This week Veteran actor, Richard Mofe Damijo marked his 60th birthday in grand style, Burna Boy marked his 30th and we witnessed yet another twist to the sexual harassment saga involving Omiyinka Olanrewaju a.k.a Baba Ijesa.
Catch all this and much more on this week’s EP of Vibez.
Did we skip any key moments? do let us know in the comments!
Grammy-winning Nigerian music heavyweights, Wizkid and Burna Boy got a nomination each at the 2021 BET Awards.
A total of three African artists have been shortlisted in the Best International Act category in this year’s BET Awards. Tanzania’s Diamond Platinumz, Nigeria’s Wizkid, and Burna Boy also made the list alongside French singers, Aya Nakamura and Youssoupha; Brazilian act, Emicida; British acts, the rapper Headie One and the duo Yung T and Bugsey are all nominated in the category as well.
Burna Boy was the winner of the category last year while Wizkid won it in 2012 when the category had two divisions for Africa and the UK.
The BET Awards will be held on 27 June and will return with a live audience after being hosted virtually last year because of coronavirus.
American artists Megan Thee Stallion and DaBaby have each received seven nominations in this year’s awards.
Cardi B and Drake have been nominated for five awards.
Here is the complete list of nominees for The “BET AWARDS” 2021 are:
ALBUM OF THE YEAR
AFTER HOURS – THE WEEKND BLAME IT ON BABY – DABABY GOOD NEWS – MEGAN THEE STALLION HEAUX TALES – JAZMINE SULLIVAN KING’S DISEASE – NAS UNGODLY HOUR – CHLOE X HALLE
CARDI B FT. MEGAN THEE STALLION – WAP DABABY FT. RODDY RICCH – ROCKSTAR DJ KHALED FT. DRAKE – POPSTAR JACK HARLOW FT. DABABY, TORY LANEZ & LIL WAYNE – WHATS POPPIN (REMIX) MEGAN THEE STALLION FT. DABABY – CRY BABY POP SMOKE FT. LIL BABY & DABABY – FOR THE NIGHT
6LACK ANDERSON .PAAK CHRIS BROWN GIVEON TANK THE WEEKND
BEST NEW ARTIST
COI LERAY FLO MILLI GIVEON JACK HARLOW LATTO POOH SHIESTY
21 SAVAGE & METRO BOOMIN CHLOE X HALLE CHRIS BROWN & YOUNG THUG CITY GIRLS MIGOS SILK SONIC
BEST FEMALE HIP HOP ARTIST
CARDI B COI LERAY DOJA CAT MEGAN THEE STALLION LATTO SAWEETIE
BEST MALE HIP HOP ARTIST
DABABY DRAKE J. COLE JACK HARLOW LIL BABY POP SMOKE
DR. BOBBY JONES BEST GOSPEL/INSPIRATIONAL AWARD
BEBE WINANS – IN JESUS NAME CECE WINANS – NEVER LOST H.E.R. – HOLD US TOGETHER KIRK FRANKLIN – STRONG GOD MARVIN SAPP – THANK YOU FOR IT ALL TAMELA MANN – TOUCH FROM YOU
BET HER AWARD
ALICIA KEYS FT. KHALID – SO DONE BRANDY FT. CHANCE THE RAPPER – BABY MAMA BRI STEVES – ANTI QUEEN CHLOE X HALLE – BABY GIRL CIARA FT. ESTER DEAN – ROOTED SZA – GOOD DAYS
BEST INTERNATIONAL ACT
AYA NAKAMURA (FRANCE) BURNA BOY (NIGERIA) DIAMOND PLATNUMZ (TANZANIA) EMICIDA (BRAZIL) HEADIE ONE (UK) WIZKID (NIGERIA) YOUNG T & BUGSEY (UK) YOUSSOUPHA (FRANCE)
VIEWER’S CHOICE AWARD
CARDI B FT. MEGAN THEE STALLION – WAP CHRIS BROWN & YOUNG THUG – GO CRAZY DABABY FT. RODDY RICCH – ROCKSTAR DJ KHALED FT. DRAKE – POPSTAR DRAKE FT. LIL DURK – LAUGH NOW CRY LATER LIL BABY – THE BIGGER PICTURE MEGAN THEE STALLION FT. BEYONCÉ – SAVAGE (REMIX) SILK SONIC – LEAVE THE DOOR OPEN
VIDEO OF THE YEAR
CARDI B – UP CARDI B FT. MEGAN THEE STALLION – WAP CHLOE X HALLE – DO IT CHRIS BROWN & YOUNG THUG – GO CRAZY DRAKE FT. LIL DURK – LAUGH NOW CRY LATER SILK SONIC – LEAVE THE DOOR OPEN
VIDEO DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR
BENNY BOOM BRUNO MARS AND FLORENT DÉCHARD COLE BENNETT COLIN TILLEY DAVE MEYERS HYPE WILLIAMS
COMING 2 AMERICA JUDAS AND THE BLACK MESSIAH MA RAINEY’S BLACK BOTTOM ONE NIGHT IN MIAMI… SOUL THE UNITED STATES VS. BILLIE HOLIDAY
ANDRA DAY ANGELA BASSETT ISSA RAE JURNEE SMOLLETT VIOLA DAVIS ZENDAYA
ALDIS HODGE CHADWICK BOSEMAN DAMSON IDRIS DANIEL KALUUYA EDDIE MURPHY LAKEITH STANFIELD
ALEX R. HIBBERT ETHAN HUTCHISON LONNIE CHAVIS MARSAI MARTIN MICHAEL EPPS STORM REID
SPORTSWOMAN OF THE YEAR AWARD
A’JA WILSON CANDACE PARKER CLARESSA SHIELDS NAOMI OSAKA SERENA WILLIAMS SKYLAR DIGGINS-SMITH
SPORTSMAN OF THE YEAR AWARD
KYRIE IRVING LEBRON JAMES PATRICK MAHOMES RUSSELL WESTBROOK RUSSELL WILSON STEPHEN CURRY
Fela Anikulapo-Kuti has missed out on the bid to become an inductee of the 2021 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame where Tina Turner, Carole King, and Jay-Z made it.
Jay-Z, the Foo Fighters, The Go-Go’s, Carole King, Todd Rundgren, and Tina Turner are the newest inductees into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, the organization announced Wednesday morning.
The hall said it’s 2021 class includes the “most diverse list of inductees in the history of the organization.” Three are two-time inductees.
Foo Fighters, The Go-Go’s, and Jay-Z were on the ballot for the first time this year.
Speaking of the new inductees, John Skyes, the Chairman of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Foundation, said: “This diverse class of talented Inductees reflects the Rock Hall’s ongoing commitment to honor artists whose music created the sound of youth culture. It will make for an unforgettable live celebration of music in October at this year’s Induction Ceremony in Cleveland.”
To be eligible for induction, artists have to have released their first record 25 years earlier and “have created music whose originality, impact and influence have changed the course of rock & roll,” according to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
Foo Fighters, The Go-Go’s, and Jay-Z were on the ballot for the first time this year.
Musicians and groups who were nominated but not inducted were Mary J. Blige, Kate Bush, Devo, Iron Maiden, Chaka Khan, Fela Kuti, LL Cool J, New York Dolls, Rage Against the Machine, and Dionne Warwick.
Fela Kuti was first announced as a nominee for the award in February. Soon after the announcement, there was a huge push on social media to vote for the Nigerian music legend whose music much of the populace especially fans say is still relevant to date because of the social issues it addressed.
Massive support from celebrities like Davido, Burna Boy, Banky W, Don Jazzy, and other prominent voices gave the legend an early boost but the Turner fans gave it more from the results that were published by the hall.
If Fela had won, the multi-instrumentalist and Afrobeat legend would have made history as the first Nigerian artist in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
No Plans To Let Fela Win?
Fans took to social media to express their disappointment and displeasure in the situation despite having the second-highest votes and other inductees not coming close to his number of votes being inducted to the hall.
See some of the tweets below:
How did Fela Anikulapo Kuti come in 2nd in #rockhalloffame fan voting but not get inducted? But Jay Z who was at the bottom got inducted? Fela has a bigger impact than Jay Z could ever dream of. Argue with your ancestors. #felarockhalloffame
Can someone explain to me why Fela Kuti failed to make the @rockhall Hall of Fame inductee list despite placing behind only Tina Turner? Those with lesser votes even made the list! What’s the rationale behind this please, anybody? #FelaRockHallOfFame
Shortly after his Grammy win, Burna Boy has been nominated for the 2021 BRIT Awards.
The Afro-fusion singer was nominated for the ‘International Male Solo Artist’ category alongside veteran American icon, Bruce Springsteen; Canadian Singer, The Weeknd; Childish Gambino and Tame Impala.
Burna Boy is a two-time recipient of BET’s Best International Act award and MTV Europe Music Award’s Best African Act.
The nominees for #BRITs 2021 International Male Solo Artist are:
Grammy award-winning artist Burna Boy on Saturday tweeted that his kids will “confidently beat their chest and say ‘Daddy did it on his OWN, we can do it on our own.'”
The Port-Harcourt-born star apparently was alluding to his win at the Grammys last Sunday where he picked up the award for Best Global Music Album.
In the following tweet, he added: “When you KNOW yourself. NOBODY can tell you about yourself. KNOW YOURSELVES and never go against yourself.”
