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2023 MTV VMA Nominations: Burna Boy, Davido, Wizkid & More – See The Full List

The 2023 MTV Video Music Awards nominations are in and guess what?

The MTV Video Music Awards are adding a new category this year – Best Afrobeats.

The apparent front-runner for best Afrobeats at the VMAs is Rema & Selena Gomez’s “Calm Down,” which is nominated in two other categories, Best Song and Best Collaboration.

“Calm Down” has been a giant crossover hit, reaching No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100. The song dips a notch to No. 6 in its 49th week on the Hot 100, as it spends a seventh week atop Radio Songs.

Ayra Starr has two nominations in the VMAs’ best Afrobeats category – for her own “Rush” and as the featured artist on Wizkid’s “2 Sugar.”

The other nominees in the category are Burna Boy’s “It’s Plenty,” Davido featuring Musa Keys’ “Unavailable,” Fireboy DML & Asake’s “Bandana” and Libianca’s “People.”

Best Afrobeats is the third genre-specific category to be added at the VMAs in this century, following Latin (2006) and K-pop (2019). The VMAs’ five other genre-specific categories were all introduced in the last century — rock (1989), alternative (1991), R&B (1993), and pop and hip-hop (both 1999).

Taylor Swift leads this year’s nominations with eight nods in categories including Artist of the Year, video of the Year and Song of the Year for her hit, “Anti-Hero,” among others. SZA follows closely behind with six nominations.

The 2023 MTV VMAs will take place Tuesday, Sept. 12 at 8 p.m. ET and air live from the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey.

Check out the complete list of nominations below.

VIDEO OF THE YEAR

  • Doja Cat — “Attention”
  • Miley Cyrus — “Flowers”
  • Nicki Minaj — “Super Freaky Girl”
  • Olivia Rodrigo — “vampire”
  • Sam Smith, Kim Petras — “Unholy”
  • SZA — “Kill Bill”
  • Taylor Swift — “Anti-Hero”

ARTIST OF THE YEAR

  • Beyoncé
  • Doja Cat
  • KAROL G
  • Nicki Minaj
  • Shakira
  • Taylor Swift

SONG OF THE YEAR

  • Miley Cyrus — “Flowers”
  • Olivia Rodrigo — “vampire”
  • Rema & Selena Gomez — “Calm Down”
  • Sam Smith, Kim Petras — “Unholy”
  • Steve Lacy — “Bad Habit”
  • SZA — “Kill Bill”
  • Taylor Swift — “Anti-Hero”

BEST NEW ARTIST

  • GloRilla
  • Ice Spice
  • Kaliii
  • Peso Pluma
  • PinkPantheress
  • Reneé Rapp

PUSH PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR

  • August 2022: Saucy Santana — “Booty”
  • September 2022: Stephen Sanchez — “Until I Found You”
  • October 2022: JVKE — “golden hour”
  • November 2022: Flo Milli — “Conceited”
  • December 2022: Reneé Rapp — “Colorado”
  • January 2023: Sam Ryder — “All The Way Over”
  • February 2023: Armani White — “GOATED”
  • March 2023: FLETCHER — “Becky’s So Hot”
  • April 2023: TOMORROW X TOGETHER — “Sugar Rush Ride”
  • May 2023: Ice Spice — “Princess Diana”
  • June 2023: FLO — “Losing You”
  • July 2023: Lauren Spencer Smith — “That Part”

BEST COLLABORATION

  • David Guetta & Bebe Rexha — “I’m Good (Blue)”
  • Post Malone, Doja Cat — “I Like You (A Happier Song)”
  • Diddy ft. Bryson Tiller, Ashanti, Yung Miami — “Gotta Move On”
  • KAROL G, Shakira — “TQG”
  • Metro Boomin with The Weeknd, 21 Savage, and Diddy — “Creepin’ (Remix)”
  • Rema & Selena Gomez — “Calm Down”

