There are a few things that unite Nigerians – Music, Comedy, and Sports. The national pride came out to play on Sunday, January 26 as we waited for Burna Boy to bring home the country’s first home-made Grammy.
The frenzy could only be compared to one thing: a world cup win. Social media and traditional media were all interested in talking about one thing, Burna Boy’s possible Grammy win. If Burna had won, he would have been the first home-based, home-made Nigerian musician to win the coveted global prize.
He was nominated in the ‘Best World Music Album’ category for his fourth album, African Giant. He, however, lost the award to Beninese singer-songwriter, Angelique Kidjo who dedicated the award to him. The other nominees in the category included Altin Gün, Nathalie Joachim with Spektral Quartet, and Bokanté And Metropole Orkest conducted by Jules Buckley.
Although Burna Boy did not win the Grammys this year, he is the first Nigerian to have been nominated for three global awards in the same year. For his brilliant works in 2019, he received nominations for the Grammys ‘Best World Music Album’, BET Award for ‘Best International Act’ and the MTV: EMA ‘Best African Act’.
After Angelique Kidjo was announced as the winner, Nigerians took to social media to still sing praises of Burna Boy, calling him the ‘African Giant’.
— NET (@theNETng) January 27, 2020
Grammy or No Grammy, Burna boy still remains an African Giant.
— Samuel Mbah (@__Mbah) January 27, 2020
#GRAMMYs Award or not! Oluwa Burna remains The African Giant!
— Sheylex™❁ (@djsheylex) January 26, 2020
*talking in Olamide's voice*
This award is for Burna Boy, every single was a hit, Back to back, from Ye to Gbona to Kill Dem sha to Dangote to Anybody , Burna boy is our own World music winner f#$%k that sh$t , IYA LAYA ANYBODY#GRAMMYAwards2020 #Burnaforthegramny rip Kobe pic.twitter.com/M0Dhs9lHGb
— Dewale Morgan (@walesmorqan) January 27, 2020
Aside from Burna Boy, juju maestro, King Sunny Ade was nominated twice for the award in 1984 and 1999. On the other hand, Afrobeat king, Femi Kuti received four nominations in 2002, 2009, 2011 and 2013. Seun Kuti also received a Grammy nomination in 2019.
Congratulations to Burna Boy on this impressive Grammy debut. More wins this year!
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