#Grammys: FG Congratulates Burna Boy, Wizkid 

A photo combination of Burna Boy and Wizkid.

 

The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed has congratulated Nigerian music stars, Burna Boy and Wizkid who on Sunday won their first-ever Grammy.

He described the development as much-deserved and a fitting reward for hard work, according to a statement posted on the Ministry’s website.

“He said the awards also represented a global endorsement for the Afrobeat genre of music that has propelled Nigeria’s increasing dominance of the music world,” the minister said in a statement issued on Monday by Segun Adeyemi, the Special Assistant To The President (Media), Office of the Minister of Information and Culture.

“Alhaji Mohammed expressed the hope that the clinching of the prestigious awards by the two music stars would not only spur them to greater heights, but would also serve as a source of inspiration for others.”

First-Ever

Burna Boy emerged as winner of a Grammy for his Album ‘Twice As Tall’, and that win might be the stamp that affirms his authority as an African Giant of music.

The afrobeat singer who won his first-ever Grammy for the Best World Music Album, beat other strong contenders, Antibalas, Bebel Gilberto, Anoushka Shankar, and Tinariwen to secure the top spot.

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Burnaboy’s fifth studio album which was released in August 2020, earned him the coveted Grammy Statuette and sent tongues on fire all over Nigeria, Africa, and the world at large.

Wizkid on his part won his first-ever Grammy Award for his collaboration with Beyoncé and Blue Ivy on the song “Brown Skin Girl”.

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This was announced at the Premiere Ceremony of the 63rd GRAMMY Awards.

The song ‘Brown Skin Girl’ comes off the 2019 album, ‘The Lion King’.

Nas Wins First-Ever Grammy Award For Best Rap Album

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Hip-pop and rap veteran, Nasir bin Olu Dara Jones popularly known as Nas shocked the music world after he won his first-ever Grammy award for best rap album on Sunday night.

Nas rose to stardom in the early 1990\s with his masterpiece album Illmatic which featured hip-pop heavyweight producers such as DJ Premier and LES and was acclaimed as the best album of 1994 by The Source.

The 13th studio album, King’s Disease which was released in August of 2020 debuted at number five on the US Billboard 200 with 47,000 album-equivalent units, featured Big Sean, Lil Durk, and Don Toliver.

King’s Disease beat stiff competitions from strong contenders such as D Smoke (Black Habits), Jay Electronica (A Written Testimony), Freddie Gibbs and the Alchemist (Alfredo), and Royce 5’9″ (The Allegory) to clinch the sole prize.

Nas had previously been nominated for the rap category 14 times with his first nomination coming in 1996 for his collaboration with Lauryn Hill for If I Ruled the World (Imagine That).

Burna Boy Wins Grammy Award For Twice As Tall

 

Afrobeat superstar Burna Boy has added a Grammy to his growing list of accomplishments. 

After being nominated and losing to Angelique Kidjo for the 2020 edition of the Grammy, the Nigerian singer and songwriter has made a bigger comeback in the 2021 installment of the awards.

The singer won the Best Global Music Album category for his latest body of work, ‘Twice As Tall’.

This marks their first career GRAMMY win. They are the first winner of the recently renamed category, formerly known as Best World Music Album.

He beats American, Brooklyn-based afrobeat band Antibalas; a group of Tuareg musicians, Tinariwen; British-Indian composer, Anoushka Shankar and Brazilian-American singer, Bebel Gilberto.

The self-acclaimed African Giant’s win makes him one of only three Nigerians who will be returning home with the Grammy Statuette.

Sikiru Adepoju is the first Nigerian to have won the Grammy.  He won it in 2009 with the “Global Drum Project” a collaborative album with Mickey Hart, Zakir Hussain, and Giovanni Hidalgo.

Ayo Balogun, the Afrobeats superstar popularly known as Wizkid, is the other Nigerian who has won the grammy; coincidentally he and Burna Boy got their first awards on the same day at the 63rd GRAMMY Awards ceremony.

