Singing sensation Fave & talented producer Damie get plaques for their chart-topping song ‘Baby Riddim’

Fave reached number on the charts on December, 20th 2021 with her hit single ‘Baby Riddim’. The single reached number one after garnering impressive numbers across streaming platforms and also enjoying a fine run on Radio and TV.

The single was produced by ace producer Damie who delivered a Dancehall bounce with Afrobeats elements that combined with Fave flawless delivery for a captivating song.

For Damilola Temitope Adeyemi popularly known as Damie, producing the number one in Nigeria is a special moment and a resounding proof of his talent. After starting out his production career while in secondary school, Damie would go on to produce for talented artists that includes BNXN fka Buju, Show Dem Camp, Fave, Khaid, Fasina and more.

In 2021, he produced the smash hit ‘Baby Riddim’ for Fave and his productions have since accumulated over 110 million streams across all platforms.

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Grammy Academy CEO reveals ongoing consideration for Afrobeats category

While speaking to the press at the Global Citizens concert in Ghana, Chief Executive Officer Harvey Manson revealed that the academy has kicked off the first process in the long road to adding an Afrobeats category to the Grammys. According to Harvey, the academy had a meeting with Afrobeats creatives that includes artists, producers, songwriters, and executives where they talked about Afrobeats and its many Genres.

He further revealed that the members of the academy will have to submit a proposal for the addition of a new category before deliberations will kick off. However, the listening session with the Afrobeats leaders is the first step.

What this means: the addition of an Afrobeats category to the Grammys will mean that songs that fall under the Afrobeats subgenre will be eligible for nomination.

While the Afrobeats is primarily a description of Nigerian and Ghanaian mainstream music, the West has often muddled it up with any sound coming from Saharan Africa. The implication is that South African genres such as HouseAmapiano, and Kwaito might be considered Afrobeats. Similarly, Congolese sounds like the Soukous or the East African Singile might be termed Afrobeats.

It will be up to the Academy to adequately identify the essential elements that make a song Afrobeats as doing this will be the first step in truly awarding the right songs irrespective of where it’s made.

AMAA 2022: ‘Man of God’, ‘Jolly Roger’ shine + full list of nominees

The nominees for the 18th Africa Movie Academy Awards (AMAA) are in! The award organizers, on Wednesday September 21, 2022, unveiled the contenders for the top-rated award slated to be hosted in Lagos this October.

Top Nigerian contenders of the year include Kunle Afolayan’s 2021 Netflix title ‘Swallow’, Bolanle Austen Peters’ ‘Man of God’ 9 , a Netflix original, and Walter Waltbanger Taylaur’s ‘Jolly Roger’ 7 .

Efere Ozako AMAA 2022 Award for Best Short film

Enroute -Burkina Faso

Al-Sit -Sudan Astel -Senegal

A Lisbon Affair- Angola

Mamadou – Equatorial Guinea

Houminvi – Benin

Men-tally- Nigeria

Tender Threads – Morocco

Jubril Malafia AMAA 2022 Award for Best Animation

On the Surface – Iceland

Opal – Martinique

Kenda – Cote D’Ivoire

No Way Out – Uganda

Skin Like Mine –USA

PTD – Nigeria

Best Documentary

Taamaden – Mali

No Simple Way Home -Sudan

The Last Shelter – Mali

No U Turn – Nigeria

Transaction – Zimbabwe

Lobola, a Bride’s True Price?- South Africa

Africa Moot – South Africa

When a Farm Goes Aflame- Nigeria/Germany

AMAA 2022 Ousmane Sembene Award for Best Film in an African Language

Borga – Ghana

Tug of War – Tanzania

Tembele – Uganda

Surviving Gaza – South Africa

Alaise – Nigeria

Medicine Man – Kenya

AMAA 2022 National Film & Video Censors Board (NFVCB) Award for Best Nigerian Film

