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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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All You Need Know About Ghanaian Versatile Artiste, I Am Epsx

I Am Epsx, a brilliant and diverse Ghanaian performer, is known in real life as Glory Anderson.

The Afrobeats, dancehall, and singer was born on June 18, 2000 in Assin Fosu, Central region of Ghana, but mostly stays in Takoradi and attended Nana Baidoo Bonsu for his elementary and junior high school education.

Following the Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE), he was admitted to Assin Fosu Vocational Training Insutue.

After completing his West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE), he started his music career and recorded his first song dubbed “Mawo)f3”.

Growing up, he aspired to be a professional soccer player, but at the age of sixteen, he discovered his passion for his music.

Pursuing music as a career choice, he is motivated by the plight of the impoverished and underprivileged, believing that music is the best channel for communicating with them and giving them hope for a better future. I Am Epsx feels that by writing lyrics in his Music, he may aid many underprivileged and poor individuals.

I Am Epsx, a budding musician, looks up to Prince Bright of Bukbak repute as his role model.

Currently, I Am Epsx is promoting his latest single dubbed “Mine” which is doing well in music marketing and it’s on all digital platforms.

Follow and connect with I Am Epsx on the following social media accounts.

Facebook: Paa Kwesi Anderson

X: I Am Epsx

Snapchat: I Am Epsx

Tiktok: I Am Epsx

Instagram: I Am Epsx

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DMV Party In The Park Announces New Venue: The Bullpen, Washington DC

The highly-anticipated outdoor event celebrating Afrobeats music and culture, DMV Party in the Park, has revealed its new location for its upcoming third edition. Organized by StarBuzz Media, this year’s event is set to take place at The Bullpen in Washington DC on Sunday, July 14th.

 

Building upon the success of its previous editions, which boasted performances by Afrobeats stars such as Sarkodie, King Promise, DBlack, and many others, the DMV Party in the Park aims to elevate the Afrobeats experience to new heights. With the relocation to The Bullpen, organizers are promising an even more vibrant and immersive atmosphere for attendees to enjoy the rhythms and infectious energy of Afrobeats music.

 

As the largest outdoor Afrobeats event in the DMV Area, the DMV Party in the Park has become a highlight on the summer calendar for music enthusiasts and many others. With its diverse lineup of artists, dynamic performances, and lively atmosphere, the event continues to draw crowds from across the region, solidifying its reputation as a must-attend celebration of African music and culture.

 

“We are thrilled to bring the DMV Party in the Park to The Bullpen for its third edition,” said Mr. Charles Adu-Koranteng, Founder, and Event Curator based in DMV. “This new location allows us to create an even more immersive experience for our attendees, with plenty of space to dance, socialize, and enjoy the best of Afrobeats music.”

 

In addition to live performances by top Afrobeats artists, the event will also feature food vendors serving up a delicious array of African cuisine, as well as vendors selling art, fashion, and crafts inspired by the continent’s rich cultural heritage.

 

Tickets for the DMV Party in the Park are now available for purchase online at [dmvpartyinthepark.com](http://dmvpartyinthepark.com). Don’t miss your chance to be a part of this unforgettable celebration of Afrobeats music and culture!

 

 

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Bobrisky Sentenced To Six Months In Jail

Nigerian cross-dresser Idris Okuneye, popularly known as Bobrisky, has been sentenced to six months in jail with no option of a fine.

 

Justice Abimbola Awogboro of the Federal High Court in Lagos gave the judgment on Friday morning, April 12.

 

The judge brought down the hammer after Bobrisky had pleaded guilty to a four-count charge of Naira abuse brought against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

 

Justice Awogboro held that the judgement would serve as a deterrence to others fond of abusing and mutilating the Nigerian currency.

 

Trouble started for Bobrisky after he sprayed money at the premiere of Ajakaju, a keenly awaited film by actress and producer Eniola Ajao, at Film One Circle Mall, in the upmarket Lagos district of Lekki last month.

 

This is not the first time a Nigerian celebrity will be jailed for Naira abuse.

 

In February, actress Oluwadarasimi Omoseyin was also sentenced to six months in prison for spraying and stepping on new naira notes.

