Jhene Aiko and Young Thug to Perform at MTV's MAMA Awards

The MTV show air live July 18.

Grammy Award nominated R&B singer Jhene Aiko and rising hip hop star Young Thug will perform at MTV’s 5th MAMA awards — or the MTV Africa Awards — to be held in the coastal resort of Durban, South Africa on  July 18 and air live globally through a combination of pay-TV and terrestrial distribution agreements.

The show returned after a three-year hiatus last year. Created by African urban music and youth entertainment channel, MTV Base, the MAMA awards look to recognize youth culture, music and influential figures in sub-Saharan Africa with awards in 18 categories, including Best Male Artist, Best Female Artist, Best Collaboration, Video of the Year and Song of the Year.

“There is great energy around both Jhene and Young Thug following a strong year for both artists. We can’t wait to see them command the MAMA stage in Durban,” said Bruce Gillmer  EVP, Music, Talent Programming and Events, Viacom International Media Networks.

Jhene Aiko and Young Thug will join global superstar NE-YO and African artists Bucie, Cassper Nyovest, Davido, Diamond Platnumz and Yemi Alade on stage.

Young Thug recently announced his long-awaited debut album is on the way, titled Hy!£UN35 (HiTunes).