Ayo Olumilua reports
Award season is upon us once again! As expected, the nominations for the biggest music award show in the world have rolled in just in time before the end of the year.
Of course, we’re talking about the globally recognized and much heralded Grammy awards. This year’s nominations came with a string of pleasant surprises for African music as Wizkid, Burna Boy, Femi/Made Kuti, and Angelique Kidjo all got nominated.
We’ll start with the Best Global Music Album nominations which went to Wizkid’s “Made In Lagos (Deluxe)” and Femi Kuti and Made Kuti‘s “Legacy+,” while Best Global Music Performance went to Wizkid again for “Essence” with Tems, Burna Boy and Angelique Kidjo on “Do Yourself“, and Femi Kuti’s “Pà Pá Pà.”
One of 2021’s most sensational music stories has been Tems. She has had a spectacular rise this year and continues to blaze a trail for young women.
She has established herself as one of the most passionate young artists in the Nigerian music industry over the last two years.
Her international recognition grew with the release of a series of notable singles and albums, including her collaboration with Drake on the song “Fountains” off his album “Certified Lover Boy,” and she has since become an artist to watch.
Made Kuti, who was recently interviewed by Africamusiconline has also had a spectacular journey. From relative obscurity to filling the third generation shoes in a family of musical royalty, he’s done quite well for himself.
Here’s a list of the big African nominations that got people talking:
~Best Global Music Performance
(For new vocal or instrumental Global music recordings):
Do Yourself –
Angelique Kidjo & Burna Boy
Pà Pá Pà –
Yo-Yo Ma & Angelique Kidjo
Wizkid Featuring Tems
~Best Global Music Album.
(For albums containing at least 51% playing time of new vocal or instrumental Global Music recordings):
Voice Of Bunbon, Vol. 1 –
East West Players Presents: Daniel Ho & Friends Live In Concert –
Daniel Ho & Friends
Mother Nature –
Legacy + –
Femi Kuti And Made Kuti
Made In Lagos: Deluxe Edition –
Let’s hope Africa can pull off some shocks when the award night rolls around in 2022.