• David Sanmi

Nigerian Superstar, Burnaboy Wins First GRAMMY

Updated: May 16

Top Nigerian act, Burnaboy, real name Damini Ogulu, notched one of the biggest wins of his career, the much coveted GRAMMY award. He won the under the Best Global Music Album at the 63rd GRAMMY Awards. The category was previously known as Best World Music Album.

Burnaboy won the award with his Twice As Tall album, which was released last year to critical acclaim and featured top stars like Youssou N'Dour, Naughty by Nature, Sauti Sol, Chris Martin and Stormzy. The album bested efforts from fellow nominees Antibalas’ Fu Chronicles, Belbel Gilberto’s Agora, Anoushka Shankar’ Love Letters and Tinariwen’s Amadjar.

The star later performed two tracks from the award winning album during the award show, although there was no live audience due to Coronavirus restrictions.

Commenting on the win, Burnaboy said: "Africa is here! We are here! You hear me? This is something fantastic for all Africans of my generation, all over the world, and this should be a lesson for all Africans, whatever you are, wherever you are, you can achieve it."

Burnaboy came close to winning at the last awards with his African Giant album but lost to global icon Angelique Kidjo.

During the same show, Wizkid, another Nigerian top artiste, won his own first GRAMMY too for his part in the video for his song with Beyonce, Brown Skin Girl. The song was written and performed for the Lion King remake. Beyonce’s daughter, Blue Ivy also got an award from the video.

Beyonce herself picked up the 28th GRAMMY of her career, becoming the woman with the most awards in the history of the GRAMMY. Taylor Swift took home award for the album of the year, her third in the category. The song of the year went to H.E.R for here ‘I Can’t Breathe’, a tribute to George Floyd.

The award was hosted by Trevor Noah.

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