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Rema Makes History To Win MTV VMA Award With Selena Gomez

MTV Awards 2023

Nigerian Afrobeat singer Rema has become the first Nigerian and African to win the inaugural category for best Afrobeats at the MTV Video Music awards.

Nigeria’s Afrobeats is the first ever African genre to find its way as one of the categories at the MTV awards.

In Rema’s speech, He acknowledged and paid homage to Fela Kuti, the founder of Afrobeat, 2face Idibia, Timaya, D’banj, Wizkid, Davido, Runtown, Burnaboy.

Rema has landed a milestone as he becomes the first Afrobeats artiste to win at the prestigious MTV VMAs show.

At the just-ended awards ceremony that happened at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey, the Nigerian singer who was present at the show emerged as one of the winners of the night.

Rema and Selena Gomez’s chart-topping track ‘Calm Down Remix’ was announced as the Best Afrobeats Song at the MTV Video Music Awards.

This becomes a historic moment for Rema as his win makes him the first Arobeats artiste to grab a VMAs plaque. This is the first time the Best Afrobeats Song category has been introduced to the awards scheme.

Excited Rema mounted the stage with Selena Gomez to pick the award. During his acceptance speech, he said “Africa in the house tonight … this means so much seeing Afrobeats grow this big and being on this stage representing Afrobeats“.

Rema during his acceptance speech on stage decided to thank the pioneers of Afrobeats when he said “I am so happy but one thing I will not forget to do tonight is forget to shoutout the people who open the doors for me“.

In the video below, he continued that “big shouts to Fela, who started Afrobeats in the first place, 2 Baba, Don Jazzy, D Banj, De Prince, Runtown, Timaya, 2Face, Wizkid, Burna Boy and Davido“.


List of the nominees.

Here are the nominees for the MTV VMA Best Afrobeats 2023:

1) Rush by Ayra Starr 🇳🇬 Nigeria
2) It’s Plenty by Burna Boy 🇳🇬 Nigeria
3) Unavailable by Davido ft Musa Keys 🇳🇬🇿🇦 Nigeria/South Africa
4) Bandana by Fireboy DML and Asake 🇳🇬 Nigeria
5) People by Libianca 🇨🇲 Cameroon
6) Calm Down by Rema and Selena Gomez 🇳🇬🇺🇸 Nigeria/USA
7) 2 Sugar by Wizkid and Ayra Starr 🇳🇬 Nigeria


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