Nigerian Afro-fusion star Burna Boy has received his first-ever Grammy nomination for his much acclaimed album African Giant.
Burna Boy earned his much celebrated nomination in the ‘Best World Music’ category.
Commenting on the nomination, and thanking his team, the Nigerian musical powerhouse wrote on Twitter: “African Giant is Grammy Nominated! Its been a crazy day so Grateful Special S/o to everyone on the album from the producers to co producers to featured Artists to Engineers.
I appreciate all your input to making the album. We should all be very proud
Burna Boy this year also won Best International Act at the BET Awards.
Nominated in the same category with the Nigerian artist is three-time Grammy winner Angelique Kidjo for her album Celia. Kidjo’s album pays homage to the late Afro-Cuban legend Celia Cruz. Incidentally, Burna Boy and Kidjo collaborated on the track “Different” on his album African Giant.
Burna Boy and Kidjo are not the only Africans raising the continent’s flag high, South African comedian Trevor Noah also earned a nomination in the Best Comedy Album category. Trevor is nominated in the Best Comedy Album category for a recording of his live stand-up special, Trevor Noah: Son of Patricia.
Other comedians nominated in the same category with Trevor include: Aziz Ansari, Jim Gaffigan, Ellen DeGeneres and Dave Chappelle.
Writing on Twitter on the nomination, Noah said: “Today I woke up to the news that I’ve been nominated for a Grammy award. A GRAMMY AWARD!!!…What a life I’ve been blessed enough to live. Thank you mom❤️.”
Noah also paid tribute to fellow comedians nominated saying, “Just when I thought the feeling couldn’t get any better I saw the other names in my category and I almost cried. Dave Chappelle: my mentor and friend. A legend who pushes me to be funnier every time I’m on stage.
“Ellen DeGeneres: my watch buddy and talk show/stand up idol. Aziz Ansari: My comedy cellar comrade. Where we would work our ideas every night. Jim Gaffigan: A comedy genius who has made me cry laughing every time I’ve watched him on stage and every time we’ve hung out off stage!”
Noah has had a remarkable year having earned two Emmy nominations in July. The star recently made history as the first African comedian to sell out the Madison Square Garden Arena in New York, on his Loud and Clear Tour.
The 2020 Grammys are scheduled to air on January 26. Here is the 2020 GRAMMY Awards: Complete Nominees List