Ayo ‘Wizkid’ Balogun has been named the Best African Act at the MTV Europe Music Awards.
MTV Base announced the news on Twitter via @MTVBaseAfrica.
The announcement came a few hours ahead of the ceremony holding tonight at the Ahoy Stadium, Rotterdam, Netherlands.
The award ceremony takes place in Ahoy Rotterdam Rotterdam in Rotterdam, Netherlands, this evening.
The announcement was done via the MTV Base Africa twitter page ahead of the show.
The singer beat African heavyweights including Black Coffee and Cassper Nyovest from South Africa, Olamide and Ali Kiba of Tanzania.
Only last month, the 26-year-old music star also won Best African Act at the MOBO Awards.
The 2016 MTV EMAs will air live on MTV and MTV Base on Sunday November 6th, 2016 at 22:00 CAT.
In a statement, Alex Okosi, Senior Vice President & Managing Director, Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) Africa, said “It is wonderful to see African artists nominated at the 2016 MTV EMAs on the same platform as global superstars of the calibre of Rihanna, Beyoncé, Drake, Kanye West and more.”
In other categories, cultural icons Beyoncé and Justin Bieber lead the pack with five nominations each.
Superstar Adele followed closely behind with four nominations, alongside Best Rock nominees Coldplay, Best New Act nominee Lukas Graham and Best Male nominee Shawn Mendes.
Rihanna and Drake earned three nods each, including a Best Song nomination for their hit collaboration “Work.”
Adele’s record-shattering hit “Hello,” Justin Bieber’s electronic pop track “Sorry,” Lukas Graham’s soul-pop ballad “7 Years” and the Seeb remix of Mike Posner’s dance smash “I Took A Pill In Ibiza” also earned nominations for Best Song.
See the full list of nominees below
Best African Act
Adele – Hello
Justin Bieber – Sorry
Lukas Graham – 7 Years
Mike Posner – I Took A Pill In Ibiza (Seeb Remix)
Rihanna ft. Drake – Work
Beyoncé – Formation
Coldplay – Up&Up
Kanye West – Famous Tame
Impala – The Less I Know the Better
The Weeknd ft. Daft Punk – Starboy
Twenty one pilots
Red Hot Chili Peppers
Kings of Leon
The 1975 twenty one pilots
Best Hip Hop
Lazer Martin Garrix
Best World Stage
Duran Duran – Piazza Del Duomo, Milan (2015)
Ellie Goulding – Piazza Del Duomo, Milan (2015)
Jess Glynne – Isle of MTV, Malta (2016)
Martin Garrix – Isle of MTV, Malta (2015)
One Republic – MTV Evolution, Philippines (2016)
Tinie Tempah – MTV Crashes, Plymouth (2015)
Tomorrowland – Belgium (2016)
Wiz Khalifa – Isle of MTV, Malta (2016)