VMAs: Rema Beats Wizkid, Davido, Burnaboy To Pick First-Ever Best Afrobeats Award

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Mavin Records star, Rema has snapped the first ever Afrobeats Award plaque at the VMAsfor his mega hit with Selena Gomez, “Calm Down”.

The star-studded event took place on Tuesday at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey, with millions of fans watching from different parts of the world.

Rema and Selena Gomez’s ‘Calm Down’ earned three nominations Best Collaboration, Song of the Year, and Best Afrobeats song.

Rema’s ‘Calm Down,’ was nominated alongside Burna Boy’s ‘It’s Plenty,’ Davido feat Musa Key’s ‘Unavailable,’ Ayra Starr’s ‘Rush,’ Libianca’s ‘People,’ Wizkid feat Ayrra Starr’s ‘2 Sugar,’ and Fireboy DML’s ‘Bandana.

The track ‘Calm Down,’ which was originally released on August 25, 2022, garnered attention for its unique fusion of Afrobeats and pop elements.

In his acceptance speech, Rema thanked God, the fans, his management and Selena Gomez. He also gave props to Fela, as the creator of Afrobeats even as he hailed artistes who blazed the trail in the genre.

He said:  “Will like to give a shout-out to those who started Afrobeats in the first place; 2Baba, Don Jazzy, D Banj, D Prince, Runtown, Timaya, Wizkid, Burna Boy, Davido, and I wanna give a big shout-out to the new generation of Afrobeats, we’re here to take it to the rest of the world. And one more time, please make some noise for Selena Gomez”.

Exploits of REMA’s Calm Down on music charts

The remix of the song achieved incredible success, becoming the first-ever track to maintain a position on the Billboard US Afrobeats Songs chart for an entire year.

Additionally, it secured the coveted spot of being the First No.1 Hit on The Official MENA Chart.

Meanwhile, recall Vanguard reported that “Calm Down” has garnered one billion streams on Spotify, a global online streaming platform.

Victor Okpala, Spotify’s Artiste and Label Partnerships Manager for West Africa, announced the feat in a statement on Sunday.


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