The list of nominees for the 2017 MTV Europe Music Awards has been released. Front-runners in the Ghanaian music industry like Shatta Wale, Sarkodie, Stonebwoy and others lost out on the Best African Act category.
It’s been an amazing year in music when you look at all the artists, songs and videos that have been nominated for this year’s MTV EMA. Having made her comeback just in time for EMA season, Taylor Swift is leading the pack with six nominations including one for Best Video for her latest hit, “Look What You Made Me Do.”
Shawn Mendes, Ed Sheeran and Kendrick Lamar are close behind with five nominations going to Mendes and four going to both Lamar and Sheeran. New, game-changing artists like, KYLE and Dua Lipa, have also been recognized in multiple categories.
This year the Best Male and Best Female categories will be retired and replaced with the Best Artist category. Ariana Grande, Ed Sheeran, Kendrick Lamar, Miley Cyrus, Shawn Mendes and Taylor Swift are all up for the Best Artist award.
The winners will be determined by the fans through online voting of favorite artists on mtvema.com!
The main event is slated for Sunday, November 12 from the SSE Arena, Wembley in London.
Check out the full list of nominees below.
2017 MTV EMA NOMINEES
BEST AFRICAN ACT
Babes Wodumo – South Africa
C4 Pedro – Angola
DaVido – Nigeria
Nasty C – South Africa
Nyashinski – Kenya
WizKid – Nigeria
Clean Bandit – Rockabye ft. Sean Paul & Anne-Marie
DJ Khaled – Wild Thoughts ft. Rihanna, Bryson Tiller
Ed Sheeran – Shape of You
Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee – Despacito (Remix) ft. Justin Bieber
Shawn Mendes – There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back
Foo Fighters – Run
Katy Perry – Bon Appétit ft. Migos
Kendrick Lamar – HUMBLE.
KYLE – iSpy ft. Lil Yachty
Taylor Swift – Look What You Made Me Do
BEST HIP HOP
Lana Del Rey
Thirty Seconds To Mars
The Head And The Heart
BEST WORLD STAGE
Steve Aoki – Live from Isle of MTV Malta 2016
Kings of Leon – Live from Oude Luxor Theatre, Rotterdam, The Netherlands 2016
DNCE – Live from Isle of MTV Malta 2017
The Chainsmokers – Live from Isle of MTV Malta 2017
Foo Fighters – Live from Barcelona, Spain 2017