He then mocked people who thought he would not win the much-coveted Grammys.
“GOD is most definitely NOT A MAN,” the tweet said. “I will never forget how so many of you prayed that I don’t win. Too dumb to understand that you also win if I win. No worry This is just the beginning. God is Great.”
GOD is most definitely NOT A MAN. I will never forget how so many of you prayed that I don’t win. 😂🤣 too dumb to understand that you also win if I win. No worry This is just the beginning. God is Great.
President Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated Nigerian stars, Damini Ogulu popularly known as Burna Boy and Ayo Balogun, popularly known as Wizkid for winning the 2021 Grammy awards.
Buhari in a statement issued on Monday by his spokesman, Garba Shehu, said he is proud of the two artistes for their contributions to the field of music which the world has come to recognise.
“Congratulations to Burna Boy on being conferred the 2021 Grammy, the world’s most prestigious musical awards,” Buhari was quoted as saying.
“He has made notable contributions in the field of music which have brought glory to Nigerians at home and abroad. We are proud of his path-breaking achievements.”
President Buhari also acknowledged the efforts of forerunners like King Sunny Ade and Femi Kuti whose creative exertions earned them Grammy nominations, paving the way and brought Nigerian music to global reckoning.
According to Buhari, the record-breaking musical achievements are a recognition of the Nigerian creative talents and the awards will open doors to other aspiring citizens.
Meanwhile, Wizkid picked up the prize for his collaboration with American Singer Beyonce and her daughter Blue Ivy for the track “Brown Skin Girl” in the ‘Best Music Video” category.
‘Brown Skin Girl’, a track off Beyonce’s ‘The Lion King: The Gift,‘ was nominated for the category alongside ‘Life Is Good’, a song by Future featuring Drake, ‘Lockdown’ by Anderson Park, ‘Adore You’ by Harry Styles, and ‘Goliath’ by Woodkid.
Burna Boy and Wizkid’s win comes years after Nigerian percussionist and recording artist, Sikiru Adepoju won the Grammy Award for Best Contemporary World Music Album in 1991.
Adepojuwas also part of Mickey Hart’s latest group Global Drum Project, whose title album won the Grammy Award for Best Contemporary World Music Album at the 51st annual Grammy Awards in 2009.
The 63rd GRAMMY Awards recognize recordings released between September 1, 2019, and August 31, 2020.
See the full list of winners below (In Bold)…
1. Record Of The Year Award to the Artist and to the Producer(s), Recording Engineer(s) and/or Mixer(s) and mastering engineer(s), if other than the artist.
BLACK PARADE Beyoncé Beyoncé & Derek Dixie, producers; Stuart White, engineer/mixer; Colin Leonard, mastering engineer
COLORS Black Pumas Adrian Quesada, producer; Adrian Quesada, engineer/mixer; JJ Golden, mastering engineer
ROCKSTAR DaBaby Featuring Roddy Ricch SethinTheKitchen, producer; Derek “MixedByAli” Ali, Chris Dennis, Liz Robson & Chris West, engineers/mixers; Glenn A Tabor III, mastering engineer
SAY SO Doja Cat Tyson Trax, producer; Clint Gibbs & Kalani Thompson, engineers/mixers; Mike Bozzi, mastering engineer
EVERYTHING I WANTED – WINNER Billie Eilish Finneas O’Connell, producer; Rob Kinelski & Finneas O’Connell, engineers/mixers; John Greenham, mastering engineer
DON’T START NOW Dua Lipa Caroline Ailin & Ian Kirkpatrick, producers; Josh Gudwin, Drew Jurecka & Ian Kirkpatrick, engineers/mixers; Chris Gehringer, mastering engineer
CIRCLES Post Malone Louis Bell, Frank Dukes & Post Malone, producers; Louis Bell & Manny Marroquin, engineers/mixers; Mike Bozzi, mastering engineer
SAVAGE Megan Thee Stallion Featuring Beyoncé Beyoncé & J. White Did It, producers; Stuart White, engineer/mixer; Colin Leonard, mastering engineer
2. Album Of The Year Award to Artist(s) and to Featured Artist(s), Songwriter(s) of new material, Producer(s), Recording Engineer(s), Mixer(s) and Mastering Engineer(s) credited with at least 33% playing time of the album, if other than Artist.
CHILOMBO Jhené Aiko Fisticuffs & Julian-Quán Việt Lê, producers; Fisticuffs, Julian-Quán Việt Lê, Zeke Mishanec, Christian Plata & Gregg Rominiecki, engineers/mixers; Jhené Aiko Efuru Chilombo, Julian-Quán Việt Lê, Maclean Robinson & Brian Keith Warfield, songwriters; Dave Kutch, mastering engineer
BLACK PUMAS (DELUXE EDITION) Black Pumas Adrian Quesada, producer; Adrian Quesada, engineer/mixer; Eric Burton & Adrian Quesada, songwriters; JJ Golden, mastering engineer
EVERYDAY LIFE Coldplay Daniel Green, Bill Rahko & Rik Simpson, producers; Mark “Spike” Stent, engineer/mixer; Guy Berryman, Jonny Buckland, Will Champion & Chris Martin, songwriters; Emily Lazar, mastering engineer
DJESSE VOL.3 Jacob Collier Jacob Collier, producer; Ben Bloomberg & Jacob Collier, engineers/mixers; Jacob Collier, songwriter; Chris Allgood & Emily Lazar, mastering engineers
WOMEN IN MUSIC PT. III HAIM Rostam Batmanglij, Danielle Haim & Ariel Rechtshaid, producers; Rostam Batmanglij, Jasmine Chen, John DeBold, Matt DiMona, Tom Elmhirst, Joey Messina-Doerning & Ariel Rechtshaid, engineers/mixers; Rostam Batmanglij, Alana Haim, Danielle Haim, Este Haim & Ariel Rechtshaid, songwriters; Emily Lazar, mastering engineer
FUTURE NOSTALGIA Dua Lipa Lorna Blackwood & Koz, producers; Josh Gudwin & Cameron Gower Poole, engineers/mixers; Clarence Coffee Jr. & Dua Lipa, songwriters; Chris Gehringer, mastering engineer
HOLLYWOOD’S BLEEDING Post Malone Louis Bell & Frank Dukes, producers; Louis Bell & Manny Marroquin, engineers/mixers; Louis Bell, Adam Feeney, Austin Post & Billy Walsh, songwriters; Mike Bozzi, mastering engineer
FOLKLORE – WINNER Taylor Swift Jack Antonoff, Aaron Dessner & Taylor Swift, producers; Jack Antonoff, Aaron Dessner, Serban Ghenea, John Hanes, Jonathan Low & Laura Sisk, engineers/mixers; Aaron Dessner & Taylor Swift, songwriters; Randy Merrill, mastering engineer
3. Song Of The Year A Songwriter(s) Award. A song is eligible if it was first released or if it first achieved prominence during the Eligibility Year. (Artist names appear in parentheses.) Singles or Tracks only.
BLACK PARADE Denisia Andrews, Beyoncé, Stephen Bray, Shawn Carter, Brittany Coney, Derek James Dixie, Akil King, Kim “Kaydence” Krysiuk & Rickie “Caso” Tice, songwriters (Beyoncé)
THE BOX Larrance Dopson, Samuel Gloade, Rodrick Moore, Adarius Moragne, Eric Sloan & Khirye Anthony Tyler, songwriters (Roddy Ricch)
CARDIGAN Aaron Dessner & Taylor Swift, songwriters (Taylor Swift)
CIRCLES Louis Bell, Adam Feeney, Kaan Gunesberk, Austin Post & Billy Walsh, songwriters (Post Malone)
DON’T START NOW Caroline Ailin, Ian Kirkpatrick, Dua Lipa & Emily Warren, songwriters (Dua Lipa)
I CAN’T BREATHE – WINNER Dernst Emile II, H.E.R. & Tiara Thomas, songwriters (H.E.R.)
IF THE WORLD WAS ENDING Julia Michaels & JP Saxe, songwriters (JP Saxe Featuring Julia Michaels)
4. Best New Artist This category recognizes an artist whose eligibility-year release(s) achieved a breakthrough into the public consciousness and notably impacted the musical landscape.
MEGAN THEE STALLION – WINNER
5. Best Pop Solo Performance For new vocal or instrumental pop recordings. Singles or Tracks only.
YUMMY Justin Bieber
SAY SO Doja Cat
EVERYTHING I WANTED Billie Eilish
DON’T START NOW Dua Lipa
WATERMELON SUGAR – WINNER Harry Styles
CARDIGAN Taylor Swift
6. Best Pop Duo/Group Performance For new vocal or instrumental duo/group or collaborative pop recordings. Singles or Tracks only.
UN DIA (ONE DAY) J Balvin, Dua Lipa, Bad Bunny & Tainy
INTENTIONS Justin Bieber Featuring Quavo
RAIN ON ME – WINNER Lady Gaga with Ariana Grande
EXILE Taylor Swift Featuring Bon Iver
7. Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album For albums containing at least 51% playing time of new traditional pop recordings.
BLUE UMBRELLA (Burt Bacharach &) Daniel Tashian
TRUE LOVE: A CELEBRATION OF COLE PORTER Harry Connick, Jr.
