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Rema and Selena Gomez Create History with First-Ever Best Afrobeats Win at the 2023 MTV VMAs

In a groundbreaking moment at the 2023 MTV Video Music Awards, Nigerian sensation Rema and American pop star Selena Gomez clinched the prestigious Best Afrobeats award for their chart-topping hit “Calm Down.” The inaugural category showcased the global influence and captivating sound of Afrobeats, celebrating the fusion of cultures through music.

The competition was fierce, with “Calm Down” emerging victorious against some of the genre’s finest tracks, including Ayra Starr’s “Rush,” Burna Boy’s “It’s Plenty,” Davido feat. Musa Key’s “Unavailable,” Libianca’s “People,” Wizkid feat. Ayra Starr’s “2 Sugar,” and Fireboy DML’s “Bandana.” This win marks a historic moment in the global music landscape.


Rema’s journey to this achievement has been nothing short of remarkable. His collaboration with Selena Gomez on “Calm Down” propelled him to become the first African artist to amass an astounding one billion streams on Spotify. This remarkable feat not only underscores Rema’s exceptional talent but also highlights the universal appeal of Afrobeats.

During his acceptance speech, Rema graciously acknowledged the unwavering support of his fans and the dedication of his team. He also paid tribute to the pioneers of Afrobeats, including music icons such as 2Baba, Don Jazzy, D’banj, D’Prince, Runtown, Timaya, Wizkid, Burna Boy, and Davido, whose trailblazing efforts paved the way for the genre’s global recognition.

As “Calm Down” continues to make waves worldwide, Rema’s journey has reached yet another milestone with his debut in the Billboard Hot 100 top 10, further solidifying his position as an international music sensation. This win not only celebrates Rema and Selena Gomez’s incredible collaboration but also highlights the growing prominence of Afrobeats on the global stage. The 2023 MTV VMAs will forever be remembered as the night Afrobeats made history.

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