Grammy award-winning Nigerian musician, Burna Boy, has suggested that the creation of the “Best African Music Performance” category was influenced by his own groundbreaking work in the music industry.
The self-acclaimed “African Giant” stated this in an interview with Los Angeles Times, adding that he felt responsible for the creation of the new African music category.
Burna Boy’s album, ‘Twice As Tall,’ won the “Best Global Music Album’ category at the 63rd Grammy Awards in 2021.
The ‘Last Last’ crooner, however, wondered if the newly created ‘Best African Music Performance’ would hold much prestige.
Burna said, “I do feel somewhat responsible for the new ‘Best African Music Performance’ category, which is nice. At the same time, what is it really? Is it a consolation category? Will it hold as much prestige? I’m waiting to see.”
The Grammys award organisers announced the creation of the ‘Best African Music Performance’ category in June. It is open to both contemporary and traditional music from the African continent, including Afrobeats, Afro-pop, Amapiano, High Life, Fuji, amongst others.
This move is seen as a significant step towards recognizing the contributions of African artists to the global music scene.