Winky D, Jah Prayzah, Janet Manyowa, Strive Masiyiwa, Sikandar Raza etc – AEAUSA Nominations: Check Full List Here 

The African Entertainment Awards USA (AEAUSA) is thrilled to announce the release of the official list of nominees for its prestigious 2023 edition.

The AEA USA is dedicated to celebrating the outstanding achievements of African entertainers, artists, and creatives in the United States, highlighting their exceptional contributions to the global entertainment industry.

After meticulous consideration, the AEA USA nomination committee has selected a diverse and talented group of individuals and projects, reflecting the vibrant and dynamic African entertainment scene in the United States.

The 2023 AEA USA nominees encompass various categories, recognizing excellence in music, film, fashion, sports, comedy, and other areas within the entertainment industry. From rising stars to established icons, the list of nominees truly represents the richness and diversity of African talent in the United States.

The nomination announcement is a significant moment for both the nominees and their fans, as it marks the first step towards the prestigious AEA USA awards ceremony, where the winners will be revealed.

“We are excited to unveil the list of nominees for the 2023 African Entertainment Awards USA, said Dominic Tamin, The President and founder of the AEA USA. These talented individuals and projects have made remarkable contributions to the African entertainment landscape in the United States, and we are eager to celebrate their achievements.

“The AEA USA continues to serve as a platform for recognizing and honoring African excellence in entertainment, and this year’s nominees truly exemplify that excellence.

The 2023 African Entertainment Awards USA ceremony promises to be a memorable and star-studded event, bringing together prominent figures from the African and American entertainment industries. The evening will feature electrifying performances, inspiring speeches, and the presentation of awards to the well-deserving winners.

Nominees, fans, and supporters are encouraged to start voting for their favorite celebrities stay connected with the AEA USA through its official website www.aeausa.net, and social media channels to stay updated on the latest developments leading up to the awards ceremony.

Save the Date: Event: 2023 African Entertainment Awards USA Date: November 11 2023 Live in New Jersey

See full list of nominations below:

Best Male Artist 

Davido (Nigeria)

Diamond platnumz (Tanzania)

Harmonize (Tanzania)

Soolking (Algeria)

Suldaan Seeraar (ethiopia)

Burna Boy (Nigeria)

Black Sherif (Ghana)

Asake (Nigeria)

Wizkid (Nigeria)

Olamide (Nigeria)

Wegz (Egyptian)

Nordo (Tunisia)

Tyler ICU (South Africa)

Adekunle Gold (Nigeria)

Buju (Nigeria)


2. Best Female Artist

Yemi Alade ( Nigeria)

Tiwa Savage ( Nigeria )

Simi (Nigeria )

Haidy Moussa (Egypt)

Nandy (Tanzania )

Labianca (Cameroon)

Ayra Starr (Nigeria)

Tems (Nigeria)

Manamba Kanté ( Guinea Conakry)

Kenza Morsli (Algeria)

Marwa Loud (Morocco)

Makhadzi (South Africa)

Zuchu (Tanzania)

Tyla (South Africa)

Niniola (Nigeria)


3. Best Hip Hop/Rap Artist


Nasty C (South Africa)

Nuchie Meek- (Liberia)

Iba One (mali)

Sarkodie (Ghana)

MC. Caro (Liberia )

KO (South Africa)


M.I Abaga

Blaqbonez (Nigeria)

Chef 187 (Zambia)

William last krm ( Botswana)

Wegz (Egyptian)

Rosa Ree (Tanzania)

A-Q (Nigeria)

Odumodu Blvck

Best duo/group


Chanda na Kay (Zambia)

Toofan- Togo

Sauti Sol (Kenya)

Cavemen (Nigeria)

Freetown Collective

Calema – São Tomé

Disco Misr- ( Egypt)

Jano band- (Ethiopia)

Mafikizolo-( South Africa)

Mabantu (Tanzania)


5. Best Collaboration

Rayvanny ft Diamond Platnumz- Nitongoze

Mickael Marabou ft Davido – Mwen Love Ou

Davido/Musa Keys- Unavailable

Rotimi & Nektunez- Make You Say

Abigail chams ft Marioo – Nani

Makhadzi – MaGear Ft. Mr Brown

Tiwa ft Asake – Loaded

Libianca- ft Ayra Starr, Omah Lay-People

Fally Ipupa ft Charlotte Dipanda – Garde du Coeur

Tyler ICU & Tumelo.za – Mnike (Visualizer) ft. DJ Maphorisa, Nandipha808, Ceeka RSA & Tyron Dee

