Wizkid Emerges Best African Act At MTV Europe Music Awards 2016

Ayo ‘Wizkid’ Balogun has been named the Best African Act at the MTV Europe Music Awards.

The announcement was made via the MTV Base Africa twitter page [@MTVBaseAfrica] ahead of the show.

The announcement was made few hours ahead of the ceremony, which is holding this evening at the Ahoy Stadium, Rotterdam, Netherlands.

The singer beat African heavyweights including Black Coffee and Cassper Nyovest from South Africa, Olamide and Ali Kiba of Tanzania.

Only last month, the 26-year-old music star also won Best African Act at the MOBO Awards.

The 2016 MTV EMAs will air live on MTV and MTV Base on Sunday November 6th, 2016 at 22:00 CAT.

In a statement, Alex Okosi, Senior Vice President & Managing Director, Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) Africa, said “It is wonderful to see African artists nominated at the 2016 MTV EMAs on the same platform as global superstars of the calibre of Rihanna, Beyoncé, Drake, Kanye West and more.”

In other categories, cultural icons Beyoncé and Justin Bieber lead the pack with five nominations each.

Superstar Adele followed closely behind with four nominations, alongside Best Rock nominees Coldplay, Best New Act nominee Lukas Graham and Best Male nominee Shawn Mendes.

Rihanna and Drake earned three nods each, including a Best Song nomination for their hit collaboration “Work.”

Adele’s record-shattering hit “Hello,” Justin Bieber’s electronic pop track “Sorry,” Lukas Graham’s soul-pop ballad “7 Years” and the Seeb remix of Mike Posner’s dance smash “I Took A Pill In Ibiza” also earned nominations for Best Song.

See the full list of nominees below

Best African Act

  • Ali Kiba
  • Black Coffee
  • Cassper Nyovest
  • Olamide
  • Wizkid

Best Song

  • Adele – Hello
  • Justin Bieber – Sorry
  • Lukas Graham – 7 Years
  • Mike Posner – I Took A Pill In Ibiza (Seeb Remix)
  • Rihanna ft. Drake – Work

Best Video

  • Beyoncé – Formation
  • Coldplay – Up&Up
  • Kanye West – Famous Tame
  • Impala – The Less I Know the Better
  • The Weeknd ft. Daft Punk – Starboy

Best Female

  • Adele
  • Beyoncé
  • Lady Gaga
  • Rihanna
  • Sia

Best Male

  • Calvin Harris
  • Drake
  • Justin Bieber
  • Shawn Mendes
  • The Weeknd

Best Live

  • Adele
  • Beyoncé
  • Coldplay
  • Green Day
  • Twenty one pilots

Best New

  • Bebe
  • Rexha
  • DNCE
  • Lukas Graham
  • The Chainsmokers
  • Zara Larsson

Best Pop

  • Ariana
  • Grande Fifth
  • Harmony
  • Justin Bieber
  • Rihanna
  • Selena Gomez
  • Shawn Mendes

Best Rock

  • Coldplay
  • Green Day
  • Metallica Muse
  • Red Hot Chili Peppers

Best Alternative

  • Kings of Leon
  • Radiohead Tame
  • Impala
  • The 1975 twenty one pilots

Best Hip Hop

  • Drake Future
  • G-Eazy
  • Kanye West
  • Wiz Khalifa

Best Electronic

  • Afrojack Calvin
  • Harris David
  • Guetta Major
  • Lazer Martin Garrix

Biggest Fans

  • Ariana Grande
  • Beyoncé
  • Justin Bieber
  • Lady Gaga
  • Shawn Mendes

Best World Stage

  • Duran Duran – Piazza Del Duomo, Milan (2015)
  • Ellie Goulding – Piazza Del Duomo, Milan (2015)
  • Jess Glynne – Isle of MTV, Malta (2016)
  • Martin Garrix – Isle of MTV, Malta (2015)
  • One Republic – MTV Evolution, Philippines (2016)
  • Tinie Tempah – MTV Crashes, Plymouth (2015)
  • Tomorrowland – Belgium (2016)
  • Wiz Khalifa – Isle of MTV, Malta (2016)


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