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Master KG Bags Coveted Best African Act Award At 2020 MTV EMAs

Master KG - Rising Star

The 2020 MTV EMAs honoured some of the biggest names in global music this year.

South African musician and “Jerusalema” hitmaker Master KG took home top honours’ to win the coveted Best African Act.

The star-studded “2020 MTV EMAs” premiered on MTV & MTV Base this past Sunday and will repeat on MTV (DStv Channel 130) Monday, 9 November at 18:00 CAT(Pre-show) and 19:00 CAT (Main-show). MTV Base (DStv Channel 322) viewers can catch the repeat on Tuesday, 10 November at 19:00 CAT (Pre-show) and 20:00 CAT (Main-show).

In a virtually recorded acceptance speech, the now globally renowned superstar Master KG gave thanks to all his fans who have helped make his smash hit “Jerusalema” one of the biggest songs on the planet.

“I would love to thank my sister Nomcebo, my team Open Mic Productions, and everyone who has supported Master KG, thank you so much.

“To all my fans all over the world, without you this would have not been possible,” he commented.

The South African superstar joins the ranks of previous MTV EMAs Best African Act winners from Burna Boy, Davido and Tiwa Savage and was nominated this year alongside fellow continental hitmakers including “Scorpion Kings” Maphorisa (South Africa) and Kabza De Small (South Africa), globally renowned superstar Burna Boy (Nigeria) and Afrobeats star Rema (Nigeria), songstress Sheebah (Uganda) and Gaz Mawete (Democratic Republic of Congo).

Monde Twala, Senior Vice President and General Manager of ViacomCBS Networks Africa commented, “Master KG’s accolades at this year’s MTV EMA’s is a testament to his global popularity which has seen people all over the world unite in dance to his smash hit “Jerusalema” during one of the most unprecedented times in our history.

We recognise his great achievement in bringing people together across cultures and congratulate him on this massive win.

“MTV continues to celebrate all the nominees in the Best African Act category and are proud to elevate local talent across our platforms as we take African pop culture and music to the world.”

BTS snagged four honours – “Best Song,” “Best Group,” “Best Virtual Live” and “Biggest Fans;” Karol G won the new category “Best Latin” and “Best Collaboration” for “Tusa” featuring Nicki Minaj; Lady Gaga took “Best Artist” and DJ Khaled was awarded “Best Video.”

Full list of 2020 MTV EMAs winners:

Best African Act

Burna Boy(Nigeria)

Rema (Nigeria)

Master KG (South Africa)

Kabza de Small and Maphorisa (South Africa)

Sheebah (Uganda)

Gaz Mawete (Democratic Republic of Congo)

Best Video

Billie Eilish – “everything i wanted”

Cardi B – “WAP” ft Megan Thee Stallion

DJ Khaled – “POPSTAR” ft Drake

Karol G – “Tusa” ft Nicki Minaj

Lady Gaga, Ariana Grande – “Rain On Me”

Taylor Swift – “The Man”

The Weeknd – “Blinding Lights”

Best Artist

Dua Lipa

Harry Styles

Justin Bieber

Lady Gaga

Miley Cyrus

The Weeknd

Best Song

BTS – “Dynamite”

DaBaby – “Rockstar” ft Roddy Ricch

Dua Lipa – “Don’t Start Now”

Lady Gaga, Ariana Grande – “Rain On Me”

Roddy Ricch – “The Box”

The Weeknd – “Blinding Lights”

Best Collaboration

BLACKPINK, Selena Gomez – “Ice Cream”

Cardi B – “WAP” ft Megan Thee Stallion

DaBaby – “Rockstar” ft. Roddy Ricch

Justin Bieber – “Intentions” ft Quavo

Karol G – “Tusa” ft Nicki Minaj

Lady Gaga, Ariana Grande – “Rain On Me”

Sam Smith, Demi Lovato – “I’m Ready”

Best Pop


Dua Lipa

Harry Styles

Justin Bieber

Katy Perry

Lady Gaga

Little Mix

Best Group

5 Seconds of Summer



Chloe x Halle


Little Mix

Best New



Doja Cat

Jack Harlow

Roddy Ricch



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