List Of Most Awarded Musicians In Nigeria
Meet the most awarded Nigerian musicians; Music is an important element in Nigerian culture; we have thus selected the most awarded Nigerian musicians in 2021.
In this list, we look at the Most Awarded Musicians In Nigeria.
10. Simisola – Number of Awards Won – 12
Simisola Kosoko is 10th among Nigeria’s most awarded musicians.
Simi is married to Adekunle Gold, a Nigerian Afro singer, both of whom share a daughter.
Simi started as a gospel singer, Simi began her musical career. After her breakthrough track “Tiff” in 2014, Simi acquired an audience in Nigeria.
4 studio albums and 1 Ep were released by Simi.
- Ogaju (2008)
- Chemistry (with Falz) (2016)
- Simisola (2017)
- Omo Charlie Champagne, Vol. 1 (2019)
- Restless II (2020) – EP
Simi won the 2016 Headies award for Best Collaboration and Best Vocal Performance (Female).
Simi has also received awards from
- Nigerian Entertainment Awards,
- AFRIMA Awards,
- Soundcity MVP Awards Festival, etc.
9. Patoranking – Number of Awards Won – 12
Patoranking is the 9th most awarded musician in Nigeria for 2021 and has a true name, Patrick Nnaemeka Okorie.
The reggae-dancehall musician comes from the State of Ebonyi but grew up in Lagos. After securing a record deal with Foston Musik, Patoranking entered the airways in Nigeria and released his “Girlie O” smash track.
The hit single charted at No. 9 on MTV Base’s Official Naija Top 10 chart. Patoranking’s “Daniella Whine” and “My Woman, My Everything” also topped at MTV Base Official Naija Top 10 chart.
The best new law on MTV Africa Music Awards won Patoranking in 2015. In his collections, Patoranking has moreover acquired 11 trophies.
8. Falz – Number of Awards Won – 12
The 8th best artist in Nigeria is Folarin Falana, AKA Falz. Based on the number of accolades, Falz made the list of the 10 top musicians in 2021 in Nigerian.
Falz is the 8th best musician in Nigeria, based on alphabetical order, to his other musicians such as Patoranking and Simi.
The track Falz “Marry Me” has made him famous. His debut album was later published in 2014. Falz graduated from the University of Reading, England, with an honorary LLB in Law.
For the 2016 BET Awards, Falz got the best new act of the Viewer’s choice. Falz is well-known for his involvement in social problems and has used his songs to expose societal evils in Nigeria.
During the EndSars rally, Falz urged his other celebrities to join the fight to abolish police brutality in Nigeria.
7. Tiwa Savage – Number of Awards Won – 20
Tiwatope Savage is a Nigerian singer-songwriter. Tiwa Savage is Nigeria’s 7th best musician, with a total of 20 awards.
Tiwatope Savage is a well-known Nigerian singer who was born on February 5, 1980, in Ikeja, Lagos. Tiwa’s parents had to migrate to London when she was 11 years old, and she followed them. Tiwa also spent time in the United States of America.
“Once Upon a Time,” Tiwa Savage’s debut album, was released in 2013 on Don Jazzy’s Marvin record label.
Tiwa Savage became the first woman to win Best African Act at the 2018 MTV Europe Music Awards.
Tiwa Savage left Marvin Records in 2019. Tiwa Savage has released the following singles:
- Once Upon a Time (2013)
- R.E.D (2015)
- Sugarcane (2017)
- Celia (2020) as albums.
6. 2Baba – Number of Awards Won – 21
Based on the number of awards received, 2Baba is ranked as the 6th best artist in Nigeria 2021.
Innocent Idibia was born in the Nigerian city of Jos. He belongs to the Idoma ethnic group, which lives in the southern portion of Benue State in central Nigeria.
In 1996, while still a student at IMT, 2face Idibia began creating and singing jingles for the GB Fan Club at Enugu State Broadcasting Services (ESBS).
Tuface, the Afro-pop artist, legally changed his name to 2baba in 2016.
2Baba, Faze, and Blackface were members of the Plantashun Boiz, a trio of musicians that split in 2004.
Following the disbandment of the duo in 2004, 2Baba went on to create a solo album, “Face 2 Face,” which had a smash single that cemented his viability as a solo artist.
“African Queen,” 2Baba’s 2006 song, got positive worldwide reviews.
2Baba has been given
- 1 MTV Europe Music Award
- 1 World Music Award
- 5 Headies Awards(Hip-hop award),
- 4 Channel O Music Video Awards
- 1 BET award
- 4 MTV Africa Music Awards
- 1 MOBO award
- 1 KORA award and
- 3 Afrima Awards.
Also, Nigerian Stock Exchange awarded 2Baba as a Good cause Ambassador in 2019.
5. Olamide – Number of Awards Won – 22
Olamide is ranked 5th based on the number of awards received on Most Awarded Musicians In Nigeria
Olamide Adedeji was born in 1989 in Bariga, Lagos State. He chose to become a singer in 2000, and a decade later, he began his career, signing with Coded Tunes and releasing the single “Eni Duro” in 2010.
