MTV and MTV Base have revealed Kenyan afro-pop group Sauti Sol as the winner of Best African Act at the 2014 MTV Europe Awards (EMA). Sauti Sol is the first Kenyan act ever to receive this award. Sauti Sol emerging top in the hotly-contested category at one of the biggest global music events of the year, has catapulted the band and Kenyan music as a force to reckon with in Africa and beyond.
Beating African artists Davido (Nigeria), Diamond (Tanzania), Toofan (Togo) and Goldfish (South Africa) to win Best African Act MTV EMA 2014, Kenyan group Sauti Sol are now the sole African ambassadors at EMA. They have made it into the final voting phase: into the prestigious Worldwide Act award category, as one of 10 international Worldwide Act nominees.
The MTV EMA – MTV’s global celebration of the hottest stars in music – recognizes artists from around the world and across genres, and brings together music fans everywhere for a one-of-a-kind experience in the weeks leading up to and at the show.
The 2014 MTV EMA will broadcast live from the SSE Hydro in Glasgow on MTV and MTV Base on Sunday 9 November at 22:00 CAT. Global hip hop superstar Nicki Minaj will host the 2014 MTV EMA. Calvin Harris, Charli XCX, Ariana Grande and Ed Sheeran have been previously confirmed to perform at the 2014 MTV EMA.
Voting for Sauti Sol (Africa) in the nominations for the Worldwide Act category is open from 12:00 CAT on Thursday 23 October via http://base.mtvema.com/vote#cat=africa-india-middle-east and will close at 00:59 CAT on Wednesday 29 October. The winner of this category will be revealed during the 2014 MTV EMA in Glasgow.
This year has seen Sauti Sol nominated in several awards such as MTV Africa Music Awards, Channel O Africa Music Video Awards, UK’s BEFFTA Awards, OLX Soma awards which they won, AFRIMA and MTV EMA.