Rema becomes first African artist to win Chinese music award

History has been made as Nigerian singer, Rema becomes the first African artist to win a prestigious music award in China.

The singer accomplished the feat as his song ‘Calm Down’ remix with American diva Selena Gomez won Best Collaboration of the Year at the 2024 Hito Music Award in the Republic of China.

The award was given by Hit FM in Taiwan and hosted by DJ Andy.

Rema is one of the few foreign musicians to have received the Taiwanese prize, along with American and British performers.

With more than six Grammys, American pop sensation Taylor Swift is among the most renowned international performers at the ceremony.

This remarkable achievement has not only solidified Rema’s position as a rising star but also showcased the global appeal of African music.

In 2023, Rema’s ‘Calm Down’ ranked world’s most shazammed song of 2023.

The young Nigerian singer has undoubtedly captivated audiences globally with his unique style and melodies.

Released earlier in the year 2022, ‘Calm Down’ quickly gained popularity and became a viral sensation. The song’s fusion of afrobeats and contemporary pop elements seems to have struck a chord with listeners across the globe.

The song became the first African song to top the Global Shazam Year-End chart.

Shazam, the popular music identification app, recorded an extraordinary number of user’s search for ‘Calm Down’. This high demand ultimately led to its ranking as the most Shazammed song of the year.

To accomplish this, “Calm Down” defeated “Flowers” by Miley Cyrus and “Bloody Mary” by Lady Gaga, which came in second and third, respectively.

On Apple Music in 2023, the remix of “Calm Down,” which features Selena Gomez, is the song that has been streamed the most globally.

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