Master KG Egdes Out The Weeknd To Win “Best International Song” At French Awards
South African musician Master KG was awarded the Song of the Year Award at the prestigious annual NRJ Music Awards in France.
Master KG’s Jerusalema remix featuring Nomcebo Zikode and Burna Boy edged out the likes of Blinding Lights (The Weeknd), Physical (Dua Lipa), Kings & Queens (Ava Max), Tusa (Karol G and Nicki Minaj) and Before You Go (Lewis Capaldi) to win the “International Song of the Year”.
“We won a big one in France last night, Best International Song of the Year at the NRJ music awards. I keep watching these nominees again and again because I can’t believe it! Big thanks to everyone for making this win possible,” an excited Master KG tweeted.
We Won A Big One in France Last Night Best international Song Of The Year!! @NRJhitmusiconly I keep watching this nominees again n again because I cant believe it🙏🙏🙏🇿🇦🇿🇦🇿🇦 Big Thanks to Everyone for making this win Possible pic.twitter.com/McioSX7S24
— Master KG Music (@MasterKGsa) December 6, 2020
Master KG was also nominated for International Breakthrough of the Year but lost out to American musician Doja Cat.
“Jerusalema” was initially released on 29 November 2019, the upbeat gospel-influenced house song garnered positive response online and was accompanied with a music video on 21 December. It was later included on Master KG’s second album of the same title, released in January 2020.
A remix featuring Nigerian singer Burna Boy was released on 19 June 2020, propelling the song onto the US Billboard charts. It has since reached number one in Belgium, Netherlands, Romania and Switzerland while peaking in the top ten of multiple other European countries.
In September, Shazam, an Apple Inc. application used to identify music, movies, advertising, and television shows, announced that the Jerusalema was the most searched song on its app.