Rema, a Nigerian musician, has won the category of ‘Best Afrobeats’ at the 2023 MTV Europe Music Awards (EMAs).
For the first time in the EMAs’ history, the Afrobeats category was added to the nominee list.
The event, which was planned to take place in Paris on November 5, was postponed by the organizers in October due to security concerns “given the volatility of world events.”
Despite the postponement, they informed the award winners that they would still receive their MTV EMAs.
Rema and Selena Gomez, the US diva, were also among the EMAs’ headliners.
The ‘Calm Down’ crooner was nominated in the ‘Best Collaboration’ and ‘Best Afrobeats’ categories.
‘TQG’, a song by Karol G and Shakira, however, beat Rema to claim the ‘Best Collaboration’ category.
Taylor Swift was the biggest winner, clinching three awards — which include ‘Best Artist,’ ‘Best Live,’ and ‘Best Video’.
Nicki Minaj also bagged two awards; ‘Best Hip Hop’ and ‘Best US Act’.
Below is the full list of winners:
Best Afrobeats: Rema
Best Alternative: Lana Del Rey
Best Artist: Taylor Swift
Best Collaboration: KAROL G and Shakira – “TQG”
Best Electronic: David Guetta
Best Hip Hop: Nicki Minaj
Best K-Pop: Jung Kook
Best Latin: Anitta
Best Live: Taylor Swift
Best New: Peso Pluma
Best Pop: Billie Eilish
Best Push: Tomorrow X Together
Best R&B: Chris Brown
Best Rock: Maneskin
Best Song: Jung Kook Featuring Latto – “Seven”
Best Video: Taylor Swift – “Anti-Hero”
FULL LIST OF 2023 MTV EMA BEST LOCAL ACT AWARDS
Best African Act: Diamond Platnumz
Best Asia Act: BE: FIRST
Best Australian Act: Kylie Minogue
Best Brasilian Act: Matue
Best Canadian Act: Shania Twain
Best Caribbean Act: Young Miko
Best Dutch Act: FLEMMING
Best French Act: Bigflo & Oli
Best German Act: Kontra K
Best Hungarian Act: ajsa luna
Best India Act: Tsumyoki
Best Italian Act: Måneskin
Best Lat Am North Act: Kenia OS
Best Lat Am Central Act: Feid
Best Lat Am South Act: Lali
Best New Zealand Act: SIX60
Best Nordic Act: Käärijä
Best Polish Act: Doda
Best Portuguese Act: Bispo
Best Spanish Act: Samantha Hudson
Best Swiss Act: Gjon’s Tears
Best UK & Ireland Act: Tom Grennan
Best US Act: Nicki Minaj