Ayo ‘Wizkid’ Balogun was “incorrectly” awarded the Best African Act award at the MTV EMAs held in Rotterdam, Netherlands. A statement posted on the website of MTV EMAs noted that Alikiba, Tanzanian singer, is the rightful recipient of the award.
The Best African Act category is usually presented a day before the actual show, and MTV says the error was made when the results were posted.
“MTV congratulates Alikiba, who has won Best African Act at the 2016 MTV EMAs,” the statement read.
“The news was revealed 10 November, after the incorrect results were posted late Sunday night (6 November) due to an error.
“Six Worldwide Act winners, including Wizkid, were selected by an international committee of MTV music executives to recognize current artists who are rising to have a wider geographic appeal beyond their local regions.
“The winners were chosen based on a range of criteria including international MTV video play, radio airplay, streams, and sales across multiple territories and regions.
“The winner of Best African Act was selected by fans via votes on MTVEMA.com
“Both Wizkid and Alikiba are great artistes and deserving winners at the MTV EMAs and we congratulate them wholeheartedly on their achievements. We apologise for any confusion but we are pleased to recognise the achievements of both artists on this global platform.”
We hope Wizkid takes this to be a ‘Steve Harvey’ moment and just laugh it off.