Nigerians do not cease to make us proud both at home and abroad. This time, the news spotlights Nigeria’s own Starboy, Ayo Balogun (Wizkid) and the songwriter, Michael Uzowuru.
The duo won the 2019 Ashford and Simpson Songwriters award on Sunday, 17 November 2019.
They won the renowned Ashford and Simpson Songwriters’ Award alongside Beyonce Knowles, Carlos St. John, Adio Marchant, Blue Ivy Carter, Anathi Mnyango, Richard Isong and Saint Jhn for their efforts in the Beyonce’s song ‘Brown Skin Girl’.
The event was held at the famous Orleans Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.A.
Below is a list of some of the categories, nominees and winners of the annual award:
Rhythm & Bars Award:
21 Savage feat J.Cole, A lot
Cardi B, Money (WINNER)
Meek Mill feat Drake, Going Bad
Megan thee Stallion feat DaBaby, Cash
Best New Artist
Summer Walker (WINNER)
Best R&B/Soul Female Artist
Mary J. Blige
Best R&B/Soul Male Artist
Album/Mixtape of the Year
Cuz I Love, Lizzo (WINNER)
Shea Butter Baby, Ari Lennox
Indigo, Chris Brown
Ella Mai, Ella Mai
I Used To Know Her, H.E.R.
Free Spirit, Khalid
Song of the Year
No Guidance, Chris Brown feat. Drake (WINNER)
Before I Let Go, Beyonce
Shot Clock, Ella Mai
Girls Need Love (Remix), Summer Walker feat. Drake
Video of the Year
Lizzo, Juice (WINNER)
Alicia Key, Raise A Man
Childish Gambino, Feels Like Summer
Congrats to Wizkid and Michael Uzowuru. Michael Uzowuru is a Nigerian songwriter and producer who has written songs for some of the biggest artists in America.
Other than ‘Brown Skin Girl’, Uzowuru is also credited to have written songs like ‘Days Like This’ by Goldlink featuring Khalid, and ‘Mood 4 Eva’ by Beyonce featuring Jay-Z and Childish Gambino.
For Wizkid, this is the 4th award he has won in 2019. Others being MOBO Awards for the Best International Act, Artiste of the Year and Best West African Artiste categories.
The ‘Ojuelegba’ crooner is also expected to win big at the 2019 AFRIMA Awards which will be held from the 20-23 November 2019.
He has been nominated in 4 categories.
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