Spyro ft Tiwa savage – Who is your guy remix

Victony – Soweto ft Don Toliver, Rema & Tempoe

Asake ft Olamide – Amapiano

Pheelz ft French Montana – Finnesse

Rexxie, Naira Marley & Skiibii – (Remix ft. Wizkid) – Abracadabra


6. Best Music Video


Makhadzi – MaGear Ft. Mr Brown

Rotimi & Nektunez – Make You Say (

Tiwa ft Asake – Loaded

Abigail Chams x Marioo-Nani

Harmonize- Single again

Rayvan/ Diamond – Nitongoze

Kizz Daniel – Rich Till I Die (RTID)

Libianca – People

Burna Boy – Common Person (video)

Davido – Unavailable

Fally Ipupa- Se Yo

Darline Desca – Manyen M La ft. Kenny Haiti

Black Bonez – Back in Uni

Asake Yoga

Rexxie, Naira Marley & Skiibii – (Remix ft. Wizkid) – Abracadabra


7. Artist of the Year


Burna Boy (Nigeria )

Davido (Nigeria )

Diamond Platnumz (Tanzania)

Libianca (Cameroon)

Tiwa Savage ( Nigeria )

Yemi Alade (Nigeria)

Ayra Starr ( Nigeria )

Asake (Nigeria)

Marwa Loud (Morocco)

Kizz Daniel (Nigeria)

Harmonize (Tanzania)

Rema ( Nigeria )

Wizkid (Nigeria)

Adekunle Gold (Nigeria)

Tyler ICU (South Africa)


8. Best Dancer/ Group


Triplets Ghetto Kids

Fire K Stars

Badgyal Cassie (Central African Republic)


Masaka Kids Africana

Poco Lee


Angel Nyigu


Hypers Kids Africa

Luna (trinidad)

Fighter Dance Crew ( Malawi)

Chino Kid

Endurance Grand (Ghana)

Ikorodu Bois


9. Best DJ


Dj Afoo (Ghana)

DJ Man Chilu (Zambia )

DJ Black Coffee (South Africa)

DJ Subeer ( Somalia )

Uncle Waffles (South Africa)

DJ Zinhle (South Africa)

DJ Neptune (Nigeria)

DJ Spinall (Nigeria)

DJ Consequence (Nigeria)

DJ YKmule_ (Nigeria)

Travis World ( Trinidad)

DJ Shinski (Kenya)

Dj tunez (Nigeria)

Dj Edu (Nigeria)

DJ Joe Mfalme (kENYA)


10. Best Francophone Male Artist


Soul Bangs (guinea)

Iba One (mali)

Fally Ipupa (Congo

Wally Seck (senegal)

Sidiki Diabaté (mali


Stanley Enow (cameroon)

ElGrandeToto (Morocco)

Magasco (cameroon)

Innoss’B (ivory coast)

Serge Beynaud

Ferre Gola


Santrinos Raphael-Togo



11. Best Francophone Female Artist/Group


Manamba Kanté (guinea)

Aya Nakamura

Blanche Bailly


Viviane N’Dour

Charlotte Dipanda (cameroon)

Lous and the Yakuza @lousandtheyakuza (IG) – Congolese-Belgian

Awa Imani

Maud Elka (Congolese)

Marwa Loud (morocco)

Mariam BA LAGARÉ (mali)

Sona Jobarteh (Gambia)

Josey (Ivory Coast)

Safi Diabaté – mali

Libianca (Cameroon)


12. Best Palop Male Artist


Chetekela- Angola

Preto Show- Angola

Mr. Bow- Mozambique

Nelson Freitas- cape Verde

Calema- Sao Tome e

Matias Damasio- Angola

Djodje- cape Verde

Gerilson Insrael- Angola

Mark Exodus

Rui Orlando- Angola

Lisandro Cuxi-Cape Verde


13. Best Palop Female Artist.


Soraia Ramos

Mayra Andrade




Preta Negra


Bruna Tatiana

Eneida Marta

Elida Almeida

Eva Rap Diva


14. Best New Artist


Lul Simon – South Sudan

Young Stunna – South Africa

Okkama Rwanda

Pabi Cooper (Paballo Basetsana Mothapo) @cooper_pabi -SA

Portable (Nigeria)


