Shawn Mendes, DaVido and Lil’ Kleine are the 2017 MTV EMAs’ Biggest Winners

MTVEMA.com/ghanadat.com/SpotifyCanadian singer Shawn Mendes, popular Nigerian artiste DaVido and Dutch rapper Lil’ Kleine were the biggest winners at the 24th annual MTV European Music Awards (EMAs), held recently at the SSE Arena in London.

Eminem, who picked up the ‘Best Hip-Hop’ award and the UK’s Stormzy, performed at the ceremony hosted by Rita Ora. There were also performances by Camila Cabello and Shawn Mendes.

Shawn Mendes was presented with not less than four prizes including awards in the ‘Best Artist’, ‘Best Canadian Act’ and ‘Biggest Fans’  categories. The teenager was also the winner of the ‘Best Song’ award for There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back.

Pere crooner DaVido picked up the award for ‘Best African Act’, as well as, ‘Best Worldwide Act’  prize. Similarly, actor and rapper Lil’ Kleine (from the Netherlands) won the ‘Best Dutch Act’ and ‘Best Worldwide Act’ awards.

Other winners include America’s sweetheart Camila Cabello (‘Best Pop’), Coldplay (‘Best Rock’), Fifth Harmony (‘Best US Act’), Ed Sheeran (‘Best Live Act’), Anitta (‘Best Brazilian Act’) and Dua Lipa (‘Best New Act’).

Camila Cabello | via InstagramCompton rapper Kendrick Lamar won in the ‘Best Video’ category, while Zayn Malik picked up the ‘Best Look’ award. Taylor Swift had six nominations but did not leave with any award. However, the ‘Global Icon Award’ went to U2.

Evidently, DaVido could not contain his excitement in a series of social media posts. After he was presented with the ‘Best Worldwide Act’  award, he posted an image with the following caption in upper case letters “AHHH ANOTHER 1!!!! 2 EMA’S !!!! THIS SHIT EMOTIONAL !!! SAY HELLO TO MTV EMA’S 2017 BEST AFRICAN ACT AND BEST WORLDWIDE ACT”.

Davido | via InstagramThe official website of the MTV EMAs says the awards are “about the fans just as much as they are about their favorite artists.” adding that “Fans determine the night’s winners by voting for their favorite artists in the weeks leading up to the show”.

 

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Post Malone’s ‘Rockstar’ Becomes Longest Reigning Hip-Hop Track on Billboard Hot 100 in 2017

Post Malone | via Cloudinary.comPost Malone’s hit track with 21 Savage Rockstar has reportedly stayed on top of Billboard Hot 100 songs chart for 4 weeks in 2017, making it the longest reigning hip-hop track on the chart this year.

This news comes after earlier reports of Post Malone’s being named the Most Streamed Artiste in the world. Rockstar reportedly racked its 5th week at number one on the Streaming Songs chart with about 46 million streams in the U.S.

According to Billboard, Rockstar which concurrently tops both the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and Hot Rap Songs charts, has reigned the longest on the Hot 100 chart out of all the 5 hip-hop tracks that notched up to number one this year, including Cardi B’s Bodak Yellow, Migos’ Bad and Boujee and Kendrick Lamar’s Humble.

 

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Camila Cabello’s ‘Havana’ Climbs Up to Number 2 on Billboard Hot 100

Camila Cabello | via Hollywood LifeCamila Cabello’s Havana featuring Young Thug ascends to the number 2 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 from number 7.

Billboard says Havana‘s surge comes after “the first full week of tracking”, following the recent release of ‘Havana The Movie’, the track’s official video which was reportedly premiered on October 24, 2017.

Havana ascent, according to Billboard, marks the former Fifth Harmony member’s highest rank on the Billboard Hot 100 chart — considering her songs as a solo artiste and those with her former group, including ‘Work From Home’ featuring Ty Dolla $ign

 

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Meet Amanda Gorman, America’s First Youth Poet Laureate

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Amanda Gorman (Pictured with Hillary Clinton)

Amanda Gorman, a 19-year-old Harvard University sophomore is the United States’ first National Youth Poet Laureate. Gorman was reportedly named America’s Inaugural Youth Poet Laureate in April, 2017 by the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.

While growing up Amanda Gorman struggled with a hearing impairment and speech impediment but it was never going to hinder her from becoming the poet, activist, author and brand ambassador that she is today.

@amandascgorman | via InstagramGorman is the first youth to become Youth Poet Laureate of Los Angeles, prior to her becoming the Inaugural Youth Poet Laureate of the West (Western USA). The OZY Genius Award winner was subsequently brought to the attention of Michelle Obama and now, Gorman is a HERLead Ambassador for Vital Voices, a global women network founded by Hillary Clinton.

Amanda Gorman, according to the New York Times, “writes poetry with a cleareyed mix of autobiography, social issues and historical motifs”. She read her poem ‘An American Lyric’ at the inaugural reading of her friend, Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith, at the Library of Congress — the first time a youth poet ever opened for a Library of Congress Poet Laureate Consultant.

Gorman’s 1Pen1Page organization helps “students storytellers to change the world”. Despite all her achievements at such a young age, Amanda Gorman told the New York Times that she would love to run for the office of the President of the United States (POTUS) someday. In fact, her Instagram bio reads “President 2036” and she wants you to “put that in your iCloud calendar”.

 

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Adwoa Aboah Covers British Vogue Magazine

Adwoa Aboah | Teen VogueSupermodel Adwoa Aboah appears on the cover of the December 2017 issue of British Vogue magazine, which hits magazine stands today.