Man of God

Alaise

Swallow

Jolly Roger

Almajiri

Money Miss Road

AMAA 2022 Award for Best Young/Promising Actor

Emmanuel Afffadzi – Borga

Kebirungi Agnes Knight – Tinka’s Story

Amina Mohammed – Ayaanle

Maryam Waziri Salihu – Almajiri

Samke Makhaba – Surviving Gaza

Emmanuel Kuye – Ba Ni (Mud Clan)

Best Actor in a Supporting Role

Aphiwe Mkefe – Surviving Gaza

Wale Ojo – A Song from the Dark

Adjetey Annag – Borga

Tshamano Sebe – Angeliene

Toyin Osinaike – Jolly Roger

Segun Arinze – Almajiri

Josh2Funny – Money Miss Road

Best Actress in a Supporting Role

Lydia Forson – Borga

Samke Makhoba Surviving Gaza

Ijeoma Grace Agu – Swallow

Siti Amina -Tug

Kizz Daniel, Burna Boy, Davido, Tiwa Savage lead Nigerian nominees for AFRIMA 2022 [See Full List]

Several Nigerian artists scored nominations at the Award scheduled for December 2022. Kizz Daniel leads the Nigerian nominees with 5 nominations from his hit single ‘Buga’. Kizz was nominated for “Best Male Artiste in Western Africa”; “Song of the Year”; “Artiste of the Year”; “Best African Collaboration”; and “Best Artiste, Duo or Group in African Pop”.

Closely following behind is Burna Boy, Davido, Fireboy, and Tiwa Savage who scored four nominations each.

Burna Boy is nominated for “Best Male Artiste in Western Africa”; “Song of the Year”; “Album of the Year”, and “Artiste of the Year”.

Davido was nominated for “Best African Collaboration”, “Best Artist, Duo or Group in African Electro, “Best Artist Duo or Group in African Pop”, and “Best Male Artist in African Inspirational Music”.

Fireboy got nominations for “Best Male Artiste in Western Africa”; “Song of the Year”; “Artiste of the Year”, and “Best African Collaboration”.

Tiwa Savage earned four nominations for “Best Female Artiste in Western Africa”; “Artiste of the Year”; “Best African Collaboration”, and “Best Artiste, Duo or Group in African RnB/Soul”.

Other Nigerian artists with multiple nominations include CKay, Rema, Pheelz, and Asake.

The public voting portal for the 2022 AFRIMA edition would be live on Sunday, 25th September, 2022, at 12:00pm CAT. African music lovers within the continent, and around the world, can visit the official website to vote.

Voting closes at 12.00 (CAT), December 10, 2022, before the AFRIMA main awards ceremony.

SEE FULL NOMINEE LIST BELOW.

Best Male Artist in Central Africa
Artist Song Country
C4 Pedro Posa Angola
Dadju Ambassadeur DRC
Fally Ipupa Bloqué DRC
Innoss’B Mortel-06 DRC
Gaz Mawete 500 DRC
Matias Damasio Como Antes Angola
Ninho Jefe DRC
Roga Roga & Extra Musica Bokoko DRC
Tayc Dodo Cameroon
Tenor Ft. Innoss’B Mami Wata Cameroon
Best Female Artist in Central Africa
Asaba Mon Bebe Cameroon
Blanche Bailly Ft. Joeboy Mine Cameroon
Emma’a Encré Gabon
Espoir La Tigresse Abiane Gabon
Pérola Sincera Angola
Shay DA DRC
Vernyuy Tina Ndani Ya Cameroon
Zara Williams Ft. C4 Pedro Posa

Emmys 2022: Squid Game makes history + full list of winners

The 2022 Emmy winners are in and historic with Apple & HBO shows among the top winners of the night.

Top winners of the night was ‘White Lotus’ with six awards, ‘Ted Lasso’ with four including the Outstanding Comedy Series and HBO’s ‘Succession’ with three awards.

Netflix’s most-watched series, ‘Squid Game’ made history after Hwang Dong-hyuk picked up the Outstanding Directing award and Lee Jung-jae’s Best Actor in a drama series win.

