In 2023, African musicians achieved notable success in the international music arena, with a number of them taking home major honours and becoming well-known worldwide.
Listed below are a few well-known African musicians who achieved success in 2023:
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Afrobeats musician Burna Boy of Nigeria had a great year, earning nominations for the 65th Annual Grammy Awards. He received nominations for Best Global Music Performance and Best Global Music Album. One of the most well-known Afrobeat musicians of 20232 is Burna Boy.
Angélique Kidjo: The Beninese singer-songwriter was a nominee for the Grammy Awards’ Best Global Music Album. She was also nominated for a Visual Media Award for Best Song Written. Kidjo is a former Grammy winner, having previously taken home the Best Global Music Album title.
Tems: The Nigerian singer received three nominations for the 65th Grammy Awards, capping an amazing year. She was a nominee for Best Rap Song and Best Melodic Rap Performance for her role on Future and Drake’s “Wait For U.” In addition, she was nominated with Beyoncé for her involvement on the American singer’s album Renaissance.
The South African group Wouter Kellerman, Zakes Bantwini, and Nomcebo Zikode received the Grammy Award for Best Global Music Performance for their popular song “Bayethe”.
Eddy Kenzo: The Ugandan musician received a Grammy Award nomination for Best Global Music Performance.
Davido and Wizkid: These two Nigerian celebrities topped the eighth All Africa Music Awards (Afrima)4 winners’ list. They are also some of 20232’s most well-known Afrobeat performers.
Ayra Starr: The Nigerian performer was nominated for a 20235 BET Award.
Drake: At the 2023 Billboard Music Awards, the Canadian rapper and vocalist took up the titles of Top Rap Artist and Top Rap Male Artist. In addition, he was named the #2 Top Rap Touring Artist.
Olivia Rodrigo: The American singer-songwriter received numerous nominations for the 65th annual Grammy Awards, capping a fruitful year for her1. Additionally, she was a top performer at the 2023 Billboard Music Awards.
SZA: The 2023 Billboard Music Awards saw the American singer-songwriter take home the titles of Top R&B Artist and Top R&B Female Artist.
Beyoncé: At the 2023 Billboard Music Awards, the American singer, songwriter, and actress took home the Top R&B Touring Artist honour. She was also a nominee for the award known as Top Female Artist 2.
Nicki Minaj: The Queens, New York-raised rapper of Trinidadian descent took up the Top Rap Female Artist trophy at the 2023 Billboard Music Awards.
Zach Bryan: The 2023 Billboard Music Awards’ Top New Artist honor went to the American country songwriter. Additionally, he was a top-ranked artist for the 20233 Melon Music Awards.
Taylor Swift: The American singer-songwriter has become one of pop culture’s most recognizable figures. She added ten trophies that evening as the 2023 Billboard Music Awards’ top winners. With her victories, Swift is now tied for the most successful musicians in Billboard Music Awards history.
Morgan Wallen: With 11 wins, Wallen was the night’s biggest winner at the 2023 Billboard Music Awards. In addition, he was named the Top Hot 100 Artist and the Top Streaming Songs Artist.
In addition to introducing Africa to the world of music, these performers have influenced several up-and-coming musicians in the continent. Their popularity is proof of Africa’s abundant and varied musical talent. Their deeply African-inspired music has become popular all around the world, transcending boundaries of time and place. African music has a bright and exciting future ahead of it as we anticipate further accomplishments from these musicians.