Global superstars Wizkid and Tems from Nigeria have been nominated in the ‘Top R&B Song’ category at the 2022 Billboard Music Awards (BBMAs).
KAMPALA | NOW THEN DIGITAL — Wizkid and Tems, two of Nigeria’s biggest global stars, have been nominated for the ‘Top R&B Song’ category in the 2022 Billboard Music Awards (BBMAs).
- ‘Essence’ by Wizkid and Tems was recently nominated for Best Global Performance at the Grammy Awards, where they lost to Daniel Caesar and Travis Scott.
- Nigerian singers are up against Doja Cat, Silk Sonic, Giveon and Justin Bieber in the ”Top R&B Song” category.
- Wizkid and Tems remixed an Essence song with Justin Beiber.
- This track is off of Wizkid’s ‘Made in Lagos’ album, which became the longest-charting album on the Billboard World Albums chart.
Presented by Billboard, the 2022 Billboard Music Awards will take place at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on 15 May to recognize outstanding music achievements based on album and digital sales, streaming, radio airplay, touring, and social engagement, among other factors.
Wizkid and Tems’ nomination at the 2022 Billboard Music Awards follows their Grammy Award loss just a couple of weeks ago for their hit song, “Essence”.
The Nigerian singers will be up against Doja Cat, Silk Sonic, Giveon and Justin Bieber for the coveted ”Top R&B Song” title.
Afrobeats offering ‘Essence’ is from Wizkid’s ‘Made in Lagos’ album, which surpassed Cape Verdean singer Cesaria Evora’s eponymous album’s 27-year charting record with 66 weeks on the Billboard World Albums chart.
The 2016 Billboard Music Awards saw Wizkid receive seven nominations for his song ‘One Dance’ featuring Drake, winning the top R&B song and top R&B collaboration awards as well as the Top Streaming Song (Audio) award.
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Check out the complete listing of 2022 Billboard Music Awards nominees here. The ceremony airs on May 15 on NBC.