President Muhammadu Buhari has lauded the contributions of Nigerian artistes, saying they have put the country’s entertainment industry on the global map.
Buhari said this on Tuesday in Abuja when he conferred national honours to over 400 persons including Burna Boy, Teni and 2Face.
While Burna Boy was honoured with the Member of the Order of the Federal Republic (MFR) title, which was received by his father, Teni and 2Face received the honour of Member of the Order of the Niger (MON), a feat Buhari said was deserving.
‘‘Worthy of mention are our artistes, particularly, our very own Damini Ebunoluwa Ogulu (Burna Boy), who won the Grammy Awards in 2020,” Buhari said in a statement by his media aide Femi Adesina.
“He, along with other artistes, has repositioned the Nigerian entertainment industry and placed it on the global map. At the just concluded Dubai Expo 2020, Nigeria’s pavilion was a beehive of activities as our musicians entertained guests from around the world.”
Aside from the trio, other notable recipients of the awards were the President’s late Chief of Staff, Abba Kyari; Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State; Director General of the World Trade Organisation (WTO), Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala; Registrar of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), Ishaq Oloyede; the Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola; Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State amongst others.
Six persons were conferred with GCON, 55 received Commander of the Order of the Federal Republic (CFR), 65 got the Commander of the Order of Niger (CON), 77 were presented with the Officer of the Order of the Federal Republic (OFR); 110 received the Officer of the Order of the Niger (OON); 74 were presented with Member of the Order of the Federal Republic (MFR) and 55 received Member of the Order of the Niger (MON).
The video was directed by Troy Roscoe who is a film director from the UK. He garnered over 200 million views by creating visuals for some contemporary cultures.
It starts with scenes from a range of festival stages he rocked this year and brings to perspective his star power with the massive crowds he pulls wherever he goes.
The star’s birthday celebrations seem to have continued well into the year, as Burna’s global success Love, Damini was released a week after his 31st birthday this year, and birthday cakes and candles were sprinkled throughout the music video which seems to be an ongoing celebration.
Burna can be seen partying alongside his team members, as well as handing out sweet treats to fans and supporters from his “It’s Plenty Ice Cream” truck.
The 3 minutes and 55 seconds video already has over 1.5 million views on the artiste’s YouTube page, showing different clips of Burna Boy at different concerts with his fans and also cameos Canadian rapper and singer Drake.
The album which was released on the 8th of July has for the past 12 weeks been among the top 15 albums in the Worldwide apple music album chart, and has hit over 200 million streams on Boomplay and Spotify each.
The song has received a lot of positive reactions from the musician’s fans all over the world.
Nigerian Artiste, Burna Boy, and Tems, have been nominated for the 17th BET Hip-Hop Awards.
The Award show is scheduled to hold on Friday, September 30, 2022, in Atlanta, United States.
The nomination list which was released on Monday showcased the past year of hip hop music in 17 categories.
Tems earned three nominations for her feature in Future’s ‘Wait For U’ while Burna Boy got a nomination in the Video Director of the Year category for his self-directed music video, Last Last.
See other artistes in this category:
Best Hip Hop Video
D.M.B. – A$ap Rocky Family Ties – Baby Keem & Kendrick Lamar Good Love – City Girls Feat. Usher Hot Sh*t – Cardi B, Kanye West & Lil Durk London – Bia & J. Cole Wait For U – Future Feat. Drake & Tems Way 2 Sexy – Drake Feat. Future & Young Thug
Family Ties – Baby Keem & Kendrick Lamar Good Love – City Girls Feat. Usher Hot Shit – Cardi B, Kanye West & Lil Durk Jimmy Cooks -Drake Feat. 21 Savage Johnny P’s Caddy Benny – The Butcher & J. Cole Wait For U – Future Feat. Drake & Tems Way 2 Sexy – Drake Feat. Future & Young Thug#
Video Director of the Year
Benny Boom Burna Boy Cole Bennett Colin Tilley Director X Kendrick Lamar & Dave Free Teyana Taylor
Song of the Year
Big Energy – Latto F.N.F. (Let’s Go) – Hitkidd & Glorilla First Class – Jack Harlow Hot Shit – Cardi B, Kanye West & Lil Durk Super Gremlin – Kodak Black Wait For U – Future Feat. Drake & Tems Way 2 Sexy- Drake Feat. Future & Young Thug
The Inspector-General of Police, Usman Alkali Baba, has charged police officers attached to VIPs to carry out their duties with utmost professionalism, respect for fundamental rights, rule of law, and civility to members of the public in line with the code of conduct for Police Officers.
