Rema wins best Afrobeat at 2023 MTV VMAs | Full list of winners

Mavin Records prodigy Rema won the prize for Best Afrobeats, a new category, for his remixed single “Calm Down” featuring Selena Gomez at Tuesday’s MTV Video Music Awards.

He beat competition from other Afrobeats heavyweights such as Burna Boy, Davido, Wizkid, Fire Boy, Ayra Starr and Labianca to emerge winners in the category.

The “Calm Down” song surpassed a billion streams on Spotify over the weekend.

“This means so much seeing Afrobeats grow this big,” Rema said while accepting the trophy.

Here is the full list of nominees and winners from the VMAs night:

Video of the Year

Doja Cat – ‘Attention’
Miley Cyrus – ‘Flowers’
Nicki Minaj – ‘Super Freaky Girl’
Olivia Rodrigo – ‘Vampire’
Sam Smith, Kim Petras – ‘Unholy’
SZA – ‘Kill Bill’
WINNER: Taylor Swift – ‘Anti-Hero’

Artist of the Year

 Doja Cat
 Karol G
 Nicki Minaj
 WINNER: Taylor Swift

Song of the Year

Miley Cyrus – ‘Flowers’
 Olivia Rodrigo – ‘Vampire’
 Rema & Selena Gomez  – ‘Calm Down’
 Sam Smith, Kim Petras – ‘Unholy’
 Steve Lacy – ‘Bad Habit’
 SZA – ‘Kill Bill’
 WINNER: Taylor Swift – ‘Anti-Hero’

Best New Artist

Peso Pluma
Reneé Rapp

WINNER: Ice Spice

Push Performance of the Year

August 2022: Saucy Santana – ‘Booty’
 September 2022: Stephen Sanchez – ‘Until I Found You’
 October 2022: JVKE – ‘golden hour’
 November 2022: Flo Milli – ‘Conceited’
 December 2022: Reneé Rapp – ‘Colorado’
 January 2023: Sam Ryder – ‘All The Way Over’
 February 2023: Armani White – ‘Goated’
 March 2023: Fletcher – ‘Becky’s So Hot’
 Together – ‘Sugar Rush Ride’
 May 2023: Ice Spice – ‘Princess Diana’
 June 2023: FLO – ‘Losing You’
 July 2023: Lauren Spencer Smith – ‘That Part’

WINNER: April 2023: Tomorrow X 

Best Collaboration

David Guetta & Bebe Rexha – ‘I’m Good (Blue)’
 Post Malone, Doja Cat – ‘I Like You (A Happier Song)’
 Diddy featuring Bryson Tiller, Ashanti, Yung Miami – ‘Gotta Move On’
 Metro Boomin with The Weeknd, 21 Savage, and Diddy – ‘Creepin’ (Remix)’
 Rema & Selena Gomez – ‘Calm Down’

WINNER: Karol G, Shakira – ‘TQG’

Best Pop

Demi Lovato – ‘Swine’
 Dua Lipa – ‘Dance The Night (From Barbie The Album)’
 Ed Sheeran – ‘Eyes Closed’
 Miley Cyrus – ‘Flowers’
 Olivia Rodrigo – ‘Vampire’
 Pink – ‘Trustfall’
 WINNER: Taylor Swift – ‘Anti-Hero’

Best Hip-Hop

Diddy ft. Bryson Tiller, Ashanti, Yung Miami – ‘Gotta Move On’
 DJ Khaled featuring Drake & Lil Baby – ‘Staying Alive’
 GloRilla & Cardi B – ‘Tomorrow 2’
 Lil Uzi Vert – ‘Just Wanna Rock’
 Lil Wayne featuring Swizz Beatz & DMX – ‘Kant Nobody’
 Metro Boomin featuring Future – ‘Superhero (Heroes and Villains)’
 WINNER: Nicki Minaj – ‘Super Freaky Girl’

Best R&B

Alicia Keys featuring Lucky Daye – ‘Stay’
 Chlöe featuring Chris Brown – ‘How Does It Feel’
 Metro Boomin with The Weeknd, 21 Savage, and Diddy – ‘Creepin’ (Remix)’
 Toosii – ‘Favorite Song’
 Yung Bleu & Nicki Minaj – ‘Love In The Way’

 WINNER: SZA – ‘Shirt’

Best Alternative

Blink-182 – ‘Edging’
 Boygenius – ‘The Film’
 Fall Out Boy – ‘Hold Me Like A Grudge’
 Paramore – ‘This Is Why’
 Thirty Seconds To Mars – ‘Stuck’

WINNER: Lana Del Rey featuring Jon Batiste – ‘Candy Necklace’

Best Rock

Foo Fighters – ‘The Teacher’
 Linkin Park – ‘Lost (Original Version)’
 Red Hot Chili Peppers – ‘Tippa My Tongue’
 Metallica – ‘Lux Æterna’
 Muse – ‘You Make Me Feel Like It’s Halloween’

WINNER: Måneskin – ‘The Loneliest’

