Burna Boy Claims Influence On New Grammy Category
Burna Boy, the Nigerian musician celebrated for his Grammy triumphs, has insinuated that his trailblazing accomplishments in the music domain played a pivotal role in the establishment of the “Best African Music Performance” category.
In a conversation with the Los Angeles Times, the self-proclaimed “African Giant” expressed that he believes he holds a degree of responsibility for the inception of this new category, citing his groundbreaking contributions to the music industry.
The remarkable success of Burna Boy’s album zip, ‘Twice As Tall,’ led it to secure the coveted “Best Global Music Album” title at the 63rd Grammy Awards in 2021.
Yet, the artist behind hits like ‘Last Last’ pondered on the potential stature of the freshly instituted ‘Best African Music Performance’ category. He questioned whether this category could truly command a significant level of esteem.
Besides, in his words, “I do feel somewhat responsible for the new ‘Best African Music Performance’ category, which is nice. At the same time, what is it really? Is it a consolation category? Will it hold as much prestige? I’m waiting to see.”
The organizers of the Grammy Awards revealed the addition of the ‘Best African Music Performance’ category in June. This category welcomes entries from both contemporary and traditional genres originating from the African continent. This embraces an array of styles such as Afrobeats, Afro-pop, Amapiano, High Life, Fuji, and more.
This strategic move is widely regarded as a significant stride towards acknowledging the substantial contributions of African artists to the global music panorama.
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