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SEE FULL LIST: Burna Boy earns 4 nominations for 2023 Soul Train Awards

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Burna Boy, the Afro-fusion singer, has bagged four nominations for the 2023 Soul Train Awards.

The ‘Last Last’ hitmaker was nominated in the ‘Best R&B/Soul Male Artiste’, ‘Album of The Year’, ‘Best Collaboration’, and ‘The Ashford and Simpson Songwriter’s Award’ categories.

Ayra Starr, the Nigerian singer, and Tyla from South Africa, also made their debut entry into this year’s ‘Best New Artiste’ category.

Summer Walker, SZA, and Usher bagged the most nominations with nine nods.

In a statement on Thursday, Monde Twala, senior vice president and general manager of BET International, described the African nominees as “exceptional”.

“Burna Boy, Ayra Starr and Tyla have been exceptional this year, and their presence on this global stage underlines the transformative impact of African talent on the world of soul music,” Twala said.

“We are proud to have their craft being recognized on this remarkable platform.”

The 2023 Soul Train Awards will premiere on Monday, November 27 at 02:00 a.m. West African time (WAT) on BET Africa, DStv Channel 129.

See the full list below:

BEST NEW ARTIST 

AMBRÉ   

AYRA STARR     

COCO JONES    

DOECHII 

FLO       

FRIDAYY 

TYLA       

WANMOR           

CERTIFIED SOUL AWARD 

ANTHONY HAMILTON   

ASHANTI 

CIARA     

ERIC BELLINGER          

MONICA  

PJ MORTON       

RONALD ISLEY & THE ISLEY BROTHERS     

T-PAIN     

USHER 

BEST GOSPEL/INSPIRATIONAL AWARD 

ALL OF THE GLORY   –  SHIRLEY CAESAR 

ALL THINGS   –  KIRK FRANKLIN 

CAME TOO FAR  –  FRIDAYY FEAT. MAVERICK CITY MUSIC & MY MOM 

CRY  –  KORYN HAWTHORNE 

FEEL ALRIGHT (BLESSED) – ERICA CAMPBELL 

GOD PROBLEMS –  MAVERICK CITY MUSIC, CHANDLER MOORE, NAOMI RAINE 

THE JOURNEY   –  H.E.R. 

TRY LOVE   –  KIRK FRANKLIN 

BEST R&B/SOUL FEMALE ARTIST 

ARI LENNOX      

BEYONCÉ          

COCO JONES    

H.E.R.      

