- Music fans in Nigeria were elated by the news of Burna Boy earning a nomination at the 62nd Annual Grammy Awards
- Burna boy lost the award for Best World Music Album to Angelique Kidjo
- The Beninese singer, songwriter and actress dedicated the win to Burna Boy
Music fans all over Nigeria ecstatically followed this year’s Grammy Awards. The major reason for that was because Burna Boy, one of Nigeria’s favourite, bagged a nomination.
The event held at Staples Center in Los Angeles yesterday and was hosted by multiple-award-winning singer, Alicia Keys.
She dedicated this year’s version to NBA legend Kobe Bryant who died along with his daughter and three others in a helicopter crash.
Burna Boy lost to Angelique Kidjo
Burna Boy, 28, whose album African Giant was nominated for Best World Music Album joins an elite list of Nigerian performers to have received a Grammy nomination.
He, however, lost the award to Angelique Kidjo, a Beninese singer, songwriter and actress.
Angelique’s album ‘Celia’ came out victorious over a total of four other nominees, including Burna Boy’s African Giant.
Angelique Kidjo is highly regarded for her efforts in music and her other fields of expertise. This resulted in Time Magazine referring to her as “Africa’s premier diva” in 2017.
She dedicates it to Burna
Taking to the stage to receive the illustrious awards, Angelique Kidjo dedicated it to Burna Boy.
Saying, “This is for Burna Boy. Burna Boy is among those young artists [who] came from Africa [who] are changing the way our continent is perceived, and the way African music has been the bedrock for every [form] of music.”
Who were the other winners?
This year’s Grammy Awards had a total of 84 categories. The biggest winner of the night was Billie Eilish who came out victorious on 5 different categories.