Blaq Bones


Platform ( Tanzania )

Eli Njuchi

Jzyno (liberia) (@jzyno_)

Prince Swanny (Trinidad )

Jahshii (Jamaica )


Seyi Vibe


15. Song of the Year


Asake – Organize

Labianca “ People”

Davido “unavailable”

Ayra Starr “rush”

Harmonize “Single” ( Tanzania )

Oxlade – Kulosa-oxlade

Kizz Daniel- Empire Cough

Victony – Soweto (Remix) ft Don Toliver, Rema, Tempoe (he cant have 2 slots)


Byron Messia – Talibans

Teejay – Drift ( Jamaica )

Alikiba-Mahaba ( Tanzania )

Spyro ft Tiwa savage – who is your guy remix

Rema ft selena gomez – calm down remix

Tyler ICU & Tumelo.za – Mnike (Visualizer) ft. DJ Maphorisa, Nandipha808, Ceeka

RSA & Tyron Dee


16. Album of the Year


The Guy – Album by M.I Abaga

Love & Vibes – Album by Nadia Mukami

First Of All – Album by Diamond Platnumz

Davido- Timeless

Burna Boy- Love Damini

Omah Lay- Boy Alone

Made for us harmonize

Asake- Work of Art


Fatoumata Diawara – London Ko

Camidoh – L. I. T.A

Vusi Mahlasela, Norman Zulu, Jive Connection – Face To Face

Mbosso- Khan

Nomfundo- Ugcobo

Wande Coal – Legend or No Legend


Rising Star of the Year


Luciane Dom

Camidoh (ghana)

Lil Goddi ( zambia)

Ibraah (Tanzania)

Eli Njuchi (Malawi)

Rheon Elbourne (trinidad)

Olando Octave (trinidad)

Coutain (trinidad)

Treyzah ( Tanzania)

Shalipopi (South Africa)

Guchi – Nigeria

Fave (Nigeria)

Tribe Mark (united state)

Sheyi Vibez (Haiti)

Nana Fofiee (Ghana)


18. Best Male Artist – Central/West Africa


Soul Bang’s ( Guinea Conakry)

Iba One (Mali)

Stanley Enow (Cameroon)

Black Sherif (Ghana )

Innoss’B ( Congo)

Skales ( Nigeria )

King Promise (Ghana )

Tonton Pale (Mali)

Adekunle Gold (nigeria)

Santrinos Raphael (Togo)

Asake ( Nigeria )

Buju Bxn (Nigeria)

Rema (Nigeria)

Ruger (Nigeria)

Seyi Vibez (Nigeria)


19. Best Female Artist – Central/West Africa


Labianca ( Cameroon )

Yemi Alade (Nigeria)

Tems (Nigeria )

Tiwa Savage(Nigeria )

Manamba Kanté ( Guinea)

Ayra Starr (Nigeria)

Fatoumata Diawara -mali

Wiiyaala (Ghana )

Sona Jobarteh

Queen Biz ( Senegal)

Simi (Nigeria)

Mariam BA LAGARÉ (Mali)

Teniola (Nigeria)

Niniola (Nigeria)

Gyakie (Ghana)


Best Male Artist – East/South/North Africa


Eddy Kenzo (Uganda)

Rayvanny (Tanzania)

Marioo (Tanzania)

Sami Bey ( Morocco)

Yomaps ((Zambia)

Harmonize (Tanzania)

Yared Negu (Ethiopia)

Tamer Hosny (Egyptian)

Young Stunna (South Africa )

Elgrande Toto ( Morocco)

Jah Prayzah (Zimbabwe)

Meddy ( Rwanda)

Otile Brown (Kenya)

Diamond Platnumz ( Tanzania)

Focalistic ( South Africa )


21. Best Female Artist – East/South/North Africa


Gemma griffiths (Zimbabwe)

Maua Sama (Tanzania)

