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Burna Boy, Rema Win Afrobeats Awards At The 2023 Billboard Music Awards

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The 2023 Billboard Music Awards winners were revealed on November 19, 2023, a Sunday. Notably, Nigerian music artists Rema and Burna Boy made history by clinching awards in the first-ever Afrobeats categories.

Specifically, Rema and American pop star, Selena Gomez secured the Best Afrobeats Song of the Year award for their joint effort, “Calm Down“.

Rema, in his acceptance speech, said,

“This honour for ‘Calm Down’ is a celebration of unity and the global domination of Afrobeats.  I want to say a big shoutout to Selena Gomez, Mavin Records, Jonzing World as well as the amazing fans who supported us all the way to this point. I want to say a big thank you to Billboard — I’m very grateful. All the way from Nigeria, Rema. One love.”

Selena Gomez, in her acceptance speech, said,

“Thank you guys so, so much for this award. This is honestly Rema’s doing. He chose me to be a part of such an incredible song. So I want to thank him and thank all of you for streaming and listening and I wish we could be there. But thank you!”

Burna Boy won the “Top Afrobeats Artist” award.

See the full list of winners below:

ARTIST AWARDS

Top Artist

  • Drake
  • Luke Combs
  • Morgan Wallen
  • SZA
  • WINNER: Taylor Swift

Top New Artist

  • Bailey Zimmerman
  • Ice Spice
  • Jelly Roll
  • Peso Pluma
  • WINNER: Zach Bryan

Top Male Artist

  • Drake
  • Luke Combs
  • WINNER: Morgan Wallen
  • The Weeknd
  • Zach Bryan

Top Female Artist

  • Beyoncé
  • Miley Cyrus
  • Olivia Rodrigo
  • SZA
  • WINNER: Taylor Swift

Top Duo/Group

  • Eslabon Armado
  • Fifty Fifty
  • WINNER: Fuerza Regida
  • Grupo Frontera
  • Metallica

Top Billboard 200 Artist

  • Drake
  • Luke Combs
  • Morgan Wallen
  • SZA
  • WINNER: Taylor Swift

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Top Hot 100 Artist

  • Drake
  • Luke Combs
  • WINNER: Morgan Wallen
  • SZA
  • Taylor Swift

Top Hot 100 Songwriter (NEW)

  • Ashley Gorley
  • Jack Antonoff
  • SZA
  • WINNER: Taylor Swift
  • Zach Bryan

Top Hot 100 Producer (NEW)

  • Jack Antonoff
  • WINNER: Joey Moi
  • Metro Boomin
  • Taylor Swift
  • Zach Bryan

Top Streaming Songs Artist

  • Drake
  • WINNER: Morgan Wallen
  • SZA
  • Taylor Swift
  • Zach Bryan

Top Radio Songs Artist

  • Miley Cyrus
  • Morgan Wallen
  • SZA
  • WINNER: Taylor Swift
  • The Weeknd

Top Song Sales Artist

  • Jason Aldean
  • Miley Cyrus
  • Morgan Wallen
  • Oliver Anthony Music
  • WINNER: Taylor Swift

