Nigeria’s Burnaboy to perform at the Grammy's 2021 Premiere Ceremony


The Nigerian has been nominated for the Best Global Music category. 

Riding off successful African giant and Twice as Tall albums, Burna Boy will perform at the Grammy’s 2021 pre-show, 3 pm. EST due for March the 14th. Jhene Aiko will make a premiere performance alongside other Grammy nominees Regina Carter, Gregory Porter, and Kamasi Washington

This will be Burna Boy’s second Grammy nomination after he lost last year’s shortlist to Angelique Kidjo. Everyone is hopeful that his ‘Twice as Tall’album will earn him a place in history’s books this time. The Grammy’s renamed the ‘Best World Music Album’ to ‘Best Global Music’ to “celebrate the current scope of music across the world.” Bazilian artists have led in the number of times they have clinched this category of award (five times). 

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Burnaboy’s top albums 

Burnaboy’s recent album ‘Twice as Tall’ has received a nod for the 63rd Grammy Awards due for 2021. He received a nomination in the World Music Album category alongside Tianariwen, Antibalas, Anoushka Shankar, and Bebel Gilberto. This is his second consecutive nomination on that list. Wizkid, the other Nigerian artiste to receive a Grammy nod, featured in ‘Brownskin girl’ by Beyonce. 

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The 19 track album by the African superstar received a Grammy nomination in 2019. The single African Giant was nominated alongside other heavyweights such as Altin Gun and Angelique Kidjo. Damini Ogulu, aka Burnaboy, has grabbed a string of awards and sold-out venues across the globe. As a widely known international star, incidences of his Coachella performance where he took to Instagram to complain about his barely visible name on the concert poster might be a thing of the past. 

Now 30, Burna Boy is among Africa’s most talked-about music stars even featuring on the tracks of big artists such as Jorja Smith, Fall Out Boys, and Beyonce. Burnaboy also won the African Artiste of the year award at the 2020 VGMA's. 

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Grammy’s postponed

This year’s Grammy's originally slated for January 31st was postponed until March due to prevailing coronavirus concerns. As one of the music industry’s biggest ceremonies, it was expected to take place on the 31 of January but the rising rates of infections around 

Los Angeles and the greater state of California prompted the adjustment. The new date arrived at is on March 14 according to the Recording Academy. This year’s nominations were led by Beyonce, Dua Lipa, and Taylor Swift. It was expected that Trevor Noah, the host of ‘The Daily Show’ would host this year’s event. 

The 2021 Grammy’s were due to be celebrated virtually, in tandem with other shows such as the Billboard Awards and the MTV VMAs. Other major ceremonies that have been postponed are the Golden Globes, the Oscars, and the Brit Awards.