Meet the top 10 best musicians in Nigeria and read about what made them the best musicians in Nigeria; Music is a huge factor in Nigerian culture; thus, we compiled the top 10 best musicians in Nigeria 2021.
The topic 'Top 10 best musicians in Nigeria' is a controversial one. The problem with tracking the top 10 best musicians in Nigeria is you cannot achieve this without bias.
There are different music genres in Nigeria; each has its unique audience; thus, it will be challenging to reach a consensus about the top 10 best musicians in Nigeria if an objective metric is not used.
People will always want to know the metric used in assembling a list of the top 10 best musicians in Nigeria in 2021.
Clacified has authored a list of the top 10 musicians in Nigeria 20121. We recognize that many factors are in motion while discussing the top 10 best musicians in Nigeria, but we wish to use only one metric - Awards.
The top 10 best musicians in Nigeria were assembled using each artist's total Number of Awards.
The conclusion about who is the best musician in Nigeria will always be subjective. Still, an artist's number of awards is an objective fact devoid of sentiment or bias.
Top ten best musicians in Nigeria
- Wizkid - No of Awards is 65
- Burna Boy - No of Awards is 36
- D'banj - No of Awards is 29
- Davido - No of Awards is 29
- Olamide - No of Awards is 22
- 2Baba - No of Awards is 21
- Tiwa Savage - No of Awards is 20
- Falz - No of Awards is 12
- Patoranking - No of Awards is 12
- Simisola - No of Awards is 12
TOP 3 awarded artists
1. Wizkid - No of Awards is 65
Wizkid has been dubbed a music legend for taking after Fela Kuti and contributing immensely to the African sound's global acceptance (Afrobeats).
The Afrobeats singer has always been compared to his colleague, Davido - another big Nigerian music industry player.
Wizkid is the most awarded African artist in BET history; in 2012 and 2017, Wizkid won the Best International Act category.
In 2020 Wizkid was also among the recipients of the BET Her Award due to his collaboration with Beyonce in the Brown skin Girl track.
2. Burna Boy - No of Awards is 36
Burna Boy is a Nigerian Afro-fusion singer. Afro-fusion slightly differs from Afrobeats; the former has a mix of the Afrobeats sound, dancehall, reggae, American rap and R&B music genre.
Burna Boy is on Clacified's list of top 10 best musicians in Nigeria 2021. As stated earlier, the list of the top 10 best musicians in Nigeria is based on the total number of awards at this publication.
Burna boy ranks as the 2nd best musician in Nigeria with 22 awards to his name. Burna Boy is also the first contemporary Nigerian musician to win the Grammy award in recent times.
Burna Boy's hit single "Like to Party" brought him to fame in 2012. "Like to party" was part of his first album release titled L.I.F.E.; Burna Boy released the album in 2013.
Burna Boy has shattered many glass ceilings on his way to the top; Burna Boy won Best International Act during the 2019 B.E.T. Awards.
Burna Boy was also nominated for Best World Music Album at the 62nd Annual Grammy Awards following his 4th studio album, "The African Giant". However, he didn't win the award.
Burna Boy is the first Nigerian to be nominated back to back in Grammy.
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 E.P.s:
- Redemption (2016)
- Steel & Copper (2019)
Burna Boy describes his music as Afro-fusion, a genre that blends Afrobeat, dancehall riddims, reggae, American rap and R&B.
3. D'banj - No of Awards is 29
Oladapo Daniel Oyebanjo, popularly known as D'banj, is a name to reckon with in Nigerian mainstream entertainment.
D'banj, also known as the Kokomaster, made our list of the top 10 best musicians in Nigeria in 2021 because of his number of awards. D'banj is acclaimed to have accepted a total of 29 awards while in the music industry.
With the above basis, D'banj ranks as the 3rd best musician in Nigeria. The fact that D'banj ranks as the 2nd best musician in Nigeria based on Clacified's criteria shows you that he is not a novice in the game.
D'banj was recognized internationally after releasing his 2012 hit single "Oliver Twist". Oliver twist topped many international charts after initial release; Oliver Twist
- 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
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