Burna Boy won Best Global Music Album at the 2021 Grammy Awards.
His album Twice as Tall won the award over records by Antibalas (FU Chronicles), Bebel Gilberto (Agora), Anoushka Shankar (Love Letters), and Tinariwen (Amadjar).
The announcement was made at the premiere of the 2021 edition of the Grammy Awards in Santa Monica.
The win marks Burna Boy’s first Grammy Award after being nominated last year.
Following his recent success, fans of the Nigerian singer have taken to social media to celebrate the 28-year-old self-acclaimed African Giant.
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In November, the Recording Academy announced plans to change the name of Best World Music Album to Best Global Music Album, saying it’s a step toward “a more relevant, modern, and inclusive term.”
The statement added:
“The change symbolizes a departure from the connotations of colonialism; folk, and ‘non-American’ that the former term embodied; while adapting to current listening trends and cultural evolution among the diverse communities it may represent.”
Earlier in 2020, Burna Boy’s album, African Giant lost the category to Angelique Kidjo’s remastering of Celia Cruz’s music on the eponymous, Celia. Some of those moments inspired Burna Boy’s Twice As Tall. The Afrobeats flagbearer spoke about some of that on the opening track to ‘Twice As Tall.’
The Nigerian singer’s win is Nigeria’s first since Sikiru Adepoju won with Planet Drum over 10 years ago. Beyonce’s video for ‘Brown Skin Girl’ also won for Best Music Video alongside Wizkid, Saint Jhn and Blue Ivy.