Introducing GQ’s Men of The Year 2021
GQ South Africa | November 27, 2021
The third annual GQ Men of the Year Awards in association with Hennessy V.S.O.P Privilège took place at the Four Seasons Hotel, The Westcliff in Johannesburg.
Affectionately known as “MOTY”, the prestigious awards ceremony recognises pioneers within the country who shape our cultural landscape and continue to push the boundaries. From artists to humanitarians, innovators to designers, comedians and entrepreneurs, GQ South Africa and Hennessy V.S.O.P Privilège, celebrated the best talent from South Africa and Africa.
“I can safely say that in the 22 years we’ve been around as GQ, 2021 Men of the Year shows how diverse we are, not only as a brand and who we showcase and celebrate but also how diverse the people who shape our culture are. Everyone we acknowledged today epitomises excellence and inspiration. We’re truly honoured to have been able to do this for the third year in a row,” said GQ Editor-in-Chief Molife Kumona.
The Hennessy V.S.O.P Privilège Lifetime Achievement Award – Sipho ‘Hotstix’ Mabuse
The show was hosted by GQ Editor in Chief and Claire Mawisa and included performances by the likes of Siki Jo-An, Sauti Sol and the third recipient of the Hennessy V.S.O.P Privilège Lifetime Achievement award, Sipho ‘Hotstix” Mabuse himself.
One of South Africa’s (and the world’s) most admired and respected musicians, Mabuse is a performance great with an incredible catalogue of original music anchored in Africa from the last three decades. A pioneer within his industry, his impact on the South African music scene cannot be overstated. From the founding of the legendary Kippies nightclub in the heart of Newtown – named one of the world’s 100 greatest jazz clubs by Downbeat magazine – to releasing nine albums, including ‘Burn Out’, which remains one of South Africa’s most cherished tracks to date, Mabuse changed the tune of township funk. The living legend has amassed a considerable trophy cabinet, including the Silver Order of Ikhamanga for his contribution to music.
Stef Kondylis, Market Manager of Moët Hennessy, South Africa, says, “We are honoured to present this prestigious award to Sipho Mabuse. A celebrated musician, Mabuse is an exceptional individual who has shaped the country’s musical identity. Still involved in performance arts to this day, he continues to contribute to the cultural development of many young musicians in the country.”
“Hennessy V.S.O.P Privilège has been celebrating the pioneers, the game-changers, the movers, shakers and change-makers for over 200 years. The Hennessy V.S.O.P Privilège Lifetime Achievement Award and our association with GQ Men of the Year is a way to honour these committed and dedicated South Africans who remain true to Hennessy’s ethos of Never Stop. Never Settle,” concludes Kondylis.