The IGP equally condemned the reported harassment and demeaning posture of some of these officers while on duty with their VIPs.
IGP Alkali Baba made the call while addressing officers and men of the Ekiti State Police Command at the Command Headquarters, Ado Ekiti on Tuesday 13th June, 2022, in readiness for the Ekiti Gubernatorial Election scheduled to hold on Saturday 18th June, 2022.
He equally affirmed that though it is a statutory duty of the Police Force to provide aides and escorts for VIPs, such duty must not degenerate to abuse as a result of high-handedness of Police officers who have proven to be non-amenable to discipline.
The Inspector-General of Police further warned that every allegation of unprofessionalism and harassment by VIP aides would be properly investigated and if found wanting, adequate and commensurate sanctions will follow.
In the same vein, the IGP encouraged officers and men who have been detailed for election duty in Ekiti State to put in their best to provide adequate security, at all levels, for all and sundry before, during and after the Gubernatorial Election in the state with a view to having a free, fair, credible and acceptable election.
Similarly, the IGP assured that his administration is continually committed to bequeathing the nation with a citizen and community oriented Police Force which will not be used as a tool of oppression, suppression and subjugation by any individual.
The Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Usman Alkali Baba, has ordered the arrest, and probe of the policemen attached to popular musician Burna Boy who was involved in a shooting at Club Cubana on Victoria Island.
The IGP in a statement through the Force PRO, CSP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, said “the Police personnel alleged and identified in the shooting incident at Club Cubana in Victoria Island, Lagos on Wednesday, June 8, 2022, have been taken into custody and are being investigated for their involvement in the incident”.
The IGP, who described the circumstances surrounding the incident as unbelievable, has however condemned, in the strongest terms, the unfortunate incident.
He directed the Commissioner of Police, Lagos State, CP Abiodun Alabi, to carry out a thorough investigation into the matter and forward his report as urgently as possible for further action.
This week Veteran actor, Richard Mofe Damijo marked his 60th birthday in grand style, Burna Boy marked his 30th and we witnessed yet another twist to the sexual harassment saga involving Omiyinka Olanrewaju a.k.a Baba Ijesa.
Catch all this and much more on this week’s EP of Vibez.
Did we skip any key moments? do let us know in the comments!
Grammy-winning Nigerian music heavyweights, Wizkid and Burna Boy got a nomination each at the 2021 BET Awards.
A total of three African artists have been shortlisted in the Best International Act category in this year’s BET Awards. Tanzania’s Diamond Platinumz, Nigeria’s Wizkid, and Burna Boy also made the list alongside French singers, Aya Nakamura and Youssoupha; Brazilian act, Emicida; British acts, the rapper Headie One and the duo Yung T and Bugsey are all nominated in the category as well.
Burna Boy was the winner of the category last year while Wizkid won it in 2012 when the category had two divisions for Africa and the UK.
The BET Awards will be held on 27 June and will return with a live audience after being hosted virtually last year because of coronavirus.
American artists Megan Thee Stallion and DaBaby have each received seven nominations in this year’s awards.
Cardi B and Drake have been nominated for five awards.