“Speechless, overwhelmed and grateful” Aboah took to social media to express her excitement and appreciation on being a cover girl for the magazine. Thanking the new British Vogue Editor-in-chief Edward Enninful in an Instagram post, the British-Ghanaian model confessed “Never in a million years did I think that one day I’d be on the cover of @britishvogue even more so one that marks such a monumental change and a new beginning”. Considering that the issue is the first British Vogue magazine issue by Enninful, Aboah added “I’m so very proud of you, you deserve this. Thank you for choosing me to be your first cover girl”.

Steven Miesel /British VogueShe went on to thank other professionals that made it all possible, including photographer Steven Miesel.

Congratulations to Adwoa Aboah and Edward Enninful on their first British Vogue Magazine cover!

 

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Mayowa Nicholas, Amilna Estevao, Estelle Chen, Alécia Morais and Others to Walk in Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show 2017 

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“I can’t believe I am typing this right now I am so happy to announce that I will be walking the Victoria secret fashion show 2017”. Those words formed part of the caption of an Instagram video that Mayowa Nicholas posted on August 23. The Nigerian model had obviously found out that she had been selected as one of the new faces to walk the runway at the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show in November 2017. 

 

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About 17 models have reportedly been chosen to walk in the show for the first time with 14 returning Victoria’s Secret Angels like Candice Swanepoel, Gigi Hadid, Bella Hadid, Leomie Anderson, Maria Borges and Karlie Kross. The Society Management agent, Darren Jay, is one of the first people to announce via social media that Nicholas, Cabo Verdean model Alécia Morais, Estelle Chen and Amilna Estevao are going to be part of the 17 new comers from diverse backgrounds to the Victoria’s Secret show, which Nicholas, Estevao and Morais described as a dream come true. Estelle Chen also took to Instagram on August 23 to express her excitement at the news “I can’t believe it’s happening… I’m incredibly happy to announce that I AM WALKING THE VICTORIA’S SECRET 2017 SHOW”.

 

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Meanwhile, some quarters have begun to wonder if the move is an effort to allow for diversity on the part of Victoria’s Secret, considering that the show had been called out in the past for its “homogeneous lineup of tall, thin, white and Latin women”, according to an article on refinery29.com. However, Angolan model Maria Borges, who made history in 2015 as the first model to rock a natural hair at a Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, thanked Victoria’s Secret “for giving the opportunity to these beautiful models to shine”. Borges will reportedly appear for the fifth time on the Victoria’s Secret runway this year.

 

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Guillermo del Toro’s Reason for Not Directing ‘Pacific Rim 2’

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Guillermo del Toro directed the original Pacific Rim movie and the filmmaker had always hinted the possibility of a sequel to the sci-fi monster film, especially after the global success of the blockbuster. He reportedly announced some time in 2015 that pre-production of the second movie in the franchise had commenced under the title Pacific  Rim: Maelstrom.

Later, production company Legendary Pictures reportedly announced an official title change on February 23, 2016, from Pacific Rim:Maelstrom to Pacific Rim: Uprising (apparently, Pacific Rim: Maelstrom was merely a working title) adding that del Toro was going to step aside to occupy the producer’s chair while he would be replaced by Starz’s Spartacus and Marvel-Netflix’s Daredevil showrunner Steven S. DeKnight as director.

DeKnight teamed up with Emily Carmichael, Kira Snyder and T. S. Nowlin to write the Pacific Rim: Uprising screenplay, albeit the sequel’s script was initially supposed to be written by del Toro, Zak Penn Travis Beacham.

However, in a recent interview with Perri Nemiroff from Collider.com, del Toro gave a rationale for not directing the Pacific Rim sequel:

“The timing started to suck”, he started. “I had this little movie that I wanted to do—The Shape of Water—very, very much. At one point it was Justice League Dark or Pacific Rim, I said, ‘Let’s go to Pacific Rim.’ The reality is they said, ‘We’re gonna need to postpone,’ because they were changing hands—Legendary was going to be sold to China, to a Chinese company [called the Wanda Group]. They said, ‘We’ve gotta wait nine months’ and I said, ‘I’m not waiting nine months, I’m shooting a movie,’ and I went and shot [The Shape of Water] and we chose Steven DeKnight.”

He admitted that DeKnight’s is redefining the franchise but he lets him do his thing “It was such a great choice. I mean I love [DeKnight], love what he does, I think he’s really brilliant. He’s making it his own. I’m not breathing over his shoulder saying, ‘What are you doing? What are you doing?’ He’s doing things differently and I like that. When I produce I try to produce the way I would like to be produced. I say to everyone I produce, ‘If you need me I will be there 100% all the time. If you don’t need me, I’m not there. You show me the cut then we’ll start interacting.”

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John Boyega with Steven DeKnight | Photo: John Appleyard

The writer, director and producer also remarked DeKnight’s style and how the story is different from what he created: “It’s going great. I see dailies every day, I see early cuts, I see teasers. They’re doing great. It lets him have his style, lets him have his notion of the characters. I wrote a screenplay, developed two or three drafts of that screenplay—this is different than what I developed, and I’m OK. A producer is in the corner, the director is in the ring. The producer’s not getting the punches, the director is, so shut up, wait in the corner, refresh the towel and wait for the director to come to you.”

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Produced by Guillermo del Toro, Thomas Tull, John Boyega, Femi Oguns MBE, Mary Parent and Jon Jashni, Pacific Rim: Uprising stars John Boyega, Scott Eastwood, Cailee Spaeny and Jing Tian with Rinko Kikuchi, Charlie Day and Burn Gorman reprising their roles from the original movie.

Pacific Rim: Uprising is set to be released on February 23, 2018.

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