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INSIDE 63rd Grammy Award in United States: 29-year-old PortHarcourt son, BURNA BOY stunned the world as first Nigerian to win Global Music Award, performed virtually to ecstatic live viewers …Charismatic Starboy, WIZKID carts home Statuette in Best Music Video category win with Beyonce * “This is a big win for my generation. Burna Boy, in the House. Yes oh! Yes oh! Yes oh! Africa is in the House men! Africa, we are in the House”-BURNA BOY shouted in reacting to his marvelous achievement * BY GEORGE ELIJAH OTUMU/AMERICAN Foreign Bureau Chief LIVE in Los Angeles, California

INSIDE 63rd Grammy Award in United States:

29-year-old PortHarcourt son, BURNA BOY stunned the world as first Nigerian to win Global Music Award, performed virtually to ecstatic live viewers

…Charismatic Starboy, WIZKID carts home Statuette in Best Music Video category win with Beyonce

* “This is a big win for my generation. Burna Boy, in the House. Yes oh! Yes oh! Yes oh! Africa is in the House men! Africa, we are in the House”-BURNA BOY shouted in reacting to his marvelous achievement

* BY GEORGE ELIJAH OTUMU/AMERICAN Foreign Bureau Chief LIVE in Los Angeles, California

Nigerians call him ‘PortHarcourt boy’, based on where he was born, but the world call him Super-star, while his stage name is ‘Burna Boy. The happy go-entertainer shocked the world as he won the premiere Global Music Award, the first by any Nigerian at the just concluded 63rd Grammy ceremony in California. Also, Starboy, WIZKID, another Nigerian musician won in the Best Music Video category with Beyonce.

Ecstatic live viewers around the world watched in pleasure as Burna Boy shouted in reaction to his marvelous achievement today, This is a big win for my generation. Burna Boy, in the House. Yes oh! Yes oh! Yes oh! Africa is in the House men! Africa, we are in the House.”

Burna Boy won the Best Global Music Album category while Wizkid won the Best Music Video for his song with Beyoncé; Brown Skin Girl, from Lion King: The Gift album. Beyoncé’s daughter Blue Ivy was also a winner on the song.

 

The Best Music Video award is given to the artist, video director and video producer.

Burna Boy, real name Damini Ogulu, a nominee for a second consecutive year, won with his Twice As Tall album.

The 63rd Grammy Awards is being held in Los Angeles. Traditionally billed as “music’s biggest night”, this year’s ceremony is different because of the coronavirus pandemic.

There is no audience, and performers have been separated onto five stages, arranged in a circle inside the Los Angeles Convention Center to maintain social distancing.

The Grammys nomination described Twice As Tall as “a masterclass in the vibe and hustle that have made Burna Boy an international musical force”.

“He continues to torch limitations, seamlessly blending styles and genres and fearlessly fuelling the fire heating the melting pot of pop, Afrobeat, dancehall, reggae and more,” it said.

The album features a wide range of international artists such as Stormzy, Youssou Ndour, Naughty By Nature, and Chris Martin of Coldplay, and had Sean Combs as executive producer.

The video which saw Wizkid win was described as “a feast for the fashion-forward and a celebration of Black and brown female beauty everywhere”.

Burna Boy was nominated in the same category in 2019 – then known as Best World Music Album – but lost out to Angelique Kidjo at the awards ceremony in 2020.

However, Kidjo dedicated her win to him, saying: “Burna Boy is among those young artists that come from Africa that is changing the way our continent is perceived and the way that African music is the bedrock of all music.”

Born in Nigeria’s PortHarcourt, Burna Boy released his first album, LIFE, an acronym for Leaving an Impact For Eternity, in 2013.

That album was followed by the release of Redemption in 2015 and Outside in 2018 that included the international hit track, Ye.

But it was with his 2019 African Giant album that Burna Boy really hit the international scene and earned his first Grammys nomination.

Often compared to Nigerian superstar Fela Ransome-Kuti, whose songs Burna has sampled generously, he has become increasingly vocal about social causes in Africa.

At the height of the xenophobic attacks in South Africa in 2019, he threatened to never set foot in the country again unless the government took action, although he has since performed in the country.

He was also closely involved in the #EndSARS anti-police brutality protests in Nigeria last year, setting up a fund for victims and releasing a song in memory of those killed on 20 October 2020 at the Lekki Toll Gate in Lagos.

He also recently tweeted his support for protesters in Senegal who took to the streets after the arrest of opposition leader Ousmane Sonko.

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