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Janet Jackson Hit the Akwaaba Dance at The Billboard Music Awards and It Was Everything

The legendary singer took home the Icon Award at last night's show.

Janet Jackson received a long-overdue icon award at last night's Billboard Music awards, which saw some of the biggest names in music gather in Las Vegas to celebrate their chart-topping successes.

There were many highlights, but we were mostly watching to see Ms. Jackson command the stage like she's done so many times in the past, and she did not disappoint.


The 52-year-old star ran through some of her most memorable hits like "Nasty Boy," and "If." At one point during her electrifying performance, the singer hit the Akwaaba dance, popularized by Mr Eazi earlier this year upon the release of his collaboration with Guiltybeatz and Patapaa by the same name.

The musician shared his excitement over the queen performing the dance during her set on Instagram this morning, "I woke up to DMs from my fans, telling me Janet Jackson had done the #Akwaaba on the Billboard stage," he wrote, also adding that he'll be dropping two new singles this week.

See Janet hit the move below:

Janet isn't the only pop star jumping on African dance crazes either. Back in February, Rihanna sent the internet ablaze when she did the Gwara Gwara at the Grammy's.

The singer became the first black woman ever to receive the icon award—yes, in 2018—and gave a moving speech. "It's a moment when at long last women have made it clear that we will no longer be controlled, manipulated or abused," she said. "I stand with those women and with those men equally outraged by discrimination who support us in heart and mind."

Other highlights from the billboard music awards included Kendrick Lamar's six wins, a tribute to the victims of the Santa Fe shooting in Texas, and a reunion performance by Salt and Peppa and En Vogue.

'Sailing Back to Africa as a Dutch Woman,' 2017, from Fortia. By Keyezua, photo courtesy of Steven Kasher Gallery.

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This year, African visual artists have done their due diligence to carve their own path leading to creative autonomy, authentic storytelling and straight up greatness.

From photography and film, to even mixed-media art, the following have produced stand-out work that deserve their due accolades.

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Here's Every African Designer Beyoncé Wore During Her Trip to South Africa

"Thank you to the talented African designers who kept me feeling fresh. Y'all go so hard," the singer wrote on Instagram.

Beyoncé opted for bold colors and rich patterns during her trip to South Africa earlier this month for Global Citizen Festival, making a vibrant fashion statement with every outfit she was spotted in.

During her performance, the singer sported an ancient Egyptian-inspired beaded body suit, a bodice designed similarly to traditional Zulu jewelry and an emerald green ensemble made in collaboration with South African designers Enhle Mbali Maphumulo of Manual Rossa Apparel and Quiteria & George—but she rocked African-made looks off the stage as well.

In an Instagram post today, Queen Bey shared a slideshow of some of the striking outfits she rocked while in South Africa, and gave a shoutout to the designers behind them. "Thank you to the talented African designers who kept me feeling fresh. Y'all go so hard," wrote Queen Bey.

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These Nigerian Songs Broke YouTube and Google Records in 2018

Davido's "Fall" has set another YouTube record, while Wizkid's "Fever" was the most googled Nigerian song.

Nigerian music had a big year, and the numbers prove it.

After becoming the most watched Nigerian music video on YouTube earlier this month, the video for Davido's hit song "Fall" has set a new record, becoming the first Nigerian music video to reach 100 million views on YouTube.

The music video, which was uploaded in 2017, edged out Yemi Alade's memorable 2014 video for "Johnny," which currently sits at 98 million views to claim the title.

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Last time we checked in, "Fall," directed by Daps, was sitting at just over 98 million views as well, which means it gained 2 million new views in just 2 weeks, as Konbini points out.

Davido - Fall (Official Music Video) youtu.be

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