LAGOS, NOVEMBER 7, 2016 – They are top of the rang trophies from the two continental award ceremonies that took place Sunday night in Rotterdam, Netherlands and Lagos, Nigeria, leaving rave-of-the-moment pop star, Ayodeji Balogun, aka Wizkid shoulder-high with ‘Best African Act’ and ‘Worldwide Act’ at the MTV Europe Music Awards, EMA, and ‘Artiste of the Year’ at the All Africa Music Awards, AFRIMA, respectively.
In Rotterdam, the Nigerian act was topped only by Justin Bieber, who took home three trophies: Best Song, Best Fans and Best Canadian Act. He however matched Lady Gaga who won trophies for Best Female and Best Look.
The encomium was quite resounding for Wizkid at the Eko Hotel, Lagos, venue of AFRIMA, where the trophy was received on his behalf by Beat FM’s OAP, Olisa Adibua.
This feat is coming exactly 11 days after the Star Boy, as he is also called, clinched the ‘Best International Act Africa’ laurel at the ‘Music of Black Origin’ (MOBO) Awards, where he beat Tiwa Savage, Yemi Alade, Olamide and seven other nominees.
It is indeed a year of harvest for the artiste who, only two weeks ago was celebrated as the biggest winner at the MTV Africa Music Awards (MAMA) in Johannesburg, grabbing three awards – Best Male, Artist of the Year and Best Collaboration Africa.
This year’s EMA win for Wizkid followed the success of Tanzanian artiste, Diamond Platnumz who was the Worldwide Act winner last year.
The award ceremony was as usual, resplendent with music and stunning visuals on the 2016 MTV EMAs stage, featuring epic performances that took over Rotterdam and aired live around the world.
Host of the show, Bebe Rexha kicked off the global music celebration, crashing through the ceiling to start the party, followed by superstar Bruno Mars who delivered an upbeat performance of his smash single 24K Magic, lighting up the stage with his dance moves.
Global phenomenon Green Day also returned to the EMAs stage with a vengeance, honoured with the night’s prestigious milestone award, Global Icon. After an explosive performance of Bang Bang, the group closed the show just days ahead of the US election with American Idiot.
Wizkid was one of six artists from around the globe who were named as Worldwide Act winners; his fellow honourees were Shawn Mendes (Canada), Zara Larsson (Sweden), Maluma (Columbia), GOT7 (Korea) and Troye Sivan (Australia).
The Nigerian multiplatinum R&B stunner made his EMA stage debut with the first global performance of his smash single ‘Starboy’. The performance began in a star-filled dome, which opened to reveal the singer.
Host Bebe Rexha slayed her hosting duties while bringing the live debut of her new single I’ve Got U to the EMAs stage. Earlier in the show, she teamed with friend and the world’s no. 1 DJ Martin Garrix for a stirring duet of In The Name of Love with a full string orchestra.
Best Push winners DNCE brought the party by performing Cake by the Ocean and Body Moves on a floating platform over the audience, complete with crowd surfers on inflatable donuts, cakes and pizza.
Best Male winner Shawn Mendes wowed the crowd as he emerged from a holographic pyramid, while playing piano for a moving rendition of his hit Mercy.
Best New Act recipient Zara Larsson shook the arena with a fierce medley of her massive hits, Lush Life and Ain’t My Fault.
Lukas Graham commanded the stage with a passionate medley of their hits against a glittering backdrop of stars, culminating in a full-on orchestra for their smash ballad 7 Years.
OneRepublic wowed the audience by performing their new track Let’s Hurt Tonight as rain poured down from the stage, soaking the band while they serenaded fans.
Hometown hero and EMA Music Week Ambassador Afrojack rocked the house with his smash hits Gone and Hey.
The official international sponsor of the 2016 MTV EMAs is Évos headphones and regional sponsor is Smirnoff.
2016 MTV EMA WINNERS
Justin Bieber – Sorry
The Weeknd ft. Daft Punk – Starboy
BEST AFRICAN ACT
Troye Sivan – Australia
Shawn Mendes – Canada
Maluma – Columbia
GOT7 – Korea
Wizkid – Nigeria
Zara Larsson – Sweden
Twenty One Pilots
Twenty One Pilots
BEST HIP HOP
GLOBAL ICON AWARD
BEST WORLD STAGE
Martin Garrix – Isle of MTV, Malta (2015)