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Master KG bags coveted best African act award at EMAs

The 2020 MTV Europe Music Awards (EMAs) honoured some of the biggest names in global music this year. South African musician and Jerusalema hitmaker Master KG took home top honours, winning the coveted best African act award.

In a virtually recorded acceptance speech, the now globally renowned superstar gave thanks to all his fans who have helped make his smash hit 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 said.

In good company

The South African superstar joins the ranks of previous best African act winners 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).

Global popularity

Monde Twala, senior vice president and general manager of ViacomCBS Networks Africa commented: “Master KG’s accolades at this year’s MTV EMAs is 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.”