Wizkid has made history by becoming the first African to win an award at the 50th edition of the American Music Awards (AMAs).
By 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 November 20, 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, Burna Boy, CKay, Tems and Fireboy DML to win.
The 32-year-old artist also won the Favourite R&B Song award for his collaboration with Tems on the hit song, Essence. He defeated Beyonce, Bruno Mars and SZA to clinch the award. Tems won Favorite Hip Hop Song for her contribution to Future’s Wait For U, which also features Canadian rapper, Drake.
This feat comes days after Wizkid headlined New York City’s iconic Madison Square Garden in a sold-out show on November 16. Two days before, he’d joined Apple Music to perform at Roundhouse, London, to promote his latest album, More Love Less Ego, which was released on November 11.
More Love Less Ego comes two years after his acclaimed album, Made in Lagos, 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 September 24, 2021 through September 22, 2022.