While Wizkid won for his collaboration with Beyoncé and Blue Ivy on the song “Brown Skin Girl”, Burna Boy who is dubbed ‘Odogwu’ won for his fifth studio album.

The news of Burna’s victory has fans gyrating all over social media, with many saying that the Afro-Fusion star has now placed Nigeria back on the world’s music map.

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Key Nominees For The 2021 Grammy Awards

Annual Grammy Awards, Press Room, New York. (Credit: Photo by MJ Photos/REX/AFP)

 

 

Here is a list of nominees in the major categories for the 63rd annual Grammy Awards, which will be handed out on Sunday.

Beyonce leads the pack with nine nominations, followed by Taylor Swift, Dua Lipa and rapper Roddy Ricch with six each.

– Album of the Year –
Jhene Aiko, “Chilombo”

Black Pumas, “Black Pumas (Deluxe Edition)”

Coldplay, “Everyday Life”

Jacob Collier, “Djesse Vol. 3”

Haim, “Women In Music Pt. III”

Dua Lipa, “Future Nostalgia”

Post Malone, “Hollywood’s Bleeding”

Taylor Swift, “folklore”

– Record of the Year, recognizing overall performance on a song –
Beyonce, “Black Parade”

Black Pumas, “Colors”

DaBaby featuring Roddy Ricch, “Rockstar”

Doja Cat, “Say So”

Billie Eilish, “Everything I Wanted”

Dua Lipa, “Don’t Start Now”

Post Malone, “Circles”

Megan Thee Stallion featuring Beyonce, “Savage”

– Song of the Year, recognizing songwriting –
Beyonce, Denisia Andrews, Stephen Bray, Shawn Carter, Brittany Coney, Derek James Dixie, Akil King, Kim “Kaydence” Krysiuk and Rickie “Caso” Tice, “Black Parade”

Roddy Ricch and Samuel Gloade, “The Box”

Taylor Swift and Aaron Dessner, “Cardigan”

Post Malone, Louis Bell, Adam Feeney, Kaan Gunesberk and Billy Walsh, “Circles”

Dua Lipa, Caroline Ailin, Ian Kirkpatrick and Emily Warren, “Don’t Start Now”

Billie Eilish and Finneas O’Connell, “Everything I Wanted”

H.E.R., Dernst Emile II and Tiara Thomas, “I Can’t Breathe”

Julia Michaels and JP Saxe, “If The World Was Ending”

– Best New Artist –
Ingrid Andress

Phoebe Bridgers

Chika

Noah Cyrus

D Smoke

Doja Cat

Kaytranada

Megan Thee Stallion

– Best Music Video –
Beyonce, “Brown Skin Girl”

Future featuring Drake, “Life Is Good”

Anderson .Paak, “Lockdown”

Harry Styles, “Adore You”

Woodkid, “Goliath”

– Best Rap Album –
D Smoke, “Black Habits”

Freddie Gibbs & The Alchemist, “Alfredo”

Jay Electronica, “A Written Testimony”

Nas, “King’s Disease”

Royce Da 5’9″, “The Allegory”

– Best Rock Album –
Fontaines DC, “A Hero’s Death”

Michael Kiwanuka, “Kiwanuka”

Grace Potter, “Daylight”

Sturgill Simpson, “Sound & Fury”

The Strokes, “The New Abnormal”

– Best Pop Vocal Album –
Justin Bieber, “Changes”

Lady Gaga, “Chromatica”

Dua Lipa, “Future Nostalgia”

Harry Styles, “Fine Line”

Taylor Swift, “folklore”

– Best Alternative Music Album –
Fiona Apple, “Fetch the Bolt Cutters”

Beck, “Hyperspace”

Phoebe Bridgers, “Punisher”

Brittany Howard, “Jaime”

Tame Impala, “The Slow Rush”

– Best Global Music Album –
Antibalas, “Fu Chronicles”

Burna Boy, “Twice as Tall”

Bebel Gilberto, “Agora”

Anoushka Shankar, “Love Letters”

Tinariwen, “Amadjar”

Five Things To Watch For At The Grammys

(FILES) In this file photo taken on January 28, 2018 Grammy trophies sit in the press room during the 60th Annual Grammy Awards in New York.  (Photo by Don EMMERT / AFP)

 

 

Keen to keep viewers glued to the Grammys, the Recording Academy has asked the music world’s powerhouse performers to anchor yet another awards gala forced to go virtual.