Check out the full list of winners:

Better Call Saul (AMC)

Euphoria (HBO)

Ozark (Netflix)

Severance (Apple TV+)

Squid Game (Netflix)

Stranger Things (Netflix)

Succession (HBO) (WINNER)

Yellowjackets (Showtime)

Jodie Comer (Killing Eve)

Laura Linney (Ozark)

Melanie Lynskey (Yellowjackets)

Sandra Oh (Killing Eve)

Reese Witherspoon (The Morning Show)

Zendaya (Euphoria) (WINNER)

Jason Bateman (Ozark)

Brian Cox (Succession)

Lee Jung-jae (Squid Game) (WINNER)

Bob Odenkirk (Better Call Saul)

Adam Scott (Severance)

Jeremy Strong (Succession)

Patricia Arquette (Severance)

Julia Garner (Ozark) (WINNER)

Jung Ho-yeon (Squid Game)

Christina Ricci (Yellowjackets)

Rhea Seehorn (Better Call Saul)

J. Smith-Cameron (Succession)

Sarah Snook (Succession)

Sydney Sweeney (Euphoria)

Nicholas Braun (Succession)

Billy Crudup (The Morning Show)

Kieran Culkin (Succession)

Park Hae-soo (Squid Game)

Matthew Macfadyen (Succession) (WINNER)

John Turturro (Severance)

Christopher Walken (Severance)

Oh Yeong-soo (Squid Game)

Abbott Elementary (ABC)

Barry (HBO)

Curb Your Enthusiasm (HBO)

Hacks (HBO Max)

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (Amazon)

Only Murders in the Building (Hulu)

Ted Lasso (Apple) (WINNER)

What We Do in the Shadows (FX)

Rachel Brosnahan (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel)

Quinta Brunson (Abbott

Wizkid leads 2022 Headies Awards winners: See full list

The 15th Headies Awards held in Atlanta USA on 4th September 24, 2022. The show was hosted by Emmy nominated actor Anthony Anderson and award-winning Nigerian actress Osas Ighodoro. Leading the nominations list for the 15th Headies is Wizkid who led with 11 nominations. Following behind him is Ayra Starr and Tems who both have 8 nominations each.

The Headies rolled out some of the awards during the live show with Wizkid and Tems leading with 5 wins while Patoranking, Burna Boy, Davido won 2 awards. Other winners includes BNXN who won the Next Rated Award and Ayra Starr who won the Viewers Choice Award.

ROOKIE OF THE YEAR:

A voting category for the rookie of the year who has had a successful year musically, with the absence of an album in the year under review.

  • AV
  • FAVE (WINNER)
  • MAGIXX
  • PORTABLE
  • UGOCCIE

    BEST RECORDING OF THE YEAR

    A non-voting category for the best recording (that meets the judges’ requirements of excellence; songwriting, production, rendition) by an artiste or group in the year under review.

    • “CELEBRATE ME” – PATORANKING (WINNER)
    • “ESSENCE” – WIZKID FEAT. TEMS
    • “JOY” – FALANA
    • “LOVING IS HARDER” – JOHNNY DRILLE
    • “MEJI MEJI” – BRYMO
    • “SOMEBODY’S SON” – TIWA SAVAGE FEAT. BRANDY

    PRODUCER OF THE YEAR

    An individual responsible for producing the most acclaimed song or album in the year under review.

    • BEATS BY JAYY – “GOLDEN” (A-Q)
    • BLAISE BEATZ – “SINNER” (ADEKUNLE GOLD FEAT. LUCKY DAYE)
    • NIPHKEYS – “FEEL GOOD” (MOHBAD)
    • P PRIIME – “OZUMBA MBADIWE” (REEKADO BANKS)
    • PHEELZ – “HIGH” (ADEKUNLE GOLD FEAT. DAVIDO)
    • SARZ – “MONALISA” (LOJAY & SARZ) (WINNER)

    SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR:

    A non-voting category for the writer of a song (that meets the judges’ requirements of excellence, composition, arrangement, rendition) in the year under review.

