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MTV Europe: Burns Boy wins best Africa Act

Updated Nov 04 2019 11:11 am

Serial hitmaker Burna Boy has been announced as the winner of the Best Africa Act award at the 2019 MTV EMA’s. Burna who was nominated alongside fellow Nigerian, Teni the Entertainer, South Africa’s Prince Kaybee and Nasty C, Harmonize from Tanzania and Togo’s duo TooFan, took home the prestigious award at a star-studded event held in Seville, Spain on Sunday, November 3rd, 2019.


With his 2019 MTV EMA win, Burna Boy joins an exclusive list of Nigerian superstar artistes who have won the much-coveted international honour. Past Nigerian winners of the MTV EMA Best Africa Act award include 2Baba Idibia, D’Banj, Tiwa Savage and Davido.


Alex Okosi, Executive Vice President and Managing Director for Viacom International Media Networks Africa (VIMN Africa) and BET International commented: “African music continues to make significant contributions to global entertainment and culture. We are proud of and congratulate Burna Boy from Nigeria for winning the Best Africa Act at the 2019 MTV EMA which showcases and celebrates the best talent from the world.”


The 2019 awards show opened with pop superstar Dua Lipa delivering the first global stage performance of her new song “Don’t Start Now,” joined by a massive yellow wall of dancers. Following the performance, show host Becky G appeared in her first of many costumes to partake in a hilarious bilingual dialogue with herself that was a nod to the outstanding year in women-led and Latin music.


22-year-old Kevin Doe from Sierra Leone who is a self-taught engineer and entrepreneur was recognised as one of the 2019 MTV EMA Generation Change Award winners. The “MTV EMA Generation Change Award” returned a second year to elevate and empower the fearless, original young people who are changing the world using music, creativity and innovation. Five dynamic changemakers from around the globe were presented with the award during the “2019 MTV EMA” red carpet pre-show. The winners are among a generation of young people who are tackling the world’s toughest problems — including, climate change, economic imbalance and racial injustice.


South African TV personality and rapper Boity Thulo walked the 2019 MTV EMA’s Red Carpet in Seville Spain. She joined Impulse winner Alice Matabane and BFF on an experience to remember after winning their Impulse competition on MTV Africa (DStv channel 130).


Highlights from the show included MTV EMA Host Becky G teaming up with Senegalese-American superstar Akon for the first global performance of their reggaeton smash “Como No.” The duo rolled down the runway-like stage on gliding carnival floats. The procession was marked with an explosion of colour, 54 dancers and a blend of instruments in a standout moment.


Legendary rock group Green Day delighted thousands of hardcore fans with an epic performance of their new single “Father of All” and punk classic “Basket Case.” The first-ever MTV EMA Rock Icon winner Liam Gallagher closed the show with a breathtaking performance of his new single “Once” and anthemic hit “Wonderwall” complete with string instruments and a band. The moment was a nod to Gallagher’s classic rock and roll style.


Additionally, MTV celebrated all the local EMA winners from different countries around the globe, from Nigeria, Spain to Latin America and Nigeria. Thirteen of the winners in attendance from their home countries were brought onto the stage for a tremendous in-show moment that showcased a truly global celebration of talent.


See the complete list of winners and performances below:


FULL LIST OF “2019 MTV EMA” WINNERS


*indicates winner


BEST AFRICA ACT


*Burna Boy (Nigeria)


Prince Kaybee (South Africa)


TooFan (Toga)


Nasty C (South Africa)


Teni (Nigeria)


Harmonize (Tanzania)


BEST VIDEO


Ariana Grande thank u, next


Billie Eilish bad guy


Lil Nas X Old Town Road (Remix) ft. Billy Ray Cyrus


Rosalía, J Balvin Con Altura ft. El Guincho


*Taylor Swift ME! ft. Brendon Urie of Panic! At The Disco


BEST ARTIST


Ariana Grande


J Balvin


Miley Cyrus


*Shawn Mendes


Taylor Swift


BEST SONG


Ariana Grande 7 rings


*Billie Eilish bad guy


Lil Nas X Old Town Road (Remix) ft. Billy Ray Cyrus


Post Malone, Swae Lee Sunflower


Shawn Mendes, Camila Cabello Señorita


BEST COLLABORATION


BTS, Halsey Boy With Luv


Lil Nas X, Billy Ray Cyrus Old Town Road (Remix)


Mark Ronson, Miley Cyrus Nothing Breaks Like a Heart


*Rosalía, J Balvin Con Altura ft. El Guincho


Shawn Mendes, Camila Cabello Señorita


The Chainsmokers, Bebe Rexha Call You Mine


BEST NEW


Ava Max


*Billie Eilish


Lewis Capaldi


Lil Nas X


Lizzo


Mabel


BEST POP


Ariana Grande


Becky G


Camila Cabello


*Halsey


Jonas Brothers


Shawn Mendes


BEST LIVE


Ariana Grande


*BTS


Ed Sheeran


P!NK


Travis Scott


BEST ROCK


*Green Day


Imagine Dragons


Liam Gallagher


Panic! At The Disco


The 1975


BEST HIP-HOP


21 Savage


Cardi B


J. Cole


*Nicki Minaj


Travis Scott


BEST ALTERNATIVE


*FKA Twigs


Lana Del Rey


Solange


twenty-one pilots


Vampire Weekend


BEST ELECTRONIC


Calvin Harris


DJ Snake


Marshmello


*Martin Garrix


The Chainsmokers


BEST PUSH


*Ava Max


Billie Eilish


CNCO


H.E.R.


Jade Bird


Juice WRLD


Kiana Ledé


Lauv


Lewis Capaldi


Lizzo


Mabel


Rosalía


BEST WORLD STAGE


Bebe Rexha Isle of MTV Malta 2019


Hailee Steinfeld Isle of MTV Malta 2018


*Muse Bilbao, Spain 2018


The 1975 Lollapalooza Paris Festival 2019


twenty-one pilots Lollapalooza Paris Festival 2019


BEST LOOK


*Halsey


J Balvin


Lil Nas X


Lizzo


Rosalía


BIGGEST FANS


Ariana Grande


Billie Eilish


*BTS


Shawn Mendes


Taylor Swift


BEST US ACT


Ariana Grande


Billie Eilish


Lil Nas X


Lizzo


*Taylor Swift


BEST UK ACT


Lewis Capaldi


Dave


Mabel


Ed Sheeran


*Little Mix


EMA GENERATION CHANGE HONOREES


Alfredo “Danger” Martinez, 33, Mexico


Shiden Tekle, 20, UK


Lisa RanRan Hu, 20, China


Kelvin Doe, 22, Sierra Leone


Jamie Margolin, 17, USA


FULL PERFORMANCE LIST


Dua Lipa — “Don’t Start Now”


Mabel — “Don’t Call Me Up”


Niall Horan — “Nice to Meet Ya”


Akon feat. Becky G — “Como No”


Green Day — “Father of All,” Basket Case”


Halsey — “Graveyard”


Ava Max — “Torn,” “Sweet but Psycho”


Rosalía — “Di Mi Nombre”


NCT 127 — “Highway to Heaven”


Becky G — “24/7,” “Sin Pajama,” “Mayores”


Liam Gallagher — “Once,” “Wonderwall”

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