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Grammy 2021: Wizkid And Burnaboy Win At 2021 Grammys

Afrobeats stars Burna Boy and Wizkid Both from Nigeria have won awards at the 2021 Grammys.

Burna Boy whose real name is Damini Ogulu, a nominee for a second time, won with his Twice As Tall album.

 

HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 23: Burna Boy performs onstage at the Warner Music Group Pre-Grammy Party at Hollywood Athletic Club on January 23, 2020 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Amy Sussman/Getty Images for Warner Music)

Wizkid on the other hand won the Best Music Video for his song with Beyoncé; Brown Skin Girl, from Lion King: The Gift album.

The 63rd Grammy Awards being held in Los Angeles is quite different this year because of the coronavirus pandemic as there is no audience, and performers have been separated onto five stages, arranged in a circle inside the Los Angeles Convention Center to maintain social distancing.

CROYDON, ENGLAND – JUNE 01: Wizkid performs on stage on Day 2 at The Ends festival at Lloyd Park on May 31, 2019 in Croydon, England. (Photo by Joseph Okpako/WireImage)

Nigeria’s Burna Boy, 29, beat the Malian band, Tinariwen and four others to win the Grammys.

Burnaboy’s Twice As Tall has been described as “a masterclass in the vibe and hustle that have made Burna Boy an international musical force”.

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It further said “[He] continues to torch limitations, seamlessly blending styles and genres and fearlessly fuelling the fire heating the melting pot of pop, Afrobeat, dancehall, reggae and more,”.

Burnaboy’s album has a wide range of international artists such as Stormzy, Youssou Ndour, Naughty By Nature, and Chris Martin of Coldplay, and also had Sean Combs as executive producer.

The video which made Wizkid win has been described as “a feast for the fashion-forward and a celebration of Black and brown female beauty everywhere”.

Burnaboy was also nominated in the same category in 2019 but lost out to Angelique Kidjo during the award ceremony in 2020.
Both Burnaboy and Wizkid have proven themselves worthy of international recognition and deserve all the accolades they get for proving to be the AFRICAN GIANTS that they are. Congratulations to them.

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