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Tems, Wizkid win at iHeart Radio Awards



Nigerian musicians Wizkid and Tems have both been named the Afrobeats Artiste of the Year at the 2023 iHeart Radio Awards.

The two superstars won the award at the event held in Los Angeles on Monday night.

They beat competition from other Nigerian colleagues namely Burna Boy, Fireboy DML and CKay.

Tems also won another award on the night. Her collaboration with Future and Drake, ‘Wait for U’ won the Hip-Hop Song of the Year category.

This adds to Tems’ international recognition she has received in the past year.

She won her first Grammy in February. 

Tems was also nominated for an Oscar for her contributions on Rihanna’s Black Panther song ‘Lift Me Up’.

She however lost that to ‘Naatu Naatu’ from the Bollywood film RRR.

Check out the full list of iHeart Radio Award winners

Song of the year

“About Damn Time”- Lizzo
WINNER: “Anti-Hero”- Taylor Swift
“As It Was”- Harry Styles
“Big Energy”- Latto
“Enemy (from the series Arcane League of Legends)”- Imagine Dragons
“First Class”- Jack Harlow
“Ghost”- Justin Bieber
“Heat Waves” – Glass Animals
“Industry Baby” – Lil Nas X & Jack Harlow
“Woman” – Doja Cat

Artist of the year

Doja Cat
Dua Lipa
WINNER: Harry Styles
Jack Harlow
Justin Bieber
Taylor Swift
The Weeknd

Best duo/group of the year

Black Eyed Peas
Glass Animals
WINNER: Imagine Dragons
Red Hot Chili Peppers
Silk Sonic

Best Collaboration

“Drunk (And I Don’t Wanna Go Home)”- Elle King & Miranda Lambert
“Cold Heart”- Elton John & Dua Lipa
“half of my hometown”- Kelsea Ballerini ft. Kenny Chesney
“I Like You (A Happier Song)” – Post Malone ft. Doja Cat
“Industry Baby” – Lil Nas X & Jack Harlow
“One Right Now”- Post Malone & The Weeknd
“Sweetest Pie” – Megan Thee Stallion & Dua Lipa
WINNER: “Unholy” – Sam Smith & Kim Petras
“Wait For U” – Future ft. Drake & Tems
“You Right” – Doja Cat ft. The Weeknd

Best new pop artist

Dove Cameron
Nicky Youre
Steve Lacy

Country song of the year

“Buy Dirt” – Jordan Davis ft. Luke Bryan
“half of my hometown” – Kelsea Ballerini ft. Kenny Chesney
WINNER: “She Had Me At Heads Carolina” – Cole Swindell
“The Kind of Love We Make” – Luke Combs
“Wasted On You” – Morgan Wallen

Country artist of the year

Carrie Underwood
Jason Aldean
Kane Brown
Luke Combs
WINNER: Morgan Wallen

Best new country artist

Bailey Zimmerman
WINNER: Cody Johnson
Elle King
Elvie Shane
Priscilla Block

Afrobeats artist of the year

Burna Boy
Fireboy DML
WINNER: Wizkid

Hip-hop song of the year

“F.N.F. (Let’s Go)”- Hitkidd & GloRilla
“First Class” – Jack Harlow
“Girls Want Girls” – Drake ft. Lil Baby
“Super Gremlin”- Kodak Black
WINNER: “Wait for U” – Future ft. Drake & Tems

Hip-hop artist of the year

Kodak Black
Lil Baby
Moneybagg Yo

Best new hip-hop artist

WINNER: GloRilla

Nardo Wick
SleazyWorld Go

R&B song of the year

“Break My Soul” – Beyoncé
“Free Mind” – Tems
“Hrs And Hrs” – Muni Long
“Smokin Out The Window” – Silk Sonic

R&B artist of the year  

Muni Long
Silk Sonic
Yung Bleu

Best new R&B artist 

Brent Faiyaz
WINNER: Muni Long
Steve Lacy

Alternative song of the year

“Black Summer”- Red Hot Chili Peppers
“Edging”- Blink-182
WINNER: “Enemy (from the series Arcane League of Legends)”- Imagine Dragons
“Heat Waves”- Glass Animals
“Running Up That Hill (A Deal With God)”- Kate Bush

