Rema and Selena Gomez achieved a historic milestone at the 2023 MTV Video Music Awards (VMAs) as their collaboration, ‘Calm Down,’ clinched the prestigious Best Afrobeats award. The star-studded event unfolded on Tuesday at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey, paying tribute to the exceptional musical talents that have left an indelible mark on the global stage.
Prior to this groundbreaking win, ‘Calm Down’ had already garnered significant attention with three nominations across categories such as Best Collaboration, Song of the Year, and Best Afrobeats.
It was in the Best Afrobeats category that Rema and Selena Gomez’s remarkable collaboration stood out, securing a historic victory as the very first recipients in this newly established category. The song faced stiff competition from other notable tracks, including Burna Boy’s ‘It’s Plenty,’ Davido feat. Musa Key’s ‘Unavailable,’ Ayra Starr’s ‘Rush,’ Libianca’s ‘People,’ Wizkid feat. Ayrra Starr’s ‘2 Sugar,’ and Fireboy DML’s ‘Bandana.’
The track ‘Calm Down,’ originally released on August 25, 2022, drew attention for its innovative fusion of Afrobeats and pop elements.”
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