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Tiwa Savage

October 2021

Nigerian Afrobeats superstar, Tiwa Savage was born on 5th February 1980. She is a multi-talented individual who is mainly known as a singer and an actress. 

She began her music career when she was 16, doing backup vocals for artists such as George Michael and Mary J. Blige. 

After graduating from Berklee College of Music, Savage signed a publishing deal with Sony/ATV Music Publishing in 2009.

She returned to Nigeria and signed with Mavin Records in 2012, participating in the label's 2012 compilation album 'Solar Plexus'.

Music Deals & Album Releases

In 2012, she released her debut studio album 'Once Upon a Time'. Some of the hit singles on the album were 'Kele Kele Love', 'Love Me (3x)', 'Without My Heart', 'Ife Wa Gbona', 'Folarin', 'Olorun Mi' and 'Eminado'. 

Savage's second studio album R.E.D was released on 19 December 2015. It yielded two singles: 'My Darlin' and 'Standing Ovation'.

In June 2016, Savage signed a management and publishing deal with Roc Nation and released her debut EP 'Sugarcane' in 2017. 

In 2019, Universal Music Group announced the signing of Savage to a seven-year publishing and distribution deal. On 5 September 2019, Savage released "49-99", her first single with Motown Records.

She released her third studio album 'Celia' in August 2020 by Motown, Island Records, and Universal Music Group.

The album produced four singles: 'Attention', 'Dangerous Love', 'Koroba', and 'Temptation'. 

Celia received a mixed-to-positive response from critics. Some praised Savage's artistic growth and evolving image, while others criticized some of the lyrical themes.

Her latest work at the time of this writing is the EP 'Water and Garri' released in 2021. The 5-track EP is a follow-up to the award-winning singer’s hit 2020 album 'Celia'. It features tracks like 'Special Kind', 'Tales By Moonlight, 'Somebody’s Son' and 'Work Fada'.

The following are the awards that Tiwa Savage has won.

2011: City People Entertainment Awards | Female Musician of the Year    

Afrotainment Museke Online Music Awards | Best R&B Soul Song    "Kele Kele Love"    

FAB Magazine Awards | Most Stylish Female Artiste    

Dynamix All Youth Awards | Most Promising Act    

2012: Nigeria Music Video Awards (NMVA) | 'Ife Wa Gbona'

Channel O Music Video Awards | Most Gifted R&B Music Video of the Year 'Oyi (Remix)' (Flavour N'abania featuring Tiwa Savage)

The Headies | Best Vocal Performance (Female)    'Love Me (3x)'

2014: MTV Africa Music Awards 2014 | Best Female

African Muzik Magazine Awards | Best Female West Africa    

City People Entertainment Awards | Musician of The Year (Female)

MTV Africa Music Awards 2014 | Best Female

2015: COSON Song Awards Best Collabo Song for the song 'Girlie O' (Remix)

2017: AFRIMA | Best Female West Africa

2018: MTV Europe Music Awards | Best African Act

AFRIMA | Best Female West Africa

2020: Soundcity MVP Awards

African Video of the year | 49-99

Tiwa Savage has also been nominated for several awards in 2021, some of which are still pending.

Since 2011, she has also been appearing in television roles, and the prominent one was Suga, 2013, (Season 3) in which she played the role of Sade Banjo.    

She has been cited as an inspiration or influence by several young artists in the music industry.

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