Nigerian recording artist, songwriter and performer, Ayodeji Balogun, popularly known as Wizkid has been nominated at the 59th annual Grammy Awards, one of the most revered awards in the music industry.
The pop star was nominated for his contribution to Drake’s 2016 “Views” album. Wizkid was a prominent contributor on the lead single, which was released in April 2016.
The song falls into the Grammy eligibility period – October 1, 2015 to September 30, 2016 and racked up 4.67 million streams in one week and pulled about 3,000 combined chart sales.
The song set a new record, becoming the longest-running No. 1 single in U.K.’s digital era. As of June 16, 2016, ‘One Dance’ has sold 1,280,141 copies in the United States. The song has spent 11 straight weeks on the top of the Billboard chart.
One Dance has also won several awards in 2016, one of which was the Teen Choice Award for Choice R&B/Hip-Hop Song.
Wizkid, has had a stellar year, and has toured alongside the likes of Chris Brown. Should Wizkid get the prize come February 12, 2017, he will become the first Nigerian singer to ever win a Grammy Award.
Meanwhile, Beyonce, Drake, Rihanna, Kanye West, Adele scored top nominations for the 2017 Grammy Awards.
Beyonce leads with 9 nominations followed by Drake, Rihanna, Kanye West who each garnered eight, while Chance the rapper has seven.
However, the highlight of the nomination was between Adele and Beyonce, as both artists were nominated for Record of the Year, Song of the Year and Album of the year.
The 59th Annual Grammy Awards are produced by AEG Ehrlich Ventures for The Recording Academy and is scheduled to air live on February 12, 2017 from the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California, USA.