Diamond Platnumz, Rema Bag Prestigious Awards At The 2023 MTV EMAs

Tanzanian superstar Naseeb Abdul, widely known as Diamond Platnumz, secured the prestigious Best African Act Award at the 2023 MTV European Music Awards (EMAs), marking his third triumph at the event.

Diamond initially clinched the Best African Act and Best Worldwide Act (Africa/India) awards in 2015, solidifying his status as the first African-based artist to accumulate over 900 million YouTube views.

In a newly introduced category, Nigerian artist Rema, acclaimed for his hit track ‘Calm Down,’ emerged victorious in the Best Afrobeats category.

Meanwhile, global pop icon Taylor Swift dominated the evening, securing three awards—Best Artist, Best Live, and Best Video for “Anti-Hero.” However, the best US act honor eluded Swift, finding a deserving recipient in Nicki Minaj, who also claimed the title for best hip-hop.

BTS luminary Jung Kook triumphed in the best K-pop and best song categories for ‘Seven,’ featuring Latto. Italian rock sensation Måneskin celebrated double victories, securing the best rock and best Italian act.

MTV revealed the list of winners on Sunday, October 5, 2023, following the unexpected cancellation of the 2023 MTV EMA Awards on October 19. This unprecedented decision, attributed to the unpredictability of global events, marked the first cancellation in the awards’ history since its inception in 1994. Notably, even amid the challenges of the pandemic, the show had persevered and proceeded as planned in previous years.

See the full list of winners below.

Best Song

Jung Kook feat. Latto – “Seven”

Best Video

Taylor Swift – “Anti-Hero”

Best Artist

Taylor Swift

Best Collaboration

KAROL G, Shakira – “TQG”

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Best New

Peso Pluma

Best Pop

Billie Eilish

Best Afrobeats


Best Rock


Best Latin


Best K-pop

Jung Kook

Best Alternative

Lana Del Rey

Best Electronic

David Guetta

Best Hip-Hop

Nicki Minaj

Best R&B

Chris Brown

Best Live

Taylor Swift

Best Push


Best African Act

Diamond Platnumz

Best Asia Act


Best Australian Act

Kylie Minogue

Best Brasilian Act


Best Canadian Act

Shania Twain

Best Caribbean Act

Young Miko

Best Dutch Act


Best French Act

Bigflo & Oli

Best German Act

Kontra K

Best Hungarian Act

ajsa luna

Best India Act


Best Italian Act


Best Latin America North Act

Kenia Os

Best Latin America Central Act


Best Latin America South Act


Best New Zealand Act


Best Nordic Act


Best Polish Act


Best Portuguese Act


Best Spanish Act

Samantha Hudson

Best Swiss Act

Gjon’s Tears

Best UK & Ireland Act

Tom Grennan

Best US Act

Nicki Minaj