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Wizkid, Davido, Tiwa Savage, Jidenna and More Nominated For 2017 Nigeria Entertainment Awards

The nominees for the 12th annual Nigeria Entertainment Awards have just been announced.

DIASPORA—The nominees for the 12th annual Nigeria Entertainment Awards have just been announced, and some of our favorite artists have made the cut.

With the wealth of musicians and entertainers coming out of the country, there were no shortage of artists to choose from. Big names like Wizkid, Davido, Tekno and Mr Eazi are all nominated in multiple categories and will be contending for the title of "Best Afropop Male Artist."

Yemi Alade, Tiwa SavageOmawumi are all nominated "Best Afropop Female Artist." Other noteworthy nominees include Olamide, JidennaRuntown, P-Square, Phyno, Burna Boy, and DJ Spinall. 

Non-Nigerian nominees include Vanessa Mdee, Efya, Nasty C and Cassper Nyovest.

For the first time ever, this year's awards will also include an 'Afrosoca' category.

The show takes place on September 3 in New York City, stay posted to see which artists take home awards. Check below for a full list of nominees.

Best Single:

Wizkid – Come closer ft Drake

Phyno – Fada Fada ft Olamide

Davido – IF

Tekno – Pana

Psquare – Bank alert

Olamide – Who you epp

Mr Eazi – Leg over

Runtown – Mad over you

Best Afro Soca Artist:

Fay-Ann Lyons

Machel Montano

Melly Rose

Olatunji Yearwood

Skinny Fabulous

Teddyson Johnson

Best Dancehall:

Burna Boy

Cynthia Morgan





Best Music Producer:

DJ Soupamodel

Kriz Beatz



Young D


Legendury Beatz

Young John

Most Promising:



Ike Chucks


Nonso AmadiOdunsi

Best Disc Jockey:

DJ Jimmy Jatt

DJ Neptune

DJ Humility


DJ Spinall

DJ Prince

DJ Xclusive

DJ Consequence

Best Diaspora Disc Jockey:

DJ Dee Money

DJ Femsta

DJ GQ Mike


DJ Tunez

DJ Cuppy

DJ Ecool

DJ Afoo

Best DJ Non-Nigerian/African:

DJ Lebbie (SL)

DJ Mensah (GH)

DJ Bossman (LIB)

DJ Joe Mfalme (KQ)

DJ Slick Stuart & Roja (UG)

DJ Vyrusky (GH)

Best Africa Female Artist [Non-Nigerian]: 

Amanda Black [SA]

Victoria Kimani [KQ]

Becca [GH]

Vanessa Mdee [TZ]

Butera Knowless [RW]

Sheeban Karungi [UG]

Efya [GH]

Queen Vee [ZIM]

Best Afropop Male Artist: 


Mr Eazi

Kiss Daniel




Best Afropop Female Artist:



Seyi Shay


Tiwa Savage

Yemi Alade

Best Album:

Adekunle Gold – Gold

MC Galaxy – MMM

Falz & Simi – Chemistry

Olamide – Glory

Kiss Daniel – New Era

Phyno – The Playmaker

Mr Eazi – Life Is Eazi

Davido – Son Of Mercy

Best Diaspora:



Ayo Jay





Tinnie Tempah

Black Excellence

Best Africa Male Artist: 

Casper Nyovest [SA]

Stonebwoy [GH]

Diamond Platnumz [TZ]

Sarkodie [GH]

Eddie Kenzo [UG]

Sauti Sol [KQ]

Nasty C [SA]

Toofan [TG]

Best New Act:







Best Rap Act:


Ice Prince

Mz Kiss




Best Indigenous:


Adekunle Gold





Best Music Video:

Aduke – Tjan [DIR: Kemi Adetiba]

All Over – Tiwa Savage [DIR: Patrick Ellis]

Bank Alert – Psquare [DIR: CP]

Come Closer – Wizkid [DIR: Daps]

IF – Davido [DIR: Q]

YOLO – Seyi Shay [DIR: Maji Alabi]

Best Collabo:

Come Closer – Wizkid Ft Drake

Iskaba – Wande Coal FT DJ Tunez

Ko Funny – CDQ FT Davido

Only Girl – Adekunle Gold FT Moelogo

Temper – Skales FT Burna Boy

Up To Something – Iyanya FT Don Jazzy & Dr Sid

Best Inspiration:

Cobhams Asuquo

Frank Edwards

Nathaniel Bassey


Timi Dakolo


Best Entertainment Executive:

Don Jazzy [Mavin]

Idris Olorunnimbe [The Temple Company]

Emperor Geezy [GWW]

Paul O [Upfront & Personal]

E-Money [Five Star]

Tobi Sanni Daniel [State Of Mind]

Adetoro Fawoshere [Right Entertainment]

Dbanj [Cream Platform]

Simi in "Selense" (Youtube)

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