Monday, April 22, 2024

GRAMMY Awards 2021: Nigerians Recognized For Their Contributions To Global Music

After years of nomination for the most coveted music award in secular music globally, Nigerians bagged two GRAMMYs last night at the 63rd GRAMMY award in Los Angeles Convention Center.

Since 1984, artists like music maestro King Sunny Ade, Femi Kuti, Babatunde Olatunji, Seun Kuti and Burna Boy, have been nominated to receive GRAMMYs for their original works.

For the first time since then, Burna Boy’s award for ‘TWICE AS TALL’ in the Best Global Music Album category, is the first GRAMMY award won by a Nigerian and for Nigeria.

However, when it comes to contributions to international works, Percussionist Sikiru Adepoju won the award with other contributors for Best Contemporary World Music Album in 1991, the first year there was a Grammy in that category. He was also part of Mickey Hart’s group Global Drum Project, whose title album won the Grammy Award for Best Contemporary World Music Album at the 51st annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles 8 February 2009

Nigerian writer, Chimamanda Adiche was also nominated for her contributions in Beyonce’s ‘beyonce’ album.

But the award for contributions in a foreign body of work was won this year by Wizkid for ‘Brown Skin Girl’ which won Best Music Video last night.

As Nigerian music and talents become increasingly popular and widely accepted, international awards and collaborations follow suit bringing with it accolades for our contribution as a people to entertainment globally.

In his acceptance speech, Burna Boy asked people to believe in themselves as “Africa don land.”

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