Grammys 2022: Wizkid, Femi Kuti, Son Lose To Angelique Kidjo

Angelique Kidjo. Credit: THE RECORDING ACADEMY

 

Femi Kuti, Made Kuti and Wizkid have been defeated in the battle to win a Grammy at the 64th edition at the MGM Arena in Las Vegas.

Wizkid, Femi, and Imade lost out in the Best Global Music Performance and Best Global Music Album categories.

As the Nigerians lost to Arooj Aftab for her single ‘Mohabbat’ in the Best Global Music Performance, Angelique Kidjo clinched the Best Global Music Album.

In her acceptance speech, Kidjo lauded African youths who have collaborated with her to promote the continent.

Last year, Wizkid won his first Grammy prize for a feature on Beyonce’s song, ‘Brown Skin Girl.” Burna Boy, on the other hand, clinched the Best Global Music Album category after losing out the previous year.

Postponed Grammy Awards Moved To Las Vegas

A large Grammy award is seen outside the press room during the 62nd Annual Grammy Awards on January 26, 2020, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Frederic J. BROWN / AFP)

 

The Grammy music awards will be held in Las Vegas for the first time this April after being postponed because of the surge of Omicron-variant Covid-19 cases across the United States.

The 64th annual Grammys — featuring nominees including Justin Bieber, Billie Eilish and Olivia Rodrigo — had been due to take place in Los Angeles on January 31.

Hosted by Trevor Noah, the show will now take place on April 3 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

“We are excited to take the Grammys to Las Vegas for the very first time and to put on a world-class show,” Recording Academy CEO Harvey Mason Jr said in a statement.

The organizers had previously said that hosting a Los Angeles ceremony on January 31 — the original date — “simply contains too many risks.”

The Grammys are one of several entertainment industry events that have been delayed in the hope that sky-high Covid caseloads will drop in the coming months.

Film and television events such as the Critics Choice Awards and Producers Guild Awards have also been postponed, while this week’s Sundance film festival is taking place online.

The Oscars currently are still on for March 27, one week before the rescheduled Grammys.

Jon Batiste, the jazz and R&B artist and bandleader, garnered the most nominations for this year’s Grammys with 11.

As a knock-on effect of the move, country music’s CMT Music Awards will switch from April 3 to later in the same month.

Omicron has become the main coronavirus variant in the United States

A record surge in the number of cases fueled by the variant has yet to recede in California, the nation’s most populous state, which has passed seven million recorded cases.

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Grammys: Wike Bestows Rivers Second Highest Award On Burna Boy

 

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike has honoured Port Harcourt-born music star, Burna Boy after recently winning a Grammy award for the Best Global Music Album.

The governor bestowed on the award-winning artiste, the second-highest honour of Distinguished Service Star of Rivers State (DSSRS).

“We are going to bestow on our son, the second-highest award in the state as recognised by law. We are awarding him ‘Distinguished Service Star of Rivers State – DSSRS,” Wike said on Saturday while receiving Burna Boy, his parents and management team at the Government House in Port Harcourt.

“Remember it was Rivers State that also produced the Most Beautiful Girl in the World, Agbani Darego. Rivers State has been blessed with talents and beauty.”

Burna boy is to share the title, which is only given to outstanding citizens of Rivers State, with the likes of the Deputy Governor and the Speaker of the State Assembly.

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike receives Burna Boy, his family members and team at the Government House in Port Harcourt on March 27, 2021.

 

Governor Wike also said the Rivers State Government will gift the music star a piece of land at the GRA Phase one in Port Harcourt and provide him with funds to build a house of his choice.

READ ALSO: Burna Boy Wins Grammy Award For Twice As Tall

He also announced that all the Artists who performed in music, comedy and dance at the Burna Boy’s homecoming concert in Port Harcourt will be given ₦10 million each.

The singer won the Best Global Music Album category on March 14 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.

#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.

READ ALSOWizkid Wins Grammy With Beyonce’s Collaboration

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”.

READ ALSO#GRAMMYs: Big Win For My Generation Of Africans All Over The World – Burna Boy

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’.

#GRAMMYs: Big Win For My Generation Of Africans All Over The World – Burna Boy

 

Acclaimed Nigerian afrobeat singer, Burna Boy, won the Best Global Music Album on Sunday at the 63rd Grammys.

His studio album, ‘Twice As Tall’ beat four other works to clinch the top spot,

Reacting to his win at the Grammys, the super excited afro-fusion star stated that the victory affirms the fact that nothing is impossible.

Burna further said that his award is a big win for his “generation of Africans all over the world!”

