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H.E.R and Chris Brown Lead Nominee Lists For 2020 Soul Train Awards

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Musicians, H.E.R and Chris Brown have a combined 15 nods with H.E.R leading by one nomination as she has been put up for 8 categories while Chris Brown comes in very close with 7 nominations, they share these nods among just 12 total categories slated for the 2020 Soul Train Awards show.

Other top celebrities nominated are: rappers and singers in Young Thug and Beyoncé – 6; Summer Walker & Usher and girls duo Chloe X Halle – 5; rapper, YG – 4 while PJ Morton and Brandy have 3 nominations each.

The 2020 Soul Train Awards will be broadcast by BET, hosted by Tichina Arnold and Trisha Campbell which will take place on November 29th, Sunday night.

The show will simulcast on BET VH1, BET Her BET Africa and MTV2 on November 29 and repeat broadcast to air on BET France on December 1, BET UK and BET South Korea on the 2nd of December.

The 12 categories with nomination list slated for the 2020 Soul Train Awards:

1. Song Of The Year:
Beyoncé – “Black Parade”
Chloe X Halle – “Do It”
Chris Brown & Young Thug – “Go Crazy”
H.E.R. Feat. YG – “Slide”
Summer Walker & Usher – “Come Thru”
Usher Feat. Ella Mai – “Don’t Waste My Time”

2. Album Of The Year:
Brandy – B7
Chloe X Halle – Ungodly Hour
Chris Brown & Young Thug – Slime & B
Jhené Aiko – Chilombo
Summer Walker – Over It
The Weeknd – After Hours

3. Video Of The Year:
Beyoncé, Blue Ivy, Saint JHN & Wizkid – “Brown Skin Girl”
Chloe X Halle – “Do It”
Chris Brown – “Go Crazy” Feat. Young Thug
H.E.R. – “Slide” Feat. YG
Lizzo – “Good As Hell”
Skip Marley & H.E.R. – “Slow Down”

4. Best R&B/Soul Female Artist:
Alicia Keys
Beyoncé
Brandy
H.E.R.
Jhené Aiko
Summer Walker

5. Best R&B/Soul Male Artist:
Anderson .Paak
Charlie Wilson
Chris Brown
PJ Morton
The Weeknd
Usher

6. Best Collaboration:
Chris Brown Feat. Young Thug – “Go Crazy”
H.E.R. Feat. YG – “Slide”
Ne-Yo Feat. Jeremih – “U 2 Luv”
Skip Marley & H.E.R. – “Slow Down”
Summer Walker & Usher – “Come Thru”
Usher Feat. Ella Mai – “Don’t Waste My Time”

7. Best New Artist:
Giveon
Layton Greene
Lonr.
Saint JHN
Snoh Aalegra
Victoria Monét

8. Rhythm & Bars:
Cardi B Feat. Megan Thee Stallion – “WAP”
Dababy Feat. Roddy Ricch – “Rockstar”
DJ Khaled Feat. Drake – “Popstar”
Drake Feat. Lil Durk – “Laugh Now Cry Later”
Megan Thee Stallion – “Savage”
Roddy Ricch – “The Box”

9. Best Dance Performance:
Beyoncé, Shatta Wale & Major Lazer – “Already”
Chloe X Halle – “Do It”
Chris Brown & Young Thug – “Go Crazy”
Danileigh Feat. Dababy – “Levi High”
Missy Elliott – “Why I Still Love You”
Teyana Taylor – “Bare Wit Me”

10. Best Gospel/Inspirational Award:
Bebe Winans
Kirk Franklin
Koryn Hawthorne
Marvin Sapp
PJ Morton
The Clark Sisters

11. Soul Train Certified Award:
Brandy
Fantasia
Kelly Rowland
Ledisi
Monica
PJ Morton

12. The Ashford And Simpson Songwriter’s Award:
“Black Parade” – Written By: Akil King, Beyonce Knowles Carter, Brittany Coney, Denisia Andrews, Derek James Dixie, Kim “Kaydence” Krysiuk, Rickie Caso Tice, Shawn Carter, Stephen Bray (Beyoncé)

“Do It” – Written By: Chloe Bailey, Halle Bailey, Scott Storch, Victoria Monet, Vincent Van Den Ende, Anton Kuhl (Chloe X Halle)

“Go Crazy” – Written By: Cameron Devaun Murphy, Christopher Brown, Dounia Aznou, Jeffrey Lamar Williams, Johnny Kelvin, Kaniel Castaneda, Omari Akinlolu, Orville Hall, Patrizio Pigliapoco, Phillip Price, Said Aznou, Soraya Benjelloun, Tre Samuels, Turrell Sims, Wayne Samuels, Zakaria Kharbouch (Chris Brown & Young Thug)

