The 62nd Grammy Awards ceremony which was held on January 26, 2020, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles may be gone but the highlights of the event still hovers around the Nigerian social media landscape. From the star studded celebrities in attendance, red carpet moment, to Burna Boy’s loss to Angelique Kidjo, the Beninoise 5-time Grammy Awards winner.
For a fact, the Grammy is the most prestigious music award in the world and is a platform that celebrates artists who put out timeless records; from Europe, North America, Asia, Africa, and the world over.
This year, the talking point in both the Nigerian social media space and broadcast media about the Grammy was tilted towards the self-acclaimed African Giant and Afrobeat poster boy, Burna Boy. Going by his discography, release of hit songs and albums, it is safe to opine that Burna Boy, over the years worked so hard to get the nomination spot in the Best World Music Album category along with Angelique Kidjo, who went home with the award.
Fans anticipation for Burna Boy to emerge the winner of the award wasn’t out of place because it was a long time coming, and would have been a dream come through for the ‘Ye’ Crooner if the odds had been in his favour. While receiving her award, Angelique Kidjo, dedicated it to Burna Boy, saying, “Four years ago on this stage, I was telling you that the new generation of artists coming from Africa will take you by storm and the time has come. This is for Burna Boy.” This is a clear indication of the respect and love Kidjo has for Burna Boy and his music
For Nigerian artistes currently hitting huge numbers on various streaming platforms, it’s time to gear up by ensuring that their next body of work is Grammy standard. While a section of music journos still project Burna Boy as Nigeria’s best bet to bag another Grammy nomination and that he stands a winning chance; others believe that the likes of Davido, Wizkid, and Mr. Eazi could wear the flag.
From the pop culture conversation, numbers and fame, the current hit makers in the Nigerian music industry are not slowing down their game, and there is a strong indication that one of them would make it to the next nomination list.
The question now is: “Who will wear the Nigerian flag at the next Grammy’’?
It is somewhat a politically motivated question that needs a solid answer, bearing in mind the variables involved.
Moving forward, Burna Boy (obviously), Wizkid and Davido, Tiwa Savage are possible Grammy nominee contenders.
As we await what the year holds for Nigerian artistes, it is imperative that we put the torch light on young and emerging artists such as Joeboy, Naira Marley, Rema and Fireboy, who are currently riding the new wave of music in Nigeria.