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Master KG Wins 'Best African Act' at MTV Europe Music Awards.

Master KG Wins 'Best African Act' at MTV Europe Music Awards

Master KG continues on a spectacular winning streak with his prolific hit song 'Jerusalema' featuring Nomcebo Zikode.

The wins just keep coming for South African artist and DJ Master KG. The bolobedu house musician has recently been named "Best African Act" at the MTV Europe Music Awards following the continued international success of his hit song "Jerusalema" featuring fellow artist Nomcebo Zikode. The well-deserved award comes off the heels of the remix of "Jerusalema" featuring both Zikode and Nigerian superstar Burna Boy having been certified diamond in France—no small feat.

READ: The 'Jerusalema' Phenomenon Shows Africa's Trendsetting Abilities

In his acceptance speech, Master KG said, "I would love to thank my sister Nomcebo, my team Open Mic Productions, and everyone who has supported Master KG, thank you so much. To all my fans all over the world."

Master KG beat out fellow South African artists Kabza De Small and DJ Maphorisa as well as Burna Boy in what ended both Nigeria's longstanding reign and South Africa's 7-year losing streak at the awards show.

In a recent interview with OkayAfrica, Master KG explains how the vitality of "Jerusalem" took even him by surprise:

"Yeah. To be honest, everything that happened globally with "Jerusalema" is something that I never expected. It's all a surprise. Even on all of these big platforms. I never even thought I would actually get there. I need to be honest. Your mind is around a South African focus. That's where you're looking up to, that's where you know that your music will always win and people will also relate with it, because they understand what you're singing about, as well as the language."

The South African artist is currently working on a deluxe edition of his 2020 album titled Jerusalema with some potentially epic collaborations with music heavyweights in the pipeline.

Below is the full list of winners of the 2020 MTV Europe Music Awards:

BEST VIDEO

WINNER: DJ Khaled – "Popstar" feat. Drake
Billie Eilish – "Everything I Wanted"
Cardi B – "WAP" feat. Megan Thee Stallion
Karol G – "Tusa" feat. Nicki Minaj
Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande – "Rain on Me"
Taylor Swift – "The Man"
The Weeknd – "Blinding Lights"

BEST ARTIST

WINNER: Lady Gaga
Dua Lipa
Harry Styles
Justin Bieber
Miley Cyrus
The Weeknd

BEST SONG

WINNER: BTS – Dynamite
DaBaby – "Rockstar" feat. Roddy Ricch
Dua Lipa – "Don't Start Now"
Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande – "Rain on Me"
Roddy Ricch – "The Box"
The Weeknd – "Blinding Lights"

BEST COLLABORATION

WINNER: Karol G – "Tusa" feat. Nicki Minaj
BlackPink and Selena Gomez – "Ice Cream"
Cardi B – WAP" feat. Megan Thee Stallion
DaBaby – "Rockstar" feat. Roddy Ricch
Justin Bieber – "Intentions" feat. Quavo
Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande – "Rain on Me"
Sam Smith and Demi Lovato – "I'm Ready"

BEST POP

WINNER: Little Mix
Dua Lipa
Harry Styles
Justin Bieber
Katy Perry
Lady Gaga
BTS

BEST GROUP

WINNER: BTS
5 Seconds of Summer
BlackPink
Chloe x Halle
CNCO
Little Mix

BEST NEW

WINNER: Doja Cat
Benee
DaBaby
Jack Harlow
Roddy Ricch
Yungblud

BIGGEST FANS

WINNER: BTS
Ariana Grande
BlackPink
Justin Bieber
Lady Gaga
Taylor Swift

BEST LATIN

WINNER: Karol G
Anuel AA
Bad Bunny
J Balvin
Maluma
Ozuna

BEST ROCK

WINNER: Coldplay
Green Day
Liam Gallagher
Pearl Jam
Tame Impala
The Killers

BEST HIP-HOP

WINNER: Cardi B
DaBaby
Drake
Eminem
Megan Thee Stallion
Roddy Ricch
Travis Scott

BEST ELECTRONIC

WINNER: David Guetta
Calvin Harris
Kygo
Marshmello
Martin Garrix
The Chainsmokers

BEST ALTERNATIVE

WINNER: Hayley Williams
Blackbear
FKA Twigs
Machine Gun Kelly
The 1975
Twenty One Pilots

VIDEO FOR GOOD

WINNER: H.E.R. – "I Can't Breathe"
Anderson .Paak – "Lockdown"
David Guetta and Sia – "Let's Love"
Demi Lovato – "I Love Me"
Jorja Smith – "By Any Means"
Lil Baby – "The Bigger Picture"

BEST PUSH

WINNER: Yungblud
AJ Mitchell
Ashnikko
Benee
Brockhampton
Conan Gray
Doja Cat
Georgia
Jack Harlow
Lil Tecca
Tate McRae
Wallows

BEST VIRTUAL LIVE

WINNER: BTS – Map of the Soul Concert Live Stream
J Balvin – Behind the Colores Live Experience
Katy Perry @ Tomorrow Land – Around the World
Little Mix – Uncancelled
Maluma – Papi Juancho Live
Post Malone – Nirvana Tribute

BEST UK & IRELAND ACT

WINNER: Little Mix
AJ Tracey
Joel Corry
Jorja Smith
Lewis Capaldi
The 1975.

