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Burna Boy bags ‘Best Africa Act’ at 2019 MTV EMA’s [see full list of winners]

Amadin Ogbewe

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Nigerian singer and African Giant Burna Boy has gone home with the Best Africa Act award at the 2019 MTV EMA’s last night after beating fellow nominees, Teni, South Africa’s Prince Kaybee and Nasty C, Harmonize from Tanzania and Toofan from Togo.

The event held in Seville, Spain on Sunday, November 3rd, 2019 with Burna Boy joining an exclusive list of Nigerian superstar artistes who have won the much coveted international honour including  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” are for winners who are among a generation of young people tackling the world’s toughest problems – including, climate change, economic imbalance and racial injustice.

See complete list of winners and performances below:

FULL LIST OF “2019 MTV EMA” WINNERS

*indicates winner

 

BEST AFRICA ACT

*Burna Boy (Nigeria) — (WINNER)

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 — (WINNER)

BEST ARTIST

Ariana Grande

J Balvin

Miley Cyrus

*Shawn Mendes — (WINNER)

Taylor Swift

BEST SONG

Ariana Grande- 7 rings

*Billie Eilish- bad guy — (WINNER)

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 — (WINNER)

Shawn Mendes, Camila Cabello – Señorita

The Chainsmokers, Bebe Rexha – Call You Mine

BEST NEW

Ava Max

*Billie Eilish — (WINNER)

Lewis Capaldi

Lil Nas X

Lizzo

Mabel

BEST POP

Ariana Grande

Becky G

Camila Cabello

*Halsey — (WINNER)

Jonas Brothers

Shawn Mendes

BEST LIVE

Ariana Grande

*BTS — (WINNER)

Ed Sheeran

P!NK

Travis Scott

BEST ROCK

*Green Day — (WINNER)

Imagine Dragons

Liam Gallagher

Panic! At The Disco

The 1975

BEST HIP-HOP

21 Savage

Cardi B

Cole

*Nicki Minaj — (WINNER)

Travis Scott

BEST ALTERNATIVE

*FKA Twigs — (WINNER)

Lana Del Rey

Solange

twenty one pilots

Vampire Weekend

BEST ELECTRONIC

Calvin Harris

DJ Snake

Marshmello

*Martin Garrix — (WINNER)

The Chainsmokers

BEST PUSH

*Ava Max — (WINNER)

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 — (WINNER)

The 1975 – Lollapalooza Paris Festival 2019

twenty one pilots – Lollapalooza Paris Festival 2019

BEST LOOK

*Halsey — (WINNER)

J Balvin

Lil Nas X

Lizzo

Rosalía

BIGGEST FANS

Ariana Grande

Billie Eilish

*BTS — (WINNER)

Shawn Mendes

Taylor Swift

BEST US ACT

Ariana Grande

Billie Eilish

Lil Nas X

Lizzo

*Taylor Swift — (WINNER)

BEST UK ACT

Lewis Capaldi

Dave

Mabel

Ed Sheeran

*Little Mix — (WINNER)

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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