Spice Dianna (Uganda )

Zuchu (Tanzania )

Haidy Mousa (egypt)

Kiin Jamac – @therealkiinja mac – sudan

Hewan Gebrewold – (ethiopia)

DJ Uncle Waffles ( Swaziland)

Nandy (Tanzania )

Marwa Loud (morocco)

Nadia Mukami (Kenya)

Abigail Champs (@abigail_champs) ( Tanzania)

Kenza Mosli (algeria)

Mpho Sebina- (Botswana)

Kelly Khumalo (South Africa)


22. Best Comedian



Basket Mouth


Michael Blackson


Broda Shaggi

Kenny Blaq

Loyiso Gola ( South Africa )

Eric Omondi

William Last KRM

MCA Tricky

Mr Patrick (Nigeria)

Gilmario Vemba (Angola)

Mammito Eunice

Sabinus (Nigeria)


23. Best Gospel Artist


Ephraim Son of Africa (zambia)

Christian Shusho- Tanzania

Mercy Chinwo (nigeria)

Deborah Lukalu

Tim Godfrey

Frank Edwards

ntokozo mbambo – south africa

Prosper Ochimana – (Nigeria)

Size 8 Reborn – (Kenya)

Minister Mahendere – (Zimbabwe)

Nathaniel Bassey

Piesie Esther (Ghana)

Janet Manyowa ( Zimbabwe)

Mambo Dhuterere (Zimbabwe)

Christina Shusho


24. Best Reggae/Dance Hall Artist


Shatta Wale



Stone Bwoy ( Ghana )


Takana Zion


Buju Banton – Jamaica


Winky D (Zimbabwe)

Isasha (trinidad)

Mr Killa (Grenada)

Byron Messia


Young Bredda


25. Latino Artist of the Year


El Alfa (R.D)

Feid (Colombia)

Bad Bunny (P.R.)

Ozuna (P.R.)

Maluma. (Colombia)

J Balvin (Colombia)

Jay Wheeler (P.R.)

Rosalia (España)

Sabastian Yatra (Colombia)

Karol G. (Colombia)

Shakira (Columbia )

Yailin la más viral (R.D)

Mike Towers (P.R)

6IX9INE (Mexicano)



26. AEAUSA Social Media Influencer of the Year


Kefilwe Faith Mabote – South Africa

Mihlali Ndamase – South Africa

Sarah Langa (South Africa)

John Cole – Zimbabwe

Michael Blackson

Eudoxie Yao (Ivorian)

Adut Akech ( south sudan )

Mouhamadou Ndiaye

Santiago Matias (Alofoke)

Khaby Lame (Senegal)

Natasha Thahane ( South Africa )

Tunde Ednut (Nigeria)

Gist Lover (nigeria)

Kie Kie

Eniola – Adeoluwa Prince


27. Digital Content Creator of the year

Mr. Macaroni

SamSpedy (Mama Ojo)


Nadia Jaftha

Eddie Butita (kenya)

Wode Maya

Anes Tina

Khaby Lame (Senegal)

Oum Walid

Liezl Jayne Strydom


William Last KRM

Kie Kie – Bukunmi Adeaga-Ilori

Noelgoescrazy (Nigerian)

Sonia tucker ( Sierra Leone)


28. Music Producer of the Year


London (@thisizlondon)

Master KG – South Africa

Lizer Classic – Tanzania

DJ Maphorisa – South Africa

Andre Vibes (@andrevibez)

Nessim Pan Production – Uganda

Element Eleeeh -Rwanda

GuiltyBeatz – Ghana

Soufiane Az – Morocco

Magic Sticks (@magicsticks_)

Andre Vibez London (@thisizlondon) repetition

Mr Kamera (@mrkamera) Zimbabwe

Yogo beats




29. Media Personality of the Year



Giovani Caleb (Ghana )

Larry Madowo (Kenya -CNN)

Bonang Matheba (South Africa )

Berla Mundi (Ghana )

Khaalid Foodhaadhi (@KhaalidFoodhaadhi)

Santiago Matias (Dominican Republic)

Konnie Toure – Ivory Coast

Tbo Touch-South Africa

Zembwela Beberu ( Tanzania )

Adam Mchomvu ( Tanzania)