AMERICAN STANDARD – WINNER James Taylor
UNFOLLOW THE RULES Rufus Wainwright
JUDY Renée Zellweger
8. Best Pop Vocal Album For albums containing at least 51% playing time of new pop vocal recordings.
CHANGES Justin Bieber
CHROMATICA Lady Gaga
FUTURE NOSTALGIA – WINNER Dua Lipa
FINE LINE Harry Styles
FOLKLORE Taylor Swift DANCE/ELECTRONIC MUSIC
9. Best Dance Recording For solo, duo, group or collaborative performances. Vocal or Instrumental. Singles or tracks only.
ON MY MIND Diplo & SIDEPIECE Diplo & SIDEPIECE, producers; Luca Pretolesi, mixer
MY HIGH Disclosure Featuring Aminé & Slowthai Guy Lawrence & Howard Lawrence, producers; Guy Lawrence, mixer
THE DIFFERENCE Flume Featuring Toro y Moi Flume, producer; Eric J Dubowsky, mixer
BOTH OF US Jayda G Fred Again.. & Jayda G, producers; Fred Again.. & Jayda G, mixers
10% – WINNER Kaytranada Featuring Kali Uchis Kaytranada, producer; Neal H. Pogue, mixer
10. Best Dance/Electronic Album For vocal or instrumental albums. Albums only.
KICK I Arca
PLANET’S MAD Baauer
BUBBA – WINNER Kaytranada
GOOD FAITH Madeon CONTEMPORARY INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC
11. Best Contemporary Instrumental Album For albums containing approximately 51% or more playing time of instrumental material. For albums containing at least 51% playing time of new recordings.
AXIOM Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah
CHRONOLOGY OF A DREAM: LIVE AT THE VILLAGE VANGUARD Jon Batiste
TAKE THE STAIRS Black Violin
AMERICANA Grégoire Maret, Romain Collin & Bill Frisell
LIVE AT THE ROYAL ALBERT HALL – WINNER Snarky Puppy ROCK
12. Best Rock Performance For new vocal or instrumental solo, duo/group or collaborative rock recordings.
SHAMEIKA – WINNER Fiona Apple
NOT Big Thief
KYOTO Phoebe Bridgers
THE STEPS HAIM
STAY HIGH Brittany Howard
DAYLIGHT Grace Potter
13. Best Metal Performance For new vocal or instrumental solo, duo/group or collaborative metal recordings.
BUM-RUSH – WINNER Body Count
UNDERNEATH Code Orange
THE IN-BETWEEN In This Moment
EXECUTIONER’S TAX (SWING OF THE AXE) – LIVE Power Trip
14. Best Rock Song A Songwriter(s) Award. Includes Rock, Hard Rock and Metal songs. A song is eligible if it was first released or if it first achieved prominence during the Eligibility Year. (Artist names appear in parentheses.) Singles or Tracks only.
LOST IN YESTERDAY Kevin Parker, songwriter (Tame Impala)
NOT Adrianne Lenker, songwriter (Big Thief)
SHAMEIKA Fiona Apple, songwriter (Fiona Apple)
STAY HIGH – WINNER Brittany Howard, songwriter (Brittany Howard)
15. Best Rock Album For albums containing at least 51% playing time of new rock, hard rock or metal recordings.
A HERO’S DEATH Fontaines D.C.
KIWANUKA Michael Kiwanuka
DAYLIGHT Grace Potter
SOUND & FURY Sturgill Simpson
THE NEW ABNORMAL – WINNER The Strokes
ALTERNATIVE 16. Best Alternative Music Album Vocal or Instrumental.
FETCH THE BOLT CUTTERS – WINNER Fiona Apple
PUNISHER Phoebe Bridgers
JAIME Brittany Howard
THE SLOW RUSH Tame Impala R&B
17. Best R&B Performance For new vocal or instrumental R&B recordings.
LIGHTNING & THUNDER Jhené Aiko Featuring John Legend
BLACK PARADE – WINNER Beyoncé
ALL I NEED Jacob Collier Featuring Mahalia & Ty Dolla $ign
GOAT HEAD Brittany Howard
SEE ME Emily King
18. Best Traditional R&B Performance For new vocal or instrumental traditional R&B recordings.
SIT ON DOWN The Baylor Project Featuring Jean Baylor & Marcus Baylor
WONDER WHAT SHE THINKS OF ME Chloe X Halle
LET ME GO Mykal Kilgore
ANYTHING FOR YOU – WINNER Ledisi
19. Best R&B Song A Songwriter(s) Award. A song is eligible if it was first released or if it first achieved prominence during the Eligibility Year. (Artist names appear in parentheses.) Singles or Tracks only.
BETTER THAN I IMAGINED – WINNER Robert Glasper, Meshell Ndegeocello & Gabriella Wilson, songwriters (Robert Glasper Featuring H.E.R. & Meshell Ndegeocello)
BLACK PARADE Denisia Andrews, Beyoncé, Stephen Bray, Shawn Carter, Brittany Coney, Derek James Dixie, Akil King, Kim “Kaydence” Krysiuk & Rickie “Caso” Tice, songwriters (Beyoncé)
DO IT Chloe Bailey, Halle Bailey, Anton Kuhl, Victoria Monét, Scott Storch & Vincent Van Den Ende, songwriters (Chloe X Halle)
SLOW DOWN Nasri Atweh, Badriia Bourelly, Skip Marley, Ryan Williamson & Gabriella Wilson, songwriters (Skip Marley & H.E.R.)
20. Best Progressive R&B Album For albums containing at least 51% playing time of newly recorded progressive vocal tracks derivative of R&B.
CHILOMBO Jhené Aiko
UNGODLY HOUR Chloe X Halle
FREE NATIONALS Free Nationals
F*** YO FEELINGS Robert Glasper
IT IS WHAT IT IS – WINNER Thundercat
21. Best R&B Album For albums containing at least 51% playing time of new R&B recordings.
HAPPY 2 BE HERE Ant Clemons
TAKE TIME Giveon
TO FEEL LOVE/D Luke James
BIGGER LOVE – WINNER John Legend
ALL RISE Gregory Porter RAP
22. Best Rap Performance For a Rap performance. Singles or Tracks only.
DEEP REVERENCE Big Sean Featuring Nipsey Hussle
WHATS POPPIN Jack Harlow
THE BIGGER PICTURE Lil Baby
SAVAGE – WINNER Megan Thee Stallion Featuring Beyoncé
DIOR Pop Smoke
23. Best Melodic Rap Performance For a solo or collaborative performance containing both elements of R&B melodies and Rap.
ROCKSTAR DaBaby Featuring Roddy Ricch
LAUGH NOW CRY LATER Drake Featuring Lil Durk
LOCKDOWN – WINNER Anderson.Paak
THE BOX Roddy Ricch
HIGHEST IN THE ROOM Travis Scott
24. Best Rap Song A Songwriter(s) Award. A song is eligible if it was first released or if it first achieved prominence during the Eligibility Year. (Artist names appear in parentheses.) Singles or Tracks only.
THE BOX Larrance Dopson, Samuel Gloade, Rodrick Moore, Adarius Moragne, Eric Sloan & Khirye Anthony Tyler, songwriters (Roddy Ricch)
LAUGH NOW CRY LATER Durk Banks, Rogét Chahayed, Aubrey Graham, Daveon Jackson, Ron LaTour & Ryan Martinez, songwriters (Drake Featuring Lil Durk)
ROCKSTAR Jonathan Lyndale Kirk, Ross Joseph Portaro IV & Rodrick Moore, songwriters (DaBaby Featuring Roddy Ricch)
SAVAGE – WINNER Beyoncé, Shawn Carter, Brittany Hazzard, Derrick Milano, Terius Nash, Megan Pete, Bobby Session Jr., Jordan Kyle Lanier Thorpe & Anthony White, songwriters (Megan Thee Stallion Featuring Beyoncé)
25. Best Rap Album For albums containing at least 51% playing time of new rap recordings.
BLACK HABITS D SMOKE
ALFREDO Freddie Gibbs & The Alchemist
A WRITTEN TESTIMONY Jay Electronica
KING’S DISEASE – WINNER Nas
THE ALLEGORY Royce 5’9″ COUNTRY
26. Best Country Solo Performance For new vocal or instrumental solo country recordings.
Stick That In Your Country Song Eric Church
WHO YOU THOUGHT I WAS Brandy Clark
WHEN MY AMY PRAYS – WINNER Vince Gill
BLACK LIKE ME Mickey Guyton
BLUEBIRD Miranda Lambert
27. Best Country Duo/Group Performance For new vocal or instrumental duo/group or collaborative country recordings.
ALL NIGHT Brothers Osborne
10,000 HOURS – WINNER Dan + Shay & Justin Bieber
OCEAN Lady A
SUGAR COAT Little Big Town
SOME PEOPLE DO Old Dominion
28. Best Country SongA Songwriter(s) Award. A song is eligible if it was first released or if it first achieved prominence during the Eligibility Year. (Artist names appear in parentheses.) Singles or Tracks only.
