Apple Music has named Nigerian afrobeats star, Wizkid, as Artist of The Year for the Africa region.
The list of Apple Music awardees was released on Monday evening, November 29, 2021.
An except of Wizkid’s award reads: “Singer-songwriter Wizkid is one of Africa’s biggest crossover acts, having worked with Drake, Skepta, and Chris Brown, among others. The Nigerian musician first found regional success in 2011 with the massively popular single “Holla at Your Boy,” which appeared on his debut album, “Superstar.” Wizkid went global in 2016 after his collaboration with Drake on “One Dance,” which soared to the top of the charts in 15 countries.”
“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.
Other Apple Music award winners for this year include: Aya Nakamura, Artist of The Year in France, and H.E.R, Songwriter of The Year, The Weeknd, Global Artist of The Year.