Alternative artist of the year

Imagine Dragons
WINNER: Red Hot Chili Peppers
twenty one pilots

Best new artist (alternative & rock)

Beach Weather
WINNER: Giovannie and the Hired Guns
Wet Leg

Rock song of the year

WINNER: “Black Summer”- Red Hot Chili Peppers
“Patient Number 9”- Ozzy Osbourne ft. Jeff Beck
“Planet Zero”- Shinedown
“So Called Life”- Three Days Grace
“Taking Me Back”- Jack White

Rock artist of the year

WINNER: Papa Roach
Red Hot Chili Peppers
Three Days Grace

Dance song of the year

“Cold Heart”- Elton John & Dua Lipa
“Escape”- KX5, Kaskade, Deadmau5 ft. Hayla
“Heaven Takes You Home”- Swedish House Mafia & Connie Constance
“Hot In It”- Tiësto & Charli XCX
WINNER: “I’m Good (Blue)”- David Guetta & Bebe Rexha

Dance artist of the year

WINNER: Anabel Englund
Joel Corry
Sofi Tukker
Swedish House Mafia

Latin pop/reggaeton song of the year 

“El Incomprendido” – Farruko/ Víctor Cárdenas/ DJ Adoni
WINNER: “MAMIII”- Becky G & Karol G
“Me Porto Bonito”- Bad Bunny ft. Chencho Corleone
“Moscow Mule” – Bad Bunny
“Provenza”- Karol G

Latin pop/reggaeton artist of the year  

WINNER: Bad Bunny
Daddy Yankee
Karol G
Rauw Alejandro

Regional Mexican song of the year 

“Cada Quien”- Grupo Firme ft. Maluma
WINNER: “Cómo Te Olvido” – La Arrolladora Banda El Limón de René Camacho
“Si Te Pudiera Mentir”- Calibre 50
“Ya Solo Eres Mi Ex” – La Adictiva
“Ya Supérame”- Grupo Firme

Regional Mexican artist of the year

Calibre 50
Christian Nodal
El Fantasma
WINNER: Grupo Firme
La Adictiva

Best New Latin Artist

WINNER: Kali Uchis
Ryan Castro

Best lyrics (socially voted category)

“About Damn Time” – Lizzo
“abcdefu” – Gayle
WINNER: “Anti-Hero” – Taylor Swift
“Buy Dirt”- Jordan Davis ft. Luke Bryan
“Glimpse Of Us”- Joji
“Lift Me Up”- Rihanna
“N95” – Kendrick Lamar
“pushin P” – Gunna ft. Future, Young Thug
“Super Freaky Girl” – Nicki Minaj
“Wasted On You” – Morgan Wallen
“We Don’t Talk About Bruno”- Lin-Manuel Miranda performed by the Cast of Encanto

Best music video (socially voted category)

“Anti-Hero”- Taylor Swift
“As It Was” – Harry Styles
“Calm Down”- Rema & Selena Gomez
“Don’t Be Shy”- Tiësto & Karol G
“Don’t You Worry”- Black Eyed Peas, Shakira, David Guetta
“Envovler” – Anitta
“Left and Right”- Charlie Puth ft. Jung Kook of BTS
“Pink Venom”- BLACKPINK
“Tití Me Preguntó” – Bad Bunny
WINNER: “Yet to Come” – BTS 

Best fan army (socially voted category)

“Barbz”- Nicki Minaj
“Beliebers”- Justin Bieber
“BeyHive” – Beyoncé
“Blinks”- Blackpink
“Harries” – Harry Styles
“Hotties”- Megan Thee Stallion
“Louies”- Louis Tomlinson
“RihannaNavy”- Rihanna
“Rushers”- Big Time Rush
“Selenators” – Selena Gomez
“Swifties”- Taylor Swift 

