Nigerian music superstar, Wizkid was named Artist of The Year (Africa), at the annual Apple Music Award held on Monday, November 29, 2021.
While American singer, The Weekend clinched the Artist of the year globally award.
“Between 2019 and 2020, Wizkid was featured in Beyoncé’s projects ‘The Lion King: The Gift’ and its companion piece, ‘Black Is King.’
In October 2020, he released ‘Made in Lagos,’ his critically acclaimed and most commercially successful album, which included his hit song ‘Essence,’a track that gained 125 million plays on Apple Music and over 2.8 million Shazams.
This past year, he’s been the most streamed African artist on the continent on Apple Music and ranked on the Daily Top 100 charts in 60 countries, in addition to his monthly plays on Apple Music growing by more than 250 percent outside of Africa.
He’s also been featured on Apple Music’s Today’s Hits and R&B Now playlists, and he’s a frequent guest on Apple Music Radio shows, including ‘Africa Now Radio,’ ‘The Ebro Show,’ ‘New Music Daily with Zane Lowe,’ and ‘OVO SOUND RADIO.'”, an excerpt by Apple Music read.
Receiving the award, Wizkid said as follows; “Thank you to Apple Music for this award,It’s a blessing to get to do what I do, and I’m proud to be representing for Africa.”
Other winners at the awards are Aya Nakamura, who was Artist of The Year in France, and H.E.R, who was named Songwriter of The Year.