Diamond Platnumz has emerged the winner of the 2015 MTV EMAs Best African Act. Diamond whose real name is Nasibu Abdul Juma was in July named the Best Live Act at the MTV Africa Music Awards (MAMA) held in Durban, South Africa.
The ‘Number One’ hitmaker beat incredible competition from south Africa’s AKA, Nigerians: Yemi Alade, Davido, and DJ Arafat from Ivory Coast. His triumph means that Diamond will now go up against the winning act from India to be named Best Africa/India Act.
Diamond’s win follows that of Kenya’s favourite crooners and perfect gentlemen, Sauti Sol who last year won in the same category. The boy band took to their Instagram page to congratulate their East African compatriot urging their fans to vote for him and bring the worldwide award home.
“And the #MTVEMA stays in East Africa! From us in 2014 to @diamondplatnumz in 2015. Afrika mashariki mpo? Let’s all take a min and congratulate DIAMOND PLATNUMZ #BestAfricanAct2015 Rem to keep voting as he is now representing Africa in the #WorldwideAct category,” they posted.
In what has been a phenomenal year for Taylor Swift, she continues to lead the pack after being nominated for nine awards. Justin Bieber, who has had a comeback after a troubled lull, follows with six nominations which will see their two camps of fans aptly named Swifties and Beliebers in a voting battle to keep their star on top.
Among the categories Swift is up for are: Best Song, Best Video and Best Collaboration for ‘Bad Blood’, her track with Kendrick Lamar, and Best Female, Best Pop and Best Live Act.
This year’s edition will see performances from Pharrell Williams, Ed Sheeran & Rudimental, Ellie Goulding and Jason Derulo among others.
The awards, are decided by fans who crown their favourite artiste by voting on the MTV website.