Burna Boy breaks history to win Nigeria’s first solo Grammy

Burna Boy broke the Nigerian music record at the 63rd Grammy Awards on March 14, 2021, by winning a Grammy award for his album, ‘Twice As Tall.”

Burna Boy made history as the first Nigerian to make music from Nigeria and win a Grammy on his second attempt as a solo artist.

Burna Boy’s emergence as a Grammy winner places him ahead of legendary Nigerian musicians that include Juju king, King Sunny Ade, Afrobeat maestro, Femi Kuti, and his half brother, Seun Kuti.

Burna Boy’s win was announced at the award ceremony, which took place virtually.

‘Twice As Tall,’ the winning album and Burna Boy’s fifth studio album, was adjudged one of the best to be recorded by the 29-year-old Nigerian-born Damini Ogulu.

Reacting to the win, Burna Boy said, “Africa is in the house, Africa we are in the house. This is a big win for my generation of Africans all over the world and this should be a lesson to every African out. No matter where you are, no matter what you plan to do, you can achieve.”

The album was released on August 14, 2020, by Spaceship Entertainment, Atlantic Records, and Warner Music. Recording sessions took place in 2020, with Burna Boy, American singer and songwriter Diddy, and Burna Boy’s mum, Bose Ogulu serving as the record’s executive producer.

The album is a mixture of Afrobeats, Afrobeat, dancehall, pop, and hip hop.

‘Twice As Tall’ was produced primarily by Telz, along with production from Rexxie, Timbaland, and DJDS, among others. The album features guest appearances from Youssou N’Dour, Naughty by Nature, Sauti Sol, Chris Martin, and Stormzy. Its lead single is “Wonderful”, released on June 26, 2020.

In 2020, Burna Boy’s fourth Studio, ‘African Giant,’ had vied for the category by lost to Angelique Kidjo.

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