Burna boy Rema wins 2023 billbo music awards.
“Strengthening Nigeria’s Role As A Global Music Leader”: Rema and Burna Boy Secure Major Wins at the Billboard Awards.
Industry insiders, including performers, have praised the accomplishment, citing it as evidence of the expanding influence and global success of Afrobeats.
Nigerian sensation Rema and international pop icon Selena Gomez won the Top Afrobeats Song award for their song “Calm Down” at the 2023. Billboard Music Awards on Sunday. Burna Boy, another talented Nigerian, won the Top Afrobeats Artist title.
With its ascent to the third spot on the Billboard Hot 100, “Calm Down” became Rema’s chart debut and increased Gomez’s total number of top 10 singles.
Sittin’ On Top Of The World, a song featuring rapper 21 Savage, debuted at number 80 on the. However billboard Hot 100 chart in September, making Burna Boy the first African artist to debut two songs on the chart in a single calendar year. Burna Boy’s success was fueled by the release of his seventh studio album, I Told Them, which helped him break previous records. Burna Boy made history last year by becoming only the fifth artist to top the Billboard US Afrobeats Songs chart. With his chart-topping track “Last Last.” Burna Boy was also the first to debut at number one on the chart.
NEWARK, NEW JERSEY – SEPTEMBER 12: On September 12, 2023, in Newark, New Jersey, Rema attends the 2023 MTV Video Music Awards at the Prudential Center. (Image courtesy of Dimitrios Kambouris via Getty Images)
This year, the Billboard Music Awards added new categories to honor the expanding importance of Afrobeats music worldwide, such as Top Afrobeats Song and Top Afrobeats Artist. Afrobeats is a modern music that combines dancehall, hip hop, and highlife with traditional African rhythms. The late Nigerian icon Fela Kuti invented Afrobeat, which is where the genre’s evolution began.
The proliferation of award categories at significant ceremonies is indicative of the global appreciation of Afrobeats. The American Music Awards, Grammys, and MTV Video Music Awards have all added categories honoring exceptional accomplishments.
There are more benefits to Rema’s Calm Down accomplishment than just the Billboard Music Awards. The song has already won Best Afrobeats Song at the MTV Video Music Awards (VMA), Best Afrobeats Song at the MTV Europe Music Awards (EMA), and Song of the Year and Best Global African Artist at the Trace Awards, all in the same year.
He praised the win as a sign of unity and the global supremacy of Afrobeats, while Gomez thanked her for included her in the incredible song during the Billboard Music Awards acceptance remarks. Both performers expressed gratitude to their devoted followers and partners for their ongoing support.