Top 20 Hottest Nigerian Artists of 2014 | Full List


We’re finally here at the end of the series for the Top 20 Hottest Nigerian Artists of 2014.

If you haven’t been following, let’s do a quick recap from 20-6

20. Seyi Shay

19. Runtown

18. Skales

17. Ice Prince

16. Timaya

15. Flavour

14. Oritse Femi

13. Reminisce

12. Iyanya

11. Sean Tizzle

10. Patoranking

9. KCee

8. Mavin

7. Tiwa Savage

6. WizKid


5. Yemi Alade

Yemi Alade

Someone told me last year that Yemi Alade could be the hottest female artist in 2014, and I nodded my head like “Yea..Ok… sure”… and here we are towards the end of 2014 and you can say she’s arguably been the hottest female act through the past 12 months.

Her single Johnny, released late 2013, took her to a whole new level, and she followed that up with Tangerine, Kissing, My Head O, and best of all, The Johnny french remix – which introduced her to a continental francophone crowd – all leading up to her debut album, King Of Queens. The album got good reviews and has solidified her as one the leading female acts not just in Nigeria but in West Africa. You might not agree, but this is just the plain truth.


4. Asa


Anyway you slice it, you gotta agree that Asa has had an outstanding year. She stands right now as one of the best exports of Nigerian music to the world. Even if she doesn’t have the mainstream popularity like some others within Nigeria, she is no doubt one of the hottest in Nigerian music.

Her album, Bed of Stone, was received very well by critics, still high up in the charts, and spun off some solid singles, Dead Again, The One That Never Comes, and Satan Be Gone. For most good music lovers, Asa’s Bed Of Stone is an essential, and it’s for the sheer quality of music it has. If there’s one Nigerian artist of our generation that could steal a grammy award, it’s Asa.


3. Phyno

Phyno Alobam

Phyno took 2014 by the neck, and squeezed it out for all its juice. The swagged up igbo speaking rap star took his red hot fire from 2013 straight into 2014, and put out his debut album, No Guts No Glory at the best possible time he could come out with it. The album has been in heavy rotation since its release and its up there with the best albums of 2014.

Phyno has become one of the most popular names in Nigerian entertainment over the past year with singles, Alobam, Parcel, Authe, Man Of The Year, O Set to his name, and that’s just scratching the surface. He’s been on almost every hot feature, shows, endorsements, award nominations etc. You can really put a claim for Phyno being the artist of the year, but for us he’s at a solid #3.


2. Olamide


The hardest working person in Nigerian entertainment without a doubt, Olamide has put out an extraordinary 4 albums in 4 years with the release of Street OT this past November, and he has show very little signs of slowing down. Year after year, hit after hit, Olamide has found a way to stay hot, fresh, and have some of the biggest hits each year.

This year alone, Olamide has directly had a hand in several hits including Awon Goons Mi, Story For The gods, Eleda mi, and Lil Kesh’s Shoki. With his 2013 album Baddest Guy Ever Liveth still buzzing heavily and in preparation for his 2014 album release, there hasn’t been a time this year where Olamide wasn’t hot. To top it all off, his latest album Street OT was #1 on the iTunes world chart before its release.


1. Davido


Really is there any argument with this? Davido has been the hottest artist of the year since 2014 rolled in. It all started with his tune of the year, Aye, adding to the fire he was packing from his 2013 hit, Skelewu. Davido came into this year with all guns blazings.

With the singles he already released plus some additional ones Naughty with DJ Arafat, a feature on Shoki remix, Tchelete with Mafikizolo, Davido saw his profile rise astronomically on a global scale raking in international award nominations and wins (BET Awards, MOBO), rumors of collaborations with some notable international acts, and sold out shows all over the continent.

Any way you slice it, and even though he doesn’t have an album this year, Davido has been the hottest artist of the year.


Notable Mentions

Brymo – 2 great albums in a 12 month span is hard to ignore

Eva Alordiah – Eva still holds it down as one of the fiercest femcees in the game. Her self titled EP is further proof of that.

Wande Coal – His tune Baby Hello is something like an anthem this year.

Lil Kesh – When you have one of the songs of the year it’s hard to leave you out.



So there you have it people. The top 20 hottest artists of 2014 put together by the great team at, and additional contributors. Do you agree with the artists on here? Yes? No? What’s yours? Let’s here it.

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  1. I agree with the top 3. Everything else is questionable but that’s all opinions. Good job on the research and work sha

  2. Yemi Alade did a pretty good job this year. And after watching Marry Me by Falz Ft. Yemi Alade, I think Falz should’ve been on the list too. Lol. Keep the comments coming guys..

  3. I agree partially with the list…Yemi Alade has done well this year but she wouldn’t be my number 5 tho. Top three is a big yes!!! These guys have ruled the music industry this year…. Ice prince? Oh well

  4. I am happy that achievement is made and sincerely AYE by Davido deserve the award just as I’m hopping to win the award some day.

  5. Agree with the 1st 3 but dont see hw skales made that list ahead of burna Boy. Itotally disagree with that. Also dont think yemi alade made the list over tiwa savage

  6. OBYNOEFFECT, Skales has done well this year. Skales created a bigger Buzz over Burna 2014. Check the records.

  7. Yemi Alade did very well over Tiwa in the year under review based on single works, no Nigerian female artistes single came close to “Johnny”, disagree? Do some research, their soundcloud rating is a good way to start… Brymo shld have made this list tho ahead of Asa & a few others ahead those on this list but then again, great job no matter how perfect it would be questioned, great job guys.

  8. ridiculous list. no burna boy. yemi over tiwa and all those superstars. ice prince at 16. olamide is suppose 2 b number 1. and yes asa is very very good and in fact almost d best but is she very hot in nigeria 2 warrant top 5. wiz on 6. o my… u need a reporter based in nigeria seriously