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Anatii Has Been Nominated for BET's Soul Train Awards Alongside Beyoncé

The nomination is in recognition of the South African rapper's contribution as a composer to Beyoncé's 'Brown Skin Girl'.

Beyoncé's The Lion King: The Gift album has landed a number of nominations within the subcategories of BET's prestigious Soul Train Awards. "Spirit" has been nominated for both "Best Dance Performance" and "Video of the Year" while "Brown Skin Girl", which featured Blue Ivy, Wizkid and Saint Jhn, has been nominated for "Best Collaboration" and The Ashford and Simpson Songwriter's Award. The latter is where South African hip-hop artist and rapper Anatii is up for a nomination because of his contribution as a composer, according to Billboard. Fellow composers Michael Uzowuru and Ayodeji Balogun as well as several other composers have also been nominated for the award.


It is unsurprising that "Brown Skin Girl" has been nominated for multiple categories within the Soul Train Award. The hit track, which swiftly took the world by storm when it dropped, has since become an uplifting anthem for Black girls everywhere. It prompted excited reactions in the form of the #BrownSkinGirlChallenge where the likes of Lupita Nyong'o (who Beyoncé name drops in the song) participated. The track also inspired a number of cover versions including that of Ghanaian-British rapper Stormzy and Nigerian artist Simi.

WATCH: This Clip of the Dream Catchers Dancing to 'Brown Skin Girl' Is the Cutest Thing You'll See Today

The Soul Train Awards will take place on November 17th in Las Vegas.

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Interview: Bizzle Osikoya Is the A&R Shaping the Voice of a New Generation

We caught up with the A&R expert and co-founder of The Plug Management to talk about the fast-rising demand for Nigerian music and what it takes to break out as an artist.

The meteoric rise of Nigeria's burgeoning music industry over the last few years is definitely one for the books. From high profile collaborations that have graced international charts to appearances on American late night TV and a Grammy nomination, the Nigerian sound is sitting at the epicenter of a global conversation that the world—including Queen Bey herself —seem to scrabbling to get a piece of the action.

However, way before this global infiltration and westernized conflation of Africa's assortment of genres into one Afrobeats, Bizzle Osikoya was studying Music Business in England and plotting for a way to be a part of what he knew was inevitable. "I remember going to clubs in school and they would always play Jamaican music but rarely Nigerian songs. I knew we made good music here but I knew I couldn't sing. So I was motivated to come back, go behind the scenes, and see how we can make that crossover possible," he tells OkayAfrica.

More than a decade after making the intrepid decision to venture into A&R, helping artists find and develop their sound, Bizzle's creative genius has cascaded across different musical generations, from the piracy rife CD mix era with artists like Naeto C, Wande Coal and Dr. Sid to a streaming era populated with hits from Reekado Banks, Tiwa Savage and Davido.

Following the success of his latest project, Oxlade's Oxygene, we caught up with the A&R expert and co-founder of the Plug Management—a talent management company that has managed Davido, Peruzzi and DJ Obi—to talk about what it takes to break out as an artist, the fast-rising demand for Nigerian music, and how "alté" is not the same thing as alternative music.

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