Davido, Tiwa Savage & Others Nominated For 2018 MTV EMAS Best African Act Category


Nigerian top music superstars, Tiwa Savage and Davido, have been nominated in the best African act category of the 2018 MTV Europe Music Awards (MTV EMAs).

The nominees’ list for the 2018 edition of the award was released yesterday being Thursday, 4th October 2018.

The Nigerian singers were nominated alongside Nyashinski who is from Kenya and Shekinah who hails from South Africa. There is also Distruction Boyz (South Africa), and Fally Ipupa (DRC).

The vice-president for youth, music and BET, at VIMN Africa, Monde Twala, delightfully described this year’s event as incredible. In her words, “2018 has been an incredible year globally for African culture, music and talent”.

She went ahead and added:

 “Once again, the 2018 MTV EMAs features Africa’s most celebrated entertainers who have the opportunity to showcase their talent through the MTV EMA Best Africa Act category at the annual awards. Our nominees reflect the continents diversity and talent on par with international artists. Congratulations to all our Africa nominees, who continue to affirm Africa’s place on the global stage.”

Internationally, Camila Cabello led the nominations catching six nods including “Best Song” and “Best Video” for her chart-topping hit ‘Havana’ featuring Young Thug, as well as “Best Artist” alongside Ariana Grande and Post Malone, who follow Cabello with five nods each.

Drake and Dua Lipa also join the above contenders for “Best Artist,” scoring four nods each alongside Shawn Mendes, including “Best Local Act” for all three of their respective home countries.

MTV creatively teased the nominees via a series of captivating Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response (ASMR) videos, with visuals involving floral foam smashing, paint mixing and kinetic sand slicing for the “Best Artist,” “Best Song” and “Best Video” categories.

The official sponsor of the “2018 MTV EMAs” is SKYY Vodka.


See the full list below:

Best African Act

Davido- Nigeria

Tiwa Savage- Nigeria

Distruction Boyz- South Africa

Fally Ipupa- DRC

Nyashinski- Kenya

Shekinah- South Africa

Best Artist

Ariana Grande

Camila Cabello


Dua Lipa

Post Malone

Best Video

Ariana Grande- No tears left to cry

Camila Cabello- Havana ft. Young Thug

Childish Gambino- This Is America

Lil Dicky- Freaky Friday ft. Chris Brown

The Carters- APES**T

Best Song

Ariana Grande- No tears left to cry

Bebe Rexha- Meant To Be ft. Florida Georgia Line

Camila Cabello- Havana ft. Young Thug

Drake – God’s Plan

Post Malone- Rockstar ft. 21 Savage

Best Pop

Ariana Grande

Camila Cabello

Dua Lipa

Hailee Steinfeld

Shawn Mendes

Best New Artist



Cardi B

Hayley Kiyoko

Jessie Reyez

Best Look

Cardi B

Dua Lipa


Nicki Minaj

Post Malone

Best Hip Hop




Nicki Minaj

Travis Scott

Best Live

Ed Sheeran



Shawn Mendes

The Carters

Best Rock

5 Seconds Of Summer

Foo Fighters

Imagine Dragons



Best Alternative

Fall Out Boy

Panic! At The Disco

The 1975

Thirty Seconds To Mars

Twenty-one pilots

Best Electronic

Calvin Harris

David Guetta


Martin Garrix

The Chainsmokers

Biggest Fans


Camila Cabello

Selena Gomez

Shawn Mendes

Taylor Swift

Best World Stage

Clean Bandit- MTV Crashes Plymouth, UK 2017

Charli XCX- MTV Crashes Plymouth, UK 2017

David Guetta- Trafalgar Square, UK 2017

Jason Derulo- Isle of MTV Malta 2018

Post Malone- Wireless Festival, UK 2018

Migos- Wireless Festival, UK 2018

J Cole- Wireless Festival, UK 2018

Nick Jonas- MTV Spotlight @ Hyperplay, Singapore 2018

Alessia Cara- MTV Spotlight @ Hyperplay, Singapore 2018

Best Push

PRETTYMUCH- October 2017

Why Don’t We- November 2017

Grace VanderWaal- December 2017

Bishop Briggs- January 2018

Superorganism- February 2018

Jessie Reyez- March 2018

Hayley Kiyoko- April 2018

Lil Xan- May 2018

Sigrid- June 2018

Chloe x Halle- July 2018

Bazzi- August 2018

Jorja Smith- September 2018

Best US Act

Ariana Grande

Camila Cabello

Cardi B

Imagine Dragons

Post Malone


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