The “2021 MTV EMAs” returned live from the Papp László Budapest Sportaréna in Hungary with a global celebration of Music for ALL. Nigerian superstar, Wizkid, edged out his co-star on the global smash hit ‘Essence’, and first time EMAs nominee, Tems (Nigeria), as well as other African superstars such as our very own Focalistic , Amaarae (Ghana), and Diamond Platnumz (Tanzania) to emerge winner of the Best African Act category. The epic event, which aired on MTV in 180 countries, featured electrifying performances from today’s hottest stars and honored some of the world’s biggest artists while also celebrating music, love, and equality.
In a virtually recorded acceptance speech, the now globally renowned afrobeats superstar, Wizkid specially thanked the organisers and his fans. “I just want to say a big thank you to the EMAs for the award. I’ll also like to say a big thank you to my fans. Thank you for supporting Wizkid, thank you for supporting Starboy, thank you for supporting big Wiz. Africa to the world!” he said.
Wizkid’s win at the EMAs underscores Africa’s rise to prominence in the global music scene. Music has the power to unite the world and this year’s winner has truly embodied that concept with groundbreaking collaborations and inspirational messaging. We are proud of all the artists nominated in the Best African Act category and VCNA will continue in its promise to promote local talent across our platforms as we showcase the best of African music and culture to the world. – Monde Twala, Senior Vice President and General Manager of ViacomCBS Networks Africa (VCNA)