He added that the victory should be a lesson to every African out there.

“No matter where you are, no matter what you plan to do, you can achieve it.

“No matter where you’re from, because you are a king.

“Look at me now, Grammy Award-winning Burna Boy!” Burna Boy exclaimed.

He thanked everyone who had helped make the win possible, with special thanks to his family. “

Billie Eilish Wins Grammys’ Record Of The Year

 

Billie Eilish on Sunday snagged the Grammy for Record of the Year for the second straight time, a major feat for the 19-year-old who swept all four top categories at last year’s ceremony.

This time, the edgy pop sensation bested a crowded field including the night’s big stars Megan Thee Stallion and Beyonce, along with Dua Lipa, Post Malone, and Doja Cat, to win the prize honoring the year’s best overall song for her hit “Everything I Wanted.”

In 2020, the teenage phenom cemented her place as an establishment leader, posting a banner Grammy night by sweeping prizes for Album, Record, and Song of the Year, plus Best New Artist — the first woman and youngest artist to do so.

READ ALSO: #GRAMMYs: Nigerians Salute Burna Boy, ‘True African Giant, Twice As Tall’

“Everything I Wanted” is a gauzy ode to the struggles of stardom that touches on the teenage angst over feelings of inadequacy, imposter syndrome, and concerns about fitting in.

Last year, she won Record of the Year honors for her hit “Bad Guy” off her debut “when we all fall asleep, where do we go?”, which won for Album of the Year.

Before her album’s release in March 2019, Eilish had already won a fervent online following for her bold, often haunting pop sound featuring heavy bass and tinges of trap and electronic dance music.

She is now one of the biggest pop stars in the world, and though the pandemic forced her to cancel her global tour, she still posted a strong year that included penning the theme ballad for the upcoming James Bond film “No Time to Die” — which also scored a Grammy on Sunday.

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Taylor Swift’s ‘Folklore’ Wins Grammy For Album Of The Year

 

Pop powerhouse Taylor Swift won the Grammy for Album of the Year for “folklore,” her first of two quarantine records — the third time she has won the coveted trophy, putting her in rarefied company.

Swift bested contenders including Post Malone, Coldplay, Dua Lipa, sister act Haim, and the Black Pumas to win the award.

Only three other artists have won Album of the Year three times — Stevie Wonder, Paul Simon, and Frank Sinatra.

READ ALSO: Burna Boy Wins Grammy Award For Twice As Tall

It’s been a banner year for Swift, the one-time Grammy darling who surprised her legions of fans not once but twice during the coronavirus pandemic in 2020, releasing “folklore” over the summer and “evermore” as an early holiday gift.

“folklore” — which earned the star six Grammy nominations — saw the famously introspective Swift delve into songwriting from the perspective of others, storytelling in the vein of American musical folk storytellers including Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan, and the late John Prine.

Sunday’s big win marked a return to the Grammy spotlight for Swift, who appeared to have fallen out of grace with the Recording Academy in recent years.

Beyonce Breaks Grammy Record, Becomes Female Artist With Most Wins

 

Beyonce made Grammys history Sunday by becoming the winningest woman in the history of the music industry’s top awards gala, and its most decorated singer with 28 career wins.

She secured the record after winning Best R&B Song for her hit “Black Parade,” a single celebrating Black culture and activism that dropped in the wake of mass protests ignited by the death of George Floyd in police custody in the summer of 2020.

“I am so honored. I’m so excited. Thank you,” said the singer, who made a surprise showing at the gala she has skipped for the past several years.

“As an artist I believe it’s my job and all of our jobs to reflect our times. So I wanted to uplift, encourage, celebrate all of the beautiful Black queens and kings that continue to inspire me and inspire the whole world,” she continued, wearing a curve-hugging black leather mini dress.

“It’s such a magical night, thank you so much,” Beyonce said, adding her gratitude to her children — after the eldest, Blue Ivy, won her first Grammy for her appearance in the music video “Brown Skin Girl.”

“I’m so honored to be your mommy, all of your mommies. Y’all are my babies. And I’m so proud of y’all. I love you so much, my rock,” she said, nodding to her husband, rapper Jay-Z.

READ ALSO: Taylor Swift’s ‘Folklore’ Wins Grammy For Album Of The Year

It is a major moment for the 39-year-old Beyonce, whose repeated snubs in top award fields have raised eyebrows and stirred controversy.

She is the Grammy’s most nominated female artist ever with 79, tied with Paul McCartney as the second most nominated act and only one behind husband Jay-Z and industry legend Quincy Jones.

