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Nigerian Burna Boy Loses Grammy Award To Angélique Kidjo

28-year-old Nigerian singer and songwriter, Damini Ebunoluwa Ogulu known by his stage name as Burna Boy loses Grammy Award to 59-year-old Beninese singer, songwriter, actress, and activist Angélique Kidjo.

Nigerian Burna Boy Loses Grammy Award To Angélique Kidjo

Burna Boy’s first studio album titled “African Giant” was nominated in the 2020 World Music Album Award category.

The Grammy Award nominees are albums containing at least 51% playing time of new vocal or instrumental World Music recordings.

Angelique Kidjo who noted for her diverse musical influences and creative music videos, was remarked “Africa’s premier diva” by Time magazine in 2007.

The singer is known for her hit songs which include “Agolo”, “We We”, “Adouma”, “Wombo Lombo”, “Afirika”, “Batonga”, and her version of “Malaika”.

This year’s win marks her fourth win in the category and fourth GRAMMY win overall.

While delivering her acceptance speech, Kidjo celebrated a new generation of African artists coming up to represent the continent while thanking luminaries who came before her for their 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.

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.


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