Olamide performed at the Hip Hop World Awards (later called the Headies) in 2010 after the song became a smash.
Rapsodi, his debut album, was released in 2011 and featured guest performances from Wizkid, Pheelz, 9ice, and other Nigerian artists.
The fact that Olamide has received a total of 22 awards demonstrates that he handles his music niche pretty well.
Olamide is well-known for steering the Nigerian hip-hop genre.
Olamide’s first album, “Rapsodi,” was published in 2011; its lead hit, “Omo To Shan,” catapulted him to fame.
Throughout his musical career, Olamide has released at least 11 studio albums.
Olamide has received several awards, including The Headies, Nigerian Entertainment Awards, Nigerian Music Video Awards, and others.
4. D’banj – Number of Awards Won – 29
D’banj is ranked 4th based on the number of awards received on Most Awarded Musicians In Nigeria.
D’banji was born Oladapo Daniel Oyebanj on June 9, 1980, in Zaria, Northern Nigeria. He adopted the stage name D’banji, which he derived from his given name Dapo and his surname Oyebanjo.
His father, a military commander, commanded an artillery regiment, and his mother, a God-fearing church dignitary, is a businesswoman.
After the release of his smash track “Oliver Twist” in 2012, D’banj gained international acclaim. After its original release, Oliver Twist topped numerous foreign charts;
- topped the African charts in 2011 and
- was a top 10 hit in the UK singles chart in 2012
- reached No. 2 on the UK R&B chart.
D’banji has won several international and local awards. D’banj won the
- Best African Act at the MTV Europe Music Awards 2007,
- Artist of the Year at the MTV Africa Music Awards 2009,
- Best International Act: Africa at the 2011 BET Awards, and
- Best-selling African Artist at the 2014 World Music Awards, he also won the
- Evolution award at the 2015 MTV Africa Music awards
D’banji’s first sponsorship contract occurred after the track became a hit.
3. Davido – Number of Awards Won – 29
Davido is ranked 3rd based on the number of awards received on Most Awarded Musicians In Nigeria.
David Adedeji Adeleke (born November 21, 1992), popularly known as Davido, is a Nigerian-American singer, songwriter, and record producer.
Davido rose to prominence with his second hit, “Dami Duro.” “Dami Duro” was included in his debut album, ‘Omo Baba Olowo,’ which was published in 2012.
Headies’ ‘Next Rated’ award was one of Davido’s early awards that acknowledged how far he would go (2012).
Davido has written several popular tracks, including:
- One of a kind
- Owo Ni Koko
- Shopping Spree etc.
2. Burna Boy – Number of Awards Won – 36
Burna Boy is ranked 2nd based on the number of awards received on Most Awarded Musicians In Nigeria.
Damini Ebunoluwa Ogulu (born 2 July 1991), known professionally as Burna Boy, is a Nigerian singer, songwriter, rapper, and dancer.
Burna Boy is a Nigerian singer who focuses on Afro-fusion music. Afro-fusion is distinct from Afrobeats in that it combines the Afrobeats sound with dancehall, reggae, American rap, and R&B music.
Burna Boy rose to prominence in 2012 with his smash track “Like to Party.” “Like to Party” was included on Burna Boy’s debut album, L.I.F.E, which was released in 2013.
Burna Boy is the first Nigerian to receive back-to-back Grammy nominations.
Burna Boy’s fourth studio album, “The African Giant,” was also nominated for Best World Music Album at the 62nd Annual Grammy Awards. However, he did not get the prize.
Albums by Burna Boy:
- L.I.F.E (2013)
- On a Spaceship (2015)
- Outside (2018)
- The African Giant (2019)
- Twice as Tall (2020)
Burna Boy’s EPs:
- Redemption (2016)
- Steel & Copper (2019)
1. Wizkid – Number of Awards Won – 65
Wizkid is ranked 1st based on the number of awards received on Most Awarded Musicians In Nigeria.
Wizkid was born Ayodeji Ibrahim Balogun in Surulere, Lagos, on July 16, 1990. He was raised in an interfaith family with twelve female siblings.
His mother is a Pentecostal Christian, but his father is Muslim. Wizkid was educated at Ijebu Ode Grammar School.
Wizkid became the first Afrobeats musician to be included in the Guinness World Records in 2018 for his contribution to Drake’s song “One Dance.”
Wizkid is the most decorated African artist in BET history, having won the Best International Act category in both 2012 and 2017.
Wizkid received a BET Her Award in 2020 for his collaboration with Beyonce on the song “Brown Skin Girl.”
Wizkid’s Sound From The Other Side (SFTOS), which was produced in Lagos, reached at Number 2 (Billboard chart) on US World Albums while also charting well in several other foreign Billboard charts.
Wizkid has recorded 4 studio albums with one EP:
- Sound from the other side (SFTOS)
- Made in Lagos
- Soundman Vol 1 (EP)