two decades to win the highly-coveted category. The last woman to win in this Category was Brenda Fassie who won Song Of The Year in 1999 for Vuli Ndlela. The category is the only category in which the public have a say and are able to vote for their favourite nominee.
‘Deeper’ was released back in May 2018 and continues to be one of the most popular local hits today. “Winning the SAMA feels like a validation of every young South African who has a dream, and especially those young women who hold on to the belief that they can make it, even when facing obstacles,” Holly says. “It feels especially gratifying to be the first woman to take home this award in 20 years. This being the same week in which it was announced that women would make up half our new national cabinet.”
What’s even more impressive is that ‘Deeper’ is an independent release. The song has had over 3.5 million streams, 25 000 downloads and the video has been watched over 5.7 million times on YouTube. “I am honoured to be part of a new generation of female artists who are making their mark on the industry and am so appreciative of every single fan who voted for me,” Holly says.
We’re so proud of her and we can’t wait to see what she has up her sleeve next.