Burna Boy and Rema won the first-ever Afrobeats categories at the 2023 Billboard Music Awards on Sunday. Burna Boy bagged the Top Afrobeats Artiste, making history as the inaugural winner. He surpassed tough competition from Wizkid, Rema, Tems, and Cameroonian star Libianca.
Rema secured the Top Afrobeats Song for the remix of ‘Calm Down,’ featuring Selena Gomez. This track triumphed over other hits like Ayra Starr’s ‘Rush,’ Oxlade’s ‘Ku Lo Sa,’ Libianca’s ‘People,’ and Victony’s ‘Soweto’ with Rema and Don Toliver.
Despite their victories, the ‘Calm Down’ remix missed out on nominations in the Top Billboard Collaboration, Top Billboard Excl. U.S. Song, Top Billboard Global 200 Song, and Top Radio Song categories.
At the awards, American singer Morgan Wallen took the lead with 11 wins, closely followed by Taylor Swift with 10 awards.