BLUEBIRD Luke Dick, Natalie Hemby & Miranda Lambert, songwriters (Miranda Lambert)
THE BONES Maren Morris, Jimmy Robbins & Laura Veltz, songwriters (Maren Morris)
CROWDED TABLE – WINNER Brandi Carlile, Natalie Hemby & Lori McKenna, songwriters (The Highwomen)
MORE HEARTS THAN MINE Ingrid Andress, Sam Ellis & Derrick Southerland, songwriters (Ingrid Andress)
SOME PEOPLE DO Jesse Frasure, Shane McAnally, Matthew Ramsey & Thomas Rhett, songwriters (Old Dominion)
29. Best Country Album For albums containing at least 51% playing time of new country recordings.
LADY LIKE Ingrid Andress
YOUR LIFE IS A RECORD Brandy Clark
WILDCARD – WINNER Miranda Lambert
NIGHTFALL Little Big Town
NEVER WILL Ashley McBryde NEW AGE
30. Best New Age Album For albums containing at least 51% playing time of new vocal or instrumental new age recordings.
SONGS FROM THE BARDO Laurie Anderson, Tenzin Choegyal & Jesse Paris Smith
PERIPHERY Priya Darshini
MORE GUITAR STORIES – WINNER Jim “Kimo” West
MEDITATIONS Cory Wong & Jon Batiste JAZZ
31. Best Improvised Jazz Solo For an instrumental jazz solo performance. Two equal performers on one recording may be eligible as one entry. If the soloist listed appears on a recording billed to another artist, the latter’s name is in parenthesis for identification. Singles or Tracks only.
GUINNEVERE Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah, soloist Track from: Axiom
PACHAMAMA Regina Carter, soloist Track from: Ona (Thana Alexa)
CELIA Gerald Clayton, soloist
ALL BLUES – WINNER Chick Corea, soloist Track from: Trilogy 2 (Chick Corea, Christian McBride & Brian Blade)
32. Best Jazz Vocal Album For albums containing at least 51% playing time of new vocal jazz recordings.
ONA Thana Alexa
SECRETS ARE THE BEST STORIES – WINNER Kurt Elling Featuring Danilo Pérez
MODERN ANCESTORS Carmen Lundy
HOLY ROOM: LIVE AT ALTE OPER Somi With Frankfurt Radio Big Band Conducted By John Beasley
WHAT’S THE HURRY Kenny Washington
33. Best Jazz Instrumental Album For albums containing at least 51% playing time of new instrumental jazz recordings.
ON THE TENDER SPOT OF EVERY CALLOUSED MOMENT Ambrose Akinmusire
WAITING GAME Terri Lyne Carrington + Social Science
HAPPENING: LIVE AT THE VILLAGE VANGUARD Gerald Clayton
TRILOGY 2 – WINNER Chick Corea, Christian McBride & Brian Blade
ROUNDAGAIN Redman Mehldau McBride Blade
34. Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album For albums containing at least 51% playing time of new ensemble jazz recordings.
DIALOGUES ON RACE Gregg August
MONK’ESTRA PLAYS JOHN BEASLEY John Beasley’s MONK’estra
THE INTANGIBLE BETWEEN Orrin Evans And The Captain Black Big Band
SONGS YOU LIKE A LOT John Hollenbeck With Theo Bleckmann, Kate McGarry, Gary Versace And The Frankfurt Radio Big Band
DATA LORDS – WINNER Maria Schneider Orchestra
35. Best Latin Jazz Album For vocal or instrumental albums containing at least 51% playing time of newly recorded material. The intent of this category is to recognize recordings that represent the blending of jazz with Latin, Iberian-American, Brazilian, and Argentinian tango music.
TRADICIONES Afro-Peruvian Jazz Orchestra
FOUR QUESTIONS – WINNER Arturo O’Farrill & The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra
CITY OF DREAMS Chico Pinheiro
VIENTO Y TIEMPO – LIVE AT BLUE NOTE TOKYO Gonzalo Rubalcaba & Aymée Nuviola
TRANE’S DELIGHT Poncho Sanchez
GOSPEL/CONTEMPORARY CHRISTIAN MUSIC 36. Best Gospel Performance/Song This award is given to the artist(s) and songwriter(s) (for new compositions) for the best traditional Christian, roots gospel or contemporary gospel single or track.
WONDERFUL IS YOUR NAME Melvin Crispell III
RELEASE (LIVE) Ricky Dillard Featuring Tiff Joy; David Frazier, songwriter
COME TOGETHER Rodney “Darkchild” Jerkins Present: The Good News; Rodney “Darkchild” Jerkins & Jazz Nixon, producers; Lashawn Daniels, Rodney Jerkins, Lecrae Moore & Jazz Nixon, songwriters
WON’T LET GO Travis Greene; Travis Greene, songwriter
MOVIN’ ON – WINNER Jonathan McReynolds & Mali Music; Darryl L. Howell, Jonathan Caleb McReynolds, Kortney Jamaal Pollard & Terrell Demetrius Wilson, songwriters
37. Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song
This award is given to the artist(s) and songwriter(s) (for new compositions) for the best contemporary Christian music single or track, (including pop, rap/hip-hop, Latin, or rock.
THE BLESSING (LIVE) Kari Jobe, Cody Carnes & Elevation Worship; Chris Brown, Cody Carnes, Kari Jobe Carnes & Steven Furtick, songwriters
SUNDAY MORNING Lecrae Featuring Kirk Franklin; Denisia Andrews, Jones Terrence Antonio, Saint Bodhi, Rafael X. Brown, Brittany Coney, Kirk Franklin, Lasanna Harris, Shama Joseph, Stuart Lowery, Lecrae Moore & Nathanael Saint-Fleur, Songwriters
HOLY WATER We The Kingdom; Andrew Bergthold, Ed Cash, Franni Cash, Martin Cash & Scott Cash, songwriters
FAMOUS FOR (I BELIEVE) Tauren Wells Featuring Jenn Johnson; Chuck Butler, Krissy Nordhoff, Jordan Sapp, Alexis Slifer & Tauren Wells, songwriters
THERE WAS JESUS – WINNER Zach Williams & Dolly Parton; Casey Beathard, Jonathan Smith & Zach Williams, songwriters
38. Best Gospel Album For albums containing at least 51% playing time of newly recorded, vocal, traditional or contemporary/R&B gospel music recordings.
2ECOND WIND: READY Anthony Brown & group therAPy
MY TRIBUTE Myron Butler
CHOIRMASTER Ricky Dillard
GOSPEL ACCORDING TO PJ – WINNER PJ Morton
KIERRA Kierra Sheard
39. Best Contemporary Christian Music Album For albums containing at least 51% playing time of newly recorded, vocal, contemporary Christian music, including pop, rap/hip hop, Latin, or rock recordings.
RUN TO THE FATHER Cody Carnes
ALL OF MY BEST FRIENDS Hillsong Young & Free
HOLY WATER We The Kingdom
CITIZEN OF HEAVEN Tauren Wells
JESUS IS KING – WINNER Kanye West
40. Best Roots Gospel Album For albums containing at least 51% playing time of newly recorded, vocal, traditional/roots gospel music, including country, Southern gospel, bluegrass, and Americana recordings.
SOMETHING BEAUTIFUL Ernie Haase & Signature Sound LATIN
41. Best Latin Pop or Urban Album For albums containing at least 51% playing time of new Latin pop or urban recordings.
YHLQMDLG – WINNER Bad Bunny
POR PRIMERA VEZ Camilo
MESA PARA DOS Kany García
PAUSA Ricky Martin
3:33 Debi Nova
42. Best Latin Rock or Alternative Album For albums containing at least 51% playing time of new Latin rock or alternative recordings.
SOBREVOLANDO Cultura Profética
LA CONQUISTA DEL ESPACIO – WINNER Fito Paez
MISS COLOMBIA Lido Pimienta
43. Best Regional Mexican Music Album (Including Tejano) For albums containing at least 51% playing time of new regional Mexican (banda, norteño, corridos, gruperos, mariachi, ranchera and Tejano) recordings.
HECHO EN MÉXICO Alejandro Fernández
LA SERENATA Lupita Infante
UN CANTO POR MÉXICO, VOL. 1 – WINNER Natalia Lafourcade
BAILANDO SONES Y HUAPANGOS CON MARIACHI SOL DE MEXICO DE JOSE HERNANDEZ Mariachi Sol De Mexico De Jose Hernandez
AYAYAY! Christian Nodal
44. Best Tropical Latin Album For albums containing at least 51% playing time of new tropical Latin recordings.
MI TUMBAO José Alberto “El Ruiseñor”
INFINITO Edwin Bonilla
SIGO CANTANDO AL AMOR (DELUXE) Jorge Celedon & Sergio Luis
40 – WINNER Grupo Niche
MEMORIAS DE NAVIDAD Víctor Manuelle AMERICAN ROOTS MUSIC
45. Best American Roots Performance For new vocal or instrumental American Roots recordings. This is for performances in the style of any of the subgenres encompassed in the American Roots Music field including Americana, bluegrass, blues, folk or regional roots. Award to the artist(s).
COLORS Black Pumas
DEEP IN LOVE Bonny Light Horseman
SHORT AND SWEET Brittany Howard
I’LL BE GONE Norah Jones & Mavis Staples
I REMEMBER EVERYTHING – WINNER John Prine
46. Best American Roots Song A Songwriter(s) Award. Includes Americana, bluegrass, traditional blues, contemporary blues, folk or regional roots songs. A song is eligible if it was first released or if it first achieved prominence during the Eligibility Year. (Artist names appear in parentheses.) Singles or Tracks only.