BEST POP

  • Demi Lovato — “Swine”
  • Dua Lipa — “Dance The Night (From Barbie The Album)”
  • Ed Sheeran — “Eyes Closed”
  • Miley Cyrus — “Flowers”
  • Olivia Rodrigo — “vampire”
  • P!NK — “TRUSTFALL”
  • Taylor Swift — “Anti-Hero”

BEST HIP-HOP

  • Diddy ft. Bryson Tiller, Ashanti, Yung Miami — “Gotta Move On”
  • DJ Khaled ft. Drake & Lil Baby — “STAYING ALIVE”
  • GloRilla & Cardi B — “Tomorrow 2”
  • Lil Uzi Vert — “Just Wanna Rock”
  • Lil Wayne ft. Swizz Beatz & DMX — “Kant Nobody”
  • Metro Boomin ft Future — “Superhero (Heroes and Villains)”
  • Nicki Minaj — “Super Freaky Girl”

BEST R&B

  • Alicia Keys ft. Lucky Daye — “Stay”
  • Chlöe ft. Chris Brown — “How Does It Feel”
  • Metro Boomin with The Weeknd, 21 Savage, and Diddy — “Creepin’ (Remix)”
  • SZA — “Shirt”
  • Toosii — “Favorite Song”
  • Yung Bleu & Nicki Minaj — “Love In The Way”

BEST ALTERNATIVE

  • blink-182 — “EDGING”
  • boygenius — “the film”
  • Fall Out Boy — “Hold Me Like A Grudge”
  • Lana Del Rey ft. Jon Batiste — “Candy Necklace”
  • Paramore — “This Is Why”
  • Thirty Seconds To Mars — “Stuck”

BEST ROCK

  • Foo Fighters — “The Teacher”
  • Linkin Park — “Lost (Original Version)”
  • Red Hot Chili Peppers — “Tippa My Tongue”
  • Måneskin — “THE LONELIEST”
  • Metallica — “Lux Æterna”
  • Muse — “You Make Me Feel Like It’s Halloween”

BEST LATIN

  • Anitta — “Funk Rave”
  • Bad Bunny — “WHERE SHE GOES”
  • Eslabon Armado, Peso Pluma — “Ella Baila Sola”
  • Bad Bunny — “un x100to”
  • KAROL G, Shakira — “TQG”
  • ROSALÍA — “DESPECHÁ”
  • Shakira — “Acróstico”

BEST K-POP

  • aespa — “Girls”
  • BLACKPINK — “Pink Venom”
  • FIFTY FIFTY — “Cupid”
  • SEVENTEEN — “Super”
  • Stray Kids — “S-Class”
  • TOMORROW X TOGETHER — “Sugar Rush Ride”

BEST AFROBEATS

  • Ayra Starr — “Rush”
  • Burna Boy — “It’s Plenty”
  • Davido ft. Musa Keys — “UNAVAILABLE”
  • Fireboy DML & Asake — “Bandana”
  • Libianca — “People”
  • Rema & Selena Gomez — “Calm Down”
  • Wizkid ft Ayra Starr– “2 Sugar”

VIDEO FOR GOOD

  • Alicia Keys — “If I Ain’t Got You” (Orchestral)
  • Bad Bunny — “El Apagón – Aquí Vive Gente”
  • Demi Lovato — “Swine”
  • Dove Cameron — “Breakfast”
  • Imagine Dragons — “Crushed”
  • Maluma — “La Reina”

BEST DIRECTION

  • Doja Cat – “Attention” – Directed by Tanu Muiño
  • Drake — “Falling Back” – Director X (Julien Christian Lutz)
  • Kendrick Lamar — “Count Me Out” – Directed by Dave Free & Kendrick Lamar
  • Megan Thee Stallion — “Her” – Directed by Colin Tilley
  • Sam Smith, Kim Petras — “Unholy” – Directed by Floria Sigismondi
  • SZA — “Kill Bill” – Directed by Christian Breslauer
  • Taylor Swift — “Anti-Hero” – Directed by Taylor Swift