    • ADEKUNLE GOLD – “SINNER” (WINNER)
    • AJEBO HUSTLERS – “LOYALTY”
    • BRYMO – “MEJI MEJI”
    • FALANA – “JOY”
    • FIREBOY DML – “PERU”
    • OMAH LAY – “UNDERSTAND”

    BEST R&B SINGLE

    A category for the best r&b single in the year under review (by a single individual or group).

MTV VMAs 2022: See the full list of winners

The MTV Video Music Awards are being presented on Sunday.

See below for a full list of nominees with the winners indicated in bold.

VIDEO OF THE YEAR

Doja Cat — “Woman” — Kemosabe Records / RCA Records
Drake ft. Future & Young Thug — “Way 2 Sexy” — OVO/Republic
Ed Sheeran — “Shivers” — Atlantic Records
Harry Styles — “As It Was” — Columbia Records
Lil Nas X, Jack Harlow — “INDUSTRY BABY” — Columbia Records
Olivia Rodrigo — “brutal” — Geffen Records
Taylor Swift — “All Too Well” (10 Minute Version) (Taylor’s Version) — Republic Records *WINNER

ARTIST OF THE YEAR

Bad Bunny — Rimas Entertainment *WINNER
Drake — OVO/Republic
Ed Sheeran — Atlantic Records
Harry Styles — Columbia Records
Jack Harlow — Generation Now / Atlantic Records
Lil Nas X — Columbia Records
Lizzo — Atlantic Records

SONG OF THE YEAR

Adele — “Easy On Me” — Columbia Records
Billie Eilish — “Happier Than Ever” — Darkroom / Interscope Records *WINNER
Doja Cat — “Woman” — Kemosabe Records / RCA Records
Elton John & Dua Lipa — “Cold Heart (PNAU Remix)” — EMI / Interscope Records
Lizzo — “About Damn Time” — Atlantic Records
The Kid LAROI & Justin Bieber — “STAY” — Columbia Records

BEST NEW ARTIST

Baby Keem — Columbia Records
Dove Cameron — Disruptor Records / Columbia Records *WINNER
GAYLE — Atlantic Records / Arthouse Records
Latto — Streamcut / RCA Records
Måneskin — Arista Records
SEVENTEEN — PLEDIS Entertainment/Geffen Records

PUSH PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR

September 2021: Griff — “One Night” — Warner Records
October 2021: Remi Wolf — “Sexy Villain” — Island Records
November 2021: Nessa Barrett — “i hope ur miserable until ur dead” — Warner Records
December 2021: SEVENTEEN — “Rock With You” — PLEDIS Entertainment / Geffen Records *WINNER
January 2021: Mae Muller — “Better Days” — Capitol Records UK
February 2022: GAYLE — “abcdefu” — Atlantic Records / Arthouse Records
March 2022: Sheneesa — “R U That” — Rich Immigrants / Interscope Records
April 2022: Omar Apollo —

Angelina Jolie wanted to subpoena Brad Pitt at the SAG awards and Oscars

With Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie locked in a bitter dispute over their French winery following their divorce.

The actress’ lawyers even.tried serving Pitt with a subpoena during this year’s Screen Actors Guild awards, which were held in February.

With Jolie‘s lawyers unable to serve Pitt so far, reports suggest that a man was hired to ambush Pitt at the awards ceremony, though the attempts were unsuccessful.

According to Page Six, Jolie’s lawyers wanted to make a second attempt at the Oscars, though this time Pitt‘s attorneys would intervene.

Jolie‘s lawyers were apparently trying to subpoena Pitt to hand over records and correspondence relating to the Chateau Miraval winery that the pair had invested in while they were together.

What is Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie’s fallout over?

Pitt and Jolie invested in a winery while they were still together.

Following their separation, the couple now find themselves in a bitter dispute after Jolie sold her shares in the winery to a subsidiary of the liquor firm Stoli.

Pitt has since claimed that the shares could not be sold without his approval as he had the first right of refusal if Jolie were to sell any part of her stake in the company.…

Headies withdraws Portable’s nominations due to police investigation

The Headies Academy’s decision was necessitated by Portable’s recent running of the law where he claimed he is the founder of the deadly one million boys gang which terrorized Lagos citizens during the lockdown.

