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Tems, Wizkid, and Amaarae get global recognition at “2021 MTV EMAs.

MTV has announced nominations for the “2021 MTV EMAs” with Africa’s biggest acts from Nigeria, Ghana, Tanzania and South Africa, securing nominations. Nigerian superstars Wizkid and songstress Tems who both collaborated on the global hit “Essence” were each nominated in the Best African Act category alongside while South African “Ke Star” hitmaker Focalistic as Amapiano’s global recognition continues to grow. Ghanaian songstress Amaarae of “SAD GIRLZ LUV MONEY” fame and African superstar Diamond Platnumz of Tanzania have also clinched a nomination in the category. Voting is now open at mtvema.com until Wednesday, November 10 at 22:59 WAT, so fans can cast votes for their favourite African Act beginning today. The “2021 MTV EMAs” will premiere exclusively on MTV Base (DStv Channel 322, GOtv Channel 72) on Sunday, November 14 at 20:00 WAT (Pre-Show) and 21:00 WAT (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”. 

Nigerian nominee Tems said, “I’m extremely excited to be nominated for the Best African Act at the MTV EMAs. The last few years have been crazy and I am just grateful to God for all the blessings so far. I am honoured to be a part of the amazing voices from our continent who are breaking barriers and redefining music globally.” 

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“I am so happy and proud to be nominated at the 2021 MTV EMAs, 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 Award’s 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 László Budapest Sportaréna in Hungary, and broadcast live on MTV channels in 180 countries and will air locally on MTV Base (DStv Channel 322, GOtv Channel 72) on Sunday November 14 at 20:00 WAT (Pre-Show) and 21:00 WAT (Main Show). 

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

Voting is now open at mtvema.com until Wednesday, November 10 at 22:59 WAT, so fans can cast votes beginning today.  

COMPLETE LIST – 2021 MTV EMA NOMINEES 

Best African Act  

Tems 

Wizkid 

Amaarae 

Diamond Platnumz 

Focalistic 

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 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 

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Marshmello 

Skrillex 

Swedish House Mafia 

Best Rock 

Coldplay 

Foo Fighters 

Imagine Dragons 

Kings Of Leon 

Måneskin 

The Killers 

Best Alternative 

Halsey 

Lorde 

Machine Gun Kelly 

Twenty One Pilots 

WILLOW 

YUNGBLUD 

Best Latin 

Bad Bunny 

J. Balvin 

Maluma 

Rauw Alejandro 

Rosalía 

Shakira 

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 Group 

BTS 

Imagine Dragons 

Jonas Brothers 

Little Mix 

Måneskin 

Silk Sonic 

Best Push 

24KGoldn 

Fousheé 

Girl in Red 

Griff 

JC Stewart 

JXDN 

Latto 

Madison Beer 

Olivia Rodrigo 

Remi Wolf 

SAINt JHN 

The Kid LAROI 

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 US Act (BEST LOCAL ACT*) 

Ariana Grande 

Doja Cat 

Lil Nas X 

Olivia Rodrigo 

Taylor Swift 

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ViacomCBS Networks Africa 

Multimedia entertainment powerhouse ViacomCBS Networks Africa offers the most comprehensive international broadcast portfolio on the African continent, reaching more than 100 million viewers across. ViacomCBS Networks Africa currently comprises 10 separate TV channels and 5 consumer websites, as well as multiple mobile and social media sites. The company’s African business interests include content production and distribution; spot sales, 360-degree sponsorships, events, mobile, digital and consumer products. 

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