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The year 2023 witnessed an enthralling journey in the world of music, with artistes captivating audiences globally. From streaming sensations to rising stars, let’s explore the Top 10 Artistes in Nigeria, who defined this remarkable year.
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Burna Boy: Streaming Sensation

Okay Africa
Burna Boy continued to dominate the music scene in 2023, earning the title of the Most Streamed African Artiste in Sub-Saharan Africa on Spotify. With four Grammy nominations for the 2024 awards, Burna Boy’s global impact was undeniable.

Tems: A Rising Star

Tems, born Temilade Openiyi, started the year on a high note as a Grammy award winner for her collaboration on Future’s “WAIT FOR U”. Her songwriting prowess was further recognized at the BMI Awards, where she secured the R&B/Hip-Hop Songwriter of the Year award.

Davido: Timeless Success

Okay Africa
Davido’s latest album, “Timeless,” soared to new heights, earning a spot on the Billboard Top 50 Best Albums of 2023. His successful Timeless World Tour and three Grammy nominations capped off a stellar year.
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Rema: Chart-Topping Phenom

Hindustan Times
Rema’s chart-topping hit ‘Calm Down’ dominated the airwaves, securing the number-one spot on the US Radio Songs chart for ten weeks.

Wizkid’s Stadium Spectacle

The Telegraph
On July 29, 2023, a staggering crowd of over 60,000 individuals reportedly gathered to witness the Grammy-winning artist during his inaugural stadium headline performance in the United Kingdom. This event marks a significant stop on Wizkid’s tour promoting his fifth album, ‘More Love, Less Ego,’ which was released in November 2022. The massive turnout attests to the artist’s widespread popularity and the anticipation surrounding his latest musical endeavour.
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Ayra Star: Youthful Triumph

Capital News
At just 21 years old, Ayra Starr made a significant mark in the music industry. She clinched the Headies Award for Best Female Artiste in 2023, showcasing her talent and impact. This accomplishment was followed by a prestigious Grammy nomination in the Best African Music Performance category for her hit track, “RUSH.”

Tiwa Savage’s Royal Performance

Tiwa Savage, the Nigerian superstar musician, etched her name in history with a groundbreaking performance at the King Charles coronation. Taking centre stage during the star-studded concert on the East Lawn at Windsor Castle following the coronation of King Charles and Queen Camilla on Saturday, Tiwa Savage delivered an exceptional rendition of “Keys to the Kingdom.”

Kizz Daniel’s ‘My G’ Challenge

Cool FM
In 2023, Kizz Daniel treated us to the hit single ‘My G’. This sensational track, delivered by the renowned music maestro, songwriter, and icon, quickly became a social media trend and even sparked a challenge.

Flavour’s Highlife Mastery

Legit NG
Certainly! If you’re a highlife music enthusiast, the captivating rhythms and melodies of ‘Levels’ by the Nigerian highlife maestro, Flavour, must have been a delightful experience for you.
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Spyro’s Street Anthems

Daily Trust
Spyro delivered two street anthems in 2023 – ‘Who’s Your Guy Remix’ and ‘Only Fine Girl,’ showcasing his creative prowess and ability to capture the essence of the streets through his music.


The year 2023 has undoubtedly been a symphony of musical marvels, with artists across genres leaving an indelible mark on the global stage. As we bid farewell to this sensational year, the echoes of these unforgettable performances will resonate for years to come. Featured Image Source: Daily Trust
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This article was first published on 25th December 2023


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