Burna Boy And Rema Make History At The 2023 Billboard Music Awards





In a groundbreaking moment for Afrobeats, Burna Boy and Rema emerged victorious at the inaugural Afrobeats categories of the 2023 Billboard Music Awards, held on Sunday, November 19.

Burna Boy, known as the ‘African Giant,’ secured the prestigious title of Top Afrobeats Artiste, triumphing over strong contenders such as Wizkid, Rema, Tems, and Cameroonian sensation Libianca. This marked a historic achievement as Burna Boy became the first-ever recipient of the newly-established Top Afrobeats Artiste category.

Adding to the celebration, Rema’s ‘Calm Down’ remix featuring Selena Gomez claimed the accolade for the Top Afrobeats Song. The remix faced tough competition from tracks like Ayra Starr’s ‘Rush,’ Oxlade’s ‘Ku Lo Sa,’ Libianca’s ‘People,’ and Victony’s ‘Soweto’ with Rema and Don Toliver.

While the duo basked in their well-deserved victories, ‘Calm Down’ remix, unfortunately, fell short in categories such as Top Billboard Collaboration, Top Billboard Excl. U.S. Song, Top Billboard Global 200 Song, and Top Radio Song.

The awards ceremony showcased the global influence and recognition of Afrobeats, with Burna Boy and Rema making waves on the international stage. Their achievements underline the genre’s rising prominence and the impact of African artists on the global music scene.

Despite the triumphs in the Afrobeats categories, American singer Morgan Wallen dominated the winners’ chart, securing an impressive total of 11 awards. Taylor Swift closely followed with 10 wins, highlighting the diverse array of talent celebrated at the 2023 Billboard Music Awards.

As Burna Boy and Rema etch their names in history, their victories signify not only personal milestones but also a significant moment for Afrobeats, affirming its place on the global music landscape. The 2023 Billboard Music Awards stand as a testament to the genre’s growing influence and the remarkable talents shaping its future.