It is no longer news that for the second year in a row, Damini Ogulu, better known as Burna Boy, has been nominated for a Grammy Award.
The singer was nominated for the prestigious award in the World Music Album category for the upcoming 2021 edition of the show.
In the 2020 edition of the awards ceremony, the Odogwu singer had been nominated in the category of Best Music in the World along with other heavyweights such as Angelique Kidjo (winner), Altin Gün, Bokanté and Metropole Orkest, and Nathalie Joachim and Spektral Quartet.
Unsurprisingly, the nomination generated a lot of frenzy on social media, and Burna Boy’s 84-year-old grandfather and music critic, Benson Idonije, said he hoped his grandson would take home the Grammy award this time.
He told Sunday Scoop: “I hope this time Burna Boy gets the Grammy. I feel encouraged and on top of the world. All artists in your category have their unique qualities, but at the end of the day, one artist must be the winner. I hope that, by God’s grace, he is my grandson. It was his sister who informed me of the Grammy nomination. When we spoke on the phone, he called me with a special name for me and said, ‘We’ve done it again.’ Then I prayed for him.
“Twice As Tall is a great album. The chronology of his abilities was obvious. When I heard it, I knew it was worthy of a Grammy and I saw the new direction it was taking. The album was completely message-driven. There is one song in particular that has a very powerful message. I have listened to your albums over time and the songs have grown on me. They are timeless pieces. “
Idonije, who used to be the director of Afrobeat pioneer Fela Kuti, also advised other artists to be original and African.
He added: “My advice is that artists should sound like themselves and not like others. They must be original and focus on Africa. Africa will bring out the best expression in them. Some artists want to sound like other people, but that’s not the way to go. Artists must keep working hard. Burna Boy works very hard. He is always in the studio, experimenting. He’s not going to put these things on a gold platter. “