JOHANNESBURG 3 November 2019 – Nigerian’s hitmaker Burna Boy scoops the Best Africa Act award at the 2019 MTV EMA’s. Burna Boy was nominated alongside fellow African Acts that included South Africa’s Prince Kaybee and Nasty C, Nigeria’s Teni, Harmonize from Tanzania and Togo’s duo TooFan. The star studded awards opened with pop superstar Dua Lipa delivering the first global stage performance of her new song “Don’t Start Now,” joined by a massive yellow wall of dancers. Following the performance, show host Becky G appeared in her first of many costumes to partake in a hilarious bilingual dialogue with herself that was a nod to the outstanding year in women-led and Latin music.

 

Alex Okosi, Executive Vice President and Managing Director for Viacom International Media Networks Africa (VIMN Africa) and BET International commented: “African music continues to make significant contributions to global entertainment and culture. We are proud of and congratulate Burna Boy from Nigeria for winning the Best Africa Act at the 2019 MTV EMA which showcases and celebrates the best talent from the world.”

22-year-old Kevin Doe from Sierra Leone who is a self-taught engineer and entrepreneur was recognised as one of the 2019 MTV EMA Generation Change Award winners. The “MTV EMA Generation Change Award” returned a second year to elevate and empower the fearless, original young people who are changing the world using music, creativity and innovation. Five dynamic changemakers from around the globe were presented with the award during the “2019 MTV EMAred carpet pre-show. The winners are among a generation of young people who are tackling the world’s toughest problems – including LGBTQ + rights, climate change, economic imbalance and racial injustice. 

 

South African TV Personality and rapper Boity Thulo walked the 2019 MTV EMA’s Red Carpet in Seville Spain. She joined Impulse winner Alice Matabane and BFF on an experience to remember after winning their Impulse competition on MTV Africa (DStv channel 130).

 

Highlights from the 2019 MTV EMAs included “Best New” and “Best Push” nominee Mabel singing “Don’t Call Me Up.” The daughter of Neneh Cherry—also no stranger to the MTV stage—performed from atop a larger than life purple phone, complete with a solo dance break, lasers and violet lighting. Surrounded by a cascade of lights, Niall Horan performed a dynamic version of “Nice to Meet Ya.” 

MTV EMA Host Becky G teamed up with Akon for the first global performance of their reggaeton smash “Como No.” The duo rolled down the runway-like stage on gliding carnival floats. The procession was marked with an explosion of colour, 54 dancers and a blend of instruments in a standout moment.  

 

Later in the show, Becky G performed a show-stopping medley of her hits surrounded by flames including “24/7,” “Sin Pijama” and “Mayores” on the stage, illuminated by glistening lasers and UV lighting. 

Global Icons Green Day rocked thousands of hardcore fans in the legendary Plaza de España with an epic performance of their new single “Father of All” and punk classic “Basket Case.”Halsey lit up the EMA stage in her own “Halsey World” setting for an intimate version of “Graveyard,” literally setting fire to her carousel horse. Backed by an all-female orchestra, pop phenomenon Ava Max delivered a unique rendition of her global hits “Torn” leading into “Sweet but Psycho” that ran the length of the EMAs’ runway-style stage.  

Local hero and global sensation Rosalía, accompanied by 52 dancers against a pyramid of red chairs, gave a powerful flamenco/hip-hop hybrid dance number to “Di Mi Nombre.”

NCT 127, the first K-Pop group to perform on the global MTV stage, delivered an electrifying performance of their hit “Highway to Heaven.” 

The first-ever MTV EMA Rock Icon winner Liam Gallagher closed the show with a breathtaking performance of his new single “Once” and anthemic hit “Wonderwall” complete with string instruments and a band. The moment was a nod to Gallagher’s classic rock and roll style.

Additionally, MTV celebrated all the local EMA winners from different countries around the globe from Nigeria, Spain to Latin America and Nigeria. Thirteen of the winners in attendance from their home countries were brought onto the stage for a tremendous in-show moment that showcased a truly global Yeah celebration of talent. 

The 2019 MTV EMAs is broadcast in partnership with Impulse #OwnYourThrone on MTV Africa (DStv channel 130) on Monday, 4 November at 10:00 CAT.

 

FULL LIST OF “2019 MTV EMA” WINNERS

*indicates winner

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 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

 

BEST LOOK 

*Halsey

J Balvin

Lil Nas X

Lizzo

Rosalía

 

BIGGEST FANS 

Ariana Grande

Billie Eilish

*BTS

Shawn Mendes

Taylor Swift 

 

BEST US ACT 

Ariana Grande

Billie Eilish

Lil Nas X

Lizzo

*Taylor Swift

 

BEST UK ACT

Lewis Capaldi

Dave

Mabel

Ed Sheeran

*Little Mix 

 

FULL EMA LOCAL WINNERS LIST HERE

EMA GENERATION CHANGE HONOREES

Alfredo “Danger” Martinez, 33, Mexico 

Shiden Tekle, 20, UK 

Lisa RanRan Hu, 20, China 

Kelvin Doe, 22, Sierra Leone

Jamie Margolin, 17, USA

FULL PERFORMANCE LIST

Dua Lipa – “Don’t Start Now”

Mabel – “Don’t Call Me Up”

Niall Horan – “Nice to Meet Ya”

Akon feat. Becky G – “Como No”

Green Day – “Father of All,” Basket Case”

Halsey – “Graveyard”

Ava Max – “Torn,” “Sweet but Psycho”

Rosalía – “Di Mi Nombre”

NCT 127 – “Highway to Heaven”

Becky G – “24/7,” “Sin Pajama,” “Mayores”

Liam Gallagher – “Once,” “Wonderwall”

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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