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Wizkid Triumphs at the 2019 BET Soul Train Awards

Starboy Ayodeji Balogun a.k.a Wizkid has emerged among the league of champions at the 2019 edition of the BET Soul Train Awards, for his collaboration on Beyonce’s “Brown Skin Girl”.

Graced by various International R&B and Soul recording artistes, the award ceremony, was recently held at The Orleans Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada. With big wins by Chris Brown, Drake, Khalid and J. Cole, the lights shone on the face of Africa, as “Brown Skin Girl”, one of the most popular tracks from- The Lion King: The Gift album, won the Ashford & Simpson Songwriter’s Award. It was indeed a multiple win for Wizkid in collaboration with Beyonce, her seven year old daughter Blue Ivy Carter and SAINT JHN, the Guyanese-American rapper and songwriter.

Beyonce and Blue Ivy pose on the red carpet

For the Princess, Blue Ivy, this is her first songwriting award among her other numerous achievements as a cultural icon.

Reports by the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) has it that prior to this win,Wizkid has made it three times to the nominee list  of the prestigious Soul Train Awards, the annual event aimed at honouring the best in black music and entertainment.

The “Brown Skin Girl” win is a huge triumph not just for Wizkid, but the African Music industry in entirety, as Queen Beyonce herself previously stated that the genre of the song is both  R&B and Afrobeats.

With the way the hit song “Brown Skin Girl” literally had a dwelling on the lips of almost every brown skin and even black skin girls across the globe, it’s not a surprise the song thrived and gained such a huge accolade at the awards.

The glam Beyonce

The 4 minutes, 8 seconds “Brown Skin Girl” is one of the many collaborations Beyonce had with various African artistes including: Burna Boy, Tiwa Savage, Yemi Alade, Shatta Wale, Mr. Eazi, Tekno, Busiswa and many others, all on the album ‘The Lion King: The Gift.

The album track list was revealed on July 16, 2019 via Beyonce’s official website, with the main release 3 days later. Within the same month of release, “Brown Skin Girl” soared to the Billboard Hot 100 Chart, debuting at No. 76.

It must give a sweet tingly, to see African music and musicians ranking with top world music giants.

With this, we say: Cheers To Wizkid on the big win!

People are saying they want more of these types of collaboration between American musical icons and Afrobeats start. Do you agree? Tell us what you think in the comment section below.

Eden Benibo

Author: Eden Benibo

Eden Benibo, Deputy Editor & Writer at Afrobeats360. Also a poet & lover of music adorned with edible lyrics. She believes Music & Poetry are like twinkling stars to dark nights

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