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Published on October 4th, 2017 | by Refilwe

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BABES WODUMO, NASTY C, DAVIDO, C4 PEDRO, NYASHINSKI AND WIZKID NOMINATED FOR 2017 MTV EMAs BEST AFRICAN ACT CATEGORY

TAYLOR SWIFT LEADS NOMINATIONS FOR 2017 MTV EMAs

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Wednesday, 4 October 2017: MTV today announced nominations for the 2017 MTV EMAs, including six top acts from the African continent; Babes Wodumo, (South Africa), Nasty C (South Africa), Wizkid (Nigeria), Davido (Nigeria), C4 Pedro (Angola) and Nyanshinski (Kenya). Only one will be honoured as the overall winner of this category at the prestigious awards ceremony which will be broadcast live from London’s SSE Arena, Wembley on Sunday, 12 November at 22:00 CAT simulcast on both MTV (DStv channel 130) and MTV Base (DStv channel 322).

 

On the international front, pop superstar Taylor Swift leads the pack nabbing six nods including Best Video for her record-breaking “Look What You Made Me Do” which debuted at the MTV VMAs in August. Global sensation Shawn Mendes nearly ties Swift with five nominations, including Best Song and Best Artist—the latter category featuring the two nominees going head-to-head.

 

Best Artist nominees Kendrick Lamar and Ed Sheeran earned four nods each, including Best Local Act nods for their respective home regions (Best US Act and Best UK & Ireland Act, specifically). Sheeran’s smash single “Shape of Youwas also nominated for Best Song, along with DJ Khaled’s chart topper “Wild Thoughts,” Shawn Mendes’ pop hit “There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back,” Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee’s summer anthemDespacito” remix featuring Justin Bieber, and Clean Bandit’s mega pop hit “Rockabye.”

 

The 2017 MTV EMAs will broadcast live on MTV (DStv channel 130) and MTV Base (DStv channel 322) on Sunday, 12 November at 22:00 CAT.

 

Commented Monde Twala, Vice President for BET, Youth & Music for Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) Africa: “The 2017 MTV EMAs feature some of the globe’s most talented entertainers, the annual awards celebration is watched by millions worldwide and provides the perfect platform to showcase Africa’s most talented musicians through our MTV EMA Best Africa Act category. This year our nominees reflect an exciting musical diversity and are an amazing representation of authentic African culture. Congratulations to all our Africa nominees, we continue to be proud of the important role they play in projecting the best of Africa to the world.”

 

Last week, MTV announced global superstar and Best Look nominee Rita Ora will host and perform at this year’s show in London.

 

See below the full list of nominees.

 

2017 MTV EMA NOMINEES

BEST AFRICAN ACT

Babes Wodumo (South Africa)

Nasty C (South Africa)

Wizkid (Nigeria)

Davido (Nigeria)

C4 Pedro (Angola)

Nyashinski (Kenya)

BEST SONG

Clean Bandit – Rockabye ft. Sean Paul & Anne-Marie

DJ Khaled – Wild Thoughts ft. Rihanna, Bryson Tiller

Ed Sheeran – Shape of You

Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee – Despacito (Remix) ft. Justin Bieber

Shawn Mendes – There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back

 

BEST ARTIST

Ariana Grande

Ed Sheeran

Kendrick Lamar

Miley Cyrus

Shawn Mendes

Taylor Swift

 

BEST LOOK

Dua Lipa

Harry Styles

Rita Ora

Taylor Swift

ZAYN

 

BEST NEW

Dua Lipa

Julia Michaels

Khalid

KYLE

Rag‘n’Bone Man

 

BEST POP

Camila Cabello

Demi Lovato

Miley Cyrus

Shawn Mendes

Taylor Swift

 

BEST VIDEO

Foo Fighters – Run

Katy Perry – Bon Appétit ft. Migos

Kendrick Lamar – HUMBLE.

KYLE – iSpy ft. Lil Yachty

Taylor Swift – Look What You Made Me Do

 

BEST LIVE

Bruno Mars

Coldplay

Ed Sheeran

Eminem

U2

 

BEST ELECTRONIC

Calvin Harris

David Guetta

Major Lazer

Martin Garrix

The Chainsmokers

 

BEST ROCK

Coldplay

Foo Fighters

Royal Blood

The Killers

U2

 

BEST HIP HOP

Drake

Eminem

Future

Kendrick Lamar

Post Malone

 

BEST ALTERNATIVE

Imagine Dragons

Lana Del Rey

Lorde

The xx

Thirty Seconds To Mars

 

BIGGEST FANS

Ariana Grande

Justin Bieber

Katy Perry

Shawn Mendes

Taylor Swift

 

BEST PUSH

Hailee Steinfeld

Jon Bellion

Julia Michaels

Kacy Hill

Khalid

KYLE

Noah Cyrus

Petite Meller

Rag’n'Bone Man

SZA

The Head And The Heart

 

BEST WORLD STAGE

Steve Aoki – Live from Isle of MTV Malta 2016

Kings of Leon – Live from Oude Luxor Theatre, Rotterdam, The Netherlands 2016

Tomorrowland 2017

DNCE – Live from Isle of MTV Malta 2017

The Chainsmokers – Live from Isle of MTV Malta 2017

Foo Fighters – Live from Barcelona, Spain 2017

 

BEST LOCAL ACT

Bruno Mars (US), Little Mix (UK & Ireland), Drake (Canada), Justin Bieber (Canada) and Kygo (Norway) are among those nominated for Best Act in their respective home regions.

 

Voting is open now at mtvema.com, including the Best US Act local voting category, for which wildcard nominee Fifth Harmony has been chosen by fans via social vote. Similarly, Louis Tomlinson has been chosen by fans via social vote as a wildcard nominee for Best UK & Ireland Act.

 

2017 MTV EMAs voting closes on 12 November at 00.59am CAT so visit mtvema.com to cast your vote!

 

Smirnoff is the official South African broadcast sponsor for the 2017 MTV EMAs.

 

For artwork, press assets and further information please visit press.mtvema.com.

 

For more information on the 2017 MTV EMAs, visit www.mtv.co.za or www.mtvbase.com and press.mtvema.com, like us on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/MTVza or www.Facebook.com/MTVBaseVerified, or follow us on Twitter and Instagram @MTVAfrica and @MTVBaseAfrica. To join the conversation about the awards please use the hashtag #MTVEMA.

 

ENDS

 

CONTACTS

 

For further information, please contact:

 

Gabi Mbele

Gabisile.Mbele@vimn.com

Tel: +2711 428 3203

 

Dambisa Maqoga

dambisa@totalexposure.co.za

Tel: +2711 788 8725

 

ABOUT THE 2017 MTV EMAS

The 2017 MTV EMAs, in partnership with Smirnoff, will broadcast LIVE across the globe on Sunday, 12 November at 22:00 CAT from the SSE Arena, Wembley in London, England in partnership with #LondonIsOpen. One of the biggest global music events 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 of more than 60 channels and over 300 digital media properties and platforms.

 

 


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