Rema has landed a milestone as he becomes the first Afrobeats artiste to win at the prestigious MTV VMAs show.
At the just-ended awards ceremony that happened at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey, the Nigerian singer who was present at the show emerged as one of the winners of the night.
At the MTV Video Music Awards, Rema and Selena Gomez’s chart-topping song ‘Calm Down Remix’ was named Best Afrobeats Song.
Rema becomes the first Arobeats artist to receive a VMAs plaque as a result of his victory. The Best Afrobeats Song category has been added to the awards structure for the first time.
Excited Rema mounted the stage with Selena Gomez to pick the award. During his acceptance speech, he said “Africa in the house tonight … this means so much seeing Afrobeats grow this big and being on this stage representing Afrobeats“.
Rema during his acceptance speech on stage decided to thank the pioneers of Afrobeats when he said “I am so happy but one thing I will not forget to do tonight is forget to shoutout the people who open the doors for me“.
In the video below, he continued that “big shouts to Fela, who started Afrobeats in the first place, 2 Baba, Don Jazzy, D Banj, De Prince, Runtown, Timaya, 2Face, Wizkid, Burna Boy and Davido“.