Portable would later refute this claim after it attracted wide criticism and led to a police investigation.

Portable has previously threatened to kill other nominees should he lose either of the two categories he was nominated for.

The Headies Academy’s decision to withdraw Portable’s nomination means that he won’t be getting a chance to win the Rookie of the Year and Best Street Hop which he was nominated for.

Tems earns 2022 MTV VMAs nomination

The single is one of the songs on Future’s 9th solo studio album ‘I Never Liked You’ and it features Drake and also samples vocals from Tems ‘Higher’.

‘Wait For U’ debuted at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 thus earning Tems her third Billboard Hot 100 entry and made her only the second Afrobeats act to reach number one on the chart.

Full nomination list for 2022 VMAs:

Video of the Year

  • Doja Cat – ‘Woman’
  • Drake ft. Future & Young Thug  – ‘Way 2 Sexy’
  • Ed Sheeran – ‘Shivers’
  • Harry Styles – ‘As It Was’
  • Lil Nas X, Jack Harlow – ‘INDUSTRY BABY’
  • Olivia Rodrigo – ‘brutal’ 
  • Taylor Swift  ‘All Too Well’ (10 Minute Version) (Taylor’s Version) 

Artist of the Year

  • Bad Bunny
  • Drake
  • Ed Sheeran
  • Harry Styles
  • Jack Harlow
  • Lil Nas X
  • Lizzo

Song of the Year

  • Adele – ‘Easy On Me’
  • Billie Eilish – ‘Happier Than Ever’
  • Doja Cat – ‘Woman’ – Kemosabe Records
  • Elton John & Dua Lipa – ‘Cold Heart (PNAU Remix)’
  • Lizzo – ‘About Damn Time’
  • The Kid LAROI & Justin Bieber – ‘STAY’

Best New Artist

  • Baby Keem
  • Dove Cameron
  • GAYLE
  • Latto
  • Måneskin
  • SEVENTEEN

Best Collaboration

  • Drake ft. Future & Young Thug – ‘Way 2 Sexy’
  • Elton John & Dua Lipa  ‘Cold Heart (PNAU Remix)’
  • Lil Nas X, Jack Harlow – ‘INDUSTRY BABY’
  • Megan Thee Stallion & Dua Lipa – ‘Sweetest Pie’
  • Post Malone & The Weeknd – ‘One Right Now’
  • ROSALÍA ft. The Weeknd – ‘LA FAMA’
  • The Kid LAROI & Justin Bieber – ‘STAY’

Push Performance of the Year

  • September 2021: Griff – ‘One Night’
  • October 2021: Remi Wolf – ‘Sexy Villain’
  • November 2021: Nessa Barrett  “I hope ur miserable until ur dead”
  • December 2021: SEVENTEEN – ‘Rock With You’ – PLEDIS Entertainment
  • January 2021: Mae Muller – ‘Better Days’
  • February 2022: GAYLE – ‘abcdefu’
  • March 2022: Sheneesa – ‘R U That’
  • April 2022: Omar Apollo – ‘Tamagotchi’
  • May 2022: Wet Leg – ‘Chaise Longue’
  • June 2022: Muni Long – ‘Baby Boo’
  • July

‘Essence’ regains top spot on Billboard US Afrobeats Chart after BET win

‘Essence’ rose from number 2 to snatch the top spot from Tems’ ‘Free Mind.’ 

Wizkid became the first African to win a major category at the BET awards after defeating American heavy weights such as DJ Khaled, Lil Nas X, and Doja Cat to the award. ‘Essence’ is Afrobeats biggest song in the US reaching the top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100. The international hit has also spent 14 weeks on the Billboard US Afrobeats Chart.…

AFRIMA 2022 Entry Submission Portal to close on August 5th

According to the AFRIMA Juror, representing Diaspora Northern America, Hadja Kobele Keita, speaking from Washington DC, United States of America, the award platform would not extend the submission date beyond August 5, 2022.