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Danny Lampo Expresses Interest In Collaborative Project With King Paluta

Ghanaian UK-based artist Danny Lampo, dubbed “The Berkshire King of Afrobeat,” has sparked excitement among fans with hints of a collaboration with rising star King Paluta. Exploring their backgrounds, musical styles, and the impact of their collaboration on the Ghanaian music scene.
Originally hailing from Ghana, Danny Lampo has carved a niche for himself in the UK music scene with his infectious Afrobeat sound. His journey from Ghana to the UK reflects a passion for music and a determination to succeed on an international stage. Lampo’s vibrant personality and dynamic stage presence have garnered him a loyal fan base and critical acclaim within the Afrobeat community.
King Paluta, a fast-rising artist from Kumasi, has been making waves in the Ghanaian music industry with his unique blend of rap and Afrobeat. His rise to prominence has been fueled by catchy hooks, witty lyricism, and an authentic storytelling style that resonates with audiences across Ghana. Paluta’s ability to seamlessly fuse traditional Ghanaian sounds with contemporary influences has earned him recognition as one of the country’s most promising talents.
The prospect of Danny Lampo and King Paluta joining forces on a musical project has generated buzz within the music community. Lampo’s infectious melodies and Paluta’s lyrical prowess promise an electrifying collaboration that could transcend cultural boundaries and captivate audiences worldwide. Both artists bring their individual strengths to the table, creating the perfect synergy for a chart-topping hit.
As fans eagerly await the release of their collaboration, expectations are high for what Danny Lampo and King Paluta have in store. The anticipation surrounding their project speaks to the immense talent and creativity they possess, raising the bar for future collaborations in the Ghanaian music scene. With their combined star power and musical ingenuity, Lampo and Paluta are poised to make a lasting impact on the industry.
The collaboration between Danny Lampo and King Paluta represents a meeting of musical minds, blending the best of Ghanaian and UK influences to create something truly special. As they prepare to unleash their joint project onto the world, one thing is certain: the fusion of talent between these two artists is set to elevate the Ghanaian music scene to new heights. Fans can expect nothing less than a musical masterpiece that transcends borders and leaves a lasting impression on listeners everywhere.
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Ghana Comedy Awards 2024 Happening On April 20th

The much anticipated Ghana Comedy Awards scheme, organized by Creative Republic has officially announced the date for the main event, which takes place on 20th April, 2024 for its maiden edition after it was separated from is merger with Poetry, formerly called the Comedy & Poetry Awards (CoPoAwards).

 

The Scheme is currently the most talked about project as, one of the most credible schemes, throwing the spotlight on celebrating the unique creativity of Comedians who work tirelessly, entertaining us with their unique humoric talents in Ghana.

 

The nominees for this year is indeed a solid statement of the growth of the Industry as it recognizes hard working and deserving Comedians and Industry players in Ghana and beyond.

 

Voting officially ends on 10th April as it’s very keen to ones ability to win the prestigious award, amidst other factors which includes Board and Academy reviews and proceedings.

 

The Venue for the event is the SNAP CINEMA, A.M.A Head office in Accra-Kinbu as it promises to be dazzling with Glitz, Glamour and Humor from names like, OB Amponsah, Lekzy Decomic, Ebenezer Dwomoh, MJ the Comedian and many other wonderful featured performers on the night.

 

The time for the event is 6pm for Red Carpet and Cocktails, 8pm for Awards celebration. Don’t miss out on the Biggest night of Ghanaian Comedy.

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Ghanaian Stars Shine Bright At Raha Fest In Kenya: DJ Lord OTB, King Promise, And Dancegod Lloyd Steal The Show

Ghanaian talents DJ Lord OTB, King Promise, and Dancegod Lloyd proudly and passionately represented Kenya at the recent Raha Fest, which took place on March 30th and 31st, 2024. The group performed exciting performances that wowed fans, displaying the finest of Ghanaian music and dancing on the global stage.

 

Raha Fest, Kenya’s widely anticipated music event, featured an outstanding array of talent from throughout Africa. On the second day of the event, Ghana grabbed center stage with King Promise, DJ Lord OTB, and Dancegod Lloyd. The trio gave an outstanding performance that captured the hearts and minds of everyone in attendance.

 

King Promise, the official headliner for the second day of Raha Fest, made a lasting impression with his deep vocals and chart-topping singles. From “Commando” to “Terminator,” King Promise wowed the crowd with his great talent, receiving loud applause and yells from the audience.

 

Before King Promise took the stage, DJ Lord OTB set the tone for the evening with a high-energy DJ set that had the audience moving and dancing. DJ Lord OTB maintained the pace with his outstanding track selection and perfect transitions, paving the way for King Promise’s tremendous performance.

