2018 MTV EMA: Davido, Tiwa Savage top nominations for Best African Act

L-R: Tiwa Savage, Davido
L-R: Tiwa Savage, Davido

Nigerian music acts, David Adedeji Adeleke, popularly known as Davido and Tiwa Savage have been nominated for the 2018 MTV Europe Music Awards (MTV EMAs) in the Best African Act category.


The duo were nominated alongside Distruction Boyz (South Africa), Fally Ipupa (DRC), Nyashinski (Kenya) and Shekinah (South Africa).

A statement from the organiser said one winner will bring this category’s prestigious awards home from the ceremony which will be globally broadcast live from The “2018 MTV EMAs” at Bilbao Exhibition Centre, Barakaldo, Biscay in Spain on Sunday, November 4 at 8:00pm WAT on MTV (DStv channel 130).


Commenting on the nominations, Monde Twala, Vice President for Youth, Music and BET at Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN Africa) said: “2018 has been an incredible year globally for African culture, music and talent.

“Once again, the 2018 MTV EMAs features Africa’s most celebrated entertainers who have the opportunity to showcase their talent through the MTV EMA Best Africa Act category at the annual awards.

“Our nominees reflect the continents diversity and talent on par with international artists. Congratulations to all our Africa nominees, who continue to affirm Africa’s place on the global stage.”

The statement added that the broadcast from MTV’s global network of channels in more than 180 countries and territories, reaches more than half a billion households around the world.

Internationally, Camila Cabello leads the nominations snagging six nods including “Best Song” and “Best Video” for her chart-topping hit “Havana” featuring Young Thug, as well as “Best Artist” alongside Ariana Grande and Post Malone, who follow Cabello with five nods each.

Drake and Dua Lipa also join the above contenders for “Best Artist,” scoring four nods each alongside Shawn Mendes, including “Best Local Act” for all three of their respective home countries.

“MTV creatively teased the nominees via a series of captivating Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response (ASMR) videos, with visuals involving floral foam smashing, paint mixing and kinetic sand slicing for the “Best Artist,” “Best Song” and “Best Video” categories.

“The mesmerizing video reveals were broadcast across MTV’s global digital platforms and a coalition of media partners,” the statement read.

It further added that voting is now open at until November 3rd at 10:59pm WAT. “So, fans can cast votes beginning from today.”


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