It was a disappointing outing for Nigerian Afrobeats stars at the 66th Grammy Awards as Burna Boy, Davido, Tems, Ayra Starr, Olamide and Asake failed to win from 10 nominations across five categories.
The Nigerian contingent lost the inaugural ‘Best African Music Performance’ trophy to South-African singer Tyla who earned the prize with her 2023 track, “Water”.
All the categories the Afrobeats stars contended in were announced at the Grammy Premiere ceremony where dozens of prizes are handed out before the main live telecast show.
2021 Best Global Album winner Burna Boy and compatriot Davido lost the category this year to Shakti. The world fusion band won with the album, “This Moment”, besting Burna Boy’s “I Told Them”, Davido’s “Timeless” albums, and others.
Afrobeats star, David Adeleke popularly known as Davido, has lost out on all three nominations at the 66th Grammy Awards.
Davido was nominated in three categories: Best Global Music Performance, Best Global Music Album and Best African Music Performance but lost all three on Sunday night. Shortly before the award ceremony started, Davido, in an interview with Billboard’s Tetris Kelly at the Pre-Grammy show, said he would go crazy celebrating if he won the award for the Best African Music Performance category.
Other 2024 Grammy Award winners
Early Grammy winners include Barbie the Album for Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media, and Billie Eilish and Finneas’ song “What Was I Made For?” from Barbie for Best Song Written for Visual Media. Oppenheimer also won the award for Best Score Soundtrack for visual media.
The Beatles took home their first Grammy for best music video for “I’m Only Sleeping.”
For best country song and best country solo performance, Chris Stapleton won both awards for “White Horse” during the Premiere Ceremony.
Killer Mike won big in the rap categories, scoring the awards for best rap song and best rap performance for “Scientists & Engineers,” and best rap album for Michael. Lil Durk and J. Cole won the Grammy for Best Melodic Rap Performance for “All My Life,” and Victoria Monét won for Best R&B Album for Jaguar II.
Author: Seyi Awoleye