Nigerian Grammy nominated Afro-fusion artist, Burna Boy lost in his first attempt to win a Grammy award after being nominated in the best world music album category.
This marks Kidjo’s fourth win in the category and fourth GRAMMY win overall.
The female legendary singer beat Burna Boy and three other nominees to win the Grammy at the Staples Center, Los Angeles.
Angélique Kpasseloko Hinto Hounsinou Kandjo Manta Zogbin Kidjo, popularly known as Angélique Kidjo, is a Beninese singer-songwriter, actress, and activist who is noted for her diverse musical influences and creative music videos. In 2007, Time magazine called her “Africa’s premier diva“.
However, Other artists nominated in the category alongside Nigerian Burna Boy are Altin Gun. “Gece”, Bokante & Metropole Orkest conducted by Jules Buckley, “What Heat”. Nathalie Joachim with Spektral Quartet, “Fanm D’Ayiti”, and Angelique Kidjo, “Celia”.
Meanwhile, The only Nigerian to win a Grammy Award remains Sikiru Adepoju.
Mr Adepoju, who worked with Ebenezer Obey and the Inter-Reformers band in the 80s, was part of Mickey Hart’s group Planet Drum, whose title album won the Grammy Award for Best Contemporary World Music Album in 1991, the first year there was a Grammy in that category.
He was also part of Mickey Hart’s group Global Drum Project, whose title album won the Grammy Award for Best Contemporary World Music Album at 2009 Grammy Awards.
The African Giant follows in the footsteps of Seun Kuti, Femi Kuti and King Sunny Ade in getting nominated in that category at the Grammy Awards.
Burna Boy by last week gave a thrilling performance of his hit single ‘Killin Dem’ at the pre-2020 Grammys party.
Other celebs spotted at the party included music stars like Billie Eilish, Lil Nas, Bebe Rexha, Wiz Khalifa, Kehlani, JoJo, Lizzo.
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