Top Billboard Global 200 Artist

  • Bad Bunny
  • Morgan Wallen
  • SZA
  • WINNER: Taylor Swift
  • The Weeknd

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

  • Bad Bunny
  • Ed Sheeran
  • NewJeans
  • WINNER: Taylor Swift
  • The Weeknd

Top R&B Artist

  • Beyoncé
  • Chris Brown
  • Rihanna
  • WINNER: SZA
  • The Weeknd

Top R&B Male Artist

  • Chris Brown
  • Miguel
  • WINNER: The Weeknd

Top R&B Female Artist

  • Beyoncé
  • Rihanna
  • WINNER: SZA

Top R&B Touring Artist

  • WINNER: Beyoncé
  • Bruno Mars
  • The Weeknd

Top Rap Artist

  • 21 Savage
  • WINNER: Drake
  • Lil Baby
  • Metro Boomin
  • Travis Scott

Top Rap Male Artist

  • 21 Savage
  • WINNER: Drake
  • Travis Scott

Top Rap Female Artist

  • Doja Cat
  • Ice Spice
  • WINNER: Nicki Minaj

Top Rap Touring Artist

  • 50 Cent
  • WINNER: Drake
  • Snoop Dogg & Wiz Khalifa

Top Country Artist

  • Bailey Zimmerman
  • Luke Combs
  • WINNER: Morgan Wallen
  • Taylor Swift
  • Zach Bryan

Top Country Male Artist

  • Luke Combs
  • WINNER: Morgan Wallen
  • Zach Bryan

Top Country Female Artist

  • Lainey Wilson
  • Megan Moroney
  • WINNER: Taylor Swift

Top Country Duo/Group

  • Old Dominion
  • Parmalee
  • WINNER: Zac Brown Band

Top Country Touring Artist

  • George Strait
  • Luke Combs
  • WINNER: Morgan Wallen

Top Rock Artist

  • Jelly Roll
  • Noah Kahan
  • Stephen Sanchez
  • Steve Lacy
  • WINNER: Zach Bryan

Top Rock Duo/Group (NEW)

  • WINNER: Arctic Monkeys
  • Foo Fighters
  • Metallica

Top Rock Touring Artist

  • WINNER: Coldplay
  • Depeche Mode
  • Elton John

Top Latin Artist

  • WINNER: Bad Bunny
  • Eslabon Armado
  • Fuerza Regida
  • Karol G
  • Peso Pluma

Top Latin Male Artist

  • WINNER: Bad Bunny
  • Peso Pluma
  • Rauw Alejandro

Top Latin Female Artist

  • WINNER: Karol G
  • ROSALÍA
  • Shakira

Top Latin Duo/Group

  • Eslabon Armado
  • WINNER: Fuerza Regida
  • Grupo Frontera
  • Top Latin Touring Artist
  • Daddy Yankee
  • WINNER: Karol G
  • RBD

Top Global K-Pop Artist (NEW)

  • Jimin
  • WINNER: NewJeans
  • Stray Kids
  • TOMORROW X TOGETHER
  • TWICE

Top K-Pop Touring Artist (NEW)

  • WINNER: BLACKPINK
  • SUGA
  • TWICE

Top Afrobeats Artist (NEW)

  • WINNER: Burna Boy
  • Libianca
  • Rema
  • Tems
  • Wizkid

Top Dance/Electronic Artist

  • WINNER: Beyoncé
  • Calvin Harris
  • David Guetta
  • Drake
  • Tiësto

Top Christian Artist

  • Brandon Lake
  • Elevation Worship
  • for KING & COUNTRY
  • WINNER: Lauren Daigle
  • Phil Wickham

Top Gospel Artist

  • CeCe Winans
  • Elevation Worship
  • WINNER: Kanye West
  • Kirk Franklin
  • Maverick City Music

ALBUM AWARDS

Top Billboard 200 Album

  • Drake & 21 Savage, Her Loss
  • Metro Boomin, HEROES & VILLAINS
  • WINNER: Morgan Wallen, One Thing at a Time
  • SZA, SOS
  • Taylor Swift, Midnights

Top Soundtrack

  • WINNER: Barbie: The Album
  • Black Panther: Wakanda Forever – Music From and Inspired By
  • ELVIS
  • Metro Boomin Presents Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse (Soundtrack From and Inspired by the Motion Picture)
  • Top Gun: Maverick

Top R&B Album

  • Beyoncé, RENAISSANCE
  • Brent Faiyaz, WASTELAND
  • Drake, Honestly, Nevermind
  • Steve Lacy, Gemini Rights
  • WINNER: SZA, SOS

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Millionaire In Every Currency – Wizkid Celebrates 13 Years Of ‘Superstar’ Album

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Marking a musical coming-of-age moment, Nigerian megastar Wizkid, also known as Ayodeji Balogun, recently hit the rewind button on social media (on his former Twitter platform) to celebrate the 13th anniversary of his debut album, “Superstar.”

