Singer and rapper Doja Cat is 2020’s best new artist, according to MTV.
The singer, whose full name is Amala Ratna Zandile Dlamini, won the MTV Video Music Award for Push Best New Artist in a Sunday night ceremony that was taped in many places because of the pandemic.
Dlamini, who comes from California and is the daughter of a Jewish-American mother and a non-Jewish South African father, has risen to fame since the music video for her song “Moo” went viral in 2018. Her 2020 song “Say So,” which had a remix featuring the rapper Nicki Minaj, has spent 33 weeks on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart, including as its top song.
In her acceptance speech she urged fans to “stay safe” and thanked her mother.