Nigerians Burna Boy and Teni have been nominated to compete for the Best African Act award in the 2019 MTV Europe Music Awards (EMA). Voting has opened for the awards which will take place at the FIBES, Conference & Exhibition Centre of Seville, Spain, and broadcast live on MTV on Sunday, the third of November.
Four other African singers are in the race for the award. They are the Tanzanian Harmonize whose real name is Rajab Abdul Kahali, Togolese Toofan and two South Africans, Nasty C and Prince Kaybee. Tiwa Savage edged Davido to clinch the 2018 award.
Ariana Grande leads the nominations field, scoring seven in all, which puts her at the head of a strongly performing field that also includes Shawn Mendes, Lil Nas X and Billie Eilish, each of whom received six nods. Latin American singer J Balvin garnered five nominations, and Lizzo and Taylor Swift both received four.