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Burna Boy wins MTV EMAs 2022 ‘Best African Act’

Swift, Minaj, Guetta, Styles and BTS among top winners.

Following a global successful 2022, Nigerian music superstar, Damini Ogulu better known by the stage name Burna Boy, has again reaffirmed his ‘African Giant’ status as he was crowned the ‘Best African Act’ at the MTV EMAs 2022.
November 15, 2022
10:17 pm
Burna Boy wins MTV EMAs 2022

Announced during the pre-award ceremony, the recognition saw the Odogwu crooner edge other nominees including Ayra Starr (Nigeria), Black Sherif (Ghana), Musa Keys (South Africa) and Zuchu (Tanzania). 


American singer-songwriter, Taylor Alison Swift well known as Taylor Swift was the queen of the night, as she earned four awards at the awards ceremony that held on Sunday, November 13, at the PSD Bank Dome in Düsseldorf, Germany. 


Swift took top awards including ‘Best Artist’, ‘Best Video’, ‘Best Pop’ and ‘Best Longform Video’ for ‘All Too Well’ (10 Minute Version) (Taylor’s Version).


Nicki Minaj was awarded ‘Best Song’ for ‘Super Freaky Girl’, and ‘Best Hip Hop’, while Harry Styles won ‘Best Live’. 


Hosted by Rita Ora and Taika Waititi, the live global music celebration featured electrifying performances from chart-topping artistes and honoured fan favourites across 20 categories. 


The show also featured a moving performance by Ukrainian Band, Kalush Orchestra with a powerful display of support for Ukraine.  


Ora won ‘Best Look ‘Personal Style’, while ‘Video for Good’ went to Sam Smith featuring Kim Petras for ‘Unholy’.  


The ‘Best Collaboration’ award went to David Guetta and Bebe Rexha for ‘I’m Good (Blue)’, while Guetta also walked home with ‘Best Electronic’, and new EMA category ‘Best Metaverse Performance’ went to BLACKPINK The Virtual PUBG Mobile. 


The organisers did not make a wrong choice in Ora Waititi as hosts, as they brought the fashion and the fun with unforgettable looks and show moments that MTV EMA is known for to the fore. 



David Guetta and Bebe Rexha opened the performances with their hit song ‘I’m Good (Blue)’, with Guetta DJing from a massive riser, and Rexha swinging onto the stage. 


Stormzy performed his ballad ‘Fire Babe’ for the first time on TV, creating an intimate show moment with kinetic lighting and special guest vocalist, Debbie. 


SPINALL, Äyanna and Nasty C closed the night, performing ‘Power’ flanked by roller skaters with tracking devices that made the lights on the stage form funky patterns. 


This year’s MTV EMA ‘Generation Change Award’ honourees are three resilient Ukrainian women – Lina Deshvar, Anna Kutova and Anfisa Yakovina – who are fighting for the care and rights of those impacted by the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine. 


Their work includes providing shelter for refugees, evacuating and caring for families raising children, adolescents and young people with disabilities, providing art and group therapy for women and families who have been separated from their families and more. 


The recipients were honoured during the MTV EMA Red Carpet show which was broadcast live on MTV globally and streamed on 


Repeat broadcasts of the awards ceremony was air on Tuesday, November 15, on MTV Base DStv Channel 322 and GOtv Channel 72, at 19:00 WAT (7pm) and Thursday, November 17 at 19:00 WAT (7pm). 


MTV EMAs is one of the biggest global music awards shows that celebrates the hottest artistes from around the world. It brings music fans a unique, multi-platform experience across MTV’s global network in more than 170 countries.




Best African Act – Burna Boy

Best Song – Nicki Minaj (Super Freaky Girl)  

Best Video – Taylor Swift – All Too Well (10 Minute Version) (Taylor’s Version)  

Best Artist  – Taylor Swift  

Best Collaboration – David Guetta & Bebe Rexha – I’m Good (Blue)  

Best Live – Harry Styles  

Best Pop – Taylor Swift 


Best K-Pop – Lisa  

Best Latin-  Anitta 

Best Electronic – David Guetta 

Best Hip Hop – Nicki Minaj 

Best Rock – Muse 

Best Alternative – Gorillaz 

Best R&B – Chlӧe 

Best Longform  – Taylor Swift – All Too Well (10 Minute Version) (Taylor’s Version) 

Video for Good – Sam Smith Unholy (ft. Kim Petras)  

Biggest Fans – BTS 

Best Push – SEVENTEEN 

Best Metaverse Performance – BLACKPINK The Virtual PUBG Mobile  

Best Look ‘Personal Style’ – Rita Ora  

Generation Change – Lina Deshvar, Anna Kutova and Anfisa Yakovina 


Best Australian Act – G Flip 

Best Brazilian Act – Manu Gavassi 

Best Canadain Act – Johnny Orlando 

Best Caribbean Act – Daddy Yankee 

Best French Act – Amir 

Best German Act – Badmómzjay 

Best Hungarian Act – Carson Coma 

Best India Act – Armaan Malik 

Best Italian Act – Pinguini Tattici Nucleari 

Best Israel Act – Noa Kirel 

Best Latam-North Act – Kenia Os 

Best Latam-South Act – Tini 

Best Latam-Central Act – Danny Ocean 

Best Dutch Act – Goldband 

Best New Zealand Act – Lorde 

Best Nordic Act – Sigrid 

Best Polish Act – Ralph Kaminski 

Best Portuguese Act – Bárbara Bandeira 

Best Spanish Act – Bad Gyal 

Best Swiss Act – Loredana 

Best UK & Ireland Act – Harry Styles 

Best US Act – Billie Eilish


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