Nigerian music stars Burna Boy and Wizkid have walked off with Grammys after the annual awards show took on a hybrid setting hosted by South Africa’s Trevor Noah from Los Angeles.
Burna Boy’s “Twice as Tall” album scooped the Best Global Album while his Afro pop compatriot Wizkid won the Best Music Video for his collaboration with Beyoncé on the song Brown Skin Girl, from Lion King: The Gift album.
This was the second nomination for the 29-year-old Burna Boy, nominated in the same category last year but falling short to Angelique Kidjo who dedicated her win to him.
I am delighted and proud as a Nigerian at Wizkid’s Grammy win. Wizkid is an epitome of the talent that abounds in Nigeria. Congrats @wizkidayo
— Atiku Abubakar (@atiku) March 14, 2021
The Grammy nomination inscription described his “Twice as Tall” album as “a masterclass in the vibe and hustle that have made Burna Boy an international musical force”.
Wizkid’s Best Music Video win was described as “a feast for the fashion-forward and a celebration of Black and brown female beauty everywhere”.
Accepting the win virtually, Burna Boy said it was a big win for his generation of Africans around the world and a lesson to every African out there that they can achieve anything.
— Big Klef (@bigklef) March 14, 2021