Nigerian music star, Burna Boy, has been nominated for the 62nd Grammy Awards.
His nomination was announced on the Grammy Awards website after months of deliberation.
Amongst a tall list of local and international contenders, his album, ‘African Giant’ was selected for the Best World Music Album category.
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This nomination, his first, places him in the same category as Seun Anikulapo-Kuti, Femi Anikulapo-Kuti and King Ade who have also been nominated for the prestigious award.
According to organisers, the category is for albums containing at least 51 per cent playing time of new vocal or instrumental world music recordings.
Other nominees in the category are; Queen of African music, Angelique Kidjo, renowned Dutch band, Bokante and Metropole Orkest, Haitians, Nathalie Joachim and Spekral Quartet.
Burna Boy has enjoyed a successful year but for some controversial moments. The most notable was his tweet against South Africans in the wake of xenophobic attacks against foreign nationals.
His tweet sparked heated exchanges with rapper A.K.A with the South African artiste suggesting a ban on him performing in the country.
Despite that, he was billed to perform at the “African Unite” concert slated for November 23rd, but the concert was cancelled after Burna Boy’s withdrawal.
Another rising star who got the nod from the Grammy academy is South African comedian, Trevor Noah. His stand-up special, ‘Trevor Noah: Son of Patricia’ was nominated for Best Comedy Album. It will contend against the likes of talk show host giant Ellen DeGeneres as well as Dave Chappelle.
The winners of the categories will be announced at the event slated for Sunday, January 26th, 2020.
See reactions below:
— DON (@stefflondon) November 20, 2019
Everybody don Dey dig up their old tweets to show “I’ve been supporting Burna from time” 😂😂😂 make una relax na, nobody go flog una
— ZAHEER! (@iam_YCee) November 21, 2019
— 🏁 Shizzi (@iamshizzi) November 20, 2019
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 so sooo happy for him.— Banky Wellington (@BankyW) November 20, 2019
Burna boy keeps breaking boundaries, this is such an exciting one.
— Toke Makinwa (@tokstarr) November 20, 2019
My brother, @burnaboy has put me on world’s map. I am eternally grateful for this. Killin Dem is one of the best things that have happened to me. Thank you very much, Burna for putting me on the huge track. Small boy from Agbede, Ikorodu is now a Grammy nominee!! AYiiiiiiiiiiiiii pic.twitter.com/UncuPjcTyG
— #ZLATAN19 (@Zlatan_Ibile) November 20, 2019
No be sey sake off e be my guy… but talk true… Burna Boy has EARNED every single ting coming his way. Inspiring. #Tomorrow
— M.anifest – #TheGamble 🎲 (@manifestive) November 20, 2019
— Femi Anikulapo-Kuti (@Femiakuti) November 20, 2019
Congrats to Burna Boy and Trevor Noah on thier Grammy nominations. #AfricansGaints.— R.M Phoolo (@casspernyovest) November 20, 2019
Congrats @burnaboy my nigga my nigga ✊✊✊😂😂😂
— SHATTA WALE (@shattawalegh) November 20, 2019