The Beninese legendary singer, Angélique Kidjo, who won her fourth Grammy Award on Sunday, dedicated it to the Nigerian Afro-fusion singer, Damini Ogulu, best known by his stage name Burna Boy.
During her acceptance speech, Angelina Kidjo dedicated the award to Burna Boy and she also celebrated a new generation of African artists coming up to represent the continent.
While receiving the award, she lifted up her award and declared;
“This is for Burna Boy, he is part of the new generation of African musicians that are changing global perception of Africa and its music.
“Four years ago on this stage, I was telling you that the new generations of artists coming from Africa gonna take you by storm and the time has come, and now we have a talented young man like Burna Boy.”
Recall that Burna Boy’s Album ’African Giant’ was nominated for the category of World Music Album Burna Boy at the 62nd Grammy Awards which was held on Sunday night at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, US.
He was nominated in the category alongside other talented African acts, the likes of Altin Gun (Gece), Bokante and Metropole Orkest Conducted By Jules Buckley (What Heat), Nathalie Joachim With Spektral Quartet (Fanm D’ayiti), and Angelique Kidjo (Celia).
If Burna Boy had won, would have made it the second time a Nigerian would be bagging the Grammy award, as Sikiru Adepoju is the only Nigerian to have won a Grammy.
Adepoju had won it in 2009 with the “Global Drum Project,” a collaborative album with Mickey Hart, Zakir Hussain, and Giovanni Hidalgo.