Nigerian R&B duo P-Square were named Africa's best artist at the pan-African Kora music awards hosted recently in Burkina Faso's capital Ouagadougou, a prize that includes $1 million U.S. And, despite being offered US $150k and a private jet to the award ceremony, Akon did not attend the awards, to the dismay of music fans tuning in from all over Africa.
The award show, founded in 1996, is Africa's largest, broadcast across the continent to over 100 television channels and 22 countries. 2010 marked the first time the show was hosted outside of South Africa. In the running alongside the twin brother duo P-Square for best African music were Senegalese's Black Diamond, Angola's Paul G and Burkina Faso's Amety Meria.
Other winners included lifetime achievement awards for Cape Verde's Cesaria Evora and Gabon's Pierre Akendengue, as well as Ghana's Becca for best African prospect, Senegal's Chronicle 2h for best reggae artist, and Alicia Keys for "best African-American artist of the diaspora.
P-Square Win Kora Awards and U.S. $1 Million, Akon is a No Show
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