Here is the complete list of nominees for The “BET AWARDS” 2021 are:
ALBUM OF THE YEAR
AFTER HOURS – THE WEEKND BLAME IT ON BABY – DABABY GOOD NEWS – MEGAN THEE STALLION HEAUX TALES – JAZMINE SULLIVAN KING’S DISEASE – NAS UNGODLY HOUR – CHLOE X HALLE
CARDI B FT. MEGAN THEE STALLION – WAP DABABY FT. RODDY RICCH – ROCKSTAR DJ KHALED FT. DRAKE – POPSTAR JACK HARLOW FT. DABABY, TORY LANEZ & LIL WAYNE – WHATS POPPIN (REMIX) MEGAN THEE STALLION FT. DABABY – CRY BABY POP SMOKE FT. LIL BABY & DABABY – FOR THE NIGHT
6LACK ANDERSON .PAAK CHRIS BROWN GIVEON TANK THE WEEKND
BEST NEW ARTIST
COI LERAY FLO MILLI GIVEON JACK HARLOW LATTO POOH SHIESTY
21 SAVAGE & METRO BOOMIN CHLOE X HALLE CHRIS BROWN & YOUNG THUG CITY GIRLS MIGOS SILK SONIC
BEST FEMALE HIP HOP ARTIST
CARDI B COI LERAY DOJA CAT MEGAN THEE STALLION LATTO SAWEETIE
BEST MALE HIP HOP ARTIST
DABABY DRAKE J. COLE JACK HARLOW LIL BABY POP SMOKE
DR. BOBBY JONES BEST GOSPEL/INSPIRATIONAL AWARD
BEBE WINANS – IN JESUS NAME CECE WINANS – NEVER LOST H.E.R. – HOLD US TOGETHER KIRK FRANKLIN – STRONG GOD MARVIN SAPP – THANK YOU FOR IT ALL TAMELA MANN – TOUCH FROM YOU
BET HER AWARD
ALICIA KEYS FT. KHALID – SO DONE BRANDY FT. CHANCE THE RAPPER – BABY MAMA BRI STEVES – ANTI QUEEN CHLOE X HALLE – BABY GIRL CIARA FT. ESTER DEAN – ROOTED SZA – GOOD DAYS
BEST INTERNATIONAL ACT
AYA NAKAMURA (FRANCE) BURNA BOY (NIGERIA) DIAMOND PLATNUMZ (TANZANIA) EMICIDA (BRAZIL) HEADIE ONE (UK) WIZKID (NIGERIA) YOUNG T & BUGSEY (UK) YOUSSOUPHA (FRANCE)
VIEWER’S CHOICE AWARD
CARDI B FT. MEGAN THEE STALLION – WAP CHRIS BROWN & YOUNG THUG – GO CRAZY DABABY FT. RODDY RICCH – ROCKSTAR DJ KHALED FT. DRAKE – POPSTAR DRAKE FT. LIL DURK – LAUGH NOW CRY LATER LIL BABY – THE BIGGER PICTURE MEGAN THEE STALLION FT. BEYONCÉ – SAVAGE (REMIX) SILK SONIC – LEAVE THE DOOR OPEN
VIDEO OF THE YEAR
CARDI B – UP CARDI B FT. MEGAN THEE STALLION – WAP CHLOE X HALLE – DO IT CHRIS BROWN & YOUNG THUG – GO CRAZY DRAKE FT. LIL DURK – LAUGH NOW CRY LATER SILK SONIC – LEAVE THE DOOR OPEN
VIDEO DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR
BENNY BOOM BRUNO MARS AND FLORENT DÉCHARD COLE BENNETT COLIN TILLEY DAVE MEYERS HYPE WILLIAMS
COMING 2 AMERICA JUDAS AND THE BLACK MESSIAH MA RAINEY’S BLACK BOTTOM ONE NIGHT IN MIAMI… SOUL THE UNITED STATES VS. BILLIE HOLIDAY
ANDRA DAY ANGELA BASSETT ISSA RAE JURNEE SMOLLETT VIOLA DAVIS ZENDAYA
ALDIS HODGE CHADWICK BOSEMAN DAMSON IDRIS DANIEL KALUUYA EDDIE MURPHY LAKEITH STANFIELD
ALEX R. HIBBERT ETHAN HUTCHISON LONNIE CHAVIS MARSAI MARTIN MICHAEL EPPS STORM REID
SPORTSWOMAN OF THE YEAR AWARD
A’JA WILSON CANDACE PARKER CLARESSA SHIELDS NAOMI OSAKA SERENA WILLIAMS SKYLAR DIGGINS-SMITH
SPORTSMAN OF THE YEAR AWARD
KYRIE IRVING LEBRON JAMES PATRICK MAHOMES RUSSELL WESTBROOK RUSSELL WILSON STEPHEN CURRY
Fela Anikulapo-Kuti has missed out on the bid to become an inductee of the 2021 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame where Tina Turner, Carole King, and Jay-Z made it.
Jay-Z, the Foo Fighters, The Go-Go’s, Carole King, Todd Rundgren, and Tina Turner are the newest inductees into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, the organization announced Wednesday morning.
The hall said it’s 2021 class includes the “most diverse list of inductees in the history of the organization.” Three are two-time inductees.
