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Asake, Burna Boy, others nominated for 2024 BRIT Awards

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Nigerian music superstars, Asake and Burna Boy have been nominated for this year’s BRIT Awards

The organisers revealed this in a statement shared on its official website on Wednesday.

Asake and Burna Boy were nominated in the International Artist of the Year category.

Shortly after his Grammy win, Burna Boy’s Twice As Tall album was also nominated for the 2021 BRIT Awards.

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According to the statement, “The International Artist of the Year category is another immense showdown of global talent; with nominees Asake, Burna Boy, Caroline Polachek, CMAT, Kylie Minogue, and Lana Del Rey.

“Others include Miley Cyrus, Olivia Rodrigo, SZA and Taylor Swift. Olivia, Miley, and SZA are also all nominated for International Song of the Year.”

Damian Christian, Managing Director and President of Promotions at Atlantic Records (part of Warner Music UK) and Chair of the BRIT Committee for 2024 said, “This year’s BRIT nominees really highlight the incredible breadth and diversity within British music.

“From breaking artists to returning greats, and with artists spanning so many genres, this year’s shortlist really feels like it has it all.”

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The winners – who will each receive an award designed this year by visual artist and painter Rachel Jones – will be revealed at The BRIT Awards with Mastercard on Saturday, 2nd March at The O2 arena, broadcast live on ITV1 and ITVX.

The statement read partly, “For 2024, The BRITs increased the number of nominees for both Artist of the Year and International Artist of the Year from five to ten.

“This change is aimed at improving representation and inclusion.

“More than half (55%) of the 2024 BRITs nominations feature women – either as a solo artist or as part of an all-woman group.

“This figure rises to 57 per cent when including women in mixed-gender groups.

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“A new genre award category R&B Act has been introduced for 2024, which along with Alternative/Rock Act, Dance Act, Pop Act, Hip Hop/Grime/Rap Act, collectively showcase the versatility, creativity and diverse styles of music in the UK.

“The winners of the genre awards will be determined by a public vote exclusively through Instagram, which will open on Thursday 1st February at 12 noon and close on Thursday, February 15, at 6pm.”

BRIT Awards in history

Launched in 1977, the BRIT Awards with Mastercard are the annual showcase for the UK music industry.

The BRIT Awards along with its sister events Classic BRITs and BRITs Icon celebrate not just the biggest successes in music

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It also operates as an important platform to introduce and promote new talent.

Once the nominations are out, the buzz and excitement escalate in the weeks leading up to what is the biggest event in the British music industry’s calendar.

Artistes are interviewed, and the internet is alive with speculation as to who will win what, but the hive of activity behind the scenes is equally intense.

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My wife and I no longer together – Ikechukwu speaks on marriage crash

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Nigerian rapper and actor, Ikechukwu Onunaku has confirmed that his marriage has ended.

Recall the former Mohits rapper tied the nuptial knot with his fiancée, Ella in May 2021.

But speaking in a recent interview with Daddy Freeze, Ikechukwu said he was now divorced.

He cited “irreconcilable differences” as the reason for the desolation of his marriage, revealing that it was not due to infidelity. In Ikechukwu Onunaku’s words:

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“My wife and I are no longer together. We separated due to irreconcilable differences. It wasn’t over infidelity. There were too much gaslighting, too much looking for faults, and too much listening to outsiders.

“I tried to save our marriage but I got to a point where I couldn’t tolerate my ex-wife’s excesses anymore and I showed her my other side and we couldn’t bear it.”

In the same interview with Daddy Freeze, Ikechukwu recounted his experience at the now-defunct record label, Mohits Records, owned by D’banj and Don Jazzy.

The rapper claimed D’banj used to cheat him out of his hard earned money by giving him stipends after making millions.

According to him, D’banj would pay him a meagre N50,000 for shows he was booked for, despite the actual fee being over N1.5 million. He said the ‘koko master’ used to treat him like he was doing him a favour.

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However, he mentioned that D’banj later increased the payment to N150,000 after obtaining permission from his mother.

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Rudeboy refutes Eedris Abdulkareem’s claims that 50 Cent assaulted P-Square

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Paul Okoye, aka Rudeboy of the P-Square, has refuted Eedris Abdulkareem’s claims that the group was assaulted by American rapper 50 Cent and his crew at a concert held at the Tafawa Balewa Square in Lagos in 2004.

Abdulkareem claimed in a recent podcast interview that 50 Cent’s crew “flogged and chased” Nigerian artists, including P-Square, out of the backstage area at a concert.

He said he was the only Nigerian artist who refused to be intimidated out of the backstage.

Reacting during a recent Instagram live session with fans, Rudeboy said P-Square never attended the said show due to the inability of the organisers to reach an agreement with them on the booking fees.

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He said Abdulkareem betrayed Nigerian artists by going behind them to accept “peanut” from the show organisers after they had already agreed on lucrative performance fees.

Rudeboy said: “P-Square did not go for the [50 Cent] concert. We had another concert. We were never billed. The reason was because they offered us peanuts, and we refused. But Eedris Abdulkareem accepted the peanut and was expecting VIP treatment. 50 Cent crew didn’t beat you well.

“Respect yourself. P-Square was never billed for that concert. Daddy Showkey, Tony Tetuila, everyone is telling you guys that Eedris is a big liar. We know he is a lair. We were never billed for that concert. We didn’t go.”

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Women rejected me due to my looks – Actor Stephen Alajemba

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Veteran Nollywood actor Stephen Alajemba, aka Uwaezuoke, has revealed that he experienced rejection from women and people in general while growing up due to his physical and facial appearances.

The thespian said his mother told him that as a baby, people refused to carry him because he was not looking attractive.

He disclosed this in a recent interview with popular YouTuber, Yan Kontent Factory.

Alajemba said he promised his mother that he was going to make her proud because she told him that he did not “earn anything good” for her as a child.

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He said ladies “run away” whenever they see his face.

The comic actor said he was unable to attract a lover until he was 20, adding that he got married to his first love at 23.

“Any lady who sees my facial look and stature runs away,” the actor said.

“Unfortunately before one accepted me I was already 20 to 22 years old. I married at 23. So the first person tasted it and confirmed it and she did not leave me anymore.”

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