The 62nd Grammy Awards took place on Sunday, January 26, at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. Angelique Kidjo a singer and songwriter beat Nigeria’s Burna Boy and three others to win the prestigious award. The 59-year-old won the ‘Best World Music Album’ with her album titled ‘Celia’, which has earned rave reviews across the world.
During her acceptance speech, Kidjo celebrated a new generation of African artists coming up to represent the continent while thanking luminaries who came before her for their contributions to world music, including Celia Cruz. She also dedicated the award to Nigeian singer Burna Boy.
“This is for Burna Boy,” she said, as she lifts up her award to cheers while adding that the “African Giant” is a part of the new generation of African musicians that are changing the global perception of Africa and its music.
The Nigerian singer, Burna Boy was nominated in the category for his acclaimed album ‘African Giant’. The US billboard statistics revealed that Burna Boy was miles away from winning the Grammys, but should celebrate being nominated in the first place
The celebrated singer was nominated in the category alongside Burna Boy (African Giant), Altin Gün (Gece), Bokanté & Metropole Orkest Conducted By Jules Buckley (What Heat) and Nathalie Joachim with Spektral Quartet (Fanm D’Ayiti).