63rd Grammy Awards 2021 in Nigeria


Nigeria Afrobeats stars Burna Boy and Wizkid have both won awards at the 2021 Grammys.

Burna Boy won the Best Global Music Album category while Wizkid won the Best Music Video for his song with Beyoncé; Brown Skin Girl, from Lion King: The Gift album.

Beyoncé’s daughter Blue Ivy was also a winner on the song.

Burna Boy, real name Damini Ogulu, a nominee for a second consecutive year, won with his Twice As Tall album.

The 29-year-old beat four others including the Malian band, Tinariwen.

The Grammys described Twice As Tall as “a masterclass in the vibe and hustle that have made Burna Boy an international musical force”. 63rd Grammy Awards 2021 in Nigeria

“[He] continues to torch limitations, seamlessly blending styles and genres and fearlessly fuelling the fire heating the melting pot of pop, Afrobeat, dancehall, reggae and more,” it said.

The album features a wide range of international artists such as Stormzy, Youssou Ndour, Naughty By Nature, and Chris Martin of Coldplay, and had Sean Combs as executive producer.

Second time lucky ( 63rd Grammy Awards 2021 in Nigeria ) 

Burna Boy was nominated in the same category in 2019 – then known as Best World Music Album – but lost out to Angelique Kidjo at the awards ceremony in 2020. 63rd Grammy Awards 2021 in Nigeria

However, Kidjo dedicated her win to him, saying: : “Burna Boy is among those young artists that come from Africa that is changing the way our content is perceived and the way that African music is the bedrock of all music.”

Burna Boy, who was born in Nigeria’s Port Harcourt, released his first album, LIFE (which stands for “Leaving an Impact For Eternity”), in 2013.

Following that, Redemption was released in 2015, followed by Outside in 2018, which featured the international hit song Ye.

Burna Boy’s 2019 African Giant album, however, catapulted him onto the international stage and earned him his first Grammy nomination.

Burna has become increasingly vocal about social causes in Africa, often compared to Nigerian superstar Fela Ransome-Kuti, whose songs he has sampled liberally. 63rd Grammy Awards 2021 in Nigeria

He threatened to never set foot in South Africa again unless the government took action during the xenophobic attacks in the country in 2019, though he has since performed there.

He was also heavily involved in Nigeria’s #EndSARS anti-police brutality protests last year, establishing a fund for victims and releasing a song in honour of those killed on October 20, 2020 at the Lekki Toll Gate in Lagos.

He also recently tweeted his support for Senegalese protesters who took to the streets after opposition leader Ousmane Sonko was arrested.

63rd Grammy Awards 2021 in Nigeria

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