Burna Boy, Angélique Kidjo, named in Grammys’ list of African winners

Popular Nigerian singer, Burna Boy, Angélique Kidjo, and a host of other artists have been recognised in the list of African musicians who have won the coveted Grammy Award since the 1960s.

As events continue to unfold, paving the way for the upcoming 66th Grammy Awards, scheduled to hold on February 4, organisers unveiled notable African achievers in the realm of global music recognition.

The list commences with Miriam Makeba, the late South African singer, as the pioneering African recipient of a Grammy award. Subsequently, pop sensation, Sade is featured, including Burna Boy, the most recent and last Nigerian artiste to achieve the feat.

Below is the compilation of the 10 African winners acknowledged by the Grammys:

1. Miriam Makeba (South Africa) — Best Folk Recording (with Harry Belafonte) – 1966
2. Sade Adu (Nigeria/UK) — Best New Artist – 1986
3. Ali Farka Touré (Mali) — Best World Music Album – 1994
4. Cesária Évora (Cape Verde) — Best Contemporary World Music Album – 2004
5. Youssou N’Dour (Senegal) — Best Contemporary World Music Album – 2005
6. Angélique Kidjo (Benin/France) — Best Contemporary World Music Album – 2008
7. RedOne (Morocco) — Best Dance/Electronic Album – 2010
8. Tinariwen (Mali/Algeria/Libya) — Best World Music Album – 2012
9. Burna Boy (Nigeria) — Best Global Music Album – 2021
10. Black Coffee (South Africa) – Best Dance/ Electronic Album — 2022

Wizkid and Tems

If you can remember correctly, in March 2021, Wizkid achieved a significant milestone by bagging his first Grammy Award.

He was honoured for his contribution to ‘Brown Skin Girl,’ a 2019 song by the American musician, Beyoncé.

Similarly, in 2023, Tems, smiled home after securing her debut Grammy award, in the ‘Best Melodic Rap Performance’ category for her role in ‘Wait for U,’ the 2022 hit song by Future featuring Drake.

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