“It is important that all relevant parties submit their entries on time this year. We are a very thorough and transparent organization; and we have a clear process for the award ceremony every year. Once submission of entries ends, we spend time in judging the materials, before we can derive our final nominations list. We also have a specific time allotted to voting.” She said in the release.

She further revealed that the process will undergo a thorough independent scrutiny to guarantee its credibility. “The entire process is also audited by a firm of international repute, Pricewaterhousecoopers. We do not just wake up and nominate people. AFRIMA 2022 will be held from November 3 – 6 this year. To achieve this, we cannot extend deadlines at this point.” According to AFRIMA, all prospective entries must have been created between August 20, 2021 and August 5, 2022, being the year-in-review for all submissions. Artistes, talent managers, music producers, recording companies/labels, video directors, disc jockeys and other relevant stakeholders can submit their work or submit on behalf of their clients via the official AFRIMA website via AFRIMA website.

Interested parties should note that all submissions must be done in consonance with AFRIMA guidelines, terms and conditions, which are also available on the website.

This year’s edition retains its existing categories, all of which are carefully curated to celebrate the best of talents within the African music scene.

A pre-screening and a main screening process will be carried out, respectively, by a world-class 13-member jury composed of seasoned music experts from across the five regions of Africa and in the diaspora, between August 5 to 16, 2022.

Tems makes history at the 2022 BET Awards

Tems had a great 2021 with her contributions on WIzkid’s ‘Essence’ earning her wide international acclaim. Tems also appeared on Drake’s ‘Certified Lover Boy’ album which further proved her status as one of Nigeria’s biggest international export. With her win at the 2022 BET awards, Tems joins Ice PrinceWizkidDavido, and Burna Boy as Nigerians who have won the BET Awards.

Wizkid records historic win at the 2022 BET Awards

With the win, ‘Essence’ becomes the first African song to win a BET award and Wizkid becomes the first Nigerian and African to win an Award outside the Best International Acts category.

Other contenders for the award include:

DJ Khaled fest. Lil Baby & Lil Durk – ‘Every Chance I Get’

Baby Keem & Kendrick Lamar – ‘Family Ties’

Doja Cat feat. SZA – ‘Kiss Me More’

Drake feat. Future & Young Thug – ‘Way 2 Sexy’

Bia feat. Nicki Minaj  ‘Whole Lotta Money (Remix)’

Wizkid had previously won the BET HER Award as a featured artist on Beyonce’s ‘Black Skin Girl.’ However, with ‘Essence,’ he becomes the first African lead artist to win a category other than the International category.

Over the last decade, Wizkid has being one of the major acts leading Afrobeats international push and it’s only befitting for him to be the artist to break the BET category limitation for Nigerian and African artists.

See the complete list of winners at the 2022 BET Awards

Afrobeats was well represented at the award with Pheelz performing on the red carpet and Fireboy DML performing at the live event.

Wizkid won the award for Best Collaboration for ‘Essence’ featuring Tems and Justin Bieber.

Tems also took home the award for Best International Act.

Here is a list of all the winners at the 2022 BET Awards.

Best Female R&B/Pop Artist

  • Ari Lennox
  • Chlöe
  • Doja Cat
  • H.E.R.
  • Jazmine Sullivan *WINNER
  • Mary J. Blige
  • Summer Walker

Best male R&B/Pop Artist

  • Blxst
  • Chris Brown
  • Giveon
  • Lucky Daye
  • The Weeknd *WINNER
  • Wizkid
  • Yung Bleu

Best Group

  • Silk Sonic (Bruno Mars and Anderson .Paak) *WINNER
  • Chlöe X Halle
  • City Girls
  • Lil Baby & Lil Durk
  • Migos
  • Young Dolph & Key Glock

