Angélique Kidjo became the first home-grown African woman to win five Grammy awards after her album ‘Mother Nature’ won the Best Global Music Album at the 2022 GRAMMYs..
Femi Kuti And Made Kuti’s Legacy +, WizKid’s Made In Lagos: Deluxe Edition, Rocky Dawuni’s Voice Of Bunbon, Vol. 1, Daniel Ho & Friends’ East West Players Presents: Daniel Ho & Friends Live In Concert, were also nominated in the category won by Kidjo.
Since her announcement as the winner on Sunday night, some Nigerian music fans outraged that they favourite did not win the award have been criticising the 61-year-old Beninise singer and the Recording Academy – Grammys organisers.
In more than 20 tweets seen by Netng, some music fans claimed Wizkid’s ‘Made In Lagos’ album which amassed one billion streams in less than a year should have won the ‘Best Global Music Album’.
Nigerian singer Yemi Alade who has now won her first Grammy from her feature on the ‘Mother Nature’ album has addressed some of the critics.
“You can’t understand greatness! It is for your admiration not your approval,” She tweeted after congratulating Angelique Kidjo.
In 2020, when Angélique Kidjo beat Burna Boy to win the ‘World Best Music Album’ award, many young Nigerians who are fans of Burna Boy had criticised her and the organisers.
After picking up her award on Sunday night, Angelique first appreciated Yemi Alade, Burna Boy, Mr Eazi and other African singers who collaborated with her on Mother Nature.
She said they “are going to take the world by storm.” After thanking the fans who listened “when we needed you,” she closed with a powerful statement: “We are all Africans.”
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