Foo Fighters, The Go-Go’s, and Jay-Z were on the ballot for the first time this year.
Speaking of the new inductees, John Skyes, the Chairman of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Foundation, said: “This diverse class of talented Inductees reflects the Rock Hall’s ongoing commitment to honor artists whose music created the sound of youth culture. It will make for an unforgettable live celebration of music in October at this year’s Induction Ceremony in Cleveland.”
To be eligible for induction, artists have to have released their first record 25 years earlier and “have created music whose originality, impact and influence have changed the course of rock & roll,” according to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
Foo Fighters, The Go-Go’s, and Jay-Z were on the ballot for the first time this year.
Musicians and groups who were nominated but not inducted were Mary J. Blige, Kate Bush, Devo, Iron Maiden, Chaka Khan, Fela Kuti, LL Cool J, New York Dolls, Rage Against the Machine, and Dionne Warwick.
Fela Kuti was first announced as a nominee for the award in February. Soon after the announcement, there was a huge push on social media to vote for the Nigerian music legend whose music much of the populace especially fans say is still relevant to date because of the social issues it addressed.
Massive support from celebrities like Davido, Burna Boy, Banky W, Don Jazzy, and other prominent voices gave the legend an early boost but the Turner fans gave it more from the results that were published by the hall.
If Fela had won, the multi-instrumentalist and Afrobeat legend would have made history as the first Nigerian artist in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
No Plans To Let Fela Win?
Fans took to social media to express their disappointment and displeasure in the situation despite having the second-highest votes and other inductees not coming close to his number of votes being inducted to the hall.
See some of the tweets below:
How did Fela Anikulapo Kuti come in 2nd in #rockhalloffame fan voting but not get inducted? But Jay Z who was at the bottom got inducted? Fela has a bigger impact than Jay Z could ever dream of. Argue with your ancestors. #felarockhalloffame
Can someone explain to me why Fela Kuti failed to make the @rockhall Hall of Fame inductee list despite placing behind only Tina Turner? Those with lesser votes even made the list! What’s the rationale behind this please, anybody? #FelaRockHallOfFame
Shortly after his Grammy win, Burna Boy has been nominated for the 2021 BRIT Awards.
The Afro-fusion singer was nominated for the ‘International Male Solo Artist’ category alongside veteran American icon, Bruce Springsteen; Canadian Singer, The Weeknd; Childish Gambino and Tame Impala.
Burna Boy is a two-time recipient of BET’s Best International Act award and MTV Europe Music Award’s Best African Act.
The nominees for #BRITs 2021 International Male Solo Artist are:
Grammy award-winning artist Burna Boy on Saturday tweeted that his kids will “confidently beat their chest and say ‘Daddy did it on his OWN, we can do it on our own.'”
The Port-Harcourt-born star apparently was alluding to his win at the Grammys last Sunday where he picked up the award for Best Global Music Album.
In the following tweet, he added: “When you KNOW yourself. NOBODY can tell you about yourself. KNOW YOURSELVES and never go against yourself.”
He then mocked people who thought he would not win the much-coveted Grammys.
“GOD is most definitely NOT A MAN,” the tweet said. “I will never forget how so many of you prayed that I don’t win. Too dumb to understand that you also win if I win. No worry This is just the beginning. God is Great.”
GOD is most definitely NOT A MAN. I will never forget how so many of you prayed that I don’t win. 😂🤣 too dumb to understand that you also win if I win. No worry This is just the beginning. God is Great.
President Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated Nigerian stars, Damini Ogulu popularly known as Burna Boy and Ayo Balogun, popularly known as Wizkid for winning the 2021 Grammy awards.
Buhari in a statement issued on Monday by his spokesman, Garba Shehu, said he is proud of the two artistes for their contributions to the field of music which the world has come to recognise.
“Congratulations to Burna Boy on being conferred the 2021 Grammy, the world’s most prestigious musical awards,” Buhari was quoted as saying.
“He has made notable contributions in the field of music which have brought glory to Nigerians at home and abroad. We are proud of his path-breaking achievements.”
President Buhari also acknowledged the efforts of forerunners like King Sunny Ade and Femi Kuti whose creative exertions earned them Grammy nominations, paving the way and brought Nigerian music to global reckoning.
According to Buhari, the record-breaking musical achievements are a recognition of the Nigerian creative talents and the awards will open doors to other aspiring citizens.