Best Collaboration

  • Wizkid feat. Justin Bieber Tems – ‘Essence’ *WINNER
  • DJ Khaled fest. Lil Baby & Lil Durk – ‘Every Chance I Get’
  • Baby Keem & Kendrick Lamar  ‘Family Ties’
  • Doja Cat feat. SZA – ‘Kiss Me More’
  • Drake feat. Future Young Thug – ‘Way 2 Sexy’
  • Bia feat. Nicki Minaj – ‘Whole Lotta Money (Remix)’

Best Female Hip Hop Artist

  • Cardi B
  • Doja Cat
  • Latto
  • Megan Thee Stallion *WINNER
  • Nicki Minaj
  • Saweetie

Best Male Hip Hop Artist

  • Drake
  • Future
  • J. Cole
  • Jack Harlow
  • Kanye West
  • Kendrick Lamar *WINNER
  • Lil Baby

Video of the Year

  • Baby Keem & Kendrick Lamar – ‘Family Ties’
  • Chlöe – ‘Have Mercy’
  • Doja Cat feat. SZA – ‘Kiss Me More’
  • Ari Lennox – ‘Pressure’
  • Silk Sonic (Bruno Mars & Anderson Paak) – ‘Smokin Out The Window’ *WINNER
  • Drake feat. Future & Young Thug – ‘Way 2 Sexy’

Video Director of the Year

  • Anderson .Paak a.k.a. Director .Paak *WINNER
  • Benny Boom
  • Beyoncé & Dikayl Rimmasch
  • Director X
  • Hype Williams
  • Missy Elliott

Best New Artist

  • Baby Keem
  • Benny the Butcher
  • Latto *WINNER
  • Muni Long
  • Tems
  • Yung Bleu

Album of the Year

  • Silk Sonic (Bruno Mars & Anderson Paak) – ‘An Evening with Silk Sonic’ *WINNER
  • H.E.R. – ‘Back of My Mind’
  • Tyler, the Creator – ‘Call Me If You Get Lost’

Billboard announces Wizkid as longest charting African artist, ‘Essence’ as longest charting African song

‘Essence’ which features songstress Tems has enjoyed an impressive level of success in the United States reaching the Billboard Top 10 and earning a platinum plaque in the process.

Billboard announcement is a confirmation of Wizkid’s success in the United States and an addition of another feather to his decorated cap. With his next album ‘More Love, Less Ego’ on the way, Wizkid will be looking to further break new ground internationally.

Osas Ighodaro lands international award nomination for ‘Rattlesnake’

Ighodaro was nominated alongside seven other African stars including Ijeoma Grace Agu, for the ‘Best African Actress’ category of the Septimius Awards formerly known as NVIFF in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Confirming the nomination, the actress shared a post on Instagram from what appears to be her stunning look to the award ceremony.

She captioned the post: “Thank you so much for my nomination @septimiusawards for Best African Actress for my role as Amara in ‘RattleSnake: The Ahanna Story’. It is a true honor! A gift of a role that keeps on giving. Nollywood to the World!” 

The prestigious Septimius award is held to celebrate “independent talent, supporting visionary films and bringing together all elements of film-making and storytelling, which includes fiction, non-fiction, animation, television series and scripts. We showcase a wide range of genres from Drama to Documentary.” The 2022 edition held between June 6-7, in Amsterdam.

Meanwhile, for Ighodaro, the nomination follows her Best Actress win at the recently held 8th AMVCA for her role as Amara in the Play Network Studios remake.

Lojay, Ruger, Zinoleesky, others nominated for Headies Next Rated Award 2022

The Next Rated, the most contentious category in the Headies, appears to be on track this year, with no unexpected nominations. All of the artists nominated this year have had a truly impactful year, releasing songs that have exposed them to millions of fans worldwide, indicating their potential to truly take over the world in the months or years to come.

This year, debutants such as Ayra Starr, Ruger, and Lojay were all nominated for Next Rated.

The Next Rated This category is a voting category for the most promising act (with an EP or Album) in the year under review. Below are the albums nominated this year.

  1. AYRA STARR
  2. BNXN
  3. LOJAY
  4. RUGER
  5. ZINOLEESKY

The Headies Awards show is scheduled to hold on Sunday 4th September, 2022 at the COBB Energy Performing Arts Center in Atlanta, USA.

