Taylor Swift Leads Nominations For 2017 MTV EMAs
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Wednesday, 4 October 2017: MTV today announced nominations for the 2017 MTV EMAs, including six top acts from the African continent; Babes Wodumo, (South Africa), Nasty C (South Africa), Wizkid (Nigeria), Davido (Nigeria), C4 Pedro (Angola) and Nyanshinski (Kenya). Only one will be honoured as the overall winner of this category at the prestigious awards ceremony which will be broadcast live from London’s SSE Arena, Wembley on Sunday, 12 November at 22:00 CAT simulcast on both MTV (DStv channel 130) and MTV Base (DStv channel 322).
On the international front, pop superstar Taylor Swift leads the pack nabbing six nods including Best Video for her record-breaking “Look What You Made Me Do” which debuted at the MTV VMAs in August. Global sensation Shawn Mendes nearly ties Swift with five nominations, including Best Song and Best Artist—the latter category featuring the two nominees going head-to-head.
Best Artist nominees Kendrick Lamar and Ed Sheeran earned four nods each, including Best Local Act nods for their respective home regions (Best US Act and Best UK & Ireland Act, specifically). Sheeran’s smash single “Shape of You” was also nominated for Best Song, along with DJ Khaled’s chart topper “Wild Thoughts,” Shawn Mendes’ pop hit “There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back,” Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee’s summer anthem “Despacito” remix featuring Justin Bieber, and Clean Bandit’s mega pop hit “Rockabye.”
The 2017 MTV EMAs will broadcast live on MTV (DStv channel 130) and MTV Base (DStv channel 322) on Sunday, 12 November at 22:00 CAT.
Commented Monde Twala, Vice President for BET, Youth & Music for Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) Africa: “The 2017 MTV EMAs feature some of the globe’s most talented entertainers, the annual awards celebration is watched by millions worldwide and provides the perfect platform to showcase Africa’s most talented musicians through our MTV EMA Best Africa Act category. This year our nominees reflect an exciting musical diversity and are an amazing representation of authentic African culture. Congratulations to all our Africa nominees, we continue to be proud of the important role they play in projecting the best of Africa to the world.”
Last week, MTV announced global superstar and Best Look nominee Rita Ora will host and perform at this year’s show in London.
See below the full list of nominees.
2017 MTV EMA Nominees
Best African Act
Babes Wodumo (South Africa)
Nasty C (South Africa)
C4 Pedro (Angola)
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
Best Local Act
Bruno Mars (US), Little Mix (UK & Ireland), Drake (Canada), Justin Bieber (Canada) and Kygo (Norway) are among those nominated for Best Act in their respective home regions.
Voting is open now at mtvema.com, including the Best US Act local voting category, for which wildcard nominee Fifth Harmony has been chosen by fans via social vote. Similarly, Louis Tomlinson has been chosen by fans via social vote as a wildcard nominee for Best UK & Ireland Act.
2017 MTV EMAs voting closes on 12 November at 00.59am CAT so visit mtvema.com to cast your vote!
Smirnoff is the official South African broadcast sponsor for the 2017 MTV EMAs.
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About The 2017 MTV EMAS
The 2017 MTV EMAs, in partnership with Smirnoff, will broadcast LIVE across the globe on Sunday, 12 November at 22:00 CAT from the SSE Arena, Wembley in London, England in partnership with #LondonIsOpen. One of the biggest global music events of the year that celebrates the hottest artists from around the world, the MTV EMAs bring music fans a unique, multi-platform experience across MTV’s global network of more than 60 channels and over 300 digital media properties and platforms.
MTV is the world’s premiere youth entertainment brand. With a global reach of nearly 785 million households, MTV is the cultural home of the millennial generation, music fans and artists, and a pioneer in creating innovative programming for young people. MTV reflects and creates pop culture with its award-winning content built around compelling storytelling, music discovery and activism across TV, online and mobile. Outside of the United States, MTV is part of Viacom International Media Networks, a division of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIAB, VIA), one of the world’s leading creators of programming and content across all platforms.
About Viacom International Media Networks Africa (VIMN) Africa
Multimedia entertainment powerhouse VIMN Africa offers the most comprehensive international broadcast portfolio on the African continent, reaching more than 100 million viewers across 48 territories in Africa. VIMN Africa currently comprises 10 separate TV channels and 5 consumer websites, as well as multiple mobile and social media sites. The company’s African business interests include content production and distribution; spot sales, 360-degree sponsorships, events, mobile, digital and consumer products.