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Grammys reportedly postponed due to concerns over Covid-19

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The 63rd Grammys set to hold on January 31st have been reportedly postponed due to the surge in Covid-19 cases and concerns regarding the deadly pandemic as per Rolling Stone.

The 2021 Grammy Awards will still be held at Staples Center, Los Angeles and Trevor Noah is still set to be host but the rumoured new date seems to be around March 2021 but no official statement has been put out by Recording Academy yet regarding this news. It is still a developing story.

Beyoncé is the most nominated artiste for this year’s edition of the Grammys with 9 nominations while Taylor Swift, Roddy Ricch and Dua Lipa get 6 each.

Nigerian acts in Burna Boy and WizKid also have a nomination each; Burna Boy is seen as early favourite to snatch the Best Global Award for his “Twice As Tall” album and bring it home while Wizkid received his nod via “Black Skin Girls” with Beyoncé, Blue IVY and SAINt JHN, contending for Best Music Video.

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Ckay features Blxckie on new track “By Your Side”

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2021 breakthrough artiste, CKay, is not letting his foot off the pedal yet, putting out two new singles, one of which is titled “By Your Side” featuring South African vocalist and rapper, Blxckie.

“By Your Side” production starts slow with CKay gliding his smooth R&B-toned vocals on the well paced drumbeat intertwined with violin sound, singing to his love interest about how she makes him loose himself anytime he is around her and how she is always on his mind.

Gradually the instrumentation gains pace, giving room for a more lively mood and of course, dancing, as the most sought after Amapiano sound is blended with the production; Blxckie woukd eventually come on, singing a little, before spitting some bars in his native mother tongue.

“By Your Side” is produced by Tumisho. Listen:

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JAY-Z adds “Free Mind” by Tems, “Mood” by Wizkid and “Feeling” by LadiPoe & Buju to his 2021 playlist

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American legendary rapper and business mogul, JAY-Z, adds 3 Nigerian songs to his playlist curated on Tidal, a streaming platform owned majorly by him. The 3 songs are: Free Mind, Mood and Feeling.

Free Mind is sung by Tems, taken from her 2020 released EP – “For Broken Ears”, the third track to be precise; although no solo song by Buju made it to the JAY-Z playlist titled “Block Vibes”, he would however be the most featured Nigerian act on the playlist as he lands two songs, thanks to the mega features from Wizkid—Mood—and arguably one Nigeria’s song of the year in Feeling by LadiPoe.

You can view the full playlist curated by JAY-Z in the picture below:

JAY-Z “Block Vibes” playlist featuring Wizkid, LadiPoe, Buju and Tems.
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Wizkid is Africa’s Apple Music Artist of the Year award recipient for 2021

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Wizkid (sobriquet Big Wiz or StarBoy) receives the honour as Apple Music Artist of the Year (Africa) for 2021. The annual award held by the premier streaming platform praises individual artites for having a stellar year on its music platform both through streams and culturally.

On Wizkid winning, an excerpt from Apple Music reads: ” In October 2020, he released “Made in Lagos,” his critically acclaimed and most commercially successful album, which included his hit song “Essence,” a track that gained 125 million plays on Apple Music and over 2.8 million Shazams. This past year, he’s been the most streamed African artist on the continent on Apple Music and ranked on the Daily Top 100 charts in 60 countries, in addition to his monthly plays on Apple Music growing by more than 250 percent outside of Africa.”

“Thank you to Apple Music for this award”, Wizkid said, continuing, “It’s a blessing to get to do what I do, and I’m proud to be representing for Africa.”, Ayodeji “Wizkid” Balogun says in thank you speech. The Apple Music Award, the third annual series will air on Apple Music and Apple TV starting Tuesday, December 7, 2021.

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