Davido joins Fireboy DML as the Only Afrobeats Artists to do This at the BET Awards
Nigerian afrobeats superstar David Adeleke, popularly known as Davido, performed at the 23rd BET Awardsheld on the night of 25th June, at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, California. This marked a significant moment for Davido as he became the second Nigerian artist to perform at the BET Awards, first being Fireboy DML’s who performed his viral track “Peru” in his last year’s performance.
Davido performed a medley of his hit songs ‘Feel’ and ‘Unavailable’ from his latest album “Timeless.” The audience was thrilled and fully engaged with the performance. Thanking the BET Awards he also took it to instagram saying “5 years ago today i graced this same stage with a speech exporting the culture . Today , We are the culture !”
In an interview with Billboard’s Neena Rouhani, Davido expressed his excitement about the surge of afrobeats in the United States. He reflected on his earlier years in America, residing in Atlanta and Alabama, where he shared African music with his American friends, who developed an appreciation for the genre. Davido stated, “I always knew if we had the opportunity to be heard, eventually it [afrobeats explosion] would happen.”
Furthermore, Davido took a moment to acknowledge and commend his fellow afrobeats artists, recognizing their contributions to the genre’s success. He remarked, “Shoutout to all the afrobeats artists killing it as well. Everybody putting in works, coming out here doing tours, spreading the gospel [of afrobeats].”
In 2023, afrobeats has arguably emerged as one of the most popular and influential music genres, and has made a mark in the global music landscape.