Legendary Nigerian artists such as 2Baba and D’banj have been previous recipients of the “Best African Act” award in 2005 and 2007 respectively.
In case you’re living under a rock, nominations for the “2019 MTV EMAs” include six top acts from the African continent. BET Award winner Burna Boy & BET Award nominee Teni, South African rapper Nasty C and hitmaker Prince Kaybee were nominated for the Best African Act category alongside Togo’s duo Toofan and Tanzanian musician Harmonize.
The “2019 MTV EMAs” will take place at the FIBES Conference & Exhibition Centre in Seville, Spain, and will be broadcast live on MTV base (DStv channel 322 and GOtv channel 72) on Sunday, November 3 at 19:00 WAT. Voting is still open till 12:30am on Saturday, November 2, 2019, so get in there and vote your fave. Just visit mtvema.com.
On the international front, Ariana Grande leads with seven nods. Grande’s nominations include “Best Artist,” “Best Video” for her viral hit “thank you, next,” as well as “Best Song” alongside Shawn Mendes and EMA nominee newcomers Lil Nas X and Billie Eilish, who all follow Grande with six nods each.
Latin American sensation J Balvin follows closely with five nominations including “Best Artist,” and Lizzo and Taylor Swift join the above contenders for “Best U.S. Act,” scoring four nods each.
According to Alex Okosi, Executive Vice President and Managing Director for Viacom International Media Networks Africa (VIMN Africa) and BET International, “The Best African Act at the 2019 MTV EMAs has been a powerful platform for elevating African talent and music since its inception. We are excited to reveal this year’s incredible group of nominees who are making waves in Africa and around the world.”
Legendary Nigerian artists such as 2Baba and D’banj have been previous recipients of the “Best African Act” award in 2005 and 2007 respectively. For the past two years, the award has gone to top-level Nigerian artistes Davido (2017) and Tiwa Savage (2018). Lastly, be sure to tune to the show on MTV Base on Sunday, November 3, 2019 by 7pm or follow NETng’s social media channels to catch all the gist live.
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