Toke Makinwa


Dina Marios

Vj Adams (Nigeria)


30. Athlete of the Year


Sadio Mané

Mohamed Salah- Egypt

Muzala Samukonga

Andile Dlamini- South africa

Marileidy Paulino

Ons Jabeur -Tunisia

Thomas Partey

Faith Kipyegon (kenya)

Riyad Karim Mahrez-Algeria

Victor Osimhen (Nigeria)

Vincent Aboubakar ( Cameroon)

Zambo Anguisa ( Cameroon)

Sikandar Raza (Zimbabwe )

Clervie Ngounoue

Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce

Tobi Amusan ( Nigerian )


31. Video Director of the Year


Jack Bohloko (Botswana born Videographer based in Soweto, Gauteng, South Africa.)

TG Omori a.k.a Boy Director @boy_director – Nigeria

Sasha Vybz -Uganda

Director NiCKLASS – Tanzania

Enos Olik – Kenya

Cruel Santino @cruelsantino (IG)- Nigeria

Meji Alabi @mejialabi (IG)- Nigeria

Kyle Lewis @actionkyle (IG) – South Africa

Nkotanyi Frery @nkotanyifrery (IG) -Rwanda

Hope Music Ethiopia

Director K

Jackie Russ (@jackierussofficial)

Clarence Peters (Nigeria )

Director Ivan

Babs Direction (Ghana)


32. Best Digital News Platform


237 show biz – Cameroon

Tunde Ednut

Ghana Web – Ghana

Millardayo- Tanzania

Citizen Digital – Kenya

African News africanews.com – Congo owned by Euronews – France

BBC News Africa @bbcafrica (IG) – UK

CGTN Africa @cgtn_africa @cgtn (IG) – China focusing on Africa

Pulse Kenya – pulselive.co.ke @pulselivekenya (IG) -Kenya

AlofokeRadio (Dominican republic)

Zimceleb (zimceleb-_officials)

Bongo 5 (@ bongofive

Instablog Niaja ( Nigeria )

Channels TV (Nigeria)

Arise Tv News (Nigeria)




Lebo Jojo Mokoena

Khanyi Mbau

Amy Kleinhans-Curd

Karen Schwendtke

Nonku Williams

Liz Prins

Thabang Mazibuko

Nkosi Twala


Nico Panagio

Thembi Seete

Zari hassan ( Uganda)


Mercy Ike

Bisola Aiyeola


34. Best Designer


Sima Brew @sima_brew -Ghana

Anifa Mvuemba @hanifaofficial (IG) – DRC

Jin Forde @designerjangelique (IG) – Trinidad & Tobago

Mayada Adil @mayada_adil (IG) – Sudan

Theodore Elyett @theodoreelyett (IG) – The Bahamas

Thebe Magugu @thebemagugu (IG) -South Africa

Sarah Diouf – founder ‘Tongoro’ @tongorostudio @dioufsarah (IG) – Senegal

Anita Beryl @berylqouture (IG) – Uganda

Ilyes Ouali @ilyes.ouali -Algeria

Sonia Mugabo @soniamugabo (IG) – Rwanda

Mainga Sanderson Zambia

Dhahbri khenchy (Nigerian)

Peter Elias (trinidad)

Laduma MaXhosa (South Africa)

Tshepo Mohlala (South Africa)




Fahyvanny (Tanzania)

Naya Ashley

Toke Makinwa (

Zari Hassan

Ebuka Obi-Uchendu

Kefilwe Faith Mabote

Iqra albatross @Iqra_albatross

Richard Mofe-Damijo ( Nigeria)

Diamond Platnumz (tanzania)

Sharon Ooja Egwurube ( Nigeria )

Bonang Matheba

Tshepo Matsaung



Swanky Jerry


36. Best Calypso/Soca artist


Olatunji Yearwood

Hey Choppi

Teddyson john


Bunji Garlin –

Nailah Blackman

Skinny Fabulous –

Karene Asche –

Terry Lyons


Most Influential African

Strive Masiyiwa ( Zimbabwe )

Aliko Dangote (Nigeria)

Julius Malema ( South Africa)

Ilhan Omar ( Somalia)

Peter Obi ( Nigeria)

Burna Boy (Nigeria)


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