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MTV EMA 2023: Spotlight On Afrobeats, See Full List Of Nominees

New Category Celebrates African Music Giants

In a groundbreaking move, the 2023 MTV Europe Music Awards (EMAs) has introduced a new category titled ‘Best Afrobeats’, shining a spotlight on the vibrant and globally influential Afrobeats music scene. This decision underscores the growing international recognition and appreciation of the Afrobeats genre.

Among the inaugural nominees for this category are Nigerian music heavyweights Burna Boy, Asake, Arya Starr, Davido, and Rema. They are joined by French-Malian superstar, Aya Nakamura, showcasing the global reach and influence of the Afrobeats sound.

Rema, who has been making waves internationally, received additional nominations for his collaborative hit with Selena Gomez, ‘Calm Down’, in both the ‘Best Song’ and ‘Best Collaboration’ categories. This recognition is a testament to the global appeal and versatility of African artists.

The ‘Best African Act’ category also saw nominations for Asake, Burna Boy, Cameroonian sensation Libianca, Tanzanian artist Diamond Platnumz, and South Africa’s Tyler ICU. Burna Boy, known for his electrifying performances, earned a spot in the ‘Best Live Performer’ category, standing alongside global icons like Beyoncé, Ed Sheeran, Taylor Swift, and The Weeknd.

American singer-songwriter Taylor Swift leads the nominations with a total of seven nods, including ‘Best Artist’, ‘Best Song’, and ‘Best Video’ for her single ‘Anti-Hero’.

See full list of nominees below:

Category Nominees
BEST SONG Doja Cat – “Paint The Town Red”
Jung Kook feat. Latto – “Seven”
Miley Cyrus – “Flowers”
Olivia Rodrigo – “vampire”
SZA – “Kill Bill”
Taylor Swift – “Anti-Hero”
Rema, Selena Gomez – “Calm Down”
BEST VIDEO Cardi B feat. Megan Thee Stallion – “Bongos”
Doja Cat – “Paint The Town Red”
Little Simz – “Gorilla”
Miley Cyrus – “Flowers”
Olivia Rodrigo – “vampire”
SZA – “Kill Bill”
Taylor Swift – “Anti-Hero”
BEST ARTIST Doja Cat
Miley Cyrus
Nicki Minaj
Olivia Rodrigo
SZA
Taylor Swift
BEST COLLABORATION Central Cee x Dave – “Sprinter”
David Guetta, Anne-Marie, Coi Leray – “Baby Don’t Hurt Me”
KAROL G, Shakira – “TQG”
Metro Boomin, The Weeknd, 21 Savage – “Creepin'”
PinkPantheress, Ice Spice – “Boy’s a Liar Pt. 2”
Rema, Selena Gomez – “Calm Down”
BEST NEW Coi Leray
FLO
Ice Spice
Peso Pluma
PinkPantheress
Reneé Rapp
BEST POP Billie Eilish
Dua Lipa
Ed Sheeran
Miley Cyrus
Olivia Rodrigo
Taylor Swift
BEST AFROBEATS Asake
Aya Nakamura
Ayra Starr
Burna Boy
Davido
Rema
BEST ROCK Arctic Monkeys
Foo Fighters
Måneskin
Metallica
Red Hot Chili Peppers
The Killers
BEST LATIN Anitta
Bad Bunny
KAROL G
Peso Pluma
ROSALÍA
Shakira
BEST K-POP FIFTY FIFTY
Jung Kook
NewJeans
SEVENTEEN
Stray Kids
TOMORROW X TOGETHER
BEST ALTERNATIVE Blur
Fall Out Boy
Lana Del Rey
Paramore
Thirty Seconds To Mars
YUNGBLUD
BEST ELECTRONIC Alesso
Calvin Harris
David Guetta
Swedish House Mafia
Peggy Gou
Tiësto
BEST HIP HOP Cardi B
Central Cee
Lil Wayne
Lil Uzi Vert
Metro Boomin
Nicki Minaj
Travis Scott
BEST R&B Chlöe
Chris Brown
Steve Lacy
Summer Walker
SZA
Usher
BEST LIVE Beyoncé
Burna Boy
Ed Sheeran
Måneskin
SZA
Taylor Swift
The Weeknd
BEST PUSH November 2022: Flo Milli
December 2022: Reneé Rapp
January 2023: Sam Ryder
February 2023: Armani White
March 2023: FLETCHER
April 2023: TOMORROW X TOGETHER
May 2023: Ice Spice
June 2023: FLO
July 2023: Lauren Spencer Smith
August 2023: Kaliii
September 2023: GloRilla
October 2023: Benson Boone
BIGGEST FANS Anitta
Billie Eilish
BLACKPINK
Jung Kook
Nicki Minaj
Olivia Rodrigo
Sabrina Carpenter
Selena Gomez
Taylor Swift
BEST GROUP aespa
FLO
Jonas Brothers
Måneskin
NewJeans
OneRepublic
SEVENTEEN
TOMORROW X TOGETHER

The 2023 MTV EMAs are scheduled to take place on November 5, 2023, in Paris, France. This year’s inclusion of the Afrobeats category follows a similar move by the MTV Video Music Awards (VMAs), which also recently added an Afrobeats category, marking a significant milestone in the award’s history.

The introduction of the ‘Best Afrobeats’ category at such prestigious award ceremonies is a clear indication of the genre’s growing influence on the global music stage. It not only celebrates the rich musical heritage of Africa but also recognizes the contributions of African artists to the global music industry.

The world will be eagerly watching as the MTV EMAs celebrate the best in music, with a special focus on the vibrant and dynamic sounds of Afrobeats.

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