2019 MTV EMA nominees: Burna Boy, Teni, Nasty C & more for Best African Act

In 2005, MTV European Music Awards debuted the category for Best African Act, with legendary Afropop singer 2Baba (fka 2Face Idibia) picking up the prize first. Apart from a brief hiatus between 2008 and 2011, prominent African artists like D’banj, Sauti Sol and Davido have been declared winners over the years, with Tiwa Savage making history as the first woman to pick up the coveted award last year.

Nominees for this year’s edition of the EMAs have been announced, and six artists across the continent will be vying for Best African Act. Singers Burna Boy and Teni make up the Nigerian contingent, while rapper Nasty C and singer Prince Kaybee make up the South African contingent. Tanzanian singer Harmonize and Togolese duo Toofan complete the line-up of nominees.

The 2019 MTV EMA will hold on November 3rd, in Seville, Spain. Ariana Grande leads all nominees with seven nods, while Lil Nas X, Shawn Mendes and Billie Eilish follow closely with six nominations.

Check out the full list of nominations here.

Best African Act

Burna Boy

Teni

Nasty C

Harmonize

Toofan

Prince Kaybee

Best Video

Ariana Grande – “thank u, next

Billie Eilish – “Bad guy

Lil Nas X ft. Billy Ray Cyrus – “Old Town Road” (Remix)

ROSALÍA & J Balvin ft. El Guincho – “Con Altura”

Taylor Swift ft. Brendon Urie of Panic! At The Disco. – “ME!”

Best Artist

Ariana Grande

J Balvin

Miley Cyrus

Shawn Mendes

Taylor Swift

Best Song

Ariana Grande – “7 Rings”

Billie Eilish – “Bad Guy”

Lil Nas X ft. Billy Ray Cyrus – “Old Town Road” (Remix)

Post Malone & Swae Lee – “Sunflower”

Shawn Mendes & Camila Cabello – “Señorita”

Best Collaboration

BTS, Halsey – “Boy With Luv”

Lil Nas X, Billy Ray Cyrus – “Old Town Road” (Remix)

Mark Ronson, Miley Cyrus – “Nothing Breaks Like a Heart”

ROSALÍA, J Balvin ft. El Guincho – “Con Altura”

Shawn Mendes, Camila Cabello – “Señorita”

The Chainsmokers, Bebe Rexha – “Call You Mine”

Best New

Ava Max

Billie Eilish

Lewis Capaldi

Lil Nas X

Lizzo

Mabel

Best Pop

Ariana Grande

Becky G

Camila Cabello

Halsey

Jonas Brothers

Shawn Mendes

Best Live

Ariana Grande

BTS

Ed Sheeran

P!NK

Travis Scott

Best Rock

Green Day

Imagine Dragons

Liam Gallagher

Panic! At The Disco

The 1975

Best Hip-Hop

21 Savage

Cardi B

J. Cole

Nicki Minaj

Travis Scott

Best Alternative

FKA Twigs

Lana Del Rey

Solange

twenty-one pilots

Vampire Weekend

Best Electronic

Calvin Harris

DJ Snake

Marshmello

Martin Garrix

The Chainsmokers

Best Look

Halsey

J Balvin

Lil Nas X

Lizzo

ROSALÍA

Biggest Fans

Ariana Grande

Billie Eilish

BTS

Shawn Mendes

Taylor Swift

Best Push

Ava Max

Billie Eilish

CNCO

H.E.R.

Jade Bird

Juice WRLD

Kiana Ledé

Lauv

Lewis Capaldi

Lizzo

Mabel

ROSALÍA

Best World Stage

Bebe Rexha Isle, MTV Malta 2019

Hailee Steinfeld Isle, MTV Malta 2018

Muse Bilbao, Spain 2018

The 1975, Lollapalooza Paris Festival 2019

Twenty-One Pilots, Lollapalooza Paris Festival 2019

Best U.K. & Ireland Act

Lewis Capaldi

Dave

Mabel

Ed Sheeran

Little Mix (Social Wildcard Winner)

Best U.S. Act

Lil Nas X

Ariana Grande

Billie Eilish

Lizzo

Taylor Swift

Best Canadian Act

Alessia Cara

Avril Lavigne

Carly Rae Jepsen

Johnny Orlando

Shawn Mendes

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