Burna Boy and Wizkid emerge winners at music awards -Grammys 2021

The African Giant, Burna Boy, and Wizkid star boy emerge as winners at the 2021 Grammys music awards. Burna Boy won the Best Global Music Album category. While Wizkid won the Best Music Video for his song with Beyoncé, Brown Skin Girl.

Nigeria Afrobeats superstars Burna Boy and Wizkid have both become winners and received awards at the 2021 Grammys.

Beyoncé’s daughter Blue Ivy also emerged as a winner on the song.

The Best Music Video award is usually given to the artist, video producer, and video director.

Damini Ogulu is the actual name of the artist Burna Boy.  He had been a nominee for two consecutive years but finally won with his album called “Twice As Tall.”

The 63rd Grammy Awards is currently holding in Los Angeles. Traditionally billed as “music’s biggest night,” this year’s ceremony is quite different, majorly because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The audience is absent, and performers have been separated into five stages. They are organized in a circle within the Los Angeles Convention Center to maintain social distancing.

The Grammys nomination related the Twice As Tall album as “a masterclass in the vibe and hard work that has made Burna Boy a global musical force to be reckoned with.”

“The star continues to burn through limitations. He easily blends styles and genres. In addition to  increasing the fire heating the melting pot of pop, Afrobeat, dancehall, reggae, and much more without fear.” 

The album introduces a wide range of foreign artists like Youssou Ndour, Stormzy, Chris Martin of Coldplay, Naughty By Nature and Sean Combs was the executive producer.

The video that made Wizkid win was described as “a buffet for the fashion-forward and a celebration of Black and brown female beauty all over the world.”

 Burna Boy was nominated in the same category in 2019 – then known as Best World Music Album but he lost to Angelique Kidjo at the awards ceremony in 2020.

However, Kidjo dedicated her award to him. She stated that: “Burna Boy is one of those young artists from Africa changing the way our content is perceived. and making it clear that African music is the foundation of all music.”

Burna Boy was born in Nigeria’s Port Harcourt. He released his first album, LIFE, an acronym for Leaving an Impact For Eternity, in 2013.

The release of Redemption in 2015 followed the first album. In 2018 he included the international hit track, Ye.

With his 2019 African Giant album, Burna Boy hit the international scene and earned his first Grammys nomination.

The star is often compared to Nigerian superstar Fela Ransome-Kuti, whose songs Burna has sampled generously. He has become increasingly vocal about social causes in Africa.

 In the heat of the xenophobic attacks in South Africa in 2019, he threatened never to revisit the country unless the government took action, although he has since performed in the country.

He was also closely involved in the #EndSARS anti-police brutality protests in Nigeria last year.  Setting up a fund for victims and releasing a song in memory of those killed on 20 October 2020 at the Lekki Toll Gate in Lagos.

He also recently tweeted his support for protesters in Senegal who took to the streets after the arrest of opposition leader Ousmane Sonko.