Famous singer, David Adeleke, aka Davido, congratulated colleague, Rema, for winning the maiden “Best Afrobeats Song” category at the 2023 MTV Video Music Awards in New Jersey, USA, on Tuesday night.
GLOBALGISTNG reports that Rema defeated Davido, Wizkid, Burna Boy, Ayra Starr, and others to clinch the award.
Sensational Nigerian singer, Divine Ikubor, popularly known as Rema, won the maiden “Best Afrobeats Song” category at the 2023 MTV Video Music Awards at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey, USA, on Tuesday.
“Calm Down”, Rema’s collaborative hit song with American superstar, Selena Gomez was adjudged the first-ever winner of the newly created “Best Afrobeats Song” category over his compatriots Wizkid’s “2 Sugar”, Burna Boy’s “Its Plenty”, Fireboy and Asake’s “Bandana”, Davido’s “Unavailable”, Ayra Starr’s “Rush”, and Cameroonian singer, Libianca’s “People.”
Rema was accompanied to the stage by Selena Gomez to receive his award.
With the spotlight firmly on him, the 21-year-old crooner dedicated his laurel to afrobeats pioneers and legends.
“I wanna give big thanks to my fans. I wanna give big thanks to my team. Big shoutout to Selena [Gomez]. I wanna say I love you from the bottom of my heart.
“This [award] means so much; seeing afrobeats grow and being on this stage representing afrobeats tonight. I’m so happy. But one thing I will not forget to do this night is to shout out the people who opened the door for me.
“Big shoutout to Fela who started afrobeats, 2Baba, Don Jazzy, D’banj, D’Prince, Runtown, Timaya, Wizkid, Burna Boy, Davido for opening the door for our new generation of Afrobeats,” Rema said.
While receiving his award, Rema acknowledged the contributions of Nigerian music legends such as Davido, Burna Boy, and Wizkid to afro beats that made it possible for the genre to be on the global stage.
Davido who attended the event, described Rema’s victory as “well deserved.”
On his X handle, he wrote; “Well deserved! Shine young King! @heisrema”