The MTV Europe Music Awards are just over a week from now and one of the biggest award shows in the world is set to be a blast. The awards will take place in London’s SSE Arena and this will be the sixth time the British capital plays host. The show will be hosted by Rita Ora.
“I’m so excited to be hosting this year’s MTV EMAs in my home town. I still remember how much fun my first EMAs were in Frankfurt in 2012, when I performed,” Ora said.
Among the nominations for the awards, six top acts from the African continent have been included. Babes Wodumo, Nasty C, Wizkid, Davido, C4 Pedro and Nyanshinski have all been nominated in the Best African category. Only one will be crowned as the overall winner of this category.
Angola’s C4 Pedro, who will be attending the awards, said he was excited. “It feels great. As a lusophone (Portuguese speaking) singer, I just want everyone to know how big and strong we are,” he said.
He also said the nomination was significant. “For me personally, it’s very important.
“Lusophone artists from Angola have been nominated since 2005 and never won. We feel like ‘only Nigerians and South Africans can win this award’ but I’m telling you, change is going to come one day...”
SA’s Nasty C, who has been nominated for an international award before, said he was honoured. “I’m extremely honoured and humbled by it. It really means a lot to see that my work is being recognised across the world,” he said.
On the international front, Taylor Swift leads the pack, nabbing six nods including best video for Look What You Made Me Do. Shawn Mendes received five nominations.
Other nominees include Kendrick Lamar, Ed Sheeran, Ariana Grande, Demi Lovato and Bruno Mars.
Performances for the night will include Liam Payne, French Montana, Kesha, Travis Scott and The Killers.
Full list of nominees:
Best African Act
Babes Wodumo (South Africa); Nasty C (South Africa); Wizkid (Nigeria); Davido (Nigeria); C4 Pedro (Angola); Nyashinski (Kenya)
Clean Bandit - Rockabye ft. Sean Paul & Anne-Marie; DJ Khaled - Wild Thoughts ft. Rihanna, Bryson Tiller; Ed Sheeran - Shape of You; Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee - Despacito (Remix) ft. Justin Bieber; Shawn Mendes - There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back
Ariana Grande; Ed Sheeran; Kendrick Lamar; Miley Cyrus; Shawn Mendes; Taylor Swift
Dua Lipa; Harry Styles; Rita Ora; Taylor Swift; ZAYN
Camila Cabello; Demi Lovato; Miley Cyrus; Shawn Mendes; Taylor Swift
Foo Fighters - Run; Katy Perry - Bon Appétit ft. Migos; Kendrick Lamar - HUMBLE KYLE - iSpy ft. Lil Yachty; Taylor Swift - Look What You Made Me Do
Bruno Mars; Coldplay; Ed Sheeran; Eminem; U2
Calvin Harris; David Guetta; Major Lazer; Martin Garrix; The Chainsmokers
Coldplay; Foo Fighters; Royal Blood; The Killers, U2
Best Hip Hop
Drake; Eminem; Future; Kendrick Lamar; Post Malone
Ariana Grande; Justin Bieber; Katy Perry; Shawn Mendes; Taylor Swift
Hailee Steinfeld; Jon Bellion; Julia Michaels; Kacy Hill; Khalid; KYLE; Noah Cyrus; Petite Meller; Rag’* ’Bone Man; SZA; The Head And The Heart
Best World Stage
Steve Aoki - Live from Isle of MTV Malta 2016
Kings of Leon - Live from Oude Luxor Theatre, Rotterdam, The Netherlands 2016
DNCE - Live from Isle of MTV Malta 2017
The Chainsmokers - Playing live from Isle of MTV Malta 2017
Foo Fighters - Live from Barcelona, Spain 2017
* The 2017 MTV EMAs will be broadcast live on MTV (DStv channel 130) and MTV Base (DStv channel 322) on Sunday, November 12, at 10pm CAT. EMA fans can also follow @IOL_Lifestyle on Twitter for live updates from the red carpet and arena.