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

  • Adele — “I Drink Wine” – Cinematography by Adam Newport-Berra
  • Ed Sheeran — “Eyes Closed” – Cinematography by Natasha Braier
  • Janelle Monáe — “Lipstick Lover” – Cinematography by Allison Anderson
  • Kendrick Lamar — “Count Me Out” – Cinematography by Adam Newport-Berra
  • Miley Cyrus — “Flowers” — Columbia Records – Cinematography by Marcell Rév
  • Olivia Rodrigo — “vampire” — Geffen Records – Cinematography by Russ Fraser
  • Taylor Swift — “Anti-Hero” — Republic Records – Cinematography by Rina Yang

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS

  • Fall Out Boy — “Love From The Other Side” – Visual Effects by Thomas Bailey and Josh Shaffner
  • Harry Styles — “Music For A Sushi Restaurant” – Visual Effects by Chelsea Delfino and Black Kite Studios
  • Melanie Martinez — “VOID” – Visual Effects by Carbon
  • Nicki Minaj — “Super Freaky Girl” – Visual Effects by Max Colt and Sergio Mashevskyi
  • Sam Smith, Kim Petras — “Unholy” – Visual Effects by Max Colt / FRENDER
  • Taylor Swift — “Anti-Hero” – Visual Effects by Parliament

BEST CHOREOGRAPHY

  • BLACKPINK — “Pink Venom” – Choreography by Kiel Tutin, Sienna Lalau, Lee Jung (YGX), Taryn Cheng (YGX)
  • Dua Lipa — “Dance The Night (From Barbie The Album)” – Choreography by Charm La’Donna
  • Jonas Brothers — “Waffle House” – Choreography by Jerry Reece
  • Megan Thee Stallion — “Her” – Choreography by Sean Bankhead
  • Panic! At The Disco — “Middle Of A Breakup” – Choreography by Monika Felice Smith
  • Sam Smith, Kim Petras — “Unholy” – Choreography by (LA)HORDE – Marine Brutti, Jonathan Debrouwer, Arthur Harel

BEST ART DIRECTION

  • boygenius — “the film” – Art Direction by Jen Dunlap
  • BLACKPINK — “Pink Venom” – Art Direction by Seo Hyun Seung (GIGANT)
  • Doja Cat — “Attention” – Art Direction by Spencer Graves
  • Lana Del Rey ft. Jon Batiste — “Candy Necklace” – Art Direction by Brandon Mendez
  • Megan Thee Stallion — “Her” – Art Direction by Niko Philipides
  • SZA — “Shirt” – Art Direction by Kate Bunch

BEST EDITING

  • BLACKPINK — “Pink Venom” – Editing by Seo Hyun Seung (GIGANT)
  • Kendrick Lamar — “Rich Spirit” – Edited by Grason Caldwell
  • Miley Cyrus — “River” – Edited by Brendan Walter
  • Olivia Rodrigo — “vampire” – Edited by Sofia Kerpan and David Checel
  • SZA — “Kill Bill” – Edited by Luis Caraza Peimbert
  • Taylor Swift — “Anti-Hero” – Edited by Chancler Haynes
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Swagz.i Releases Captivating New Single “Mistake” Featuring Elhi

Rotimi Mustapha, professionally known as “Swagzi,” is a talented Nigerian singer and songwriter hailing from the vibrant city of Lagos. Since the age of 13, Swagzi has been driven by a profound passion for music and a desire to leave his mark on the industry.

Drawing inspiration from Nigerian music legends like 2face, Sound Sultan, and Psquare, Swagzi has crafted a unique musical style that blends contemporary and classic Nigerian sounds. With three compelling studio projects under his belt, Swagzi has already established himself as a force to be reckoned with in the music scene.

Through his soul-stirring melodies and poignant lyrics, Swagzi captivates audiences and connects with fans on a profound level. His genre, ‘Afro360,’ combines the art of lyrical storytelling with live instruments, taking listeners on a sonic odyssey.

