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Rema and Selena Gomez Make History at VMA Awards 2023 with First-Ever Afrobeats Win, as Taylor Swift Dominates

The VMA Awards 2023 turned out to be an epoch-making event as Nigerian singer Rema and American superstar Selena Gomez clinched the inaugural Afrobeats Award. Their collaboration on the track “Calm Down” not only passed a billion streams on Spotify but also marked a historic moment in the annals of the VMA Awards by capturing the first-ever trophy in the newly instituted Afrobeats category.

This genre’s inclusion reflects the growing influence of African music on the global stage, and the pair’s win over seasoned artists like Burna Boy, Davido, and Wizkid makes it all the more significant. The award was announced by the vivacious American actress and comedian, Tiffany Haddish, who aptly described the win as “huge.”

Heartfelt Moments on Stage

Rema’s acceptance speech was imbued with gratitude and a sense of history. “Seeing Afrobeats grow this big and being here on the stage representing Afrobeats tonight is awe-inspiring,” he said. His acknowledgment of Afrobeats pioneers like Fela Kuti, and contemporary influencers such as Wizkid, Burna Boy, and Davido, captured the collective journey of the genre.

Selena Gomez, who was equally moved, thanked Rema for making her part of “an incredible song that’s able to break records.” Taylor Swift, who had her share of the limelight at the VMA Awards 2023, was seen vigorously applauding the duo.

Taylor Swift’s Undiminished Glory at the VMA Awards 2023

If the night was historic for Afrobeats, it was equally affirming for Taylor Swift. The pop diva swept the VMA Awards 2023 with multiple accolades, including Best Song, Best Pop, Best Direction, and the night’s most prestigious honour, Video of the Year for her track “Anti-Hero.”

Swift’s recognition was rendered even more poignant when NSYNC, the turn-of-the-millennium teen heartthrobs, made a surprise reunion on stage to present her with the Best Pop award.

A Diverse Musical Landscape at the VMA Awards 2023

From Shakira’s dynamic Video Vanguard performance to newcomer Ice Spice taking home the Best New Artist award, the VMA Awards 2023 was nothing short of a diverse musical extravaganza. Artists like Olivia Rodrigo, Anitta, and Doja Cat offered stellar performances, making the night a true celebration of global music.

The VMA Awards were indeed a snapshot of the constantly evolving world of music. The night demonstrated that regardless of genre or geography, music remains a universal language that continues to bring the world closer together.

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