The first African winners of the iHeartRadio Titanium Award are the Grammy-winning Nigerian singers Temilade Openiyi and Ayodeji Balogun, better known by their stage names Tems and Wizkid, respectively. Artists whose songs have received 1 billion spins on American iHeartRadio stations are given the Titanium Award.
The award was given to Wizkid and Tems after their popular song “Essence” amassed 1 billion spins on iHeartRadio stations. Muyiwa Awoniyi, Tems’ manager, recently released a video footage of the awards on his Instagram story.
Only three days have passed since the duo’s BET Awards nominations until they receive their honor. Following a remix by Canadian singer Justin Bieber in 2021, Essence started to gain significant traction.
Total audience impressions, which are the broadcast equivalent of the number of streams on a streaming service, are calculated using Mediabase airplay and total audience spins, which are based on the number of people listening to the radio at the time of those plays.
This year, iHeartRadio awarded platinum records to twelve artists, including Adele, Doja Cat, and Harry Styles. Artists who won Titanium Awards the year before included Olivia Rodrigo for “good 4 u,” The Weeknd for “Save Your Tears,” Lil Nas X for “Montero (Call Me by Your Name),” and The Kid LAROI & Justin Bieber for “Stay.”