Best Latin

 Bad Bunny – ‘Where She Goes’
 Eslabon Armado, Peso Pluma – ‘Ella Baila Sola’
 Bad Bunny – ‘Un x100to’
 Karol G, Shakira – ‘TQG’
 Rosalía – ‘Despechá’
 Shakira – ‘Acróstico’

WINNER: Anitta – ‘Funk Rave’

Best K-Pop

Aespa – ‘Girls’
 Blackpink – ‘Pink Venom’
 Fifty Fifty – ‘Cupid’
 Seventeen – ‘Super’
 Tomorrow X Together – ‘Sugar Rush Ride’

 WINNER: Stray Kids – ‘S-Class’

Best Afrobeats

Ayra Starr – ‘Rush’
 Burna Boy – ‘It’s Plenty’
 Davido featuring Musa Keys – ‘Unavailable’
 Fireboy DML & Asake – ‘Bandana’
 Libianca – ‘People’
 Wizkid featuring Ayra Starr– ‘2 Sugar’

WINNER: Rema & Selena Gomez – ‘Calm Down’

Video for Good

Alicia Keys – ‘If I Ain’t Got You (Orchestral)’
 Bad Bunny – ‘El Apagón – Aquí Vive Gente’
 Demi Lovato – ‘Swine’
 Imagine Dragons – ‘Crushed’
 Maluma – ‘La Reina’

 WINNER:Dove Cameron – ‘Breakfast’

Best Direction

Doja Cat – ‘Attention’
 Drake – ‘Falling Back’
 Kendrick Lamar – ‘Count Me Out’
 Megan Thee Stallion – ‘Her’
 Sam Smith, Kim Petras – ‘Unholy’
 SZA – ‘Kill Bill’
 WINNER: Taylor Swift – ‘Anti-Hero’

Best Cinematography

Adele – ‘I Drink Wine’
 Ed Sheeran – ‘Eyes Closed’
 Janelle Monáe – ‘Lipstick Lover’
 Kendrick Lamar – ‘Count Me Out’
 Miley Cyrus – ‘Flowers’
 Olivia Rodrigo – ‘Vampire’
 WINNER: Taylor Swift – ‘Anti-Hero’

Best Visual Effects

Fall Out Boy – ‘Love From The Other Side’
 Harry Styles – ‘Music For A Sushi Restaurant’
 Melanie Martinez – ‘Void’
 Nicki Minaj – ‘Super Freaky Girl’
 Sam Smith, Kim Petras – ‘Unholy’
 WINNER: Taylor Swift – ‘Anti-Hero’

Best Choreography

WINNER: Blackpink – ‘Pink Venom’
 Dua Lipa – ‘Dance The Night (From Barbie The Album)’
 Jonas Brothers – ‘Waffle House’
 Megan Thee Stallion – ‘Her’
 Panic! At The Disco – ‘Middle Of A Breakup’
 Sam Smith, Kim Petras – ‘Unholy’

Best Art Direction

Boygenius – ‘The Film’
 Blackpink – ‘Pink Venom’
 Lana Del Rey ft. Jon Batiste
 Megan Thee Stallion – ‘Her’
 SZA – ‘Shirt’

 WINNER: Doja Cat – ‘Attention’

Best Editing

Blackpink – ‘Pink Venom’
 Kendrick Lamar – ‘Rich Spirit’
 Miley Cyrus – ‘River’
 SZA – ‘Kill Bill’
 Taylor Swift – ‘Anti-Hero’

WINNER: Olivia Rodrigo – ‘Vampire’

Show of the Summer

 Ed Sheeran
 Karol G
 WINNER: Taylor Swift

Group of the Year

WINNER: Blackpink
Fifty Fifty
 Jonas Brothers
 Tomorrow x Together

Song of the Summer

Beyoncé – ‘Cuff It’
 Billie Eilish – ‘What Was I Made For? (From The Motion Picture Barbie)’
 Doja Cat – ‘Paint the Town Red’
 Doechii featuring Kodak Black – ‘What It Is (Block Boy)’
 Dua Lipa – ‘Dance the Night (From the Barbie Album)’
 Fifty Fifty – ‘Cupid’
 Gunna – ‘Fukumean’
 ‘Nicki Minaj & Ice Spice – ‘Barbie World (with Aqua) [From Barbie The Album]’
 Olivia Rodrigo – ‘Vampire’
 SZA – ‘Kill Bill’
 Taylor Swift featuring Ice Spice – ‘Karma’
 Tomorrow X Together and Jonas Brothers – ‘Do It Like That’
 Luke Combs – ‘Fast Car’
 Troye Sivan – ‘Rush’
 Yng Lvcas & Peso Pluma – ‘La Bebe (Remix)’

WINNER: Jung Kook featuring Latto – ‘Seven

Album of the Year

Beyoncé – Renaissance
 Drake & 21 Savage – Her Loss
 Metro Boomin – Heroes & Villains
 Miley Cyrus – Endless Summer Vacation
 WINNER: Taylor Swift – Midnights

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