Megan Thee Stallion, Cardi B, BTS, Taylor Swift, Dua Lipa and Billie Eilish are among the long list of musicians who will appear during the mix of live and pretaped performances on Sunday.

The Grammys gala falls nearly a year to the day that the coronavirus pandemic shuttered clubs and halted touring, dealing a crippling blow to the industry.

Here’s a guide to the event, which comedian Trevor Noah will host:

– Women take center stage –
Beyonce is the leading nominee with nine — despite not releasing an album in the past year — while Swift and Lipa both nabbed six nods for records they dropped during quarantine.

Bluesy rocker Brittany Howard — known for her leading vocals with the band Alabama Shakes — jumped into the spotlight on her own with five nominations for her first solo album “Jaime.”

Howard is among the leading women in the rock categories, where female artists made an extremely strong impression on Grammy voters.

For the first time ever, the Best Rock Performance category is comprised entirely of solo women or female-led acts: Howard, Fiona Apple, Phoebe Bridgers, sister group Haim, Grace Potter and the Adrianne Lenker-fronted band Big Thief.

The Best Country Album category features four solo female acts along with one male-female group.

Mickey Guyton — who will perform Sunday — is up for Best Country Solo performance, becoming the first Black woman nominated in a country category for her song “Black Like Me.”

And rapper Megan Thee Stallion is poised to make a splash, with four nominations including for Best New Artist — a category featuring seven women out of eight nominees.

– Mea culpa to Beyonce? –
Beyonce is the most nominated woman in Grammy history with 79, and is tied with Paul McCartney for the second most nods ever.

They’re each just one nomination behind top dogs Jay-Z (Beyonce’s husband) and Quincy Jones, who both have 80.

But the 39-year-old — whose art, social media messaging, sales innovations and pop culture presence have indelibly shaped the industry — has repeatedly fallen short in the top categories.

In 2017, she notably lost out to Adele, despite dropping the seminal visual album “Lemonade” and embarking on the previous year’s most lucrative tour.

After several years of promising to improve its recognition of artists who aren’t white men, Sunday could be the moment the Academy finally pays Beyonce her due.

Her sweeping “Black Parade” — released amid explosive nationwide anti-racism protests — is in the running for Record and Song of the Year honors.

She could also bag several awards thanks to her collaboration with Megan Thee Stallion on the wildly popular “Savage” remix.

Whether Beyonce will attend — virtually or otherwise — is up in the air: She’s not on the performance list and since 2018 has skipped the ceremony.

– Pandemic performances –
The mostly virtual event promises top-tier talent recruited in a bid to draw screen-weary eyeballs, after a devastating year in the world of live performance.

Both Megan Thee Stallion and Cardi B are scheduled to perform, though it’s unclear if they’ll appear together: the duo’s summer smash “WAP” was a fan favorite, but its graphic content is perhaps too much for network television.

Swift will perform at the gala for the first time since 2016, in addition to Eilish who last year swept the general field categories.

Lipa, rapper Roddy Ricch and Post Malone will grace the stage, as will Latin trap superstar Bad Bunny, along with pop nominees Harry Styles and South Korean boy band sensation BTS.

– Oddballs –
A little less than a month after his chaotic presidential bid ended, Kanye West notched a 2021 Grammy nomination — but it had nothing to do with rap.

No, the artist who shook hip-hop with his 2004 album “The College Dropout” is up for Best Contemporary Christian Music Album, in recognition of his ode to evangelism, “Jesus Is King.”

