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• What Winning the 2020 Grammy Award Would Have Meant For Burna Boy
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For weeks the frightening question of, what would have become the fate of their faves had Burna boy won the 2020 Grammy Awards has haunted many.
While some thought that Burna Boy had already edged out his contemporaries, Wizkid and Davido for snatching a Grammy nomination on a personal project
and not as a guest artiste as Wizkid did with his contributions as songwriter and producer on Drake’s global smash single ‘One Dance’ for the album ‘Views’ that was nominated in 2015 for Album of the Year;
Others believed because he wasn’t the first Nigerian artiste (Timaya, Kah-lo), instrumentalist (Sikiru Adepoju) or writer (Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie) to attain such a grandiose feat,
he is still not to be compared to the likes of King Sunny Ade, Babatunji Olatunji, Femi Kuti or Seun Kuti & Egypt 80 who have all been nominated for the Grammys on their independent projects.
Let’s not include Nigerians in the diaspora who have actually won the golden trophy.
More on this, in 2019, Burna got a Grammy nomination for his effort as a guest artiste on ‘Sunshine Riptide’ with Fall Out Boys on their seventh studio album ‘Mania’ which was nominated in the Best Rock Album category.
Of course not so many know about this yet.
Categorically, Burna boy equalled Wizkid in 2019 with that nomination and has now surpassed him for the most number of Grammy Awards appearances.
Moreso, going by statistics, the momentous run Burna boy had in 2019, winding up as the Best African Artiste on CNN’ list,
Multiple appearances on Barack Obama’s music playlists, The Future Awards Africa, AFRIMA Awards, Soundcity MVP Awards, MTV Europe Music Awards, BET Awards, and a host of other prestigious awards,
bringing home the golden trophy would have signalled his dominance over Wizkid who has in contemporary time single-handedly crossed over the Afrobeats genre with over 9 years of driving the culture globally.
Of course, the enormous work that other Afrobeats artistes and legends like Femi Kuti, Davido, Brymo, Yemi Alade, D’banj and 2baba have put in is not questionable.
However when you want to make reference to recent times, it has to be Wizkid that first comes to mind.
Again, it is noteworthy to mention that in the span of 8-9 years since Burna boy surfaced in the music industry, he has put out 8 complete projects including 4 albums of which we have his 2018 hit album Outside and his most recent outing, the Grammy-nominated African Giant album.
On the other hand, both Wizkid and Davido have only 7 projects combined which includes only two albums each from both camps with Wizkid ahead in numbers for his 2019 E.P Soundman Vol. 1.
Given the studio time, hours of honing & mastering one’s craft, Burna boy clearly triumphs over the two megastars from years of practical application in the field.
Another element that counts here would be the influence of his mother and manager Bose Ogulu.
Mentorship is an aspect of growth that is essential if a person must achieve above what he stands to gain only from his own personal experiences.
This is another area in which he out plays Wizkid.
There are rumors Burna boy’s mother was a member of the legendary Fela Anikulapo’ band as a dancer and backup vocalist.
By the way, his grandfather, Benson Idonije was the Afrobeats pioneer’ first band manager.
Now you see the chain of musical influences that Burna boy grew up to and the root of his heavy sampling of Fela’ works? Good.
Winning the Grammy award would have only satisfied the murky thirst of music critics and left their gums sour with disdain for the Afro-fuison singer for heralding the new pack of Afro Grammy winners and not necessarily put him above Wizkid or Davido in their eyes.
It’s never easy to do away with old habits you know.
But with the numbers, reviews and plaques in favour of Burna boy, it is now clearer to see who is Africa’s No.1 artist at the moment.