A luminary of style and creativity, Swagzi’s fusion of fashion and music has positioned him as a shining star in the dynamic realm of Afrobeats. With boundless creativity and an undeniable allure, Swagzi is set to make waves and continue his musical journey to new heights.

Listen to “Mistake” Here

STREAMING LINK
https://synnexmusic.lnk.to/mistake

Sample Link
https://musikplug.com/swagz-i-shares-captivating-new-single-mistake-featuring-elhi/

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Healer Drops Brand New Single “M3jadapa”(Mad For Jesus)

Prophet Kingsley Nyarko popularly known as Healee , the multi-talented gospel singer and a sound engineer, has released a brand new single titled “M3jadapa”, which means”, showcasing his versatility and skill as a producer, mixer, and mastering engineer.

“M3jadapa” is an ewe word which means “Mad For Jesus”. Healer delves into the theme of how great and powerful God is. The song’s message is a powerful reminder that even in the midst of joy, we often carry a heavy burden.

 

Musically, “M3jadapa” is a masterclass in atmospheric production and sharp delivery combining to create a haunting and immersive listening experience. The song’s introspective tone and emotional honesty make it a standout in Healers discography, and a must-listen for fans of conscious and thought-provoking music.

With “M3jadapa”, Healer continues to push the boundaries of his artistry, exploring new themes and sounds while remaining true to his unique vision. This latest release is a testament to his talent and dedication, and we can’t wait to see what he has in store for us next. Give “M3jadapa” a listen and experience the emotional depth and sonic innovation that Healer has to offer.

 

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Celebrating Unity In Diversity Through Art And Culture

Uniting Nigeria through Art and Culture – The Unity in Diversity Project

Lagos, Nigeria – (16TH OF JULY 2024) The Unity in Diversity Project is set to bring Nigerians together through a monumental celebration of our rich cultural heritage. This initiative, which includes the documentary “Road to Record,” aims to preserve and showcase the diverse cultures of Nigeria through the creation of the “World’s Largest Drawing by an Individual” and the celebration of our tribes with the hashtags “#RepYourTribe #RYT.”

The project seeks to remind Nigerians of our cultural heritage and the beauty in our unity despite our diverse ways of life. The world record project will serve as a reflection of cultural identities and a medium for building understanding and unity among Nigeria’s diverse tribes, thereby promoting peaceful coexistence.

From July 16 to July 21, the record-breaking attempt will feature cultural presentations at the stadium with the National Troupe of Nigeria showcasing dances and music from different parts of the country. The official dress code for the event is “cultural,” allowing participants to celebrate Nigerian culture through their attire. For those who cannot attend, the online version of #repyourtribe will enable them to participate by posting about their culture.
Dr. Foladavid, a celebrated visual artist and medical doctor, will lead this initiative.

Known for his speed painting performances and humanitarian efforts, Dr. Foladavid’s unique talents and dedication to the arts have earned him national and international recognition.

 

The project is sponsored by Tolaram, a global conglomerate known for its innovation and commitment to progress. Tolaram has made significant contributions to Nigeria’s FMCG landscape and is deeply committed to societal upliftment through its Ishk Tolaram Foundation.

For more information, please contact: (09124097269)

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Malcolm Nuna Teases Forthcoming EP, Promises New Music In Under a Month

Ghanaian music star Malcolm Nuna has fueled speculation about his upcoming EP with a tantalizing hint on Facebook. Ben Blay News sparked the buzz, posting, “A little bird just whispered to me… the wait is gradually coming to an end! It’s an EP, right? Malu… how soon should we be ready to spread our wings?”

 

Malcolm Nuna responded with a promising update, “In Less than 4 weeks, there will be a new NuNu.” This concise message has generated significant excitement among fans, who have been eagerly awaiting new music from the talented artist.

 

With his distinctive sound and style, Malcolm Nuna has built a devoted fan base. His forthcoming EP is highly anticipated, and fans are eagerly counting down the days until its release.