CABIN Laura Rogers & Lydia Rogers, songwriters (The Secret Sisters)
CEILING TO THE FLOOR Sierra Hull & Kai Welch, songwriters (Sierra Hull)
HOMETOWN Sarah Jarosz, songwriter (Sarah Jarosz)
I REMEMBER EVERYTHING – WINNER Pat McLaughlin & John Prine, songwriters (John Prine)
MAN WITHOUT A SOUL Tom Overby & Lucinda Williams, songwriters (Lucinda Williams)
47. Best Americana Album For albums containing at least 51% playing time of new vocal or instrumental Americana recordings.
OLD FLOWERS Courtney Marie Andrews
TERMS OF SURRENDER Hiss Golden Messenger
WORLD ON THE GROUND – WINNER Sarah Jarosz
EL DORADO Marcus King
GOOD SOULS BETTER ANGELS Lucinda Williams
48. Best Bluegrass Album For albums containing at least 51% playing time of new vocal or instrumental bluegrass recordings.
MAN ON FIRE Danny Barnes
TO LIVE IN TWO WORLDS, VOL. 1 Thomm Jutz
NORTH CAROLINA SONGBOOK Steep Canyon Rangers
HOME – WINNER Billy Strings
THE JOHN HARTFORD FIDDLE TUNE PROJECT, VOL. 1 (Various Artists) Matt Combs & Katie Harford Hogue, producers
49. Best Traditional Blues Album For albums containing at least 51% playing time of new vocal or instrumental traditional blues recordings.
ALL MY DUES ARE PAID Frank Bey
YOU MAKE ME FEEL Don Bryant
THAT’S WHAT I HEARD Robert Cray Band
CYPRESS GROVE Jimmy “Duck” Holmes
RAWER THAN RAW – WINNER Bobby Rush
50. Best Contemporary Blues Album For albums containing at least 51% playing time of new vocal or instrumental contemporary blues recordings.
HAVE YOU LOST YOUR MIND YET? – WINNER Fantastic Negrito
LIVE AT THE PARAMOUNT Ruthie Foster Big Band
THE JUICE G. Love
BLACKBIRDS Bettye LaVette
UP AND ROLLING North Mississippi Allstars
51. Best Folk Album For albums containing at least 51% playing time of new vocal or instrumental folk recordings.
BONNY LIGHT HORSEMAN Bonny Light Horseman
THANKS FOR THE DANCE Leonard Cohen
SONG FOR OUR DAUGHTER Laura Marling
SATURN RETURN The Secret Sisters
ALL THE GOOD TIMES – WINNER Gillian Welch & David Rawlings
52. Best Regional Roots Music Album For albums containing at least 51% playing time of new vocal or instrumental regional roots music recordings.
MY RELATIVES “NIKSO KOWAIKS” Black Lodge Singers
CAMERON DUPUY AND THE CAJUN TROUBADOURS Cameron Dupuy And The Cajun Troubadours
LOVELY SUNRISE Nā Wai ʽEhā
ATMOSPHERE – WINNER New Orleans Nightcrawlers
A TRIBUTE TO AL BERARD Sweet Cecilia REGGAE
53. Best Reggae Album For albums containing at least 51% playing time of new reggae recordings.
UPSIDE DOWN 2020 Buju Banton
HIGHER PLACE Skip Marley
IT ALL COMES BACK TO LOVE Maxi Priest
GOT TO BE TOUGH – WINNER Toots & The Maytals
ONE WORLD The Wailers GLOBAL MUSIC
54. Best Global Music Album For albums containing at least 51% playing time of new vocal or instrumental Global Music recordings.
FU CHRONICLES Antibalas
TWICE AS TALL – WINNER Burna Boy
AGORA Bebel Gilberto
LOVE LETTERS Anoushka Shankar
AMADJAR Tinariwen CHILDREN’S
55. Best Children’s Music Album For albums containing at least 51% playing time of new musical or spoken word recordings that are created and intended specifically for children.
ALL THE LADIES – WINNER Joanie Leeds
WILD LIFE Justin Roberts SPOKEN WORD 56. Best Spoken Word Album (Includes Poetry, Audio Books & Storytelling)
ACID FOR THE CHILDREN: A MEMOIR Flea
ALEX TREBEK – THE ANSWER IS… Ken Jennings
BLOWOUT: CORRUPTED DEMOCRACY, ROGUE STATE RUSSIA, AND THE RICHEST, MOST DESTRUCTIVE INDUSTRY ON EARTH – WINNER Rachel Maddow
CATCH AND KILL Ronan Farrow
CHARLOTTE’S WEB (E.B. WHITE) Meryl Streep (& Full cast) COMEDY
57. Best Comedy Album For albums containing at least 51% playing time of new recordings.
BLACK MITZVAH – WINNER Tiffany Haddish
I LOVE EVERYTHING Patton Oswalt
THE PALE TOURIST Jim Gaffigan
PAPER TIGER Bill Burr
23 HOURS TO KILL Jerry Seinfeld MUSICAL THEATER
58. Best Musical Theater Album For albums containing at least 51% playing time of new recordings. Award to the principle vocalist(s) and the album producer(s) of 51% or more playing time of the album. The lyricist(s) and composer(s) of a new score are eligible for an Award if they have written and/or composed a new score which comprises 51% or more playing time of the album.
AMÉLIE Audrey Brisson, Chris Jared, Caolan McCarthy & Jez Unwin, principal soloists; Michael Fentiman, Sean Patrick Flahaven, Barnaby Race & Nathan Tysen, producers; Nathan Tysen, lyricist; Daniel Messe, composer & lyricist (Original London Cast)
AMERICAN UTOPIA ON BROADWAY David Byrne, producer (David Byrne, composer & lyricist) (Original Cast)
JAGGED LITTLE PILL – WINNER Kathryn Gallagher, Celia Rose Gooding, Lauren Patten & Elizabeth Stanley, principal soloists; Neal Avron, Pete Ganbarg, Tom Kitt, Michael Parker, Craig Rosen & Vivek J. Tiwary, producers (Glen Ballard, composer; Alanis Morissette, composer & lyricist) (Original Broadway Cast)
LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS Tammy Blanchard, Jonathan Groff & Tom Alan Robbins, principal soloists; Will Van Dyke, Michael Mayer, Alan Menken & Frank Wolf, producers (Alan Menken, composer; Howard Ashman, lyricist) (The New Off-Broadway Cast)
THE PRINCE OF EGYPT Christine Allado, Luke Brady, Alexia Khadime & Liam Tamne, principal soloists; Dominick Amendum & Stephen Schwartz, producers; Stephen Schwartz, composer & lyricist (Original Cast
SOFT POWER Francis Jue, Austin Ku, Alyse Alan Louis & Conrad Ricamora, principal soloists; Matt Stine, producer; David Henry Hwang, lyricist; Jeanine Tesori, composer & lyricist (Original Cast) MUSIC FOR VISUAL MEDIA
59. Best Compilation Soundtrack For Visual Media Award to the artist(s) and/or ‘in studio’ producer(s) of a majority of the tracks on the album. In the absence of both, award to the one or two individuals proactively responsible for the concept and musical direction of the album and for the selection of artists, songs and producers, as applicable. Award also goes to appropriately credited music supervisor(s).
A BEAUTIFUL DAY IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD (Various Artists) Nate Heller, compilation producer; Howard Paar, Music Supervisor
BILL & TED FACE THE MUSIC (Various Artists) Jonathan Leahy, compilation producer
EUROVISION SONG CONTEST: THE STORY OF FIRE SAGA (Various Artists) Savan Kotecha, compilation producer; Becky Bentham, music supervisor
FROZEN 2 (Various Artists) Kristen Anderson-Lopez, Robert Lopez, Tom MacDougall & Dave Metzger, compilation producers
60. Best Score Soundtrack For Visual Media Award to Composer(s) for an original score created specifically for, or as a companion to, a current legitimate motion picture, television show or series, video games or other visual media.
AD ASTRA Max Richter, composer
BECOMING Kamasi Washington, composer
JOKER – WINNER Hildur Guðnadóttir, composer
1917 Thomas Newman, composer
STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER John Williams, composer
61. Best Song Written For Visual Media A Songwriter(s) award. For a song (melody & lyrics) written specifically for a motion picture, television, video games or other visual media, and released for the first time during the Eligibility Year. (Artist names appear in parentheses.) Singles or Tracks only.
BEAUTIFUL GHOSTS [FROM CATS] Andrew Lloyd Webber & Taylor Swift, songwriters (Taylor Swift)
CARRIED ME WITH YOU [FROM ONWARD] Brandi Carlile, Phil Hanseroth & Tim Hanseroth, songwriters (Brandi Carlile)
INTO THE UNKNOWN [FROM FROZEN 2] Kristen Anderson-Lopez & Robert Lopez, songwriters (Idina Menzel & AURORA)
NO TIME TO DIE [FROM NO TIME TO DIE] – WINNER Billie Eilish O’Connell & Finneas Baird O’Connell, songwriters (Billie Eilish)
STAND UP [FROM HARRIET] Joshuah Brian Campbell & Cynthia Erivo, songwriters (Cynthia Erivo) COMPOSING/ARRANGING
62. Best Instrumental Composition A Composer’s Award for an original composition (not an adaptation) first released during the Eligibility Year. Singles or Tracks only.
