By Glam & Essence
It was a big celebration for Nigeria’s music super star,Burna Boy,when his record ‘Twice As Tall’,which was up for Best Global Music Album, nominated alongside Antibalas, Bebel Gilberto, Anoushka Shankar and Tinariwen won the award. Burna Boy was announced as the award’s winner ahead of his performance at the event.
It is the second time the artist has been nominated for a Grammy after his album ‘African Giant’ was given the nod for Best World Music Album in 2020,but was won by Angelique kidjo. He is the first Nigerian artist to score back-to-back nominations at the annual ceremony.
The excited Burna Boy on hearing of his win and in his acceptance speech said,
“This is a big win for my generation of Africans all over the world.This should be a lesson to every African that, no matter where you are, no matter what you plan to do, you can achieve it, because you are a king.”
He celebrated the Grammys win with a debut live appearance,where he closed out the premiere ceremony with a medley performance featuring ‘Level Up’ and ‘Onyeka’ from his 2020 album ‘Twice As Tall’, and ‘Ye’ from his 2018 record ‘Outside’
He began the performance outside a stadium, joined by a gospel choir, before moving into a space decorated with stained glass, where he was backed by musicians and dancers in traditional African dress. The performance finished in a room filled with dry ice and mirrored screens, with the gospel choir returning and more musicians dressed in white joining the action.
The Grammys 2021which held in Los Angeles,had the main bulk of awards given out at the premiere ceremony.