Camila Cabello was the star of the night at this year’s MTV Video Music Awards after winning the Video of the Year and Artist of the Year awards ahead of Bruno Mars, Cardi B, Drake, and Ariana Grande in both categories.
Cardi B meanwhile made up for the losses in the big awards by winning the Best New Artist award as well as Best Collaboration with Jennifer Lopez and DJ Khaled for the song, “Dinero“.
Other award winners include Childish Gambino who got three Moon Persons – Video with a Message, Best Choreography, and Best Direction – for his video of “This is America“, and The Carters – Jay-Z and Beyoncé – who got two awards for Best Cinematography and Best Art Direction for “APES**T“.
Post Malone was awarded Song of the Year for “rockstar” featuring 21 Savage while Nicki Minaj beat Cardi B to the Best Hip-Hop award for “Chun Li“, Ariana Grande picked up the award for Best Pop for “No Tears Left to Cry“, and Imagine Dragons got Best Rock for “Whatever It Takes“.
Meanwhile the VMAs got some stick as very little was done to pay tribute to Aretha Franklin who passed on last Thursday, with Madonna’s effort at giving one seen as tone deaf – the pop star had recounted a story of how her rendition of Aretha’s “A Natural Woman” at an audition led her (Madonna) to stardom eventually.
Wilfred Ndidi signs Leicester City extension
Nigeria international midfielder, Wilfred Ndidi, has signed a contract extension with his Premier League club, Leicester City, which would run until June 2024.
Ndidi joined Leicester in 2016 and has become a first-team regular at the club with a string of top performances, as well as a commendable display for the Super Eagles at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.
The 21-year-old midfielder has been Leicester’s young player of the season award winner in the last two seasons.
Messi, Mbappe miss out on UEFA Best Men’s Player nomination
Barcelona ace Lionel Messi and Paris Saint-Germain wonder kid Kylian Mbappe have missed out on the final nomination for the 2018 UEFA Best Men’s Player award, with Cristiano Ronaldo, Mohamed Salah, and Luka Modrić the players nominated for the prize.
Messi and Mbappe had won the league with their respective clubs, with Mbappe going ahead to score four goals and star for France on the way to winning the FIFA World Cup in July.
All that has not counted for the duo, though, with Ronaldo and Modrić helping Real Madrid to a third successive UEFA Champions League title while Ronaldo finished as the competition’s top scorer, while Salah led Liverpool to the Champions League final having also won the Premier League golden boot with 32 goals.
The award would be presented on August 30 in Monaco during the draws for the 2018/19 UEFA Champions League group stage.
Yinka Ayefele music house demolished
Nigerian music star, Yinka Ayefele, is embroiled in court in the Oyo State government following the demolition of his music house along Challenge-Toll Gate expressway which was reportedly worth ₦800 million.
The building, which housed his radio station, Fresh FM, was demolished on Sunday, August 19, on the grounds that parts of the building were not approved by the government, a claim which Ayefele denies.
Ayefele in court through his lawyer also claims that the government had no right to demolish the structure since there was a court order restraining it from carrying out such action, with the lawyer urging the court to reiterate its earlier restraining order so as to keep the building from further demolition.
The case was adjourned until September 12 for hearing of applications.
Mané, Salah help Liverpool maintain winning start to Premier League
Liverpool maintained its fine start to the Premier League season with a hard-fought 2-0 win over 10-man Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park on Monday night.
The Reds took the lead on the stroke of half time through James Milner who slotted in a penalty conceded by former Liverpool defender, Mamadou Sahko.
Before then, Palace had come closest to scoring through Andros Townsend’s dipping effort which crashed off the crossbar, while Liverpool had a goal ruled out for a foul.
Palace were reduced to 10 men in the closing stages after defender, Aaron Wan-Bissaka tackled Salah who was through on goal.
However, it wasn’t until the 91st minute before Liverpool secured the win through Sadio Mané, who was sent through on goal by Salah off a counterattack.
The win puts Liverpool in second place with six points, behind Manchester City on goal difference.