BABY JACK Arturo O’Farrill, composer (Arturo O’Farrill & The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra)
BE WATER II Christian Sands, composer (Christian Sands)
DONNA LEE – WINNER John Beasley, arranger (John Beasley)
HONEYMOONERS Remy Le Boeuf, arranger (Remy Le Boeuf’s Assembly Of Shadows)
LIFT EVERY VOICE AND SING Alvin Chea & Jarrett Johnson, arrangers (Jarrett Johnson Featuring Alvin Chea)
URANUS: THE MAGICIAN Jeremy Levy, arranger (Jeremy Levy Jazz Orchestra)
64. Best Arrangement, Instruments, and Vocals An Arranger’s Award. (Artist names appear in parentheses.) Singles or Tracks only.
ASAS FECHADAS John Beasley & Maria Mendes, arrangers (Maria Mendes Featuring John Beasley & Orkest Metropole)
DESERT SONG Erin Bentlage, Sara Gazarek, Johnaye Kendrick & Amanda Taylor, arrangers (Säje)
FROM THIS PLACE Alan Broadbent & Pat Metheny, arrangers (Pat Metheny Featuring Meshell Ndegeocello)
HE WON’T HOLD YOU – WINNER Jacob Collier, arranger (Jacob Collier Featuring Rapsody)
SLOW BURN Talia Billig, Nic Hard & Becca Stevens, arrangers (Becca Stevens Featuring Jacob Collier, Mark Lettieri, Justin Stanton, Jordan Perlson, Nic Hard, Keita Ogawa, Marcelo Woloski & Nate Werth) PACKAGE
65. Best Recording Package
EVERYDAY LIFE Pilar Zeta, art director (Coldplay)
FUNERAL Kyle Goen & Alex Kalatschinow, art directors (Lil Wayne)
HEALER Julian Gross & Hannah Hooper, art directors (Grouplove)
ON CIRCLES Jordan Butcher, art director (Caspian)
VOLS. 11 & 12 – WINNER Doug Cunningham & Jason Noto, art directors (Desert Sessions)
66. Best Boxed Or Special Limited Edition Package
FLAMING PIE (COLLECTOR’S EDITION) Linn Wie Andersen, Simon Earith, Paul McCartney & James Musgrave, art directors (Paul McCartney)
GIANTS STADIUM 1987, 1989, 1991 Lisa Glines & Doran Tyson, art directors (Grateful Dead) MODE Jeff Schulz & Paul A. Taylor, art directors (Depeche Mode)
ODE TO JOY – WINNER Lawrence Azerrad & Jeff Tweedy, art directors (Wilco)
THE STORY OF GHOSTLY INTERNATIONAL Michael Cina & Molly Smith, art directors (Various Artists) NOTES
67. Best Album Notes
AT THE MINSTREL SHOW: MINSTREL ROUTINES FROM THE STUDIO, 1894-1926 Tim Brooks, album notes writer (Various Artists)
THE BAKERSFIELD SOUND: COUNTRY MUSIC CAPITAL OF THE WEST, 1940-1974 Scott B. Bomar, album notes writer (Various Artists)
DEAD MAN’S POP – WINNER Bob Mehr, album notes writer (The Replacements)
THE MISSING LINK: HOW GUS HAENSCHEN GOT US FROM JOPLIN TO JAZZ AND SHAPED THE MUSIC BUSINESS Colin Hancock, album notes writer (Various Artists)
OUT OF A CLEAR BLUE SKY David Sager, album notes writer (Nat Brusiloff) HISTORICAL
68. Best Historical Album
CELEBRATED, 1895-1896 Meagan Hennessey & Richard Martin, compilation producers; Richard Martin, mastering engineer (Unique Quartette)
HITTIN’ THE RAMP: THE EARLY YEARS (1936 – 1943) Zev Feldman, Will Friedwald & George Klabin, compilation producers; Matthew Lutthans, mastering engineer (Nat King Cole)
IT’S SUCH A GOOD FEELING: THE BEST OF MISTER ROGERS – WINNER Lee Lodyga & Cheryl Pawelski, compilation producers; Michael Graves, mastering engineer (Mister Rogers)
1999 SUPER DELUXE EDITION Trevor Guy, Michael Howe & Kirk Johnson, compilation producers; Bernie Grundman, mastering engineer (Prince)
SOUVENIR Carolyn Agger, compilation producer; Miles Showell, mastering engineer (Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark)
THROW DOWN YOUR HEART: THE COMPLETE AFRICA SESSIONS Béla Fleck, compilation producer; Richard Dodd, mastering engineer (Béla Fleck) PRODUCTION, NON-CLASSICAL
69. Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical An Engineer’s Award. (Artists names appear in parentheses.)
BLACK HOLE RAINBOW Shawn Everett & Ivan Wayman, engineers; Bob Ludwig, mastering engineer (Devon Gilfillian)
EXPECTATIONS Gary Paczosa & Mike Robinson, engineers; Paul Blakemore, mastering engineer (Katie Pruitt)
HYPERSPACE – WINNER Drew Brown, Julian Burg, Andrew Coleman, Paul Epworth, Shawn Everett, Serban Ghenea, David Greenbaum, John Hanes, Beck Hansen, Jaycen Joshua, Greg Kurstin, Mike Larson, Cole M.G.N., Alex Pasco & Matt Wiggins, engineers; Randy Merrill, mastering engineer (Beck)
25 TRIPS Shani Gandhi & Gary Paczosa, engineers; Adam Grover, mastering engineer (Sierra Hull)
70. Producer Of The Year, Non-Classical
JACK ANTONOFF • August (Taylor Swift) (T) • Gaslighter (The Chicks) (A) • Holy Terrain (FKA Twigs Featuring Future) (T) • Mirrorball (Taylor Swift) (T) • This Is Me Trying (Taylor Swift) (T) • Together (Sia) (S)
DAN AUERBACH • Cypress Grove (Jimmy “Duck” Holmes) (A) • El Dorado (Marcus King) (A) • Is Thomas Callaway (CeeLo Green) (A) • Singing For My Supper (Early James) (A) • Solid Gold Sounds (Kendell Marvel) (A) • Years (John Anderson) (A
DAVE COBB • Backbone (Kaleo) (S) • The Balladeer (Lori McKenna) (A) • Boneshaker (Airbourne) (A) • Down Home Christmas (Oak Ridge Boys) (A) • The Highwomen (The Highwomen) (A) • I Remember Everything (John Prine) (S) • Reunions (Jason Isbell And The 400 Unit) (A) • The Spark (William Prince) (S) • You’re Still The One (Teddy Swims) (S)
FLYING LOTUS • It Is What It Is (Thundercat) (A)
ANDREW WATT – WINNER • Break My Heart (Dua Lipa) (T) • Me And My Guitar (A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie) (T) • Midnight Sky (Miley Cyrus) (S) • Old Me (5 Seconds Of Summer) (T) • Ordinary Man (Ozzy Osbourne Featuring Elton John) (T) • Take What You Want (Post Malone Featuring Ozzy Osbourne & Travis Scott) (T) • Under The Graveyard (Ozzy Osbourne) (T)
71. Best Remixed Recording A Remixer’s Award. (Artists names appear in parentheses for identification.) Singles or Tracks only.
DO YOU EVER (RAC MIX) RAC, remixer (Phil Good)
IMAGINARY FRIENDS (MORGAN PAGE REMIX) Morgan Page, remixer (Deadmau5)
PRAYING FOR YOU (LOUIE VEGA MAIN REMIX) Louie Vega, remixer (Jasper Street Co.)
YOUNG & ALIVE (BAZZI VS. HAYWYRE REMIX) Haywyre, remixer (Bazzi) PRODUCTION, IMMERSIVE AUDIO
72. Best Immersive Audio Album Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Best Immersive Audio Album Craft Committee was unable to meet. The judging of the entries in this category has been postponed until such time that we are able to meet in a way that is appropriate to judge the many formats and configurations of the entries and is safe for the committee members. The nominations for the 63rd GRAMMYs will be announced next year in addition to (and separately from) the 64th GRAMMY nominations in the category
73. Best Engineered Album, Classical An Engineer’s Award. (Artist names appear in parentheses.)
DANIELPOUR: THE PASSION OF YESHUA Bernd Gottinger, engineer (JoAnn Falletta, James K. Bass, Adam Luebke, UCLA Chamber Singers, Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra & Buffalo Philharmonic Chorus)
GERSHWIN: PORGY AND BESS David Frost & John Kerswell, engineers; Silas Brown, mastering engineer (David Robertson, Frederick Ballentine, Angel Blue, Denyce Graves, Latonia Moore, Eric Owens, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra & Chorus)
HYNES: FIELDS Kyle Pyke, engineer; Jesse Lewis & Kyle Pyke, mastering engineers (Devonté Hynes & Third Coast Percussion)
IVES: COMPLETE SYMPHONIES Alexander Lipay & Dmitriy Lipay, engineers; Alexander Lipay & Dmitriy Lipay, mastering engineers (Gustavo Dudamel & Los Angeles Philharmonic)
SHOSTAKOVICH: SYMPHONY NO. 13, ‘BABI YAR’ – WINNER David Frost & Charlie Post, engineers; Silas Brown, mastering engineer (Riccardo Muti & Chicago Symphony Orchestra) 74. Producer Of The Year, Classical A Producer’s Award. (Artist names appear in parentheses.)
