In the 53rd NAACP Image Awards, also known as the 2022 NAACP Image Awards, Nigerian music star Wizkid’s song “Essence” won the Outstanding International Song award.
KAMPALA | LIFESTYLE UGANDA (https://lifestyleuganda.com/) — At the 53rd National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, also known as the NAACP Image Awards, on Saturday, “Essence” by Wizkid featuring fellow musician Tems won the Outstanding International Song award.
- For the third consecutive year, Wizkid wins the NAACP Image Award.
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- Check out the full list of winners from the 2022 NAACP Image Awards here.
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At the NAACP Image Awards, Wizkid beat out other singers such as Saweetie, Fye Fye, Chlöe and Silk Sonic to win ‘Outstanding Music Video/Visual Album.
In his battle for the award for ‘Outstanding International Song,’ Wizkid defeated Fireboy DML, Tiwa Savage, Ghana’s KiDi, and Omah Lay.
The NAACP Image Awards, first presented in 1967, honor exceptional achievements by people of color in film, television, music, and literature. This year’s edition recognized achievements across over 80 categories, which were announced in virtual ceremonies throughout the week.
Wizkid’s ‘Essence’, featuring Tems, topped Fireboy DML’s ‘Peru’, Tiwa Savage’s Brandy-assisted ‘Somebody’s Son’, Omah Lay’s ‘Understand’, and KiDi’s ‘Touch It’ to win Wizkid his third NAACP Image Award.
It was Beyoncé’s ‘Brown Skin Girl’ which won the Outstanding Music Video/Visual Album Award last year; Wizkid’s role in the track also earned him the Outstanding Duo or Group Award in 2020.
The song is taken from Wizkid’s Grammy-nominated fourth album Made in Lagos, the song and album are both up for awards at the 2022 GRAMMYS: ‘Essence’ for Best Global Music Performance and Made in Lagos for Best Global Music Album.
Following the song’s global success, which charted on both the Billboard Hot 100 and the Billboard Global 200, Wizkid released a remix of ‘Essence’ that featured Justin Bieber’s verse.
After surpassing Cape Verdean singer Cesaria Evora’s eponymous album with 66 weeks on the chart, Made in Lagos is now the longest-running album by an African act on Billboard World Albums Chart.
Check out the full list of winners from the 2022 NAACP Image Awards, including Jennifer Hudson, this year’s biggest winner.
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