The event aims to support, celebrate, and uplift African entertainment and achievements on the global stage.
By Emmanuel Okoro
Afrobeats superstars: Burna Boy, Rema, Davido, and Ayra Starr were among the winners at the 2023 African Entertainment Awards USA (AEAUSA), recently held at the Newark Symphony Hall, New Jersey.
The event aims to support, celebrate, and uplift African entertainment and achievements on the global stage, and saw some of the industry’s most iconic figures taking home prestigious awards.
African giant, Burna Boy, clinched the “Best Male Artiste”, in a category that included heavyweights like Wizkid, Davido, Asake, Bnxn, and Olamide. Similarly, South African breakout star, Tyla won the “Best Female Artiste”.
Nigeria’s legendary duo, P-Square, clinched the “Best Duo/Group” award, a testament to their enduring influence on the African music scene. Davido took home the coveted “Album of the Year” for his fourth studio album, Timeless, released earlier this year.
Meanwhile, Rema’s “Calm Down (Remix)” featuring Selena Gomez was crowned “Song of the Year”. Rema also secured “Best Male Artiste for Central/West Africa”, further cementing his status as a superstar. Fellow record label signee, Ayra Starr, also won the “Best Female Artiste for Central/West Africa”. Notable winners also include Nigerian Street-Hop artiste, Portable, winning “Best New Artiste”.
The 2023 AEAUSA was not limited to music, as other luminaries from various fields were also recognised for their contributions. Celebrated Senegalese footballer, Sadio Mane, was crowned “Athlete of the Year”, while Nigerian comedian, AY, took home the “Best Comedian” award. In cinema, the talented Mercy Johnson was honoured with the “Best Actress” award.
See the full list of the winners here.