The spoken word category that regularly features unexpected Grammy contenders — both Michelle and Barack Obama are past winners — this year includes journalists Rachel Maddow and Ronan Farrow, as well as Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea.

And the Eurovision competition got an unlikely shoutout this time around, as the soundtrack for a comedy film about the kitschy contest was nominated for Best Compilation Soundtrack For Visual Media.

– Posthumous nominations –
The field features a number of posthumous nominations, including two for the revered American songwriter John Prine, who died of coronavirus complications in April.

Leonard Cohen, who died in 2016, received a Best Folk Album nomination for “Thanks for the Dance,” a collection of raw vocals the Canadian legend’s son finished for him.

And Brooklyn drill rapper Pop Smoke — who was shot dead in the Hollywood Hills in February 2020 — received one nomination for Best Rap Performance for “Dior.”

The late artist will compete in that category with another rapper who died young: Nipsey Hussle, who won two posthumous awards last year, is nominated for “Deep Reverence,” a collaboration with Big Sean.

FULL LIST: Burna Boy Plus Other Nominees At 2021 Grammy Awards

 

The 2021 Grammy nominations are here and Nigerian music star, Damini Ogulu popularly called, Burna Boy, made the list.

Burna Boy’s album, Twice As Tall, was nominated in the Best Global Music Album category alongside American, Brooklyn-based afrobeat band Antibalas; a group of Tuareg musicians, Tinariwen; British-Indian composer, Anoushka Shankar and Brazilian-American singer, Bebel Gilberto.

His previous album, African Giant, was also nominated at the 62nd Grammy Awards ceremony. He, however, lost to Beninese Music Legend Angélique Kidjo who won the award.

While announcing this year’s nominations on its website, the Recording Academy said the 63rd Grammy Awards will be holding amid the COVID-19 pandemic with the priority placed on the health and safety of artists, crew, and all it workers.

“On Jan. 31, 2021, the 63rd GRAMMY Awards will be happening, rain or shine, COVID-19 vaccine or not. The health and safety of artists, guests, crew, and staff is always front of mind during every GRAMMYs, so, logistically, things will be a little different this year.”

The 63rd annual Grammy Awards is scheduled to hold on January 31, 2021, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

South-African comedian, Trevor Noah, will be the host of the award ceremony.

 

SEE FULL LIST OF NOMINATIONS BELOW:

Record of the Year:

“Black Parade,” Beyoncé
“Colors,” Black Pumas
“Rockstar,” DaBaby featuring Roddy Ricch
“Say So,” Doja Cat
“Everything I Wanted,” Billie Eilish
“Don’t Start Now,” Dua Lipa
“Circles,” Post Malone
“Savage,” Megan Thee Stallion

 

Album of the Year:

“Chilombo,” Jhené Aiko
“Black Pumas (Deluxe Edition),” Black Pumas
“Everyday Life,” Coldplay
“Djesse Vol. 3,” Jacob Collier
“Women in Music Pt. III,” Haim
“Future Nostalgia,” Dua Lipa
“Hollywood’s Bleeding,” Post Malone
“Folklore,” Taylor Swift

 

Song of the Year:

“Black Parade,” Denisia Andrews, Beyoncé, Stephen Bray, Shawn Carter, Brittany Coney, Derek James Dixie, Akil King, Kim “Kaydence” Krysiuk and Rickie “Caso” Tice, songwriters (Beyoncé)
“The Box,” Samuel Gloade and Rodrick Moore, songwriters (Roddy Ricch)
“Cardigan,” Aaron Dessner and Taylor Swift, songwriters (Taylor Swift)
“Circles,” Louis Bell, Adam Feeney, Kaan Gunesberk, Austin Post and Billy Walsh, songwriters (Post Malone)
“Don’t Start Now,” Caroline Ailin, Ian Kirkpatrick, Dua Lipa and Emily Warren, songwriters (Dua Lipa)
“Everything I Wanted,” Billie Eilish O’Connell and Finneas O’Connell, songwriters (Billie Eilish)
“I Can’t Breathe,” Dernst Emile II, H.E.R. and Tiara Thomas, songwriters (H.E.R.)
“If the World Was Ending,” Julia Michaels and JP Saxe, songwriters (JP Saxe featuring Julia Michaels)