BLANTON ALSPAUGH • Aspects Of America – Pulitzer Edition (Carlos Kalmar & Oregon Symphony) • Blessed Art Thou Among Women (Peter Jermihov, Katya Lukianov & PaTRAM Institute Singers) • Dvořák: Symphony No. 9; Copland: Billy The Kid (Gianandrea Noseda & National Symphony Orchestra) • Glass: The Fall Of The House Of Usher (Joseph Li, Nicholas Nestorak, Madison Leonard, Jonas Hacker, Ben Edquist, Matthew Adam Fleisher & Wolf Trap Opera) • Kahane: Emergency Shelter Intake Form (Alicia Hall Moran, Gabriel Kahane, Carlos Kalmar & Oregon Symphony) • Kastalsky: Requiem (Leonard Slatkin, Steven Fox, Benedict Sheehan, Charles Bruffy, Cathedral Choral Society, The Clarion Choir, The Saint Tikhon Choir, Kansas City Chorale & Orchestra Of St. Luke’s) • Massenet: Thaïs (Andrew Davis, Joshua Hopkins, Andrew Staples, Erin Wall, Toronto Mendelssohn Choir & Toronto Symphony Orchestra) • Smyth: The Prison (Sarah Brailey, Dashon Burton, James Blachly & Experiential Orchestra) • Woolf, L.P.: Fire And Flood (Julian Wachner, Matt Haimovitz & Choir Of Trinity Wall Street)
DAVID FROST – WINNER • Beethoven: Piano Sonatas, Vol. 9 (Jonathan Biss) • Gershwin: Porgy And Bess (David Robertson, Frederick Ballentine, Angel Blue, Denyce Graves, Latonia Moore, Eric Owens, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra & Chorus) • Gluck: Orphée & Eurydice (Harry Bicket, Dmitry Korchak, Andriana Chuchman, Lauren Snouffer, Lyric Opera Of Chicago Orchestra & Chorus) • Holst: The Planets; The Perfect Fool (Michael Stern & Kansas City Symphony) • Muhly: Marnie (Robert Spano, Isabel Leonard, Christopher Maltman, Denyce Graves, Iestyn Davies, Janis Kelly, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra & Chorus) • Schubert: Piano Sonatas, D. 845, D. 894, D. 958, D. 960 (Shai Wosner) • Shostakovich: Symphony No. 13, ‘Babi Yar’ (Riccardo Muti, Alexey Tikhomirov, Chicago Symphony Orchestra & Chorus)
JESSE LEWIS • Gunn: The Ascendant (Roomful Of Teeth) • Harrison, M.: Just Constellations (Roomful Of Teeth) • Her Own Wings (Willamette Valley Chamber Music Festival) • Hynes: Fields (Devonté Hynes & Third Coast Percussion) • Lang, D.: Love Fail (Beth Willer & Lorelei Ensemble) • Mazzoli: Proving Up (Christopher Rountree, Opera Omaha & International Contemporary Ensemble) • Sharlat: Spare The Rod! (NOW Ensemble) • Soul House (Hub New Music) • Wherein Lies The Good (The Westerlies)
DMITRIY LIPAY • Adams, J.: Must The Devil Have All The Good Tunes? (Yuja Wang, Gustavo Dudamel & Los Angeles Philharmonic) • Cipullo: The Parting (Alastair Willis, Laura Strickling, Catherine Cook, Michael Mayes & Music Of Remembrance) • Ives: Complete Symphonies (Gustavo Dudamel & Los Angeles Philharmonic) • LA Phil 100 – The Los Angeles Philharmonic Centennial Birthday Gala (Gustavo Dudamel & Los Angeles Philharmonic) • Langgaard: Prelude To Antichrist; Strauss: An Alpine Symphony (Thomas Dausgaard & Seattle Symphony Orchestra) • Nielsen: Symphony No. 1 & Symphony No. 2, ‘The Four Temperaments’ (Thomas Dausgaard & Seattle Symphony)
ELAINE MARTONE • Bound For The Promised Land (Robert M. Franklin, Steven Darsey, Jessye Norman & Taylor Branch) • Dawn (Shachar Israel) • Gandolfi, Prior & Oliverio: Orchestral Works (Robert Spano & Atlanta Symphony Orchestra) • Singing In The Dead Of Night (Eighth Blackbird) • Whitacre: The Sacred Veil (Eric Whitacre, Grant Gershon & Los Angeles Master Chorale)
75. Best Orchestral Performance Award to the Conductor and to the Orchestra.
ASPECTS OF AMERICA – PULITZER EDITION Carlos Kalmar, conductor (Oregon Symphony)
LUTOSłAWSKI: SYMPHONIES NOS. 2 & 3 Hannu Lintu, conductor (Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra)
76. Best Opera Recording Award to the Conductor, Album Producer(s) and Principal Soloists.
DELLO JOIO: THE TRIAL AT ROUEN Gil Rose, conductor; Heather Buck & Stephen Powell; Gil Rose, producer (Boston Modern Orchestra Project; Odyssey Opera Chorus)
FLOYD, C.: PRINCE OF PLAYERS William Boggs, conductor; Alexander Dobson, Keith Phares & Kate Royal; Blanton Alspaugh, producer (Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra; Florentine Opera Chorus)
GERSHWIN: PORGY AND BESS – WINNER David Robertson, conductor; Frederick Ballentine, Angel Blue, Denyce Graves, Latonia Moore & Eric Owens; David Frost, producer (The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra; The Metropolitan Opera Chorus)
HANDEL: AGRIPPINA Maxim Emelyanychev, conductor; Elsa Benoit, Joyce DiDonato, Franco Fagioli, Jakub Józef Orliński & Luca Pisaroni; Daniel Zalay, producer (Il Pomo D’Oro)
ZEMLINSKY: DER ZWERG Donald Runnicles, conductor; David Butt Philip & Elena Tsallagova; Peter Ghirardini & Erwin Stürzer, producers (Orchestra Of The Deutsche Oper Berlin; Chorus Of The Deutsche Oper Berlin)
77. Best Choral Performance Award to the Conductor, and to the Choral Director and/or Chorus Master where applicable and to the Choral Organization/Ensemble.
CARTHAGE Donald Nally, conductor (The Crossing)
DANIELPOUR: THE PASSION OF YESHUAH – WINNER JoAnn Falletta, conductor; James K. Bass & Adam Luebke, chorus masters (James K. Bass, J’Nai Bridges, Timothy Fallon, Kenneth Overton, Hila Plitmann & Matthew Worth; Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra; Buffalo Philharmonic Chorus & UCLA Chamber Singers)
KASTALSKY: REQUIEM Leonard Slatkin, conductor; Charles Bruffy, Steven Fox & Benedict Sheehan, chorus masters (Joseph Charles Beutel & Anna Dennis; Orchestra Of St. Luke’s; Cathedral Choral Society, The Clarion Choir, Kansas City Chorale & The Saint Tikhon Choir)
MORAVEC: SANCTUARY ROAD Kent Tritle, conductor (Joshua Blue, Raehann Bryce-Davis, Dashon Burton, Malcolm J. Merriweather & Laquita Mitchell; Oratorio Society Of New York Orchestra; Oratorio Society Of New York Chorus)
ONCE UPON A TIME Matthew Guard, conductor (Sarah Walker; Skylark Vocal Ensemble)
78. Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance For new recordings of works with chamber or small ensemble (twenty-four or fewer members, not including the conductor). One Award to the ensemble and one Award to the conductor, if applicable.
CONTEMPORARY VOICES – WINNER Pacifica Quartet
HEALING MODES Brooklyn Rider
HEARNE, T.: PLACE Ted Hearne, Steven Bradshaw, Sophia Byrd, Josephine Lee, Isaiah Robinson, Sol Ruiz, Ayanna Woods, Diana Wade & Place Orchestra
HYNES: FIELDS Devonté Hynes & Third Coast Percussion
THE SCHUMANN QUARTETS Dover Quartet
79. Best Classical Instrumental Solo Award to the Instrumental Soloist(s) and to the Conductor when applicable.
ADÈS: CONCERTO FOR PIANO AND ORCHESTRA Kirill Gerstein; Thomas Adès, conductor (Boston Symphony Orchestra)
BEETHOVEN: COMPLETE PIANO SONATAS Igor Levit
BOHEMIAN TALES Augustin Hadelich; Jakub Hrůša, conductor (Charles Owen; Symphonieorchester Des Bayerischen Rundfunks)
DESTINATION RACHMANINOV – ARRIVAL Daniil Trifonov; Yannick Nézet-Séguin, conductor (The Philadelphia Orchestra)
THEOFANIDIS: CONCERTO FOR VIOLA AND CHAMBER ORCHESTRA – WINNER Richard O’Neill; David Alan Miller, conductor (Albany Symphony) 80. Best Classical Solo Vocal Album Award to: Vocalist(s), Collaborative Artist(s) (Ex: pianists, conductors, chamber groups) Producer(s), Recording Engineers/Mixers with 51% or more playing time of new material.