JANELLE MONÁE          

SUMMER WALKER        

SZA         

VICTORIA MONÉT 

BEST R&B/SOUL MALE ARTIST 

6LACK     

BABYFACE         

BRENT FAIYAZ  

BURNA BOY       

CHRIS BROWN  

ERIC BELLINGER          

OCTOBER LONDON      

USHER   

ALBUM OF THE YEAR 

THE AGE OF PLEASURE   –   JANELLE MONÁE 

AGE/SEX/LOCATION      –     ARI LENNOX 

CLEAR 2: SOFT LIFE EP   –   SUMMER WALKER 

GIRLS NIGHT OUT (EXTENDED) – BABYFACE 

I TOLD THEM  –    BURNA BOY 

JAGUAR II   –   VICTORIA MONÉT 

SOS    –    SZA 

WHAT I DIDN’T TELL YOU (DELUXE)  –  COCO JONES 

SONG OF THE YEAR 

BACK TO YOUR PLACE   –   OCTOBER LONDON 

FAVORITE SONG  –   TOOSII 

GOOD GOOD   –   USHER, SUMMER WALKER, 21 SAVAGE 

ICU   –  COCO JONES 

KILL BILL  –  SZA 

LIPSTICK LOVER   –   JANELLE MONÁE 

ON MY MAMA   –  VICTORIA MONÉT 

SNOOZE  –    SZA 

THE ASHFORD AND SIMPSON SONGWRITER’S AWARD 

BACK TO YOUR PLACE  –  OCTOBER LONDON 

FAVORITE SONG  –   TOOSII 

GOOD GOOD   –    USHER, SUMMER WALKER, 21 SAVAGE 

ICU   –   COCO JONES 

KILL BILL   –   SZA 

ON MY MAMA   –  VICTORIA MONÉT 

SITTIN’ ON TOP OF THE WORLD  –  BURNA BOY FEAT. 21 SAVAGE 

SNOOZE  –   SZA 

BEST DANCE PERFORMANCE 

BETTER THANGS  –  CIARA FEAT. SUMMER WALKER 

BOYFRIEND  –  USHER 

GOOD GOOD  –  USHER, SUMMER WALKER, 21 SAVAGE 

HOW WE ROLL   –  CIARA & CHRIS BROWN 

ON MY MAMA   –  VICTORIA MONÉT 

SNOOZE  –   SZA 

SUMMER TOO HOT   –  CHRIS BROWN 

UNDER THE INFLUENCE   –   CHRIS BROWN 

VIDEO OF THE YEAR 

BACK TO YOUR PLACE  –  OCTOBER LONDON 

BOY’S A LIAR PT. 2   –  PINKPANTHERESS & ICE SPICE 

BOYFRIEND  –   USHER 

GOOD GOOD  –   USHER, SUMMER WALKER, 21 SAVAGE 

ICU  –   COCO JONES 

KILL BILL    –  SZA 

LIPSTICK LOVER    –  JANELLE MONÁE 

ON MY MAMA  –   VICTORIA MONÉT 

SPECIAL  –  LIZZO  

BEST GROUP 

DVSN      

FLO          

JAGGED EDGE  

KOOL & THE GANG       

MAVERICK CITY MUSIC           

PHONY PPL        

RONALD ISLEY & THE ISLEY BROTHERS     

TANK AND THE BANGAS         

WANMOR           

BEST COLLABORATION 

AMERICA HAS A PROBLEM (REMIX)  –BEYONCÉ FEAT. KENDRICK LAMAR 

BOY’S A LIAR, PT. 2   –  PINKPANTHERESS & ICE SPICE 

CREEPIN’ (REMIX)  – METRO BOOMIN, THE WEEKND, DIDDY FEAT. 21 SAVAGE

FLY GIRL   –   FLO FEAT. MISSY ELLIOTT 

GOOD GOOD   –  USHER, SUMMER WALKER, 21 SAVAGE 

SITTIN’ ON TOP OF THE WORLD  – BURNA BOY FEAT. 21 SAVAGE 

SPECIAL   –   LIZZO FEAT. SZA 

TO SUMMER, FROM COLE (AUDIO HUG)  – SUMMER WALKER, J. COLE 

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Mother of popular Hausa musician, Rarara, regains freedom

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The mother of the famous Hausa political singer, Dauda Adamu Kahutu, popularly known as Rarara, has been freed by bandits.

The news of her release was confirmed by Rarara, on his verified Instagram handle on Wednesday morning.

Details about the release of the 75-year-old Raraya mother are unclear, but unconfirmed reports indicate that a ransom of millions of naira was paid for her freedom.

Recall that Rarara’s mother, Hajiya Hauwa’u Adamu, was kidnapped on June 28, 2024, from her residence in Kahutu village. According to a source, the incident occurred around 1:00 am, shortly after a large group of bandits armed with AK-47 rifles invaded the village.

“The bandits stormed the village barefoot and operated for a few minutes. Upon their arrival in the village, the bandits went straight to the residence of the victim and picked only her, ignoring other people they met in the house.

Following the abduction, police authorities in Katsina State announced that two suspects have been arrested for questioning.

“Upon receipt of the report, promptly, the DPO Danja led a team of operatives to the scene with a view to arresting the culprits and unhurt rescue of the victim,” the spokesman of the Katsina Police Command Abubakar Sadiq said.

“During investigation, two (2) suspects were arrested for questioning. Further development will be communicated in due course as the investigation proceeds,” he added.

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Ini Dima-Okojie reveals that her fibroids have returned 3 years after surgery

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Three years after undergoing invasive surgery to remove fibroids, Nigerian actress Ini Dima-Okojie has announced that the fibroids have returned.

Taking to Instagram on July 17, 2024, the actress addressed her followers and fans and updated them about the challenges she’s facing and her plans moving forward.

She explained, “I want to share something important with you today. If you’ve been following me, you would probably know that before the end of 2020, I had a myomectomy, which is an evasive surgery to take out fibroids. The surgery was successful; my doctor removed every single fibroid and I healed well. It’s been 3 years since the surgery and unfortunately, the fibroids are back.”

Acknowledging the emotional toll of this setback, she admitted that the news has been hard on her, adding that she has no intentions of undergoing fresh surgery to have them removed.

“It’s very disheartening and it hasn’t been the easiest couple of months but I’m okay. I’ve come to terms with it, and I definitely don’t want to do another surgery anytime soon. This time I want to take a holistic approach towards shrinking the fibroids,” she said.

The actress added, “I just thought it was important to share and it wasn’t easy. I remember the first time I shared my story and how many women felt seen and many people shared their stories with me.”

Ini Dima-Okojie highlighted the importance of raising awareness about fibroids, particularly among black women.

“Too many black women go through this and it wasn’t being talked about enough and it’s still not being talked about enough. I don’t even know if a remedy is being found for it. I’m going to be paying for 20 women to get their screening done; it’s very important,” she said.

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I’m so livid – Simi reacts to backlash for saying she does not listen to music

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Nigerian singer Simi has taken to social media to voice her frustration over the misinterpretation of her comment, in which she stated that she does not really listen to music.

Following the backlash from social media users over her statement, she took to X to clear the air, saying, “I’m deading that shit immediately. I said I don’t listen to music. I don’t know songs. If I wasn’t me, I wouldn’t know my songs, and if I wasn’t with my man, I probably wouldn’t know his either, because I don’t listen to anything.”

The singer went on to express disappointment with media coverage of her statements, accusing some outlets of twisting her words to provoke negative reactions.

“I hate doing these stupid interviews sometimes because they don’t care about supporting you. They will either lie or post things out of context so people can pile on you. I hate wicked people. And I said this in response to a question in an interview,” she added.

“I’m so livid. Leave me alone,” she wrote in another post.

A curious fan asked on X, “Did you actually say that? Cos I’m of the belief that only people who listen to a LOT of good music can make the kinda music you make. I’d know, I write songs too.”

“I don’t listen to anything. I find a voice I like, I binge their project for a month and move on. I don’t listen to songs or know any artists that are not in my face. It’s not a flex. It’s just my truth. I try and I’m terrible at it,” she responded.

All this comes after her recent interview on the Zero Conditions Podcast, where she stated that, contrary to popular opinion, she does not really listen to music. She also stressed that the reason she knows her husband, Adekunle Gold’s music is because they are married.

In her words, “I don’t know anybody. The reason I know my husband’s songs is because I am married to him; the reason I am listening to my album now is because it just came out. In another few weeks, I won’t listen as much.”

See the full interview below:

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