 

Best New Artist:

Ingrid Andress
Phoebe Bridgers
Chika
Noah Cyrus
D Smoke
Doja Cat
Kaytranada
Megan Thee Stallion

 

Best Pop Solo Performance:

“Yummy,” Justin Bieber
“Say So,” Doja Cat
“Everything I Wanted,” Billie Eilish
“Don’t Start Now,” Dua Lipa
“Watermelon Sugar,” Harry Styles
“Cardigan,” Taylor Swift

 

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance:

“Un Dia (One Day),” J Balvin, Dua Lipa, Bad Bunny and Tainy
“Intentions,” Justin Bieber featuring Quavo
“Dynamite,” BTS
“Rain on Me,” Lady Gaga with Ariana Grande
“Exile,” Taylor Swift featuring Bon Iver

 

Best Pop Vocal Album:

“Changes,” Justin Bieber
“Chromatica,” Lady Gaga
“Future Nostalgia,” Dua Lipa
“Fine Line,” Harry Styles
“Folklore,” Taylor Swift

 

Best Rock Performance:

“Shameika,” Fiona Apple
“Not,” Big Thief
“Kyoto,” Phoebe Bridgers
“The Steps,” Haim
“Stay High,” Brittany Howard
“Daylight,” Grace Potter

 

Best Rock Album:

“A Hero’s Death,” Fontaines D.C.
“Kiwanuka,” Michael Kiwanuka
“Daylight,” Grace Potter
“Sound & Fury,” Sturgill Simpson
“The New Abnormal,” The Strokes

 

Best Alternative Music Album:

“Fetch the Bolt Cutters,” Fiona Apple
“Hyperspace,” Beck
“Punisher,” Phoebe Bridgers
“Jamie,” Brittany Howard
“The Slow Rush,” Tame Impala

 

Best R&B Performance:

“Lightning & Thunder,” Jhené Aiko featuring John Legend
“Black Parade,” Beyoncé
“All I Need,” Jacob Collier featuring Mahalia and Ty Dolla Sign
“Goat Head,” Brittany Howard
“See Me,” Emily King

 

Best R&B Song:

“Better Than I Imagine,” Robert Glasper, Meshell Ndegeocello and Gabriella Wilson, songwriters (Robert Glasper featuring H.E.R. and Meshell Ndegeocello)
“Black Parade,” Denisia Andrews, Beyoncé, Stephen Bray, Shawn Carter, Brittany Coney, Derek James Dixie, Akil King, Kim “Kaydence” Krysiuk and Rickie “Caso” Tice, songwriters (Beyoncé)
“Collide,” Sam Barsh, Stacey Barthe, Sonyae Elise, Olu Fann, Akil King, Josh Lopez, Kaveh Rastegar and Benedetto Rotondi, songwriters (Tiana Major9 and Earthgang)
“Do It,” Chloe Bailey, Halle Bailey, Anton Kuhl, Victoria Monét, Scott Storch and Vincent Van Den Ende, songwriters (Chloe X Halle)
“Slow Down,” Nasri Atweh, Badriia Bourelly, Skip Marley, Ryan Williamson and Gabriella Wilson, songwriters (Skip Marley and H.E.R.)