Prior to 2021, the megastar boasted 24 Grammy wins to her name — but notoriously lost Album of the Year in 2017 to British balladeer Adele, a controversial snub often cited as an example of the Recording Academy’s diversity issues.

Critics praised “Black Parade” for Beyonce’s strong vocals as well as its lyrics that simultaneously condemn racism, issue a call for activism and pay homage to Black culture.

Proceeds from the song benefit Beyonce’s Black Business Impact Fund, which supports Black-owned small businesses.

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#GRAMMYs: Nigerians Salute Burna Boy, ‘True African Giant, Twice As Tall’

 

Afro-fusion superstar Burna Boy emerged winner of a Grammy on Sunday 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.

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.

For many Nigerians on social media, especially Twitter, Burna Boy’s latest achievement seals him as a legend and perhaps one of the greatest of all times.

Below are the reactions that trailed the announcement of Burna’s win at the 63rd Grammy Award Ceremony.

READ ALSO: Wizkid Wins Grammy With Beyonce’s Collaboration

 

H.E.R. Wins Song Of The Year Grammy

In this screengrab, H.E.R. attends MusiCares: Music On A Mission Online Celebration and Fundraiser during the 63rd Annual GRAMMY Awards on March 12, 2021 in Los Angeles, California. Arturo Holmes/Getty Images The Recording Academy/AFP Arturo Holmes / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / Getty Images via AFP

 

The soulful 23-year-old R&B performer H.E.R. pulled an upset in scooping the Grammy for Song of the Year on Sunday for her justice-minded song “I Can’t Breathe,” which tackles Black pain and police brutality.

The guitar virtuoso’s single — which debuted in June 2020 in the wake of mass anti-racism protests following the death in police custody of a Black man, George Floyd — bested competition from Taylor Swift, Beyonce, and Billie Eilish to win top songwriting honors.

“I Can’t Breathe” is a phrase echoing the final words of Eric Garner, who died after New York police placed him in a chokehold while arresting him on suspicion of selling loose cigarettes.

Floyd, who died as a Minnesota policeman knelt on his neck for nearly nine minutes, said the same words as he begged for mercy.

It has become an ubiquitous chant at Black Lives Matter protests against police brutality, and in her bluesy song filled with wrenching lyricism, H.E.R. asks why the three words are so often met with indifference.

“I didn’t imagine that my fear and that my pain would turn into impact,” the musician said in accepting her trophy.

“I want to thank God for giving me the gift of a voice and a pen and using me as a vessel to create change,” she continued.

“Remember, we are the change that we wish to see, and that fight that we had in us, the summer of 2020 — keep that same energy.”

Prior to the 2021 gala, H.E.R. already had two Grammys under her belt.

Born Gabriella Wilson, the performer maintains an air of anonymity, often shielding herself behind bold, dark sunglasses and letting her velvety vocals speak for themselves.

The Californian — whose stage name is an acronym for “Having Everything Revealed” — was well-respected within the industry long before she broke into the mainstream. She recently performed “America The Beautiful” during the Super Bowl pregame show.

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Megan Thee Stallion Wins Big As Pandemic Grammys Kick-Off

 

 

Rapper Megan Thee Stallion jumped quickly out of the gates at Sunday’s socially distanced Grammys, snaring two trophies including the prestigious Best New Artist prize at the music industry’s top awards show.

She shared her first statuette of the night, for Best Rap Performance, with pop queen and leading nominee Beyonce for the TikTok smash “Savage.”

The normally glam soiree hosted by comedian Trevor Noah was scaled back due to coronavirus restrictions, but was nevertheless in large part live, with a pack of stars performing on stages in the round in Los Angeles, including a chest-baring Harry Styles and bejeweled Billie Eilish.

The ceremony, which falls nearly a year to the day after Covid-19 grounded tours and forced performance venues to close, is an effort by the music world to try to move past a crushing 2020 by celebrating its biggest stars.

In the pre-broadcast ceremony, when many of the Grammys were handed out, Beyonce captured her first trophy of the day for Best Music Video, which she shared with her eldest daughter, Blue Ivy, who was in the clip for “Brown Skin Girl.”

The megastar did not Zoom in to accept the prize from the Recording Academy that many say has failed her in the past, with repeated snubs in past years for critically acclaimed work.

But Eilish and her brother and collaborator Finneas did appear to accept an award for “No Time To Die,” the theme from the forthcoming James Bond film of the same name.

They later performed her nominated hit “Everything I Wanted.”

Beyonce snagged her second prize for her collaboration with Megan Thee Stallion.