 

Stay tuned for further updates on Malcolm Nuna’s EP, and get ready to enjoy new music from this talented artist in under a month!

 

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Blogger Obinkran Jr Donates To Teshie Orphanage Home On His Birthday

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The event saw him donate some items to the Children to aid their day-to-day activities.

 

Charles Aidoo, Aka Obinkran Jr who doubles as celebrated blogger Ghkwaku was accompanied by legendary footballer Emmanuel Agyemang Badu as well as renowned broadcaster Serwaa Amihere.

 

Obinkran donated some products from Flora Tissues, Top Choco as well as Verna mineral water and bigoo cola etc. Thanks to Delta Paper Mill company limited as well as Twellium company limited respectively. He as well added some cash token to support them.

 

check out some Photos from the event below…

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Danny Lampo Performs New Song “Go Away” At Ghana Party In The Park UK

The vibrant Berkshire King of Afrobeat, Danny Lampo, has delighted fans once again with the release of his new single, “Go Away.” This latest track comes on the heels of his successful release, “Where The Money Dey,” which featured renowned Ghanaian rapper Medikal. Danny Lampo unveiled “Go Away” during his electrifying performance at the Ghana Party in the Park UK yesterday, adding another hit to his impressive discography.
Ghana Party in the Park UK is an annual celebration that brings together the Ghanaian community in the UK for a day filled with music, food, and cultural festivities. This year’s event was no exception, with a lineup of talented artists and performers who kept the crowd entertained throughout the day. Among them, Danny Lampo stood out with his high-energy performance and the debut of his new song.

 

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“Go Away” showcases Danny Lampo’s signature Afrobeat sound, characterized by infectious rhythms and catchy melodies. The song’s upbeat tempo and vibrant production are sure to make it a favorite on dance floors and playlists around the world. Danny’s lyrics, combined with his charismatic delivery, convey a message that resonates with listeners, adding depth to the track’s appeal.

 

Danny Lampo has steadily made a name for himself as one of the most trending artists in the UK. His unique blend of Afrobeat, combined with his ability to connect with audiences through his music, has earned him a loyal fanbase. “Where The Money Dey,” featuring Medikal, further cemented his status as a rising star in the Afrobeat genre, receiving widespread acclaim and airplay.
With the release of “Go Away,” Danny Lampo continues to build on his success and expand his musical horizons. His journey as an artist is marked by a commitment to creating music that not only entertains but also inspires and uplifts. Fans can look forward to more exciting releases and performances from Danny as he continues to make waves in the music industry.
Danny Lampo’s launch of “Go Away” at the Ghana Party in the Park UK is a testament to his growing influence and talent as an Afrobeat artist. As he continues to captivate audiences with his music, there’s no doubt that Danny Lampo is on his way to becoming a household name in the world of Afrobeat.
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King Paluta Gives An Electrifying Performance At The 2024 Park In The Park UK

Reigning New Artiste of the Year King Paluta, has made another mark with an electrifying performance at the just ended 19th edition of the biggest annual outdoor festival which happened yesterday, 13th July, 2024 at Oak Hill Park in London for the Ghanaian Community in the diaspora by Akwaaba UK.

 

Ghana Party in The Park UK witnessed unforgettable experience for all attendees, showcasing the best of Ghanaian music, food, and cultural displays.

 

The ‘Makoma’ hit maker swept attendees of their feet with back-to-back bangers and turned the whole atmosphere in to a party mood.

 

 

With his addictive musical style, the music superstar appears unstoppable, having achieved great success and ready to achieve even more.

 

 

King Paluta continues to demonstrate his versatility with some savage vocals, which has propelled him to prominence and could potentially be nominated for Artiste of the Year next year.

 

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Prinz Xtra Announces First EP, Titled “Heart’s Riddim”, Drops On Friday, July 19th

Prinz Xtra has just announced the release of his debut EP, due for Friday, July 19, 2024.

Few days ago, the Skolars Entertainment signed act introduced himself on the scene with new promo photos.

