Leading Nigerian musicians have taken to their Twitter pages to shower lots of praises on Nigerian Afrobeat star, Burna Boy after ‘African Giant’ got nominated in the Best World Album category for the 62nd Grammy Award.
On Wednesday, November 20, 2019, nominations for the 62nd Grammy Awards were announced at 2:30 pm and Burna Boy’s album got nominated in the Best World Music Album category.
He was nominated in the category alongside Altin Gün for Gece, Bokanté & Metropole Orkest Conducted By Jules Buckley for What Heat, Nathalie Joachim With Spektral Quartet for Fanm D’Ayiti, and Angelique Kidjo for Celia.
National Sportslink gathered that the nomination is for albums containing at least 51 percent playing time of new vocal or instrumental world music recordings.
Nominees were led by Lizzo with eight nominations. She is followed by Billie Eilish and Lil Nas X with six nominations.
Burna Boy follows in the footsteps of Seun Kuti, Femi Kuti and King Sunny Ade in getting nominated in that category at the Grammy Awards. Other Nigerian Grammy nominees include Babatunde Olatunji, Wizkid, Timaya, and Kah Lo. The only Nigerian to win a Grammy Award remains Sikiru Adepoju.
Celebrating with the artiste over the feat, Banky W in a tweet said, “Our African giant has been nominated for a Grammy!
“Congratulations to @burnaboy, his mom and the entire team.
“Amazing and well deserved. Anything is possible with a little bit of faith and a lot of hard work. So happy for him.”
Also reacting to the announcement, ace music producer, Don Jazzy, said, “Congrats to the African giant @burnaboy on the Grammy nomination.
“Congrats on having the most amazing couple of years. The Grammy is actually just the icing on the already juicy cake.”
Adding his voice to the flurry of encomiums for Burna, Davido said, “Congrats @burnaboy, you deserve more than a nomination.”
It was the same for Wizkid, who said, “King Burna!! Congratulations blood! You deserve everything and more.”
But amidst the joy, trolling has ensued for 9ice, Skales, MI Abaga, Eedris Abdulkareem, Tekno and other Nigerian acts. The trolling stems from 9ice’s claim on ‘Street Credibility. He sang, “Don’t doubt me, I go bring home Grammy…” For Skales, he basically dedicated a song titled, ‘Heading For A Grammy’ in 2010.