At the 2023 MTV Video Music Awards (VMAs), Rema, an afrobeat singer, and international artist Selena Gomez won the Afrobeats award for their collaboration on the smash song “Calm Down.” This is also the first Afrobeat nomination to win a VMA award.
As Rema and Selena Gomez were honored for their remarkable musical collaboration, this historic win represents the expanding influence and acknowledgment of Afrobeats on the global stage.
Their track “Calm Down” not only became a song of the summer but also earned them the distinction of being the first recipients of the Afrobeats award at the VMAs.
The duo however did not only win musically, they also won with their stellar fashion choices.
Both artists showcased their unique styles on the red carpet at the VMAs, with Selena Gomez opting for a show-stopping red dress designed by Oscar de la Renta.
Her gorgeous gown was a perfect blend of elegance and dream, featuring a striking cut-out design that beautifully revealed hints of skin. The shredded hemline also added a touch of allure by accentuating her legs, creating a statement piece that exuded confidence and elegance.
Selena’s choice of footwear, a barely-there strappy sandal, along with minimal jewelry, perfectly complemented her sexy and sophisticated look.
On the other hand, Rema also made a fashion statement of his own by donning a leather ensemble complete with a leather cap.
His outfit was further enhanced by the inclusion of expensive-looking glasses and a bold, oversized neck chain. Rema’s unique sense of style, combined with his musical talent, solidified his presence as a true fashion and Afrobeat music icon on the VMA red carpet.
This historic win for Rema and Selena Gomez further puts Africa on the map. While accepting the award, Rema took the time to thank Africans as a whole for streaming the song while Selena Gomez thanked Nigerians.
Winning the award was truly a momentous achievement for Afrobeats music.