Selena Gomez Bags a Special MTV VMA Awards at the 2023 Ceremony, Alongside Rema

Published 09/12/2023, 10:56 PM EDT

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The 2023 MTV VMAs are charting ahead towards history. While Taylor Swift looks to etch history as the most decorated VMA artist of all time, her long-time friend, Selena Gomez, just made one. The ‘Come and Get Me’ singer won her first award of the night in a debut category this year. Amidst loud cheers and palpable excitement from Swift, Gomez walked up the stage dressed in red to receive her special, along with her collaborator, Rema.

The new category landed this VMA to celebrate the growing diversity and influence of musicians across the industry. Well, it was a long time overdue as well.

Selena Gomez and Rema etch music history with their VMA win

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Gomez and Rema won the 2023 MTV VMA for their collaboration, ‘Calm Down’ in the Best Afrobeats category. The song which debuted and stayed on to massive fan reception and global fandom has officially created history. The Afrobeats category debuts this year to celebrate the growing musical genre. Moreover, the characteristic chanted vocals and unforgettable beats make it hard to miss. Taking to the stage, the collaborator duo expressed their sincere friendship and lauded each other’s dedication to the same. Gomez was all praises for Rema who delivered an unparalleled vocal to the song.

Meanwhile, Rema on his end, thanked Gomez. Further, he proceeded to thank all the artists down the line who made and popularized the genre in the first place. Notably, ‘Calm Down’ was a record-breaking hit that held its place on the Billboard records for a staggering 41 weeks! The song also achieved the milestone of one billion streams on Spotify, making it the first African artist-led track to join the Billions Club on Spotify. Also, the song now will have forever cemented its legacy as the winner of the inaugural Best Afrobeat MVA.

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Amongst the roar of cheers in the crowd at the announcement, Taylor Swift joined fans in the celebrations.

Fans lap up Taylor Swift dancing her heart out to Calm Down

Friends for over a decade, Taylor Swift and Selena Gomez share an unparalleled bond in the music world. The duo has always stood vocally supportive and protective of each other. Thus now, as the Only Murders in the Building actress looks on to Swift possibly creating history as she just won her third VMA of the night, the ‘Lover’ singer cheered on for Gomez. The singer danced unhinged to the winning announcement of her friend. Moreover, her reaction instantly went viral as fans labeled effective love, admiration, and heartfelt adoration for the besties.

Apart from loving the friendship goals set by Gomez and Swift, fans also hailed the inaugural win of the ‘Calm Down’ singers and its potentially inspiring implications.

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Selena Gomez and Rema have managed to etch their names on MTV VMAs history. Additionally, their win is an important one. For one, it highlights a very diverse collaboration between two artists of different genres. Moreover, it also brings to the fore the much-neglected genre of Afrobeats and will inspire the next generation of musicians to sing their muse all over it.

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What do you think of Gomez and Rema’s win as well as Swift’s reaction? Let us know in the comments below.

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Imteshal Karim

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Imteshal Karim is a Hollywood News reporter at NetflixJunkie. With a penchant for writing in multiple forms, he is a published writer with his works published in anthologies. A star at his college’s writing competitions, he loves telling a good story and hopes to tell impactful ones about the unexplored side of the Entertainment industry.

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