 

Best Progressive R&B Album:

“Chilombo,” Jhené Aiko
“Ungodly Hour,” Chloe X Halle
“Free Nationals,” Free Nationals
“____ Yo Feelings,” Robert Glasper
“It Is What It Is,” Thundercat

 

Best Rap Performance:

“Deep Reverence,” Big Sean Featuring Nipsey Hussle
“Bop,” DaBaby
“What’s Poppin,” Jack Harlow
“The Bigger Picture,” Lil Baby
“Savage,” Megan Thee Stallion featuring Beyoncé
“Dior,” Pop Smoke

 

Best Melodic Rap Performance:

“Rockstar,” DaBaby featuring Roddy Ricch
“Laugh Now, Cry Later,” Drake featuring Lil Durk
“Lockdown,” Anderson .Paak
“The Box,” Roddy Ricch
“Highest in the Room,” Travis Scott

 

Best Rap Song:

“The Bigger Picture,” Dominique Jones, Noah Pettigrew and Rai’shaun Williams, songwriters (Lil Baby)
“The Box,” Samuel Gloade and Rodrick Moore, songwriters (Roddy Ricch)
“Laugh Now, Cry Later,” Durk Banks, Rogét Chahayed, Aubrey Graham, Daveon Jackson, Ron LaTour and Ryan Martinez, songwriters (Drake featuring Lil Durk)
“Rockstar,” Jonathan Lyndale Kirk, Ross Joseph Portaro IV and Rodrick Moore, songwriters (DaBaby featuring Roddy Ricch)
“Savage,” Beyoncé, Shawn Carter, Brittany Hazzard, Derrick Milano, Terius Nash, Megan Pete, Bobby Session Jr., Jordan Kyle Lanier Thorpe and Anthony White, songwriters (Megan Thee Stallion featuring Beyoncé)

 

Best Rap Album:

“Black Habits,” D Smoke
“Alfredo,” Freddie Gibbs and the Alchemist
“A Written Testimony,” Jay Electronica
“King’s Disease,” Nas
“The Allegory,” Royce Da 5’9”

 

Best Country Solo Performance:

“Stick That in Your Country Song,” Eric Church
“Who You Thought I Was,” Brandy Clark
“When My Amy Prays,” Vince Gill
“Black Like Me,” Mickey Guyton
“Bluebird,” Miranda Lambert

 

Best Country Song:

“Bluebird,” Luke Dick, Natalie Hemby and Miranda Lambert, songwriters (Miranda Lambert)
“The Bones,” Maren Morris, Jimmy Robbins and Laura Veltz, songwriters (Maren Morris)
“Crowded Table,” Brandi Carlile, Natalie Hemby and Lori McKenna, songwriters (The Highwomen)
“More Hearts Than Mine,” Ingrid Andress, Sam Ellis and Derrick Southerland, songwriters (Ingrid Andress)
“Some People Do,” Jesse Frasure, Shane McAnally, Matthew Ramsey and Thomas Rhett, songwriters (Old Dominion)

 

Best Country Album:

Lady Like,” Ingrid Andress
“Your Life Is a Record,” Brandy Clark
“Wildcard,” Miranda Lambert
“Nightfall,” Little Big Town
“Never Will,” Ashley McBryde

 

Best Latin Pop or Urban Album:

“YHLQMDLG,” Bad Bunny
“Por Primera Vez,” Camilo
“Mesa Para Dos,” Kany García
“Pausa,” Ricky Martin
“3:33,” Debi Nova

 

Best American Roots Performance:

“Colors,” Black Pumas
“Deep in Love,” Bonny Light Horseman
“Short and Sweet,” Brittany Howard
“I’ll Be Gone,” Norah Jones and Mavis Staples
“I Remember Everything,” John Prine

 

Best Global Music Album:

“Fu Chronicles,” Antibalas
“Twice as Tall,” Burna Boy
“Agora,” Bebel Gilberto
“Love Letters,” Anoushka Shankar
“Amadjar,” Tinariwen

 

Producer of the Year, Non-Classical:

Jack Antonoff
Dan Auerbach
Dave Cobb
Flying Lotus
Andrew Watt

 

Best Music Film:

“Beastie Boys Story,” Beastie Boys
“Black Is King,” Beyoncé
“We Are Freestyle Love Supreme,” Freestyle Love Supreme
“Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice,” Linda Ronstadt
“That Little Ol’ Band From Texas,” ZZ Top