“I Can’t Breathe” – Written By: H.E.R. (H.E.R.)“Playing Games” – Written By: Summer Walker, Bryson Tiller, London Holmes, Kendall Roark Bailey, Cameron Griffin, Aubrey Robinson, Beyoncé Knowles, Kelendria Rowland, Letoya Luckett, Latavia Roberson, Lashawn Daniels, Fred Jerkins III, Rodney Jerkins (Summer Walker Feat. Bryson Tiller)

“Slide” – Written By: Charles Carter, Elijah Dias, H.E.R., Jermaine Dupri, Keenon Daequan Ray Jackson, Roger Parker, Ron Latour, Shawn Carter, Steven Arrington, Tiara Thomas, Waung Hankerson (H.E.R. Feat. YG)

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Olamide becomes the first African rapper to surpass 100 million streams on Audiomack

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Olamide Adedeji, simply called Olamide career wise, continue to show his magnificence over the Nigerian rap sector of the music industry. His 2020 released album — Carpe Diem — has surpassed over 100 million streams on Audiomack, becoming the first African rapper to achieve such feat.

Carpe Diem, Olamide’s tenth studio-album in eleven years was released last year on the 7th of October and immediately started gaining tractions and streams upon release, pushing it to positive reviews from many music critics.

Carpe Diem is also the only Hip-Hop/Rap Nigerian and African album and sixth overall to surpass the 100 million streams mark on Audiomack, joining:
Twice as Tall – Burna Boy
A Better Time – Davido
A Good Time – Davido
Get Layd – Omah Lay
Laughter, Tears and Goosebumps – Fireboy DML

All stats are gotten via @AlbumTalksHQ on Twitter

Carpe Diem currently has 100,391,785 streams on music streaming platform, Audiomack.

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Wizkid’s “Come Closer” is certified Platinum by Music Canada, becoming the first Afrobeat song to achieve that milestone

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Wizkid keeps reaching and creating milestones upon the sands of time of the Nigerian music industry and Africa at large, cementing himself as one of the greatest musicians, Africa has ever had. His 2017 single, “Come Closer” recently got certified as Platinum according to Music Canada standards.

Music Canada certifies “Come Closer” Platinum.|PC: @GoldPlatCA (Twitter).

For a record to become Platinum by Music Canada, it must have or have surpassed 40,000 units in sales and this Wizkid’s March 31, 2017 released single with Canadian-born Drake titled “Come Closer” clearly accomplish and is duly certified as one.

This makes it Wizkid’s first Platinum certified single and the first Afrobeat song to achieve such milestone.

“Come Closer” becomes first Afrobeat song to become Platinum certified.|PC: screenshot from https://musiccanada.com/certification/

“Come Closer” also appears on Wizkid third studio-album — “Sound From The Other Side” as the second track.

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Before I started singing, “I was actually a rapper” — Omah Lay

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2020 breakout music star from Nigeria, Stanley Omah Didia, better known professionally as Omah Lay granted an interview with American magazine – Teen Vogue – speaking on music, life and the #EndSARS protest which took the country by storm last year.

Omah who got his mainstream breakthrough with his debut project, an EP with the title – “Get Layd” – revealed he was not too sure on how much people would gravitate towards his style of music which he tags “Omah Lay Music”. When asked if he had any fears about his debut EP, he told Teen Vogue: “Actually before I put out Get Layd I wasn’t sure if it’ll be accepted. I wasn’t so confident about it but I enjoyed making the project.” but said he put it out nonetheless because he liked what he created and those around him were supportive and also enjoyed his music.

Speaking on why he chose to use his social media as a voice for help during the massive #EndSARS protest against the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), he revealed he had had three different tormenting encounters with the SARS force; one back at Porth Harcourt and the remaining two in Lagos, one of which he barely survived because some people recognised his face because of his music.

He added he his still very much devastated from the October 20, 2020 Lekki Massacre, “ I honestly can’t say I’ve gotten over the #LekkiMassacare and I don’t [think] I’ll ever get over it. I still dream about it, write lyrics about it”, Omah Lay discloses.

Omah Lay who also happen to be a music producer, with production credits on his own personal songs — “Bad Influence”, “Confessions”, “Damn” — and a few others, shockingly reveals: “I’ve been a producer for a very long time. I was actually a rapper, then I switched to being a music producer and I did just that for about three years.”

While sadly admitting, nowadays he barely has anytime to produce his own personal music, talk more of producing for others. Stating his primary focus right now is own making his album which is to be released in 2021 (but no date is set yet).

You can catch the full Teen Vogue Omah Lay interview here: Teen Vogue: Nigerian Afrobeat Star Omah Lay on Music, #EndSARS and More:
https://www.teenvogue.com/story/nigerian-afrobeat-star-omah-lay

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