MTV EMA GENERATION CHANGE AWARDS

WINNER: Luiza Brasil (Brazil)
WINNER: Kiki Mordi (Nigeria)
WINNER: Temi Mwale (UK)
WINNER: Catherhea Potjanaporn (Malaysia)
WINNER: Raquel Willis (US)

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"My Time is Up:" Trevor Noah Talks About Leaving 'The Daily Show' After 7 Years

The South African comedian announced that he would be leaving the Comedy Central series after his seven-year tenure.

Trevor Noah announced that he will be leaving The Daily Show after seven years.

In his statement Noah described his experience hosting the show as "absolutely amazing."

“It’s been absolutely amazing. It’s something that I never expected,” Noah said. “I found myself thinking throughout the time of everything we’ve gone through. The Trump presidency, the pandemic, just the journey, more pandemic and I realize that after the seven years, my time is up.”

Following the departure of Jon Stewart from the show in 2015, the South African comedian became the show's host, and has since interviewed the likes of Barack Obama, Burna Boy, Davido and a host of other notable public figures. The 38-year-old has also used his platform to elevate African artistry and elevate the African experience. Noah alluded to the idea that his decision to leave the show was inspired partly by his interest in returning to stand up comedy and exploring his skillset that way. Noah also thanked his viewers for giving him an opportunity when he first came on the American scene as a comedian who very few knew about.

“I spent two years in my apartment, not on the road, and when I got back out there, I realized there’s another part of my life out there that I want to carry on exploring. I miss learning other languages. I miss going to other countries and putting on shows,” said Noah.

Noah also referred to the show as "one of the greatest joys" of his life, and has credited the show for helping him hone his creative muscle.

“I’ve loved hosting this show, it’s been one of my greatest challenges and one of my greatest joys,” Noah said. “I’ve loved trying to find a way to make people laugh, even when the stories are particularly shitty, even on the worst days. We’ve laughed together, we’ve cried together.”

Although he did not make any comments about his last day on the show, or exactly when he would exit, he did humorously say that he would not abruptly leave without prior warning.

“Don’t worry, I’m not disappearing,” said Noah. “If I owe you money, I’ll still pay you.”

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Naira Marley Continues to Celebrate Nigerian Independence In "Ayewada" Video

Watch the new music video for the God's Timing's The Best standout track.


Azeez Fashola, professionally known as Naira Marley, just released a new music video for his record "Ayewada." The Rexxie-produced song is taken from his debut album, God's Timing's The Best.

Ever since he broke into the music scene, Marley has brought with him a unique representation of what Afrobeats means. The record "Ayewada" is a song that marries elements of Afrobeats with hip-hop, in a compelling synergy of what can best be described as Afrorap. The up-tempo song is catchy, with background instrumentals that reinforce the fast pace of the record. Over the years, the edgy singer has garnered a reputation for being fearlessly risqué in his artistic approach, which has gained him the cult-like following of his fans, the renowned "Marlians."

Naira Marley's sound has also become a phenomenon because of his unique ability to fuse elements of UK rap with the indigenous intonations and verbiage of the Yoruba language while tying it all together with catchy beats. His palette for music is particularly interesting because it stands out from the competition, and although Marley's sound is unique and unsaturated, he still manages to be commercially successful.

In addition to his versatile sonic sound, the 31-year-old Marlian leader also has an electrifying stage presence, as has been seen with his appearances at WizKid’s StarBoy Fest at London’s O2 Arena, Afro Nation festival in Puerto Rico and Portugal, and many more. Never been one to follow trends, Marley's unpredictability and organic sound is perhaps two of the strongest elements that make his fans gravitate towards him.

Watch the music video for "Ayewada" below.

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The new Afrobeats sensation recently sold out London's O2 Academy venue for his upcoming UK stint. Amidst the buzz of the sold out show, the official account of the O2 Academy took to social media to share that Asake would be headlining two additional shows at the event's center. Although the original date was slated for the 11th of December, the high demand for tickets pushed organizers to add on two more dates to the 11th, and "Mr. Money With The Vibe" will also now perform on the 12th and the 15th.

Asake's career trajectory has been swift, yet packed with back to back hits and critical acclaim. The Lagos-born artist first got his major big break when Olamide signed him to YBNL. His long trail of chart-topping records have quickly earned him the attention of fans, airplay and recognition. The Afrobeats singer's success, though sudden, has helped to propel him to the upper echelon of musical acts coming out of Africa. Because of the versatility of his sound, listeners have quickly gravitated towards his content. His ascent into superstardom has also ignited intrigue and conversation, inspiring many fans to root for him, because of his initial reputation as the underdog. Although he had received some recognition in 2020 after he released his "Mr. Money" single, 2022 was the year that he would gain the admiration and respect of his peers, as well as a bevy of fans and commercial success.

Though still a newcomer, Asake has proven that he is not a typical Afrobeats artist. His unique ability to fuse different Afro-inspired sounds from Fuji to Amapiano have made him a rare talent. He has also amplified the depth of most of his songs by merging different genres and articulating them with Yoruba language and the broken English spoken in some of the most intricate parts of Lagos. Those elements perhaps, are what have made Asake one of the most marketable and likable Afrobeats artists in recent time.

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