Nigerian musician Burna Boy has been nominated for the 62nd Grammy Awards in the ‘Best World Music’ category.
Burna Boy has topped off a stellar music year with a Grammy nomination and cemented his place as this year’s breakaway music star.
His 19 track album, ‘African Giant,’ was nominated alongside music heavyweights including Angelique Kidjo and Altin Gun. He follows in the footsteps of Femi and Seun Kuti, (the sons of legendary musician, Fela Kuti) King Sunny Ade and other Nigerian music stars.
It has been a standout year for Burna Boy, (real name Damini Ogulu) who has won a string of awards and sold out venues across the globe.
It’s all a far cry from when he was yet to attain global fame and his Coachella billing apparently displeased him.
He took to social media to complain about his name being “so small” on the festival poster, and urged organizers to “fix things quick please”.
“I don’t appreciate the way my name is written so small on your bill,”
“I am an AFRICAN GIANT and will not be reduced to whatever that tiny writing means. Fix things quick please,” he said on Instagram when the 2019 line up was announced.
The year of the African Giant
Now, at 28, he is one of Africa’s most talked-about stars, sampled and featured by some of the world’s biggest artists including Fall Out Boys, Jorja Smith and Beyonce.
In November, he won the Best African Act at the MTV EMA Awards. And in April, the star performed some of his hit songs like ‘Ye’ and ‘Killin Dem’ at Coachella alongside big names like Solange, Kid Cudi and Billie Eilish.
He also won the Best International Act at the BET awards in June this year.
With collaborations with award-winning artists like Angelique Kidjo, Damian Marley and Lily Allen, he has risen in prominence as the Afrobeats sound has also gained global recognition.
In an interview earlier this year, Burna Boy said he started making music as a child when a classmate gave him a production software — FruityLoops.
“I used to do songs off anything I could find. I’d get beats from video games and…