“Every artist that was nominated for this award is so amazing,” the statuesque artist, wearing a vivid orange Dolce and Gabbana gown with a hip-high slit, said outside the Staples Center on a balmy Los Angeles afternoon as she accepted the Best New Artist prize.

“It’s been a hell of a year but we made it.”

Beyonce’s sweeping “Black Parade” — released in June amid explosive nationwide anti-racism protests after another spate of deadly police violence targeting Black Americans — has her up for the coveted Record and Song of the Year awards that will be doled out later in the night.

Taylor Swift, Dua Lipa, and Roddy Ricch each earned six nominations.

Swift and Lipa both lost in the field for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance, however, which went to Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande’s “Rain On Me.”

South Korean phenomenon BTS was also up for that prize; their loss dashed hopes for a historic win for Asian pop music from the Academy.

Many critics favor the overall chances of Lipa, who took a big risk in dropping a sparkly disco ball of a dance album just as the pandemic took hold — a bet that paid off.

Swift — a onetime Grammys darling who hasn’t won in five years — bagged her nominations for releasing her surprise quarantine album “folklore,” a commercial and critical hit.

And rapper Ricch — who won a trophy last year for his collaboration with the late artist Nipsey Hussle — is a strong contender, including for Song of the Year, which honors songwriting, for his hit “The Box.”

Nas, Strokes first-time winners

Brittany Howard — known for fronting the band Alabama Shakes — won Best Rock Song, as Fiona Apple scored two awards for her album “Fetch The Bolt Cutters,” which many critics hailed as a masterpiece.

The notoriously reclusive Apple said on Instagram she would not be attending the ceremony, explaining she was not up for the scrutiny attending such a show entails.

Though most of the rock fields were unprecedentedly dominated by women, The Strokes won for Best Rock Album for “The New Abnormal,” their first Grammy ever.

Rap legend Nas also won for the first time after 14 nominations, with his “King’s Disease” winning Best Rap Album.

Nigerian superstar Burna Boy was also a first-time winner for Best Global Music Album, ecstatically accepting the prize which he said “is a big win for my generation of Africans all over the world.”

But it wouldn’t be the Grammys without controversy.

The Weeknd has pledged to stop submitting music for awards consideration after he surprisingly received no nominations, despite a big year commercially.

‘WAP’

Rapper DaBaby dripped in diamonds as he performed his nominated hit ‘Rockstar,” and Latin trap king Bad Bunny delivered a club-esque rendition of his hit “Dakiti.”

Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion were set to bring their bawdy bop “WAP” — a summer hit that celebrates female sexuality with lurid metaphors — later in the show, with the artists also performing their respective tracks “Up” and “Body.”

“I can’t wait for everyone to see us kill it Tonight” Megan tweeted, after her fellow rapper congratulated her on her win.

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Kanye Wins Grammy For Best Contemporary Christian Album

FILES) In this file photo taken on November 6, 2019 US rapper Kanye West attends the WSJ Magazine 2019 Innovator Awards at MOMA in New York City.  Angela Weiss / AFP

 

 

The mercurial Kanye West won his 22nd Grammy on Sunday, but not for his usual fare: the artist who skyrocketed to fame in the rap world now has a Christian music prize to his name.

West did not appear at the virtual ceremony to accept the award for Best Contemporary Christian Music Album for his 2019 release “Jesus Is King,” which is imbued with his message of evangelical salvation.

It was the first Grammy win for the Chicago-raised West since 2013, when he nabbed three Grammys in the rap categories.

The spotlight recently has shone on West more for his personal life than his art, after his partner of nearly a decade, Kim Kardashian, filed for divorce.

Before the news broke, their union had been dogged for months by reports of marital difficulties. West has battled with mental health issues, and launched an improbable and controversial foray into US presidential politics.

After years of hinting that he would drop a faith-based album, West released “Jesus Is King” in October 2019, in a year that saw him travel with his impromptu “Sunday Service” shows — a church-like concert series featuring gospel choirs.

West’s overt faith on his 2004 critically beloved hit “Jesus Walks” — which featured gospel wails and martial beats — did not prevent it from being played on non-Christian radio, marking a shift of sorts.

On “Jesus Is King,” elements of the old Yeezy appear — clever rhymes, catchy beats, smart samples — but the artist decidedly tilts the balance toward music with a stronger religious message.

“I been working for you my whole life / Told the devil that I’m goin’ on a strike,” West raps on “Hands On,” the ninth song on the 11-track album that features appearances from jazz saxophonist Kenny G and rapper Ty Dolla $ign.

In addition to the Grammy he won Sunday, West has also taken home several Billboard Music Awards in gospel categories, along with three Gospel Music Association prizes.