Nigerian musicians, Burna Boy and Wizkid emerged victorious for the Best Global Music Album and the Best Music Video categories respectively, in the just-concluded 63rd edition of the Grammy Awards held in Los Angeles.
Burna Boy christened Damini Ogulu was nominated for the second time in the same category, then known as Best World Music Album, but lost out last year to Angelique Kidjo who praised him for being “among those young artists that come from Africa that is changing the way our continent is perceived”.
His ‘Twice as Tall’ album, which featured artists like Chris Martin of Coldplay, Youssou Ndour and Naughty by Nature, was described as “a masterclass in the vibe and hustle that have made Burna Boy an international musical force” by the Grammy’s nomination. He is the first Nigerian to have an album to win in this category.
Ayodeji Balogun, Wizkid also came out victorious for his music video with Beyonce and Blue Ivy, ‘Brown Skin Girl’, from Beyonce’s album, The Lion King: The Gift. The video was described as “a feast for the fashion-forward and a celebration of Black and brown female beauty everywhere”.
The 63rd Grammy Award was performed without an audience, and artists that performed during the event were separated into five stages, arranged in a circle inside the Los Angeles Convention Center. This was necessitated as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic and to ensure Covid-19 protocols were maintained.