Burna Boy wins Best African Act at the “MTV EMAS” 2022

Burnaboy wins best African act

Taylor Swift, Nicki Minaj, David Guetta, Harry Stylesand BTS among top winners

Nigerian music superstar, Burna Boy, has been crowned the Best African Act at the MTV EMAs 2022. Announced during the pre-award ceremony, the recognition saw Burna edgeother nominees including Ayra Starr (Nigeria), Black Sherif(Ghana), Musa Keys (South Africa) and Zuchu (Tanzania) following a widely successful 2022.

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Taylor Swift was the queen of the night earning four awards at the “MTV EMAs” 2022 held at the PSD Bank Dome in Düsseldorf, Germany. Taylor Swift took top awards including “Best Artist,” “Best Video,” “Best Pop” and “Best Longform Video” for “All Too Well (10 Minute Version) (Taylor’s Version).” Nicki Minaj was awarded “Best Song” for “Super Freaky Girl,” and “Best Hip Hop,” while Harry Styles won “Best Live.”

Hosted by Rita Ora and Taika Waititi, the live global music celebration featured electrifying performances from chart-topping artists and honoured fan favorites across 20 categories. The show also featured a moving performance by Ukrainian Band Kalush Orchestra with a powerful display of support for Ukraine. 

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Show host Rita Ora won “Best Look ‘Personal Style’”, while “Video for Good” went to Sam Smith feat. Kim Petras for “Unholy.” 

The “Best Collaboration” award went to David Guetta and Bebe Rexha for “I’m Good (Blue)” while Guetta also nabbed “Best Electronic,” and new EMA category “Best MetaversePerformance” went to BLACKPINK The Virtual PUBG Mobile.

On a night that saw EMA hosts Rita Ora and Taikia Waititi bring the fashion and the fun with unforgettable looks and show moments, David Guetta and Bebe Rexha opened the performances with their hit song “I’m Good (Blue)”, with Guetta DJing from a massive riser and Rexha swinging onto the stage. Stormzy performed his ballad “Fire Babe” for the first time on TV, creating an intimate show moment with kinetic lighting and special guest vocalist, Debbie.

 SPINALL, Äyanna and Nasty C closed the night performing “Power” flanked by roller skaters with tracking devices that made the lights on the stage form funky patterns.  

 This year’s “MTV EMA Generation Change Awardhonoureesare three resilient Ukrainian women – Lina DeshvarAnna Kutova and Anfisa Yakovina  who are fighting for the care and rights of those impacted by the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine. Their work includes providing shelter for refugees, evacuating and caring for families raising children, adolescents and young people with disabilities, providing art and group therapy for women and families who have been separated from their families and more. The recipients were honoured during the MTV EMA Red Carpet show which was broadcast live on MTV globally and streamed on MTVEMA.com.

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Repeat broadcasts of the MTV EMAs 2022 will air on MTV Base DStv Ch. 322 and GOtv Ch. 72 on Tuesday, 15 November at 19:00 WAT and Thursday, 17 November at 19:00 WAT. BET Africa (DStv Ch. 129; GOtv Ch. 21) will also broadcast the Awards on Monday, 14 November at 21:00 WAT.


Best African Act – Burna Boy
Best Song – Nicki Minaj – Super Freaky Girl 
Best Video – Taylor Swift – All Too Well (10 Minute Version) (Taylor’s Version) 
Best Artist  – Taylor Swift 
Best Collaboration – David Guetta & Bebe Rexha – I’m Good (Blue) 
Best Live – Harry Styles 
Best Pop – Taylor Swift
Best K-Pop – Lisa 
Best Latin-  Anitta
Best Electronic – David Guetta
Best Hip Hop – Nicki Minaj
Best Rock – Muse
Best Alternative – Gorillaz
Best R&B – Chlӧe
Best Longform  – Taylor Swift – All Too Well (10 Minute Version) (Taylor’s Version)
Video For Good – Sam Smith  Unholy (ft. Kim Petras
Biggest Fans – BTS
Best Metaverse Performance – BLACKPINK The Virtual PUBG Mobile 
Best Look ‘Personal Style’ – Rita Ora 
Generation Change – Lina DeshvarAnna Kutova and Anfisa Yakovina
Best Australian Act – G Flip
Best Brazilian Act – Manu Gavassi
Best Canadain Act – Johnny Orlando
Best Caribbean Act – Daddy Yankee
Best French Act – Amir
Best German Act – Badmómzjay
Best Hungarian Act – Carson Coma
Best India Act – Armaan Malik
Best Italian Act – Pinguini Tattici Nucleari
Best Israel Act – Noa Kirel
Best LatamNorth Act – Kenia Os
Best LatamSouth Act – Tini
Best LatamCentral Act – Danny Ocean
Best Dutch Act – Goldband
Best New Zealand Act – Lorde
Best Nordic Act – Sigrid
Best Polish Act – Ralph Kaminski
Best Portuguese Act – Bárbara Bandeira
Best Spanish Act – Bad Gyal
Best Swiss Act – Loredana
Best UK & Ireland Act – Harry Styles
Best US Act – Billie Eilish



About the MTV EMAs

One of the biggest global music awards shows of the year that celebrates the hottest artists from around the world, the MTV EMAs bring music fans a unique, multi-platform experience across MTV’s global network in more than 170 countries and Comedy Central in Germany on 13 November. It will be available on Paramount+ globally beginning November 14th. Follow @MTVEMA on Facebook, Twitter, TikTok and Instagram, and join the conversation with #MTVEMA.

About Paramount

Multimedia entertainment powerhouse Paramount offers the most comprehensive international broadcast portfolio on the African continent, reaching more than 100 million viewers across 48 territories in Africa. Paramount 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.

About Red Media Africa   

Red Media Africa (www.redmediaafrica.com) is the PR & Empowerment Marketing division under the parent brand, RED. It focuses on using inspiration, empowerment, and action to help brands and organisations connect with their audiences, enhance their bottom-lines, and lead in their industries. It has 6 major practice areas: Corporate Practice, Technology Practice, SME Practice, Governance Practice, Faith Practice, and International Practice – with work for brands across Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya, and South Africa. It has been recognized with multiple local and international awards including the Gold SABRE Awards for PR Campaigns and the Young Lions PR competition for the next generation of creatives. 

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