It was spectacularly a night to remember at the 2020 Grammy Awards which held on Sunday, January 26 at The Staples Centre, Los Angeles. Beninese singer-songwriter, Angelique Kidjo, was announced the winner of the Best World Music Album at the 62nd Grammy Awards. She beat Nigeria’s Burna Boy and three other nominees.
Angélique Kpasseloko Hinto Hounsinou Kandjo Manta Zogbin Kidjo, known as Angélique Kidjo, is a Beninese singer-songwriter, actress, and activist who is noted for her diverse musical influences and creative music videos. In 2007, Time magazine called her “Africa’s premier diva”.
Others nominated in the category alongside Burna Boy are Altin Gun, “Gece”, Bokante & Metropole Orkest conducted by Jules Buckley, “What Heat”, Nathalie Joachim with Spektral Quartet, “Fanm D’Ayiti”, and Angelique Kidjo, “Celia”.
With his 2020 nomination, Burna Boy joins the likes of Seun Kuti, Femi Kuti and King Sunny Ade in getting listed in that category at the Grammy Awards. Other Nigerian Grammy nominees include, Babatune Olatunji, Wizkid, Timaya and Kah Lo. Sikiru Adepoju won the Grammy Awards in 1991 and 2009. Born Damini Ogulu, Burna Boy has had a remarkable career, especially in the past one year.
Meanwhile, Mitchell Obama can now add Grammy winner to her resume, after snagging the award on music’s biggest night for Best Spoken Word Album, for the audiobook of her memoir “Becoming.”
Her win on Sunday gives the Obama household its third Grammy: former president Barack Obama has already snagged two Grammys in the same category for his books.
She faced an eccentric group of rivals that include Michael Diamond and Adam Horovitz of the Beastie Boys for “Beastie Boys Book” and John Waters, the director-performer known for his transgressive cult films, for “Mr. Know-It-All.”
Early prizes handed out at the pre-gala event went to Lady Gaga, who won two for her soundtrack for the hit film “A Star Is Born,” and Beyonce, who nabbed the prize for best music film for “Homecoming.”
Teenage goth-pop iconoclast Billie Eilish was the big winner with a total of five golden statuettes, including a clean sweep of the “big four” prizes.
Lizzo, the top nomination getter, won three prizes — best pop solo performance, best urban contemporary album and best traditional R&B performance.
Album of the Year: Billie Eilish, “When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?”
Record of the Year: Billie Eilish, “Bad Guy”
Song of the Year (recognizing songwriting): Billie Eilish and Finneas O’Connell, “Bad Guy”
Best New Artist: Billie Eilish
Best Music Video: Lil Nas X and Billy Ray Cyrus, “Old Town Road”
Best Rap Album: Tyler, The Creator, “Igor”
Best Rock Album: Cage The Elephant, “Social Cues”
Best Pop Vocal Album: Billie Eilish, “When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?”
Best Pop Solo Performance: Lizzo, “Truth Hurts”
Best Pop/Duo Performance: Lil Nas X featuring Billy Ray Cyrus, “Old Town Road”
Best Urban Contemporary Album: Lizzo, “Cuz I Love You (Deluxe)”
Best Country Album: Tanya Tucker, “While I’m Livin'”
Best Alternative Music Album: Vampire Weekend, “Father of the Bride”
Best World Music Album: Angelique Kidjo, “Celia”