Nigerian singers, Burna Boy and Wizkid, have made history with their latest Grammy Awards wins. Winning for both Best Global Music Awards and Best Music Video (collaboration) respectively, two of them have become the first Nigerian-based singers to clinch the prestigious award.
Burna's album, Twice As Tall, which was released last year beat four other nominees including the heavyweight band Fu Chronicles.
The album featured guest appearances from Naughty by Nature, the Kenyan band, Sauti Sol, Senegal’s musical titan, Youssou N’Dour, and Chris Martin of Coldplay. The Grammys described Twice As Tall as a master class 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 fueling the fire heating the melting pot of pop, Afrobeat, dancehall, reggae and more,” it said. “This is a big win for my generation of Africans all over the world! And this 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," an ecstatic Burna Boy said.
Wizkid, on the other hand, won a Grammy for the Best Music Video for his role in ‘Brown Skin Girl’, Beyonce’s 2019 hit song.
He won the award alongside Beyonce, who owns the song and featured artists – Wizkid, Blue Ivy, SAINt JHN.
The award will go to Jenn Nkiru who directed the video while artists, producers and video director will get a statuette each for the category.