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Burna Boy and Wizkid Score Big at 2021 Grammys

Burna Boy's 'Twice As Tall' album snagged a Grammy for 'Best Global Music Album' while Beyoncé's collaboration with Wizkid, Blue Ivy and SAINt JHN won 'Best Music Video' for 'Brown Skin Girl'.

The 63rd Grammys took place yesterday and it was indeed a glorious affair. Hosted by South African comedian and host of The Daily Show, Trevor Noah, the night boasted surprise appearances (Beyoncé) and several historic wins (Beyoncé again in addition to Blue Ivy Carter, Taylor Swift and Megan Thee Stallion). However, it's Burna Boy and Wizkid's epic wins that have both the continent and the diaspora on a high. We're certainly here for ALL OF IT.


READ: Burna Boy, Angelique Kidjo, Trevor Noah & More Earn 2020 Grammy Nominations

Burna Boy won a Grammy in the "Best Global Music Album" category for his exquisite sophomore album, Twice As Tall. Having been previously snubbed at the 2020 awards show, following his critically acclaimed debut album, African Giant, it was certainly a well-deserved win for the Nigerian superstar. Additionally, it was also somewhat of a turning point for the awards show which has historically attempted to peddle the idea that African music is monolithic.

The Grammys described Burna Boy's album as "a masterclass in the vibe and hustle that have made [him] an international musical force" and went on to add, "[He] continues to torch limitations, seamlessly blending styles and genres and fearlessly fuelling the fire heating the melting pot of pop, Afrobeat, dancehall, reggae and more."

Wizkid, on the other hand, snagged a Grammy for his feature on Beyoncé's "Brown Skin Girl" alongside her daughter Blue Ivy as well as American rapper, SAINt JHN. The uplifting track, which has become an anthem for many Black women, especially dark-skinned women, won in the "Best Music Video" category. This is in addition to having won a Soul Train award for "Best Collaboration Performance" back in 2019.

The two Nigerian music heavyweights were definitely flying their flag high last night.

Below is the full list of Grammy winners:

Album of the Year: Taylor Swift, folklore

Record of the Year, recognising overall performance on a song: Billie Eilish, Everything I Wanted

Song of the Year, for songwriting: H.E.R., Dernst Emile II and Tiara Thomas, I Can't Breathe

Best New Artist: Megan Thee Stallion

Best Music Video: Beyonce, Brown Skin Girl

Best Rap Album: Nas, King's Disease

Best Rap Song: Megan Thee Stallion featuring Beyonce, Savage

Best Rap Performance: Megan Thee Stallion featuring Beyonce, Savage

Best Rock Album: The Strokes, The New Abnormal

Best Rock Song: Brittany Howard, Stay High

Best Rock Performance: Fiona Apple, Shameika

Best Pop Vocal Album: Dua Lipa, Future Nostalgia

Best Pop Solo Performance: Harry Styles, Watermelon Sugar

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance: Lady Gaga with Ariana Grande, Rain on Me

Best R&B Album: John Legend, Bigger Love

Best R&B Performance: Beyonce, Black Parade

Best Alternative Music Album: Fiona Apple, Fetch the Bolt Cutters

Best Global Music Album: Burna Boy, Twice as Tall

Best Country Album: Miranda Lambert, Wildcard

Best Contemporary Christian Music Album: Kanye West, Jesus Is King

Best Comedy Album: Tiffany Haddish, Black Mitzvah

Best Song Written for Visual Media: Billie Eilish, No Time to Die (for No Time to Die)

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Ghanaian Designer Steve French On The Influence of Cartoons & Earning A Gucci Fellowship

He's been designing fashion since 2015, but Steve French doesn't mind how long people take to notice his work - just as long as they notice.

Steve French personifies the thought that unwavering faith in one’s talent and capabilities can open doors. The Ghanaian fashion designer, stylist and illustrator didn’t make the initial top 10 for the 2019 Gucci Design Fellowship program but the organizers ended up expanding the list to include him because of his aptitude.

Launched in March 2019, the program is part of the luxury fashion brand’s initiative to offer opportunities to underrepresented designers, and to promote cultural exchanges between people from different backgrounds. The fellows get to learn from the Creative Director of Gucci, Alessandro Michele, and his team for a year. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, French’s class shifted, and they began their fellowship in March this year.

“The 11th designer from Ghana [French] was a decision taken today,” stated Marco Bizzari, President and Chief Executive Officer of Gucci, about the decision to add French to the mix, as reported on fashion website, WWD. “The team didn’t want to let him go.”

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