The Afrobeats crooner shares 2 pre-order links with his audiences ahead of the major release.  The pre-save links are for Apple Music and Spotify, below:

Apple Music: https://music.apple.com/gh/album/hearts-riddim-ep/1753821185

Spotify: https://show.co/social-unlock/4VTEEM7o1Pfi1sdfHBsFzC

“Heart’s Riddim” enlists 6 songs for it, mainly Afrobeats. All produced by Philsbitz. All songs were done by him, with zero features.

Skolars Entertainment is an Accra-based music record label with its signee, Prinz Xtra, as the frontliner. Poised to reach higher heights, the label is very optimistic about pushing the young talent’s crafts to global heights. Already, some singles were released under the label for Prinz Xtra, namely, “Alele”, “Buried Inside”, “Mon Bebe” and “Money Icon”.

 

About Prinz Xtra:

Prinz Xtra was born on April 9th as Prince Teye Matey, in Odumase Krobo, Eastern Region of Ghana.

 

In 2019, Prinz Xtra discovered his artistic potential while in high school. Driven by passion, he organized rap battles on campus and performance to showcase himself and others to the audience. In 2021, he had the opportunity to perform on one of the biggest stages in the Eastern Region during the “Eastern Arts and Music Awards” where he performed alongside other artistes.

Kindly follow him on Social Media below:

Facebook – Prinz Xtra

Tiktok, Instagram – @Prinz_Xtra

X – @Prinz_Xtra1

For bookings and press: +233532712998

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DJ Lord OTB, King Promise And Camidoh To Perform At 2024 Legends And Legacy Ball In South Africa

South Africa and Ghana have strengthened their bilateral relationship over the past few years. Not long ago, South Africa exempted Ghana from its visa waiver program. In another example of Ghana and South Africa’s growing connection, several Ghanaian entertainers have been booked to perform at the ‘Celebrating A Musical Legend – 2024 Legends and Legacy Ball Africa Music Awards’.

 

Headlined by the revered Yvonne Chaka Chaka, this extraordinary musical event and awards ceremony will celebrate South Africa’s 30th anniversary as a Republic. Representing Ghana at the show will be King Promise, DJ Lord OTB, Camidoh, and the Characters Band.

 

The event is set to take place on the 13th of July 2024 at the Sandton Convention Centre in South Africa. The red carpet starts at 4 pm, with the main event kicking off at 6 pm.

 

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Lil Win’s A Country Called Ghana Nominated For “Black Star Movie Of The Year”, At This Years Black Star International Film Festival In Ghana

Weezy Empires Production has achieved a groundbreaking milestone, “A Country Called Ghana“, which has gained international appeal, and has been officially nominated for “BLACK STAR MOVIE OF THE YEAR” at this year’s Blackstar International Film In Ghana.

 

The movie which was directed by Frank Fiifi Gharbin and executively directed by Kwadwo Nkansah Lilwin, is a Ghana-Nigeria collaboration, that sees some of the finest actors and actresses from the two countries to entertain and educate movie lovers about the need to preserve their heritage.

 

The movie project features Ramsey Nouah, Charles Awurum, and Victor Osuagwu, popularly known as Awilo Sharp Sharp’, Paa George, and Sweet Mimi, among others.

 

‘A Country Called Ghana’ which has attained recognition globally, securing a cinema distribution deal, and will be screened in theaters worldwide, grabbed nominations in Germany, New Zealand, IMO International and is to be screened at the Nollywood Film Festival is a significant achievement.

 

The Black Star International Film Festival (BSIFF) is an annual film festival that takes place in Accra, Ghana. The festival aims to promote and celebrate the works of filmmakers from Africa and the diaspora, as well as to provide a platform for African films to be showcased on an international stage.

 

Kwadwo Nkansah, professionally known as Lilwin, is a Ghanaian artiste, actor, and comedian.

 

He is the founder and director of Great Minds International School in Kumasi and CEO of Weezy Empire, in the Ashanti Region of Ghana.

 

 

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