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Nigerian Artists Snubbed at 66th Grammy Awards

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Nigerian music fans were left disappointed as none of their favorite artists won any awards at the 66th Grammy Awards, despite having 10 nominations across different categories. The prestigious awards ceremony, which took place on Sunday night at the Arena in Los Angeles, celebrated the best of global music in the past year.

Nigeria had a record number of nominations this year, with five artists competing for the inaugural Best African Music Performance category. Davido, Burna Boy, Asake Olamide, Ayra Starr and Tyla were all vying for the coveted trophy, but they lost out to Shakti, a South African singer who won with his song ‘This Moment’.

Other Nigerian artists who were nominated for their collaborations with foreign acts also failed to clinch any awards. Tems, who featured on the hit song ‘Wait For U’ by Future and Drake, was nominated for Best Rap Song and Best Melodic Rap Performance, but lost both categories to Kendrick Lamar and Beyoncé respectively. Wizkid, who appeared on ‘Essence’ by Beyoncé and ‘Do Yourself’ by Angélique Kidjo, was nominated for Best Global Music Performance and Album of the Year but was also snubbed. Burna Boy, who had two nominations for Best Global Music Album and Best Global Music Performance, was also left empty-handed.

The Nigerian music industry has been growing in popularity and influence in recent years, with many artists breaking into the international scene and collaborating with top stars. However, the Grammy Awards have been criticized for not recognizing the diversity and quality of African music, and for creating a separate category that marginalizes the continent’s artists.

Some Nigerian music experts and fans expressed their frustration and disappointment on social media, questioning the credibility and relevance of the Grammy Awards. They argued that Nigerian artists deserved more recognition and respect for their talent and impact and that the Grammy Awards were biased and out of touch with global music trends.

However, some also congratulated the winners and praised the Nigerian artists for their achievements and nominations, saying that they were proud of their representation and contribution to the global music scene. They urged the artists to keep working hard and producing quality music and not be discouraged by the outcome of the awards.

The Grammy Awards are not the only measure of success and excellence in music, and Nigerian artists have proven that they have what it takes to compete and excel on the world stage. They have also inspired and empowered many young and aspiring musicians in Nigeria and across Africa, who look up to them as role models and trailblazers. Nigerian music is here to stay, and it will continue to grow and evolve, regardless of the awards or accolades.

Source: Business Day

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