Burna Boy Gets 2nd Grammy Award

Richard Ginika Izuora

Nigerian recording artiste, Burna Boy has received another Grammy Award nomination for the album, Twice As Tall.

 Earlier in the year, Burna Boy‘s album, African Giant lost the category; ‘Best Global Music Album’ to Angelique Kidjo‘s reimagination of Celia Cruz‘s music on the eponymous, Celia.

 On November 24, 2020, Nigerian superstar, Burna Boy got his second Grammy nomination in the Best Global Music category. This award comes from his latest album, ‘Twice As Tall.’

 Earlier in 2020, Burna Boy‘s album, African Giant lost the category to Anqelique Kidjo‘s reimagination of Celia Cruz‘s music on the eponymous, Celia. Some of those moments inspired Burna Boy’s Twice As Tall. 

 Burna Boy spoke about some of that on the opening track to ‘Twice As Tall.’

 Burna Boy lost to Kidjo when the category was known as ‘Best World Music Album.’

 A couple of weeks ago, the Recording Academy announced the category formerly known as ‘Best World Music Album’ would become ‘Best Global Music Album.’

 If Burna Boy wins, he will become Nigeria’s first Grammy winner since Sikiru Adepoju won with Planet Drum over 10 years ago. Beyonce‘s video for ‘Brown Skin Girl’ got a nod for Best Music Video, but it’s unclear if that concerns Wizkid who is a featured act on the song alongside Blue Ivy Carter, Beyonce’s daughter and Saint jHN.

Burna Boy, real name –Damini Ogulu – was nominated in the Best Global Music category of the 62nd Grammys.

The Nigerian star bagged the nomination for his Twice as Tall album which he released this year. 

Burna Boy was nominated for the same award he lost to legendary Beninese singer and songwriter; Angelique Kidjo, who has won the Grammys four times.

Burna Boy’s new album is presently nominated in the Best Global Music Category; contending with other albums such as FU CHRONICLES by Antibalas; AGORA by Bebel Gilberto; LOVE LETTERS by Anoushka Shankar and AMADJAR by Tinariwen.

This was disclosed in a list released by the Grammy Awards organisers.

Twice as Tall is the fifth studio album by Burna Boy. 

It was released on August 14, 2020, by Spaceship Entertainment, Atlantic Records and Warner Music. The 15-track album is a mixture of Afrobeats, dancehall, pop and hip hop.

Two other Nigerian artistes, Tiwa Savage and Ayodeji Balogun, popularly known as Wizkid; also featured on the 63rd Grammys nominee list with vocals on Cold Play’s album; as well as ‘Brown Skin Girl’ Video where Beyonce featured Wizkid.

Sade Adu is the only Nigerian-born artiste who has received the coveted award four times. Also, artistes like King Sunny Ade (KSA), Femi Kuti, Seun Kuti, Babatunde Olatunji were nominated for their original works.

The 63rd Annual Grammy Awards ceremony will be held on January 31, 2021, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. It will recognize the best recordings, compositions and artistes of the eligibility year, running from September 1, 2019, to August 31, 2020.

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