The 2018 MTV EMA nominees have finally been revealed and the competition is no joke this year. Camila Cabello is the most nominated artist with nods in six categories including "Best Artist" and "Best Video" for "Havana" featuring Young Thug.
Nigerian music acts, Davido and Tiwa Savage have been nominated for the 2018 MTV Europe Music Awards (MTV EMAs) in the Best African Act category. The two were nominated along with Distruction Boyz (South Africa), Fally Ipupa (DRC), Nyashinski (Kenya) and Shekinah (South Africa).
Commenting on the nominations, Monde Twala, Vice President for Youth, Music and BET at Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN Africa) said: “2018 has been an incredible year globally for African culture, music and talent.
“Once again, the 2018 MTV EMAs features Africa’s most celebrated entertainers who have the opportunity to showcase their talent through the MTV EMA Best Africa Act category at the annual awards.
He adds “Our nominees reflect the continents diversity and talent on par with international artists. Congratulations to all our Africa nominees, who continue to affirm Africa’s place on the global stage.”
The “2018 MTV EMA” event will be broadcast live from the Bilbao Exhibition Centre, Barakaldo, Biscay in Spain on Sunday, November 4 at 19:00 GMT on MTV (DStv channel 130). The awards would be broadcast to more than 180 countries and territories, reaching about half a billion households.
Camila Cabello leads the nominations bagging six nominations including “Best Song” and “Best Video” for her chart-topping hit “Havana” featuring Young Thug, as well as “Best Artist” alongside Ariana Grande and Post Malone, who follow Cabello with five nomination each.
Drake and Dua Lipa also join the above contenders for “Best Artist,” scoring four nods each alongside Shawn Mendes, including “Best Local Act” for all three of their respective home countries.
Several up-and-coming artists, including Hayley Kiyoko, Bazzi and Jessie Reyez, have been recognized in multiple categories as well. As always, the awards will go to the artists who get the most votes and it's up to the fans to vote for their favorites on mtvema.com!
“MTV creatively teased the nominees via a series of captivating Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response (ASMR) videos, with visuals involving floral foam smashing, paint mixing and kinetic sand slicing for the “Best Artist,” “Best Song” and “Best Video” categories.
“The mesmerizing video reveals were broadcast across MTV’s global digital platforms and a coalition of media partners,” the statement read.
It further added that voting is now open at mtvema.com until November 3rd at 21:59 GMT. “So, fans can cast votes beginning today.”
BEST AFRICAN ACT
Tiwa Savage (Nigeria)
Distruction Boyz (South Africa)
Fally Ipupa (DRC)
Shekinah (South Africa)
Ariana Grande No tears left to cry
Camila Cabello Havana ft. Young Thug
Childish Gambino This Is America
Lil Dicky Freaky Friday ft. Chris Brown
The Carters APES**T
Ariana Grande – No tears left to cry
Bebe Rexha – Meant To Be ft. Florida Georgia Line
Camila Cabello – Havana ft. Young Thug
Drake – God’s Plan
Post Malone – Rockstar ft. 21 Savage
BEST HIP HOP
5 Seconds Of Summer
Fall Out Boy
Panic! At The Disco
Thirty Seconds To Mars
Twenty one pilots
BEST WORLD STAGE
Clean Bandit – MTV Crashes Plymouth, UK 2017
Charli XCX – MTV Crashes Plymouth, UK 2017
David Guetta – Trafalgar Square, UK 2017
Jason Derulo – Isle of MTV Malta 2018
Post Malone – Wireless Festival, UK 2018
Migos – Wireless Festival, UK 2018
J Cole – Wireless Festival, UK 2018
Nick Jonas – MTV Spotlight @ Hyperplay, Singapore 2018
Alessia Cara – MTV Spotlight @ Hyperplay, Singapore 2018
Prettymuch (October 2017)
Why Don’t We (November 2017)
Grace VanderWaal (December 2017)
Bishop Briggs (January 2018)
Superorganism (February 2018)
Jessie Reyez (March 2018)
Hayley Kiyoko (April 2018)
Lil Xan (May 2018)
Sigrid (June 2018)
Chloe x Halle (July 2018)
Bazzi (August 2018)
Jorja Smith (September 2018)
BEST US ACT