The chart-topping album launched Wizkid’s career into the stratosphere, and the anniversary clearly holds special significance for the artist.

In a heartfelt post, Wizkid expressed his deep appreciation to God, reflecting on the immense success that followed the album’s release. Beyond the musical accolades, he acknowledged the personal blessings in his life, mentioning his cherished family and the fulfilling path his life has taken.

He wrote, “13 yrs since superstar! First album! Thankful for all God’s blessings. Healthy family! Blessed life! Love God.”

This celebratory post not only highlights Wizkid’s enduring legacy as a musician but also offers a glimpse into his values and priorities.

Wizkid also mentioned that he’s a millionaire in “every currency.”

Beyond his wealth, this post is an encouragement for his fans to focus on achieving genuine success in their own lives, urging them to avoid pretending to be something they’re not.

“Millionaires in every currency!”

“Real-life winners! Make sure u win in real life, no deceive yourself! U deserve it,” he added.

Wizkid’s musical journey began in 2012 with the release of his debut album, “Superstar.” Banky W’s record label, Empire Mates Entertainment (EME), released the album. This album was a major success, launching hit singles like “Don’t Dull,” “Pakuromo,” “Tease Me,” “Holla At Your Boy,” and “I Love My Baby.”

Wizkid wasn’t afraid to spread his wings. After releasing his second album, “Ayo,” in 2014, he decided to strike out on his own. He established his own record label, Starboy Entertainment. This paved the way for the next chapter in his music career.

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Chimezie Imo Speaks On Actors Playing Stereotypes In Nollywood

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Nollywood star Chimezie Imo tackled two common hurdles actors face in the Nigerian film industry. One challenge Imo addressed was the tendency for actors to be typecast in similar roles. While acknowledging the frustration this can cause, Imo offered a surprising perspective.

He suggested that being stereotyped isn’t always a negative thing.

Perhaps he feels it can provide stability and recognition. Also, it allows actors to hone their skills in a particular genre. The interview piqued viewers’ interest in learning more about his unique perspective.

He said,

“I’m of the opinion that stereotyping is not really a bad thing, especially in the movie scene, because it only means that you’re really good at something, and everyone can tell, and it’s okay to be good at one thing. But there’s so much an actor has that you don’t want to be kept in a box.”

Chimezie Imo argues that actors can find ways to bring something fresh to their performances even when cast in roles that seem repetitive.

“Sometimes, even when you get those stereotyped roles, you can have conversations to tweak it a little bit. For example, there was a script that I had and it was supposed to be emotional and I said, ‘Okay, can I be emotional without crying?’ I didn’t shed a tear in that film. There are other ways you could be emotional without shedding tears.”

He also discussed the challenges actors face during auditions.

Placing the blame on the casting directors, Imo said,

“Auditions challenge you. One of the worst things is getting a ‘No’ or getting in front of some people and losing all your lines and whatever; that is also because of most of our casting directors here.”

Chimezie Imo didn’t shy away from discussing the pressure actors experience during auditions. He even pointed out that some audition environments can feel cold and unfriendly. In his own words, he said,

“I think we also need to do better. We don’t know how to make people comfortable and warm, just a bunch of straight faces looking at you like they’re about to stab you, and that line you’ve been rehearsing for 3 weeks just flies.”

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Charly Boy Apologises For Comparing Tinubu’s Fall To The Fall Of Naira

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After facing backlash on social media, Nigerian singer Charly Boy has apologised for his insensitive comment about President Bola Tinubu’s recent fall at the 2024 Democracy Day ceremony.

On June 12, 2024, Charly Boy posted an apology on Instagram, admitting that his earlier comment was misguided and acknowledging that everyone makes mistakes from time to time.

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