Talking of 2017, it has been a great year for African pop singers Wizkid and Davido as they have independently recorded massive successes both locally and globally.
Davido is credited to have the two hottest African pop songs of 2017 IF and Fall and the former earned a lengthy verse from RnB Veteran – Rkelly. The singer also collaborated with Rapper – Yung Thug and American Trap group – Rae Sremmurd on his third release themed ‘Pere’.
The completion of his ’30 Billion World Tour’ which took singer to 30 cities across the world is also a very applaudable feat.
Davido has definitely had a great run in 2017.
Wizkid on the other hand has been on a rollercoaster of ‘records-smashing’. From becoming the most streamed African artist on Spotify to releasing an international tape [Sounds From the Other Side], snagging a gold recognition in Canada for Come Closer [featuring Drake], landing in the Guinness book of record for his contribution on the most streamed song on Spotify worldwide and most recently becoming the first African artiste to perform at the Royal Albert Hall in London, the list of his achievements is endless.
Wizkid has equally had a fabulous run this year.
The rivalry between Wizkid and Davido dates back to 2013 and once again the heavyweights will be engaging in a battle for dominance as they have both been nominated in the category for the Best African Artiste in the 2017 MTV Europe Music Awards along with South Africa’s – Babes Wodumo & Nasty C, Angola’s – C4 Pedro and Kenya’s – Nyashinksi.
The MTV Europe Music Awards will be holding on the 12th of November at the SSE Arena, Wembley, London with Rita Ora as host.
See full list of nominees below:
BEST AFRICAN ACT
Babes Wodumo – South Africa
C4 Pedro – Angola
DaVido – Nigeria
Nasty C – South Africa
Nyashinski – Kenya
WizKid – Nigeria
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
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
BEST HIP HOP
Lana Del Rey
Thirty Seconds To Mars
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 – Live from Isle of MTV Malta 2017
Foo Fighters – Live from Barcelona, Spain 2017