In 2008, the next rated categories of artistes were undoubtedly some of the biggest artistes in Africa and still are. They are one of the greatest set of artistes the Nigerian music industry has ever produced. Wande Coal, MI Abaga, Banky W & GT Da Guitarman all light up the industry with great music and musical contents. Though their best times are past them, but they still a force to reckon with in the music affairs of Africa.
In 2010, the set of up and coming Nigerian artistes in the industry were really huge potential. These guys were hot, and they made it clear through their music to Nigerian music followers and the world that they were going to make a difference. These set of artistes were in the Next Rated categories of major music awards in that year and up till this moment, they are doing their music in the biggest ways as they have grown to be some of the biggest music acts in Africa. They are; Wizkid, Tiwa savage, Olamide and Ice Prince.