Among its numerous benefits, reward or accolades to artists or performers in general, awards help to elicit sustainability and improve zeal; thus maintaining consistency and hard work in artists. Awards in music also encourage upcoming stars to fight through to the big stage.
When it comes to entertainment (music precisely), Nigeria is the leading country in the entire Africa, providing the solace from music that everyone on the globe finds it difficult to listen to without nodding or moving a part of their body in appreciation.
Presently, the industry is full of latent and famous, big and average, multifaceted artists who are officially recognized or awarded annually for their outstanding talents.
Although there are many Nigerian artists with various music awards, our rating strictly considers those with the most awards, attempts (Nominations) made by artists to acquire such awards, and ratings previously done by different researchers on the topic in review.
This article presents in an ascending order, a current review on decennary artists who have enjoyed the aforementioned music reward benefits in the course of their music careers. These artists are:
10. M.I Abaga
Jude Lemfani Abaga, also christened M.I Abaga, was born on October 4th, 1981. His music journey as a rapper and record producer have earned him prominence right from 2006.
He won his first music award, the Modemen Awards as “Musician of the Year” in 2008. M.I was consistently awarded till 2011. So far, he has 16 awards and 15 Nominations.
“Peter and Paul dem be one, no be two” as popularly heard in their hit song, talks about two famous talented twin brothers in the Nigerian music industry.
It will sound quite absurd for a regular Nigerian Afro pop or R&B fan to mention the hottest artists in the industry without mentioning P-square, especially as of 2006 till 2014. They have won the Headies Award six (6) times, the Channel O Music Video Award five (5) times, the MTV Africa Music Award twice, and other awards. Altogether, P Square has a total of 17 wins and 18 Nominations.
8. Ice Prince
Once you remember “Oleku”, “Super Star”, “Aboki”, and “Jambo” you don’t need written evidence to prove Ice Prince’s genuity.
He was born in 30th, October 1980 as Panshak Henry Zamani made into spotlight after releasing his hit song “Oleku” in 2011. His debut studio album “Everybody Loves Ice Prince” was released the same year.
The talented singer and rapper who released most of his projects back when he was still in Chocolate City records has 17 awards and 38 Nominations so far.
7. Tiwa Savage
Tiwatope Savage was born on February 5th, 1980. She, as we all know, is a famous British-Nigerian Singer, songwriter, and actress. Her debut album which was released in 2014 marked the beginning of her music awards as it was nominated for “Best album of the Year” in 2014. She became the first Nigerian female artist to bag the Best African Act at MTV Europe Music Awards.
Tiwa Savage has 20 awards and 70 nominations so far and she looks hungry for more…!
Portables’ music godfather; the popular, multitalented, and harmonious YBNL Boss, “Olamide” is the sixth most awarded artist as of 2022 findings. Olamide has masterminded the act of bagging awards home, especially for the Headies’, which he won over 15 times, and four (4) wins for the Nigerian Entertainment Awards.
5. Burna Boy
Judging from his fast growing recognitions and outstanding display, Burna Boy is presently the 5th most awarded artist in Nigeria due to his late entry into the music industry. Give this African giant some time, and watch him metamorphose beyond expectable genuity.
Notwithstanding, with his grammy award included, Oluwa Burna has won a total of 23 awards from 47 nominations so far.
This lad’s name should be seen on the front pages of the top 10 oldest Nigerian artists. He has dedicated all his talent, time, and sweat for the drastic growth of the Nigerian music industry, promoting cultural norms, nurturing up-coming stars, and entertaining globally, the ears of music lover with melodies that invades depression.
The ‘Koko Master’s 29 music awards and 87 nominations are evidence of his pure genuity.
2face, “The Legend of Africa” is one of the oldest, most recognized and honoured artists in Nigeria. He was the first Nigerian artist to win the MTV Europe Best African Act Award in 2015.
2baba was born Innocent Ujah Idibia in Jos, Plateau state although Idoma ethnic group in the southern part of Benue State. He has received over 51 music awards and numerous nominations. 2baba was born
Davido is a famous DMW star. In fact he owns the lanel. This multi talented philanthropist is one of the most influential African artists of our time.
As a pure replica of genuity and good entrepreneurship skill, Davido has 60 awards and 100 nominations so far, although it’s safe to say he has more to impact his career, the Nigerian industry, and world music at large.
“Number 1 in Africa”, “The Grammy Award Winner”, “the perpetual 15 times Headies award winner”, “the Starboy entertainment label boss”, ‘Wizkid Ayo’ is the most awarded artist in the Nigeria music industry so far.
He has incredibly and single handedly bagged 85 music awards home from 223 nominations.