South African R&B sensation, Elaine - whose full name is Ndivhuwo Mukheli - is flying the South African flag high once again; this time by bagging a BET (Black Entertainment and Television) Award nomination.
The 22-year-old You’re The One hitmaker is nominated in the category Viewer’s Choice: Best New International Act. She will go head-to-head against several artists including Nigeria’s Tems and the United Kingdom’s Bree Runway amongst others.
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Reacting to the news on Monday evening, Elaine took to Twitter to share a post of the nomination and thanked her fans for showing her love.
“God is faithful. Love you guys. Thank you,” she captioned the poster.
Having only entered the mainstream music industry in 2019, the Pretoria-born star’s come up is nothing short of extraordinary and her journey has been inspirational.
Let’s take a look at her journey that’s led her to this point.
2019 – Elaine releases her debut EP
At the end of 2019 Elaine released her debut EP titled Elements. The EP, which had seven tracks, was an immediate hit and saw the musician making history as the first independent South African female artist to top the Apple music charts, making her one of the biggest artists in the country.
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2020 – Elaine officially signs to Columbia records
As a sought-after artist in the country, Elaine made serious moves when she signed to international record label, Columbia records in 2020. This is the same label in which Grammy award-winning artists Beyonce and Adele are signed to.
Speaking on the TshisaPOD about the record deal, the singer revealed that she believed that it was a moment for every black woman.
“I think it's really just a moment for everyone who is super, super committed to music. Especially for black women, because those are the women I always keep in mind when I'm making music. So, I feel like my moment is a moment for all of us. It's a win for all of us. It's one step closer to bridging the gap and bringing Africa to the world; bringing African women to the world,” she said.
2021 – Elaine is rumoured to feature Drake on her new album, she releases a new single
Elaine has recently been hinting at working with some big names for her album Positions which will be dropping this year. One such artist is Drake, who fans have guessed will be on the album after he sent Elaine his merchandise from his Nocta clothing line which he teamed up with Nike to produce.
However, Elaine has not confirmed the feature with Drake and has rather kept her track-list and the features a secret.
Last month she dropped her latest single, Right Now, which will be on her album.