BIRD STORY AGENCY
GRAMMY award-winning singer Wizkid has made history. He is the first African to win an award at the American Music Awards(AMAs), held on 20th November 2022 at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.
Wizkid, who was not present at the ceremony, won the Favorite Afrobeats Artist award. This category was introduced earlier in the year, highlighting the global influence of Afrobeats on the international music scene.
He bested fellow nominees, including Burna Boy, CKay, Tems, and Fireboy DML.
The 32-year-old artist also won the Favourite R&B Song award for his collaboration with Tems on the hit song ‘Essence.’ Here he defeated Beyonce, Bruno Mars and Sza to clinch the award. Tems also won Favorite Hip Hop Song for her contribution to Future’s ‘Wait For U’, which also features Canadian rapper Drake.
This feat comes barely days after Wizkid headlined New York city’s iconic Madison Square Garden in a historic sold-out show on 16th November. Two days before that, he had joined Apple Music to perform at Roundhouse in London to promote his latest album, ‘More Love Less ego’, released on 11th November.
‘More Love Less Ego’ is coming two years after he released his acclaimed album, ‘Made in Lagos’, which received the longest-charting Nigerian album of all time on the Billboard World Albums chart (50 weeks).
AMA winners are voted entirely by fans. Nominees are based on key fan interactions — as reflected on the Billboard charts — including streaming, album and song sales, radio airplay and tour grosses. Measurements are tracked by Billboard and its data partner Luminate in the eligibility period of 24th September 2021 through 22nd September 2022.