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Afrobeats Gets the Grammy Nod it Deserves

Burna Boy’s ‘Twice As Tall’ album snagged a Grammy for ‘Best Global Music Album’. 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.