Tiwa Savage Vs Yemi Alade: Who is the Queen of Afrobeats?
21 September 2021
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By Khisa CJ
Tiwa Savage and Yemi Alade are two of the most popular Nigerian musicians today, not only are they famous in the West African country and in Africa but also globally. The duo has dominated the Nigerian music industry for several decades and they are not about to hang their boots.
Who would you rate as the Afrobeats queen between the two? We take a look at some of their achievements, awards, music projects and social media popularity.
With over 11 years of being active in music, Tiwa Savage has won multiple awards and nominated for many others. She ranks well among the most decorated Nigerian musicians. Tiwa Savage also holds the record of being the first woman to win 'Best African Act' At the MTV Europe Awards 2018.
Yemi Alade has also won multiple awards. Among them is the MTV African Music Awards for Best female in 2015 and 2016 consecutively. She was nominated for Artiste of the Year in 2015, the Johnny crooner is also the first female to win the MAMAs for Best female two consecutive times also bagging a nomination for Artiste of the Year.
In 2015, she was the first Nigerian female to be nominated for the MTV Europe Music Awards (EMAs) for Best African Act and was nominated for the BET awards for Best International Act.
Tiwa Savage has three albums to her name, the debut ‘Once Upon a Time’ released in 2013, R.E.D (2013) and her latest, 'Celia' released in 2020. She also has two EPs – Sugarcane which was released in 2017 and the most recent Water and Garri EP.
Yemi Alade on the other hand has five albums to her name. Her debut album Queen of Kings was released in 2015 while the most recent one is the 2020 released Empress album.
The 32-year-old also has two EPs, Mama Afrique released in 2017 and Queendoncom (2021).
Both Tiwa Savage and Yemi Alade have a long list of artists they have collaborated with.
Don Jazzy, Reekado Banks, Wizkid, Olamide, Davido are some of the artists that Tiwa Savage has worked with while Yemi Alade has teamed up with among others Flavour, Beyonce, Patoranking, Angelique Kidjo and Falz.
Tiwa Savage’s YouTube channel with over 809k subscribers has a cumulative 216.8 million views. Yemi Alade, with 1.85 million subscribers on her YouTube channel has over 585.5 million views.
Social media following
Both Yemi Alade and Tiwa Savage have a strong social media following. They regularly engage with their fans sharing the latest development about their upcoming music projects and some personal life also takes on happenings in Nigeria and around the world.
Yemi Alade’s Twitter handle has a million followers compared to Tiwa Savage’s 4.9 million. On Instagram, Tiwa Savage has 13 million followers while Yemi Alade has 14.7 million.