ARIANA GRANDE LEADS 2019 MTV EMA NOMINATIONS FOLLOWED BY BILLIE EILISH, LIL NAS X, J BALVIN AND SHAWN MENDES FOR 26TH EDITION AIRING LIVE GLOBALLY 3 NOVEMBER FROM SEVILLE, SPAIN

Johannesburg, 3 October 2019MTV today announced nominations for the 2019 MTV EMAs, including six top acts from the African continent; South African rapper Nasty C and hitmaker Prince Kaybee were nominated for the Best African Act category alongside Nigeria’s 2019 BET Award winner Burna Boy & BET Award nominee Teni,  Togo’s duo Toofan and Tanzanian musician Harmonize. The announcement comes days after Nasty C was nominated for the  2019 BET Hip Hop Awards. The 2019 MTV EMAs will take place at the FIBES, Conference & Exhibition Centre of Seville in Spain, and will broadcast live on MTV Africa (DStv channel 130) in nearly 180 countries on Sunday, 3 November at 20:00 CAT.

Internationally Ariana Grande leads with seven nods. Grande’s nominations include “Best Artist,” “Best Video” for her viral hit “thank you, next,” as well as “Best Song” alongside Shawn Mendes and EMA nominee newcomers Lil Nas X and Billie Eilish, who all follow Grande with six nods each. Latin American sensation J Balvin follows closely with five nominations including “Best Artist,” and Lizzo and Taylor Swift join the above contenders for “Best U.S. Act,” scoring four nods each.

To tease this year’s nominees, MTV poured fans a “taste of Seville” with beautiful coffee art reveals. As a play on the traditional Spanish cortado, the nominees for “Best Artist,” “Best Video” and “Biggest Fans” were revealed via artistic foam cream visuals. The videos premiered across MTV’s global digital platforms and a coalition of media partners.

Alex Okosi, Executive Vice President and Managing Director for Viacom International Media Networks Africa (VIMN Africa) and BET International commented: “The Best African Act at the 2019 MTV EMAs has been a powerful platform for elevating African talent and music since its inception.  We are excited to reveal this year’s incredible group of nominees who are making waves in Africa and around the world”.

Voting is now open at mtvema.com until 2 November at 00:59 CATso fans can cast votes beginning today.

COMPLETE LIST – 2019 MTV EMA NOMINEES

BEST AFRICA ACT 
Burna Boy (Nigeria)
Prince Kaybee (South Africa)
TooFan (Toga)
Nasty C (South Africa)
Teni (Nigeria)
Harmonize (Tanzania)

BEST VIDEO
Ariana Grande                                                   thank u, next
Billie Eilish                                                         bad guy
Lil Nas X                                                            Old Town Road (Remix) ft. Billy Ray Cyrus
ROSALÍA, J Balvin                                            Con Altura ft. El Guincho
Taylor Swift                                                        ME! ft. Brendon Urie of Panic! At The Disco

BEST ARTIST
Ariana Grande
J Balvin
Miley Cyrus
Shawn Mendes
Taylor Swift

BEST SONG
Ariana Grande                                                 7 rings
Billie Eilish                                                       bad guy
Lil Nas X                                                          Old Town Road (Remix) ft. Billy Ray Cyrus
Post Malone, Swae Lee                                  Sunflower
Shawn Mendes, Camila Cabello                     Señorita

BEST COLLABORATION
BTS, Halsey                                                    Boy With Luv
Lil Nas X, Billy Ray Cyrus                               Old Town Road (Remix)
Mark Ronson, Miley Cyrus                              Nothing Breaks Like a Heart
ROSALÍA, J Balvin                                          Con Altura ft. El Guincho
Shawn Mendes, Camila Cabello                     Señorita
The Chainsmokers, Bebe Rexha                    Call You Mine

BEST NEW
Ava Max
Billie Eilish
Lewis Capaldi
Lil Nas X
Lizzo
Mabel

BEST POP
Ariana Grande
Becky G
Camila Cabello
Halsey
Jonas Brothers
Shawn Mendes

BEST LIVE
Ariana Grande
BTS
Ed Sheeran
P!NK
Travis Scott

BEST ROCK
Green Day
Imagine Dragons
Liam Gallagher
Panic! At The Disco
The 1975

BEST HIP-HOP
21 Savage
Cardi B
J. Cole
Nicki Minaj
Travis Scott

BEST ALTERNATIVE
FKA Twigs
Lana Del Rey
Solange
twenty one pilots
Vampire Weekend

BEST ELECTRONIC
Calvin Harris
DJ Snake
Marshmello
Martin Garrix
The Chainsmokers

BEST LOOK
Halsey
J Balvin
Lil Nas X
Lizzo
ROSALÍA

BIGGEST FANS
Ariana Grande
Billie Eilish
BTS
Shawn Mendes
Taylor Swift

BEST PUSH
Ava Max
Billie Eilish
CNCO
H.E.R.
Jade Bird
Juice WRLD
Kiana Ledé
Lauv
Lewis Capaldi
Lizzo
Mabel
ROSALÍA

BEST WORLD STAGE
Bebe Rexha                                         Isle of MTV Malta 2019
Hailee Steinfeld                                    Isle of MTV Malta 2018
Muse                                                    Bilbao, Spain 2018
The 1975                                              Lollapalooza Paris Festival 2019
twenty one pilots                                  Lollapalooza Paris Festival 2019

*Ariana Grande (US), Taylor Swift (US), Ed Sheeran (UK & Ireland), Shawn Mendes (Canada) and Burna Boy (Africa) are among those nominated for Best Act in their respective home regions. For more detail, check with your local MTV PR representative for participating countries and respective local nominees.

For more information on the 2019 MTV EMAs, visit www.mtv.co.za or www.mtvbase.com and press.mtvema.com, like us on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/MTVza or www.Facebook.com/MTVBaseVerified, or follow us on Twitter and Instagram @MTVAfrica and @MTVBaseAfrica. To join the conversation about the awards please use the hashtag #MTVEMA.

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