The Trace Africa Awards, a global celebration of the best talent on the African continent and beyond honored with awards those who have made a significant contribution to the world of music, with various categories celebrating the talent across the diverse music scene in Africa and its broader impact across the globe.
Davido: Nigerian superstar, Davido, shone through after clinching two prestigious prizes for the Best Male Artist and Best Collaboration, which he shared with South Africa’s Musa Keys, for their hit “Unavailable.” This double win confirmed his prominence and influence in African music.
Rema: Another upcoming star from Nigeria, Rema made his presence felt as he took home awards in both the Global African Artist and Song of the Year categories with his track “Calm Down.” His music has stretched across borders and this continues to solidify the young act as a force to be reckoned with in the music world.
Burna Boy “Love Damini” by Burna Boy won the award for Best Album which further thrusts his contribution to African music and impact on the international stage.
Vivian Chidid: The Best Female Artist award was rightfully claimed by Vivian Chidid, recognizing her exceptional talent and dedication to her craft.
Diamond Platnumz – Best East African Male Artist. We are reminded that Diamond Platnumz life story from the humblest of beginnings is a testament to hard work and achieving success.
Bruce Melodie – Best Rwandese Artist . A reminder that we all have our part to celebrate in showcasing the amazing creativity and talent of the local music.
Didi B: Ivory Coast’s Didi B was celebrated as the Best Artist in Africa – Francophone, while KS Bloom and Tam Sir from the same country earned recognition in the Best Gospel Artist and Best Producer categories, respectively.
Lisandro Cuxi:Best Artist in Africa – Lusophone, showcasing the diversity of African music.
2Face: Lifetime Achievement award. Nigerian music legend 2Face was acknowledged for his long and remarkable career and his lasting influence on the music industry.
Rutshelle Guillance: Rutshelle Guillance was recognized as the Best Artist from the Caribbean, highlighting the rich musical traditions of the region
Goulam: Best Artist from the Indian Ocean, highlighting the cultural diversity and vast musical talent from the region
Dystinct: Dystinct was crowned as the Best Artist from North Africa, underscoring the region’s contribution to the African music landscape.
Yemi Alade: Yemi Alade’s hit “Baddie” earned her the Best Video award, celebrating her creative prowess in the visual realm.
Mr Eazi: Music maker and entrepreneur Mr Eazi received the special Changemaker award for his philanthropic work, recognizing his efforts to make a positive impact beyond the music industry.
Central Cee: British rapper Central Cee won the title of Best Artist – UK, demonstrating the global reach and influence of African and Afro-inspired music.
Tayc: Tayc took home the trophy for Best Artist – France & Belgium, showcasing the resonance of African music in Europe.
Ludmilla: Best Brazilian Artist – underlining the international appeal of Brazilian music.
Michael Brun: Michael Brun was named Best DJ for Haiti, celebrating the role of DJs in shaping the music scene.
Artists from over thirty nations were involved in the Trace Africa Music Awards, connecting the unique and vibrant music cultures from all over the world which clearly highlighted the global reach and diversity of African and Afro-inspired music.