With the plaudits and achievements he received in 2018, you would have expected Port Harcourt singer Duncan Mighty to have at least joined Burna Boy as one of the new contenders for the artiste of the year award, that year.
After featuring on Monica with TBoy and collaborating on No Fake Love with Wizkid, he became the artiste that every other artiste needed to collaborate with in 2018, eventually working with all the top names on some of their biggest songs that year.
But then while Burna Boy managed to turn the regular top 2 of Davido and Wizkid into more of a top 3, Duncan Mighty couldn’t break into the mix, despite being the artiste with arguably the most buzz throughout 2018.
While Duncan Mighty has again faded into the background, in 2019, Burna Boy has taken his game notches higher from where he left off last year, but there are also a couple of relatively new artistes sitting at the table, one of them being Zlatan Ibile.
Zlatan is a talented rapper, who successfully introduced his own vibe at the very end of 2018, a vibe that has been the major wave for he and other artistes in 2019.
His Zanku bug has been caught heavy and pushed him into becoming one of the most featured acts of the year, and add to his resume the fact that.
His musical exploits in 2019 have benched a number of formely reknown street kings, and he is one of only a few artistes that have hosted a sold out show in this part of the world, this year.
His compatriot Naira Marley, would easily bag the award for controversial artiste of the year with his voiced opinion on sensitive topics, his public battles against Simi, Kaffy, and most notably Ruggedman, his arrest by the EFCC and ongoing court case, and the messages in his songs, but there’s a reason why he has an ever growing fanbase of Marlians, it’s because even as many do not agree with his controversial lifestyle and his somewhat obscene lyrics, there’s no denying that Naira Marley is an artiste that understands what a majority of the people want to listen to, and continues to provide exactly just that.
His 2018 was a success for a growing artiste of his genre, but when put into consideration what he has achieved in 2019, it’s hardly believable that he has been able to transition from where he was at the end of 2018 to where he currently is in less than a year.
If the criteria for qualification for the artiste of the year award is high audience appeal, popularity and the release of hit singles or an album during the year in review, then Burna Boy, Zlatan and Naira Marley should all qualify as nominees, at least.
But what will the award bodies do?