Nigerian singer, Rema becomes the first Afrobeats act to win the category of Best Afrobeats at the MTV Video Music Awards (VMAs) with his song, Calm Down Remix featuring Selena Gomez.
Rema is the first Arobeats artist to win a VMA plaque, so this is a historic event for him. The Best Afrobeats Song category has just been added to the awards program 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”.