AMERICAN COMPOSERS AT PLAY – WILLIAM BOLCOM, RICKY IAN GORDON, LORI LAITMAN, JOHN MUSTO Stephen Powell (Attacca Quartet, William Bolcom, Ricky Ian Gordon, Lori Laitman, John Musto, Charles Neidich & Jason Vieaux)
CLAIRIÈRES – SONGS BY LILI & NADIA BOULANGER Nicholas Phan; Myra Huang, accompanist
FARINELLI Cecilia Bartoli; Giovanni Antonini, conductor (Il Giardino Armonico)
A LAD’S LOVE Brian Giebler; Steven McGhee, accompanist (Katie Hyun, Michael Katz, Jessica Meyer, Reginald Mobley & Ben Russell)
SMYTH: THE PRISON- WINNER Sarah Brailey & Dashon Burton; James Blachly, conductor (Experiential Chorus; Experiential Orchestra)
81. Best Classical Compendium Award to the Artist(s) and to the Album Producer(s) and Engineer(s) of over 51% playing time of the album, if other than the artist.
ADÈS CONDUCTS ADÈS Mark Stone & Christianne Stotijn; Thomas Adès, conductor; Nick Squire, producer
SAARIAHO: GRAAL THÉÂTRE; CIRCLE MAP; NEIGES; VERS TOI QUI ES SI LOIN Clément Mao-Takacs, conductor; Hans Kipfer, producer
SEREBRIER: SYMPHONIC BACH VARIATIONS; LAMENTS AND HALLELUJAHS; FLUTE CONCERTO José Serebrier, conductor; Jens Braun, producer
THOMAS, M.T.: FROM THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK & MEDITATIONS ON RILKE- WINNER Isabel Leonard; Michael Tilson Thomas, conductor; Jack Vad, producer
WOOLF, L.P.: FIRE AND FLOOD Matt Haimovitz; Julian Wachner, conductor; Blanton Alspaugh, producer
82. Best Contemporary Classical Composition A Composer’s Award. (For a contemporary classical composition composed within the last 25 years, and released for the first time during the Eligibility Year.) Award to the librettist, if applicable.
ADÈS: CONCERTO FOR PIANO AND ORCHESTRA Thomas Adès, composer (Kirill Gerstein, Thomas Adès & Boston Symphony Orchestra)
DANIELPOUR: THE PASSION OF YESHUA Richard Danielpour, composer (JoAnn Falletta, James K. Bass, Adam Luebke, UCLA Chamber Singers, Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra & Buffalo Philharmonic Chorus)
FLOYD, C.: PRINCE OF PLAYERS Carlisle Floyd, composer (William Boggs, Alexander Dobson, Kate Royal, Keith Phares, Florentine Opera Chorus & Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra)
HEARNE, T.: PLACE Ted Hearne, composer (Ted Hearne, Steven Bradshaw, Sophia Byrd, Josephine Lee, Isaiah Robinson, Sol Ruiz, Ayanna Woods & Place Orchestra)
ROUSE: SYMPHONY NO. 5- WINNER Christopher Rouse, composer (Giancarlo Guerrero & Nashville Symphony) MUSIC VIDEO/FILM
83. Best Music Video Award to the artist, video director, and video producer.
BROWN SKIN GIRL – WINNER Beyoncé, Blue Ivy & WizKid Beyoncé Knowles-Carter & Jenn Nkiru, video directors; Astrid Edwards, Aya Kaida, Jean Mougin, Nathan Scherrer & Erinn Williams, video producers
LIFE IS GOOD Future Featuring Drake Julien Christian Lutz, video director; Harv Glazer, video producer
LOCKDOWN Anderson .Paak Dave Meyers, video director; Nathan Scherrer, video producer
ADORE YOU Harry Styles Dave Meyers, video director; Nathan Scherrer, video producer
GOLIATH Woodkid Yoann Lemoine, video director; Horace de Gunzbourg, video producer 84. Best Music Film For concert/performance films or music documentaries. Award to the artist, video director, and video producer.
BEASTIE BOYS STORY Beastie Boys Spike Jonze, video director; Amanda Adelson, Jason Baum & Spike Jonze, video producers
BLACK IS KING Beyoncé Emmanuel Adjei, Blitz Bazawule, Beyonce Knowles Carter & Kwasi Fordjour, video directors; Lauren Baker, Akin Omotoso, Nathan Scherrer, Jeremy Sullivan & Erinn Williams, video producers
WE ARE FREESTYLE LOVE SUPREME Freestyle Love Supreme Andrew Fried, video director; Andrew Fried, Jill Furman, Thomas Kail, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Sarina Roma, Jenny Steingart & Jon Steingart, video producers
LINDA RONSTADT: THE SOUND OF MY VOICE – WINNER Linda Ronstadt Rob Epstein & Jeffrey Friedman, video directors; Michele Farinola & James Keach, video producers
THAT LITTLE OL’ BAND FROM TEXAS ZZ Top Sam Dunn, video director; Scot McFadyen, video producer The 63rd GRAMMY Awards: Looking Ahead To The 2021 GRAMMYs
We’re all Nigerians and africans stop comparing and dragging Burna boy, Wizkid & Davido, these artists are putting the country’s name on the world map, the least you’ll can do is clap and support them. we winning Gaints, 30BG, FC#GRAMMYs#BurnaboyxGrammys#davIdo
Nigeria Afrobeats stars Burna Boy and Wizkid have both won awards at the 2021 Grammys. Burna Boy won the Best Global Music Album category while Wizkid won the Best Music Video for his song with Beyoncé; Brown Skin Girl, Congratulations@burnaboy@wizkidayo
This moment will forever live rent free in my head! I’m so happy man!!!! Congratulations Burna Boy (@burnaboy) on winning the Best Global Music Album – ‘TWICE AS TALL’ ✨ #GRAMMYs African Giant now World Giant pic.twitter.com/az46nFvKnM
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.
Afrobeat superstar and this year a leading voice of the country’s youth protests, Burna Boy is now hoping to add a Grammy to his growing list of accomplishments.
Burna Boy has been nominated in the Best Global Music Album category at Sunday’s awards for his 2020 album “Twice as Tall”, alongside four others including Malian band Tinariwen and US band Antibalas.
It is the second Grammy nomination for the singer who has sold out London’s Wembley arena and broken a UK music chart and a Spotify streaming record with his Afrobeat and dancehall style.
He clinched his first nomination in 2019 in the same category, for his “African Giant” album, and while he did not win last year, music critics predict he may have a better chance now.
“This year’s nomination is very specific,” says UK-based Nigerian music critic Dami Ajayi. “There was a plan (by Burna Boy) to get another Grammy nomination.”
Ajayi said it was a deliberate choice to get US record executive Sean Combs as executive producer and to feature world music star Youssou N’dour.
But Burna Boy seems to have always been making deliberate choices.
– Taking the stairs – Born Damini Ogulu in Nigeria’s Port Harcourt, an oil-rich region, Burna Boy completed his primary and secondary education in Nigeria before moving to the UK for university.
Two years after he left, the ambitious singer dropped out and returned to Nigeria and in 2013, he released his first studio album, “LIFE” — an acronym for “Leaving an Impact For Eternity.”
“Unlike a lot of other people, I’ve had to go through never-ending steps to get here, whereas other people have taken the elevator up,” he told GQ in an interview published in March 2020.
“I’ve always been too heavy for that kind of elevator, so I had to take the stairs. Now I know every floor and everything on every floor.”
Burna Boy followed the release of LIFE with two albums; “Redemption” in 2015 and “Outside” in 2018 that included Kanye West endorsed song, “Ye”.
In the video, which has over 129 million views on YouTube, the marijuana-toking Burna Boy puffs smoke into the camera while whipping his dreadlocked hair back and forth.
“Dada cover my face,” is a memorable line from the song. He is singing about himself and his locs (Dada is a local term for dreadlocks), bolstering the feel of a tune that is about owning oneself and shunning criticism.
“He seems to have solidified his style,” Ajayi says about the singer’s evolution. “It is so unique, so cutting, and so irresistible. You can say it is the finest fusion of contemporary African music we have at the moment.”
If songs like “Ye” opened international doors for Burna Boy, it was his 2019 “African Giant” album that proved he had arrived.
It got him his first Grammy Nomination, an MTV EMA, and an honourable mention from former US president Barack Obama as one of his favourite songs in 2019.
– African icon – The album was largely centred on social commentary around governance and classism, bringing comparisons to iconic Nigerian singer Fela Kuti.
Kuti, a Nigerian and West African music icon, was as well-known for his funky, jazzy Afrofusion music as his political activism and social commentary.
“The guy is obsessed with Fela,” Ajayi said. “He samples Fela very closely.”
Burna Boy’s grandfather was once Fela Kuti’s manager, and his mother Bose Ogulu, who is now his manager, left her job as a translator to work with Kuti.
Like Fela, Burna Boy has refused to be silent.
When Coachella music festival listed his name in small letters in 2019, the artist who refers to himself as an “African Giant” asked for a bigger font, causing a stir on social media.
In the same year, at the height of the xenophobic attacks on Nigerians and others in South Africa, he threatened to never set foot in the country again unless the government took action.
During the #EndSARS protests about police brutality in Nigeria last October, he was very vocal on social media and addressed a rally in London.
He also sponsored several #EndSARS billboards in major locations across Nigeria, started a relief fund for victims, and released a song honouring casualties from the protests.
“We are the new generation, relentless and tireless,” he told the London rally after holding up a clenched fist. “No justice, no peace.”