Rema beats Wizkid, Davido, Burnaboy Fireboy, Asake, Ayra Starr, Libianca to win first-ever Best Afrobeats award
With star-studded nominees like Wizkid, Davido, Burnaboy Fireboy, Asake, Ayra Starr and Libianca. Rema and Selena Gomez’s collaboration ‘Calm Down’ made history by winning the prestigious Best Afrobeats award at the 2023 MTV Video Music Awards (VMAs).
The event took place at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey, celebrating the exceptional musical talents that have graced the global stage.
Rema and Selena Gomez’s ‘Calm Down’ had already made waves by earning three nominations in the categories of Best Collaboration, Song of the Year, and Best Afrobeats.
However, it was in the Best Afrobeats category that this remarkable duo left an indelible mark, making history as the inaugural winners in this newly established category.
The track ‘Calm Down,’ which was originally released on August 25, 2022, garnered attention for its unique fusion of Afrobeats and pop elements.
The remix of the song achieved incredible success, becoming the first-ever track to maintain a position on the Billboard US Afrobeats Songs chart for an entire year.
Additionally, it secured the coveted spot of being the First No.1 Hit on The Official MENA Chart.
In his acceptance speech Rema laid the rest the argument of Afrobeats when he said "Afrobeats was started by Fela" and paid homeage to all those who paved the way for him.
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