Nigerian afro music singer, Damini Ebunoluwa Ogulu alias Burna Boy has lost the 2020 Grammy Award for the Best World Music Album to Angelique Kidjo, whose Celia was adjudged the winner over African Giant and three others.
It was a major blow for the singer whose music career had been a full throttle since he released his African giant Album in July of 2019.
He joins fellow country men King Sunny Ade, Femi Kuti and Seun Kuti who have all bee nominated in the past but failed to bring the prestigious ward home.
It was Burna Boy’s first Grammy nomination and his multiple award winning African Giant was widely expected to clinch it for him.
African Giant is the fourth studio album by Burna Boy, which was released on July 26, 2019, by Spaceship Entertainment, Bad Habit, Atlantic Records and Warner Music. The album is a mixture of Afro-fusion, Afrobeat, dancehall, pop, and hip hop.
In her acceptance speech, Angelique Kidjo dedicated her award to the young Nigerian and noted that Burna boy was among the younger generation of Africans who would some day win the award.
The Best World Music Album category recognizes performers outside the United States who showcase non-European, indigenous influences in their body of work. The award was first handed out in 1992 to Mickey Hart.