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LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 03: Burna Boy performs at SSE Arena Wembley on November 3, 2019 in London, England.

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.

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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)


Sarkodie Is Not Feeling Any Pressure

The elite Ghanaian rapper affirms his king status with this seventh studio album, No Pressure.

Sarkodie is one of the most successful African rappers of all time. With over ten years of industry presence under his belt, there's no question about his prowess or skin in the game. Not only is he a pioneer of African hip-hop, he's also the most decorated African rapper, having received over 100 awards from close to 200 nominations over the span of his career.

What else does Sarkodie have to prove? For someone who has reached and stayed at the pinnacle of hip-hop for more than a decade, he's done it all. But despite that, he's still embracing new growth. One can tell just by listening to his latest album, No Pressure, Sarkodie's seventh studio album, and the follow-up to 2019's Black Love which brought us some of the Ghanaian star's best music so far. King Sark may be as big as it gets, but the scope of his music is still evolving.

Sonically, No Pressure is predominantly hip-hop, with the first ten tracks offering different blends of rap topped off with a handful of afrobeats and, finally, being crowned at the end with a gospel hip-hop cut featuring Ghanaian singer MOG. As far as the features go, Sark is known for collaborating mostly with his African peers but this time around he branches out further to feature a number of guests from around the world. Wale, Vic Mensa, and Giggs, the crème de la crème of rap in America and the UK respectively all make appearances, as well as Nigeria's Oxlade, South Africa's Cassper Nyovest, and his fellow Ghanaian artists Darkovibes and Kwesi Arthur.

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