Tems, Burna Boy, Ayra Starr nominated for Best African Act at the 2022 MTV EMA

MTV has announced nominations for the ‘2022 MTV EMAs’ with Africa’s blazing stars from Nigeria, Ghana, Tanzania and South Africa once again securing nominations.

Nigerian superstars Burna Boy and Tems with record-breaking hits like ‘Last Last’ and ‘Damages’, as well as breakout sensation Ayra Starr with her hit single, ‘Bloody Samaritan’ were nominated in the Best African Act category. Alongside South African Amapiano artist Musa Keys, Tanzanian singer-songwriter, Zuchu, and Ghanaian performer, Black Sherif was also nominated in the category.  

In a display of pure African excellence and black girl magic, Nigerian pop artist Tems will have a shot at winning two awards at this year’s MTV EMAs. Not only has the 27-year-old musician clinched a shot at the Best African Act, but she has also been nominated in the Best New Act category alongside BabyKemm, Dove Cameron, Gayle, Seventeen and Sanchez.

Every year African talents dazzle the world with remarkable ingenuity and vibrant artistry, and this year is no different. We are quite elated to celebrate these talents and the pure genius they produce as well as their grit, determination, incredible ethic and achievements at the 2022 MTV EMAs,” said Monde Twala, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Paramount Africa.  

Leading the pack of international nominations this year is Harry Styles who gathered seven nods, including for Best Artist, Best Song and Best Video. Taylor Swift follows closely with six nominations including for Best Artist, Best Pop, and new EMA category, Best Long form Video. Nicki Minaj and ROSALÍA each earned five nominations including for ‘Best Song and Best Artist.  

The 2022 MTV EMAs’ will take place at the PSD Bank Dome in Düsseldorf, Germany, and broadcast live on MTV channels in over 170 countries.

It will air locally on MTV Base (DStv Channel 322, GOtv Channel 72) on Sunday, November 14 at 20:00 WAT/ 21:00 CAT (Pre-Show) and 21:00 WAT/ 22:00 CAT (Main Show).  

Voting is now open at until Wednesday, November 9th at 22:59 WAT, so fans can cast votes beginning today.