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ENTERTAINMENT: Rema, Burna Boy win Inaugural Afrobeats Awards at the 2023 BMAs

Rema, Burna Boy win Inaugural Afrobeats Awards at the 2023 BMAs 

The winners of the 2023 Billboard Music Awards were announced on Sunday, November 19, 2023.

BurnaBoy and Rema

Nigerain music stars Rema and Burna Boy made history as they won awards in the inaugural Afrobeats categories.

Rema and American pop star Selena Gomez won the best Afrobeats song of the year for their collaboration, “Calm Down.”

Rema, in his acceptance speech, said, “This honour for ‘Calm Down’ is a celebration of unity and the global domination of Afrobeats. I want to say a big shoutout to Selena Gomez, Mavin Records, Jonzing World as well as the amazing fans who supported us all the way to this point. I want to say a big thank you to Billboard — I’m very grateful. All the way from Nigeria, Rema. One love.”

Selena Gomez, in her acceptance speech said, “Thank you guys so, so much for this award. This is honestly Rema’s doing. He chose me to be a part of such an incredible song. So I want to thank him and thank all of you for streaming and listening and I wish we could be there. But thank you!”

Burna Boy won the “Top Afrobeats Artist” award.

BurnaBoy and Rema Did well to represent Nigeria and Africa in the Billboard Awards

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