Social star award (socially voted category)

Bailey Zimmerman
Charli D’Amelio
Em Beihold
Lauren Spencer-Smith
Yung Gravy

Favourite tour photographer (socially voted category)

Bad Bunny – Siempreric
Demi Lovato – Angelo Kritikos
Dua Lipa – Elizabeth Miranda
Halsey – Yasi
WINNER: Harry Styles – Lloyd Wakefield
Louis Tomlinson – Joshua Halling
Luke Combs – David Bergman
Machine Gun Kelly – Sam Cahill
Olivia Rodrigo – Donslens
Post Malone – Adam DeGross
twenty one pilots – Ashley Osborn
YUNGBLUD – Tom Pallant

TikTok bop of the year (socially voted category)

“About Damn Time”- Lizzo
“As It Was” – Harry Styles
“Bad Habit” – Steve Lacy
WINNER: “Bejeweled”- Taylor Swift
“Big Energy”- Latto
“Cuff It”- Beyoncé
“Envolver”- Anitta
“Just Wanna Rock” – Lil Uzi Vert
“Made You Look”- Meghan Trainor
“Super Freaky Girl” – Nicki Minaj
“Unholy”- Sam Smith & Kim Petras
“World’s Smallest Violin”- AJR 

Favourite documentary (socially voted category)

Halftime – Jennifer Lopez
Life in Pink – Machine Gun Kelly
Love, Lizzo– Lizzo
Niall Horan’s Homecoming: The Road to Mullingar With Lewis Capaldi – Niall Horan + Lewis Capaldi
WINNER: Selena Gomez: My Mind & Me – Selena Gomez
Shania Twain: Not Just a Girl – Shania Twain
Sheryl – Sheryl Crow
Untrapped: The Story of Lil Baby – Lil Baby 

Favourite tour style (socially voted category)

Bad Bunny
Carrie Underwood
Dua Lipa
Elton John
WINNER: Harry Styles
Lady Gaga
Lil Nas X
Machine Gun Kelly
Olivia Rodrigo
The Weeknd

Favourite residency (socially voted category)

“An Evening with Silk Sonic” – Silk Sonic
“Enigma + Jazz & Piano” – Lady Gaga
“Let’s Go!” – Shania Twain
“Love In Las Vegas”- John Legend
WINNER: “Love On Tour” – Harry Styles
“Play”- Katy Perry
“Reflection: The Las Vegas Residency” – Carrie Underwood
“Usher: My Way – The Las Vegas Residency” – Usher
“Weekends with Adele” – Adele

Favourite use of a sample (socially voted category)

Beyoncé’s “Summer Renaissance” – sampled Donna Summer’s “I Feel Love”
Blackpink’s “Pink Venom” – sampled 50 Cent’s “P.I.M.P,” Rihanna’s “Pon de Replay,” and
Biggie’s “Kick In The Door”
Chlöe’s “Treat Me” – sampled Bubba Sparxxx & Ying Yang Twins’ “Ms. New Booty”
David Guetta & Bebe Rexha’s “I’m Good (Blue)” – sampled Eiffel 65’s “Blue (Da Ba Dee)”
DJ Khaled & Drake’s “Staying Alive” – sampled The Bee Gees’ “Stayin’ Alive”
Doja Cat’s “Vegas” – sampled Shonka Dukureh’s “Hound Dog”
Jack Harlow’s “First Class” – sampled Fergie’s “Glamorous”
Latto’s “Big Energy” – sampled Mariah Carey’s “Fantasy”
Lizzo’s “Break Up Twice” – sampled Lauryn Hill’s “Doo Wop (That Thing)”
Nicki Minaj’s “Super Freaky Girl” – sampled Rick James’ “Super Freak”
WINNER: Taylor Swift’s “Question…?” – sampled Taylor Swift’s “Out of The Woods”
Yung Gravy’s “Betty (Get Money)” – sampled Rick Astley’s “Never Gonna Give You Up”

Most Played Titanium Award
WINNER: Doja Cat

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