Afrobeats sensation, Divine Ikubor, popularly known as Rema, stole the spotlight at the 2023 Ballon d’Or ceremony held in Paris, France.
The event, which celebrates the exceptional achievements of footballers throughout the 2022-23 season, witnessed Lionel Messi’s record-breaking eighth win of the coveted award, with Erling Haaland and Kylian Mbappe as runners-up.
During the ceremony, Rema graced the stage with a captivating performance of his chart-topping hit, “Calm Down.”
Notably, the audience, including prominent football icons such as Mbappe, Jude Bellingham, Vinicius Jnr., and Haaland, were seen enjoying the performance.
Rema’s appearance marked a historic moment, making him the first Afrobeats artist to perform at the illustrious Ballon d’Or awards.
This accomplishment underscores Rema’s remarkable success in 2023 and signifies the growing influence of Afrobeats on the global stage.
In 2022, Davido delivered an exhilarating performance at the World Cup in Qatar, and Burna Boy enthralled the audience at the 2022-23 Champions League final.
Rema’s remix of “Calm Down,” featuring American singer Selena Gomez, has continued to achieve massive streaming numbers, break records, and secure awards since its release.
Rema performing his global hit song “Calm Down” at the 2023 Ballon d’Or ceremony
— CableLifestyle (@CableLifestyle) October 30, 2023