Naomi Campbell criticizes Grammy organizers over Burna Boy snub

Novieku-Babatunde Adeola Jan 31, 2020 at 10:30am

January 31, 2020 at 10:30 am | Entertainment

Novieku-Babatunde Adeola

Novieku-Babatunde Adeola | Staff Writer

January 31, 2020 at 10:30 am | Entertainment

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English model, Naomi Campbell, has launched an attack on the Recording Academy, the organization behind the Grammy Awards after Nigeria’s Burna Boy was denied a win at this year’s ceremony.

In an open letter to the organizers of the Grammy Awards, Campbell praised Angelique Kidjo for spreading the light through her music and putting the continent on the map.

But she stated that Burna Boy was denied an accolade he deserves because “of a lack of education”.

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According to her, the Recording Academy failed to include afrobeats, a popular genre of music that has elements of West African styles, in the World Music Category.

“This misrepresentation diminishes an entire genre in which such a  high standard of talent has emerged: a genre that has been a force of hope and positivity for many, and a vehicle for artistry on the continent of Africa,” she wrote.

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First, I want to say deepest congratulations to @angeliquekidjo for her award on Sunday, and thank you to you for spreading light and opening minds through your music… • And to our AFRICAN GIANT, @burnaboygram… it is only due to lack of education that you have not been honored with the accolades you so truly deserve. You are always a winner in our hearts. ALWAYS. • And to The @RecordingAcademy, There is something that brings joy, strength and happiness to myself, and to so many people that hear it, and it is called Afrobeats.  Afrobeats is a musical genre played on mainstream and primetime radio not only across the continent of Africa, but across the world… • Recently, the genre was categorized into your ‘World Music’ category at the 2020 Grammys. This misrepresentation diminishes an entire genre in which such a high standard of talent has emerged; a genre that has been a force of hope and positivity for many, and a vehicle for artistry on the continent of Africa. • Please take the next 363 days to reassess and reflect on your perspective of ‘World Music.’ Did the world get to vote for this award, or was it only the people in the United States a part of The Recording Academy?  What will this neglectful categorization of music mean to individual cultures? Cultures who contribute their blood, sweat and tears, and every level of their creativity and work ethic into making music for YOU and for all of us. • Please get up to speed on the state of all popular music today, and include Afrobeats Artist of the Year, Song of the Year, Album of the Year and all the subcategories that this genre so deserves – just as any other respected and recognized musical genre. • This is bigger than you, so open your eyes, ears and minds and treat us right and with the respect we deserve. ❤️💛💚❤️💛💚 #ForTheCulture #NAOMIAFRICA #grammys

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She further encouraged the Academy to create a new category strictly for the genre: “Please get up to speed on the state of all popular music today, and include Afrobeats Artist of the Year, Song of the Year, Album of the Year and all the subcategories that this genre deserves.”

Despite having one of the most successful years to date, Nigeria’s Burna Boy missed out on his first Grammy Award after Beninese singer, Angélique Kidjo successfully claimed her fourth.

She beat stiff competition from Altin Gün, Bokanté & Metropole Orkest and Nathalie Joachim With Spektral Quartet, 

Kidjo celebrated a new generation of African artistes coming up to represent the continent while thanking luminaries, who came before her for their contributions to world music, including Celia Cruz.

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