MTV has announced Nigerian superstar D’banj as the Best African Act of the 2012 MTV Europe Music Awards, having received the most votes from fans across sub-Saharan Africa.

Hosted by supermodel, TV host and entrepreneur Heidi Klum, the 19th annual awards show was broadcast live from Frankfurt on Sunday 11 November.

D’banj has previously won Best African Act at the 2007 MTV Europe Music Awards, Artist of the Year at both the 2008 and 2009 MTV Africa Music Awards, and Best International Act: Africa at the 2011 BET Awards.

The Nigerian artist will now vie against India’s Alobo Naga & the Band and Ahmed Soultan from the Middle East for the chance to represent the region in the Worldwide Act category, which celebrates all the music that MTV has to offer by showcasing artists from all parts of the world. From now until 30 October, fans will be able to vote for their favorite regional act on

The representative for the Africa/India/Middle East region will be announced on Tuesday 30 October, along with the other regional winners from Europe, Latin America, North America and Asia Pacific.  These five regional nominees will then battle for votes for the “Worldwide Act” distinction, and the winner will be named at the show in Frankfurt.

Fans can vote for Europe Music Awards categories, including Best New, Best Live and more by visiting Voting for EMA categories is open until Friday 9 November 2012.

Here’s how D’Banj was described on the MTV website:

D’Banj is a Nigerian singer and songwriter as well as harmonica guru. Winner of the 2007 Best African Act EMA, he brings Afrobeat into the 21st century.

Congrats to all the local EMA winners!

Below is the list of international artists who will compete along with North America’s local nominees to be the regional nominee for the 2012 Worldwide Act EMA!


Best African Act: D’Banj

Best India Act: Alobo Naga & the Band

Best Middle East Act: Ahmed Soultan


Best Adriatic Act: Who See

Best Belgian Act: Milow

Best Czech Act: Majk Spirit

Best Danish Act:Medina

Best Dutch Act: Afrojack

Best Finnish Act: Robin

Best French Act: Shaka Ponk

Best German Act: Tim Bendzko

Best Greek Act: Vegas

Best Hungarian Act: 30Y

Best Israeli Act: Ninet Tayeb

Best Italian Act: Emis Killa

Best Norwegian Act:Erik & Kriss

Best Polish Act: Brodka

Best Portuguese Act: Aurea

Best Romanian Act: Vunk

Best Russian Act: Dima Bilan

Best Spanish Act: The Zombie Kids

Best Swedish Act: Loreen

Best Swiss Act: DJ Antoine

Best UK/Ireland Act: One Direction

Best Ukranian Act: Alloise


Best Asia Act: Han Geng

Best Australia/New Zealand Act: Gotye


Best Brazilian Act: Restart

Best Latin America North Act: Panda

Best Latin America Central Act: Don Tetto

Best Latin America South Act: Axel

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