Burna Boy Loses Grammy Award To Beninese, Angélique Kidjo
Did Burna Boy Win The Grammy Award? Nigeria singer, song writer and 62nd Grammy Awards Nominee, Burna Boy has lost the award to Quidah, Benin singer, Beninese, Angélique Kidjo.
Afro-beat singer, Burna Boy’s African Gaint Album was earlier nominated in the 2020 World Music Album Award category with other artists including;
- GECE – Altin Gün
- WHAT HEAT – Bokanté & Metropole Orkest Conducted By Jules Buckley
- AFRICAN GIANT – Burna Boy
- FANM D’AYITI – Nathalie Joachim With Spektral Quartet
- CELIA – Angelique Kidjo
The criteria for Grammy Award nominations are albums containing at least 51% playing time of new vocal or instrumental World Music recordings.
Burna Boy has left remarkable prints in the sands of time. In 2019, he won Best International Act at the 2019 BET Awards, and was also the Apple Music’s Up Next artist.
Angelique Kidjo, 59-year-old singer-songwriter, actress, and activist is noted for her diverse musical influences and creative music videos.
She is known for her hit songs which include “Agolo,” “We We,” “Wombo Lombo,” “Afirika,” “Adouma,” “Batonga,” and her version of “Malaika.”
Angelique’s win in the category happens to be her fourth nomination in the said category and fourth GRAMMY win overall. During her acceptance speech, Kidjo celebrated a new breed of African artists coming up to represent the African continent and also luminaries who’s been before her for their notable contributions to world music, including Celia Cruz.
She said – “Four years ago on this stage, I was telling you that the new generations of artists coming from Africa gonna take you by storm and the time has come,” Kidjo said.
“Celia Cruz, for me she’s the goddess of salsa. She’s the queen of salsa. She is one of those artists that taught me at a young age that my gender cannot define who I am, that I can do everything I wanted to do.”