 

To add to the excitement, Dancegod Lloyd collaborated with local Kenyan dancers to create a visually gorgeous and dynamic performance that perfectly complements King Promise’s song. Dancegod Lloyd’s hypnotic choreography added a new level of energy and excitement to the stage, enthralling the crowd with his remarkable moves.

 

Below are some highlights from the event.

 

 

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Bishop Cynthia Adu Boateng To Release “Kasa Ma Me” On April 28

The long-awaited song of Ghanaian contemporary gospel singer and songwriter, Bishop Cynthia Adu Boateng, is set to be released on April 28, 2024.

She talked about her new project in a post on her social media platforms.

 

“Let no one cause you to think that you are a failure. Victory is God’s nature. Once you are His, “Kasa Ma Me” shall be your song.

We are not alone. Christ is with us, goes ahead of us and defends us. Surely, “Kasa Ma Me” shall be our song. Jesus did not promise us a challenge free Christian journey. He rather assures that we shall not consumed by the fire and the waters shall not devour us.
“Kasa Ma Me” is our song”.

Now that the release date has been announced, Bishop Cynthia Adu Boateng wishes “Kasa Ma Me” will bring hope, encouragement and joy into the hearts of all who will hear this tune.

 

The official release date for this song is set to be released on April 28, 2024.

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Tee Kae Releases New Masterpiece “My Last”

Ghanaian/French singer and songwriter Tee Kae has just dropped her latest single titled “My Last.” This poignant song is Tee Kae’s fourth release since the beginning of her career in 2023.

 

 

My last tells a story of a toxic relationship that takes away the energy, mind, and soul of the victim. Love can sometimes numb the pain of being manipulated and you keep asking yourself if you’re the blame or not and how leaving will affect both the individual and yourself.

Madeleine Badu, also known as Tee Kae, discovered her passion for music at a young age through singing in and leading her church music group. Influenced by iconic artists such as Alicia Keys and H.E.R, Tee Kae embarked on a journey to create her unique sound, combining Afro-R&B/Soul, Indie vocals, and a hint of Trap with Alté rhythms.

 

 

I’m very positive this new release “My Last” will resonate well with your Audience… Kindly consider the attached Press Release, Press Kit, and Photos for publication on your esteemed platform.

 

Streaming Link here

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Bishop Cynthia Adu Boateng Readies To Release New Single”Kasa Ma Me’

Ghanaian talented recording and performing artiste, preacher and gospel singer, Bishop Cynthia Adu Boateng, is gearing up to captivate music enthusiasts with her latest mind-blowing gospel tune titled ‘Kasa Ma Me’. Bishop Cynthia Adu Boateng has set the stage for a much-anticipated release in no time, with production credits going to the talented sound engineer, Afroveeza Record Production.

 

The release of ‘Kasa Ma Me’ on the is eagerly awaited by music lovers and industry insiders alike. It is a moment that promises to be a milestone in Bishop Cynthia Adu Boateng’s career, and fans are already counting down the days until they can experience this exciting new track.

As Bishop Cynthia Adu Boateng continues to push the boundaries of gospel music, ‘Kasa Ma Me’ is sure to make waves, resonating with audiences across the globe. This fusion of cultures and genres represents a new chapter in Bishop Cynthia Adu Boateng’s artistic journey, and it’s bound to be a chapter worth remembering.

Stay tuned for the release of ‘Kasa Ma Me’ in no time and get ready to immerse yourself in a musical adventure like no other, courtesy of the multifaceted talent, Bishop Cynthia Adu Boateng.

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I Am Epsx Drops World-class Hit Song “Mine”

I Am Epsx, a Ghanaian popular talented singer and songwriter has finally released another mind-blowing masterpiece for his fans across the globe dubbed “Mine”.

 

After releasing back to back good songs, I Am Epsx has finally out with another mind-blowing masterpiece song for his fans.

”Mine” is his first song for 2024 and it’s already making maves. You can get this masterpiece on all digital platforms.

 

This mind-blowing masterpiece was produced by Pp blaq.

 

Let’s stream MINE you can have it on all music platforms.

https://open.spotify.com/track/62JJilkuEoqVPuqR8lRRP6?si=oyKP8x5LQRKpwCRJlkLCFQ

https://www.boomplay.com/share/music/162310967?srModel=COPYLINK&srList=IOS

 

 

 

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