Between Davido, Kizz Daniel, Olamide, Tiwa Savage and Wizkid Who is the 2018 Artiste of the Year?
It has been a wonderful year for music lovers, producers, and musicians all over the country. There are numerous hit tracks released this year, a lot of A-list artistes gave their fans nonstop hits all year round.
Several A-list musicians in Nigeria did way more than we expected but in this list, I will be mentioning only six in no particular order. Truth is even among the best there is always the ‘Bestest’.
First on my list is none other than ‘Omo Balogun’, Wizzy. Wizkid has been one of the most consistent artistes since dropping his first single in 2011.
Star boy had a wonderful year with bangers every other quarter. We started the year listening to the leftover of his 2017’s Manya, soon after that he dropped Soco, Soco is been rated by many as the song of the year before we could get tired of Soco, Wizzy was feature in another song rated to be the best collaboration of the year, Duncan Mighty’s Fake Love. Shortly after that, he was featured in Olamide’s Kana, another banger. Wizkid hook in Skepta’s Bad Energy is one of the best hooks out of Naija.
In the second half of the year, Wizzy dropped 3 chart-topping singles Fever, Master Groove and the most anticipated song of 2018 Gucci Snake. Wizkid’s Fever visual broke the record of the most views on YouTube in the first 24 hours.
No doubt, Star Boy had a tremendous year from his solo songs to collaborations, He was on point throughout 2018.
Some of Wizkid’s hit songs in 2018 include but not limited to:
- DJ Spinall’s Nowo
- One More Drink
- Skepta’s Energy (Stay far away)
Second on this list is ‘OluwaBurna’, Burna Boy. Burna Boy also had a wonderful year. He obviously outdid himself this year. Burna has been an A-list artiste for years but he broke new grounds this year with his ‘Outside’ album.
One of the best songs in the album is ‘Ye’ another song rated to be in the category and possibly winning the song of the year award. But before ‘Ye’ Burna Boy had release songs like ‘Gba’, ‘De Ja Vu’ which didn’t do badly on the chart. In the second half of the year, Burna released ‘Gbona’ another banger.
The Afro-fusion singer was able to expand his fan base this year with his hit singles and album.
Some of other Burna Boy’s hit songs in 2018 are
- Rock Your Body
- Devil in California
- Heaven’s Gate
- Koni Baje.
The third artist on my list is the leader of the 30 billion gangs himself, Davido. David Adeleke who is also one of the A-list artists that have been consistent in this decade didn’t let this year pass him by as he gave his fans hit songs all 2018.
After having a tremendous year in 2017, Davido brought in more Sauce for the year 2018.
We started the year listening to leftover of his 2017 masterpiece such as IF, FIA and ‘Like dat’
Davido started 2018 with some banging collaborations with his DMW crew, hit songs like ‘Aje’ and ‘Mind’ were chart-topping music for weeks. The ace artiste dropped ‘Assurance’ and changed the game for all Nigerian men. In the second half of the year, Davido dropped ‘Nwa Baby’ and ‘Aza’ featuring Duncan Mighty and Peruzzi. He was also featured in Kizz Daniel’s hit single ‘One Ticket’.
Davido did have a great year and is a top contender for the prestigious award.
Some of Davido’s other hit songs in 2018 are:
- Flora my Flawa
- Dremo’s Kpa
- Kizz Daniel’s One Ticket
Next on the list is ‘Badoo Sneh’, Olamide. Olamide also had a wonderful year full of hit singles by the 29-year-old hip-hop artiste. He welcomed us into 2018 with his club banger, Science Student and soon after that he dropped another hit, Kana, featuring Wizkid before long Olamide dropped another vibe, ‘Motigbana’ and later he dropped Logba Logba. He has visual for all his chart-topping singles this year.
Olamide who has been consistent since 2011 is also a great contender for the crown this year.
Some of Olamide’s hit songs in 2018 are:
- Science Student
- Logba Logba
- DJ Neptune’s Shawa Shawa
Next is the ‘STEWnation’ First Lady, Tiwa Savage. Tiwatope Savage-Balogun is also a contender for the ultimate prize this year. Tiwa who recently won the Best African Act at MTV Europe Music Awards beating the likes of Davido, Distruction Boyz, Fally Ipupa and more. Tiwa also dropped enough jams this year for her fans and music lovers all around the country and beyond.
Her hit songs in 2018 include and not limited to:
- Lova Lova
- Tiwa Vibes
- D’banj’s Shake it
Finally on my list is “Vador the great”, Kizz Daniel formerly known as Kiss Danel. Kizz who to me has not dropped any bad song since his first single ‘Woju’ in 2016 dropped numerous hit songs this year either in a featured song or on his personal tracks. Kizz was outstanding this year.
Kizz whose second studio album titled ‘No bad song (NBS)’ is set to be released anytime from now is also a contender for the prestigious award.
His songs in 2018 include but not limited to:
- DJ Spinall’s Baba
- CDQ’s Gbayi
- DJ Neptune’s Wait
There you have it, 6 artists, 1 award, who will come out on top is left to the award organizers and fans that vote. If you don’t have any of the songs mentioned above on your playlist kindly update now.
Disclaimer: This list does not represent the nominees of any awards in Nigeria or beyond, it is a list composed by a music lover and so it might vary depending on different award organizers.
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