On Tuesday, September 12, the 2023 MTV Video Music Awards unfolded at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey, bestowing honors upon some of the most prominent figures in the Top 40 music sphere.

In a noteworthy achievement, Nigerian vocalist Rema and American pop sensation Selena Gomez clinched the inaugural award in the Best Afrobeats category for their chart-topping hit “Calm Down.”

At 31 years old, Gomez and her 23-year-old counterpart Rema secured nominations in several categories for their collaborative effort “Calm Down,” including Song of the Year, Best Collaboration, and of course, Best Afrobeats.

Their song triumphed over tough contenders, namely Ayra Starr’s “Rush,” Burna Boy’s “It’s Plenty,” Davido featuring Musa Key’s “Unavailable,” Libianca’s “People,” Wizkid featuring Ayra Starr’s “2 Sugar,” and Fireboy DML’s “Bandana,” ultimately claiming the title of Best Afrobeats.

In his acceptance speech, Rema appreciated all those who opened doors for him in the industry as well as legends who pioneered the genre.

Part of his words were ;

This means so much, seeing Afrobeats grow so big and being here on this stage representing Afrobeats tonight, I am so happy.

Big shoutout to people who opened the doors for me.

Big shoutout to Fela who started Afrobeat in the first place.

Tubaba, Don Jazzy, D’banj, D’Prince, Runtown, Timaya, Wizkid, Burna Boy, Davido

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