AMVCA 8: Bonang Matheba to co-host award show with IK Osakioduwa

Africa Magic unveiled the South African star on Wednesday, alongside longstanding host IK Osakioduwa ahead of the ceremony slated for May 14.

Confirming the awards’ hosts, Executive Head of Content and West Africa Channels, MultiChoice Nigeria, Busola Tejumola, said: “We are excited to have Bonang join IK as co-host for the eighth edition of the AMVCAs.

“They are both extremely talented and have attained continental acclaim, having hosted some of Africa’s biggest shows. Together, they will keep the crowd entertained on the biggest night to celebrate African film and TV stars.”

This will be Matheba’s first time on the AMVCA stage as she takes over from Minnie Dlamini who cohosted the show from 2016 until 2018.

Reacting to Africa Magic’s announcement, the award-winning media personality said: “It’s always such an honor to host live productions, and I think after Covid, we haven’t had the opportunity to be outside to have these big, big productions with live studio audiences.

“So, it’s lovely to have all of that back. It’s also an honor. Any single stage I get to step on is an honor.”

The eighth AMVCA returns after a one-year hiatus due to the pandemic. The awards will kick off with an eight-day event starting May 7.

Here is the complete list of Billboard Music Awards nominations

This year’s BBMAs are based on the chart period of April 10, 2021, through March 26, 2022. Finalists and winners are based on key fan interactions with music, including album and digital song sales, streaming, radio airplay and social engagement, tracked by Billboard and its data partners, including Luminate.

The awards will be handed out in a live broadcast May 15 on NBC from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. It also will stream live on Peacock.

A full list of finalists follows.

ARTIST AWARDS

Top Artist

Doja Cat

Drake

Olivia Rodrigo

Taylor Swift

The Weekend

Top New Artist

GIVĒON

Masked Wolf

Olivia Rodrigo

Pooh Shiesty

The Kid LAROI

Top Male Artist

Drake

Ed Sheeran

Justin Bieber

Lil Nas X

The Weekend

Top Female Artist

Adele

Doja Cat

Dua Lipa

Olivia Rodrigo

Taylor Swift

Top Duo/Group

BTS

Glass Animals

Imagine Dragons

Migos

Silk Sonic (Bruno Mars, Anderson .Paak)

Top Billboard 200 Artist

Adele

Drake

Juice WRLD

Morgan Wallen

Taylor Swift

Top Hot 100 Artist

Doja Cat

Drake

Justin Bieber

Olivia Rodrigo

The Weekend

Top Streaming Songs Artist

Doja Cat

Drake

Lil Nas X

Olivia Rodrigo

The Weekend

Top Song Sales Artist

Adele

BTS

Dua Lipa

Ed Sheeran

Walker Hayes

Top Radio Songs Artist

Doja Cat

Ed Sheeran

Justin Bieber

Olivia Rodrigo

The Weekend

Top Billboard Global 200 Artist (NEW)

Doja Cat

Ed Sheeran

Justin Bieber

Olivia Rodrigo

The Weekend

Top Billboard Global (Excl. U.S.) Artist (NEW)

BTS

Dua Lipa

Ed Sheeran

Olivia Rodrigo

The Weekend

Top Tour

Eagles (Hotel California Tour)

Genesis (The Last Domino? Tour)

Green Day, Fall Out Boy & Weezer (The Hella Mega Tour)

Harry Styles (Love on Tour)

The Rolling Stones (No Filter Tour)

Top R&B Artist

Doja Cat

GIVĒON

Silk Sonic (Bruno Mars, Anderson .Paak)

Summer Walker

The Weekend

Top R&B Male Artist

GIVĒON

Khalid

The Weekend

Top R&B Female Artist

Doja Cat

Summer Walker

SZA

Top R&B Tour

Bruno Mars (Bruno Mars at Park MGM)

Omarion & Bow Wow (The Millennium Tour 2021)

Usher (The Vegas Residency)

Top Rap Artist

Drake

Juice