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Amaarae, Diamond Platnumz, Focalistic, Tems and Wizkid Get global recognition at ‘2021 MTV EMAS’

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MTV announced nominations for the “2021 MTV EMAs” with Africa’s biggest acts from South Africa, Ghana, Nigeria, and Tanzania securing nominations. Amapiano is globally recognised through artists such as South African “Ke Star” hitmaker Focalistic who bagged a nomination in the Best African Act category. Ghanaian Songstress Amaarae of “SAD GIRLZ LUV MONEY” fame has also clinched a nomination in the category. Nigerian superstars Wizkid and songstress Tems who both collaborated on the global hit “Essence” have each been nominated. Rounding up the list of African nominees is African superstar Diamond Platnumz of Tanzania. Voting is now open at mtvema.com until November 10th at 11:59pm CET, so fans can cast votes for their favourite African Act beginning today. The “2021 MTV EMAs” will premiere exclusively on MTV Africa ( DStv Channel 130) & MTV Base (DSTV Channel 322) on Sunday November 14 21:00 CAT (Pre-Show) and 22:00 CAT (Main Show).



Monde Twala, Senior Vice President and General Manager of ViacomCBS Networks Africa commented, “The 2021 MTV EMAs is one of the biggest entertainment stages in the world and we are excited to see African stars shine and make their presence felt globally. Congratulations to all of our African nominees for their incredible achievements. We are proud to witness such great diversity of African talent, music and culture. This is an amazing showcase of their artistry to the world”.

African nominee Focalistic said, “To be nominated as the Best African Act at the 2021 MTV EMA’s means a lot to me. Taking my music to the world means that Amapiano is taking over and this a big stride for the genre and South African music. Let us make more noise and make sure we vote and bring this one home.”


“I am so happy and proud to be nominated at the 2021 MTV EMA’s, it means a lot to me, my generation, the Swahili nation and the whole of Africa, I truly appreciate it,” commented Diamond Platnumz.

Globally Justin Bieber is the frontrunner securing eight nominations. Bieber’s nods include “Best Artist,” “Best Pop,” two “Best Song” noms for his global hits “Peaches” featuring Daniel Caesar and Giveon and “STAY” with The Kid LAROI, “Best Video” for “Peaches,” “Best Collaboration” alongside The Kid LAROI and “Biggest Fans.” Doja Cat and Lil Nas X follow Bieber with six nods each, both across “Best Song,” “Best Video” and “Best Collaboration.” British global superstar Ed Sheeran and EMA newcomers Olivia Rodrigo and The Kid LAROI follow closely with five nominations each, including “Best Pop” and “Best Song” for Sheeran and Rodrigo. The above artists’ nominations also include “Best Local Act” for each of their respective home countries.

The “2021 MTV EMAs” will take place at the Papp LászlĂł Budapest SportarĂ©na in Hungary, and broadcast live on MTV channels in 180 countries and will air locally on MTV Africa ( DStv Channel 130) & MTV Base (DSTV Channel 322) on Sunday November 14 21:00 CAT (Pre-Show) and 22:00 CAT (Main Show).

The 2021 MTV EMAs is sponsored by [CLICK HERE FOR A LIST OF ALL SPONSORS]. 

Voting is now open at mtvema.com until November 10th at 11:59pm CET, so fans can cast votes beginning today. 

COMPLETE LIST – 2021 MTV EMA NOMINEES

Best African Act 
Amaarae
Diamond Platnumz
Focalistic
Tems
Wizkid

Best Artist
Doja Cat
Ed Sheeran
Justin Bieber
Lady Gaga
Lil Nas X
The Weeknd

Best Pop
BTS
Doja Cat
Dua Lipa
Ed Sheeran
Justin Bieber
Olivia Rodrigo

Best Song
Doja Cat ft. SZA – Kiss Me More
Ed Sheeran – Bad Habits
Justin Bieber – Peaches ft. Daniel Caesar, Giveon
Lil Nas X – MONTERO (Call Me By Your Name)
Olivia Rodrigo – Drivers License
The Kid LAROI, Justin Bieber – STAY

Best Video
Doja Cat ft. SZA – Kiss Me More
Ed Sheeran – Bad Habits
Justin Bieber – Peaches ft. Daniel Caesar, Giveon
Lil Nas X – MONTERO (Call Me By Your Name)
Normani ft. Cardi B – Wild Side
Taylor Swift – willow

Best Alternative
Halsey
Lorde
Machine Gun Kelly
Twenty One Pilots
WILLOW
YUNGBLUD

Best Latin
Bad Bunny
J. Balvin
Maluma
Rauw Alejandro
RosalĂ­a
Shakira

Best Group
BTS
Imagine Dragons
Jonas Brothers
Little Mix
MĂĄneskin
Silk Sonic

Biggest Fans
Ariana Grande
BLACKPINK
BTS
Justin Bieber
Lady Gaga
Taylor Swift

Video for Good
Billie Eilish  – Your Power
Demi Lovato – Dancing With The Devil
girl in red – Serotonin
H.E.R. – Fight For You
Harry Styles – Treat People With Kindness
Lil Nas X – MONTERO (Call Me By Your Name)

Best Collaboration
Black Eyed Peas, Shakira  – GIRL LIKE ME
Bruno Mars, Anderson .Paak, Silk Sonic – Leave the Door Open
Doja Cat ft. SZA – Kiss Me More
Lil Nas X, Jack Harlow – INDUSTRY BABY
The Kid LAROI, Justin Bieber – STAY
The Weeknd & Ariana Grande – Save Your Tears (Remix)

Best New
Giveon
Griff
Olivia Rodrigo
Rauw Alejandro
Saweetie
The Kid LAROI

Best Electronic
Calvin Harris
David Guetta
Joel Corry
Marshmello
Skrillex
Swedish House Mafia

Best Rock
Coldplay
Foo Fighters
Imagine Dragons
Kings Of Leon
MĂĄneskin
The Killers

Best Hip Hop
Cardi B
DJ Khaled
Drake
Kanye West
Megan Thee Stallion
Nicki Minaj

Best K-Pop
BTS
LISA
Monsta X
NCT 127
ROSÉ
TWICE

Best Push
24KGoldn
Fousheé
girl in red
Griff
JC Stewart
JXDN
Latto
Madison Beer
Olivia Rodrigo
Remi Wolf
SAINt JHN
The Kid LAROI



Best US Act (BEST LOCAL ACT*)
Ariana Grande
Doja Cat
Lil Nas X
Olivia Rodrigo
Taylor Swift

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