Burna Boy’s latest album ‘Twice As Tall’ has gotten him a second shot at winning a Grammy.
The talented singer, on Monday, bagged a World Music Album nomination alongside Antibalas, Bebel Gilberto, Anoushka Shankar, and Tianariwen.
Antibalas is an American afrobeat band modelled after Fela Kuti’s Africa 70 band while Bebel Gilberto is a popular Brazilian-American singer.
Anoushka Shankar is a British Indian sitar player and composer while Tianariwen is a group of northern Malian singers.
In October, the Recording Academy announced the renaming of the ‘Best World Music Album’ to ‘Best Global Music Album.’
Burna Boy, 29, lost in his first attempt to win a Grammy award after being nominated in the best world music album category in January 2020. Beninese music legend, Angelique Kidjo, won the award.
‘Twice As Tall’ which is Burna Boy’s fifth album was released in August. Burna Boy, his mum cum manager, Bosede Ogulu, and Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs, were the executive producers.
The album was produced by Telz, P2J, Timbaland, Leriq, Rexxie, Skread, Andre Harris, Jae5, Mike Dean, and many more.
It also featured guest appearances from Naughty by Nature, the Kenyan band Sauti Sol, Senegal’s musical titan, Youssou N’Dour, and Chris Martin of Coldplay.
Should Burna Boy win, he will become Nigeria’s second Grammy winner after Sikiru Adepoju.
In a related development, Nigerian singer, Mr Eazi, has just won an Urban Music Album award at the Latin Grammy for his feature on Colombian reggaeton singer, J Balvin’s fifth and his sixth overall album.
Mr Eazi was featured on track nine, ‘Arcoiris’ on ‘Colores.’
The 63rd Annual Grammy Awards will hold on January 31, 2021, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
The award will recognize the best recordings, compositions, and artists of the eligibility year, running from September 1, 2019, to August 31, 2020.
Chelsea Supporters Trust (CST) says the club’s £75 ticket prices for their forthcoming Leeds game is a “clear exploitation of supporter loyalty”.
With London in tier two of the new Covid-19 restrictions, Chelsea will be able to welcome up to 2,000 fans when they host Leeds on 5 December.
Supporters have not been allowed inside Stamford Bridge since 8 March.
Tickets will be sold by ballot, but the CST says it is “extremely disappointed” at some of the pricing.
The CST said it had believed “tickets would be sold on 50 per cent loyalty points and 50 per cent on a first come, first served basis”, rather than a ballot.
The club say they “empathise with the many who will be disappointed to initially miss out”.
Chelsea added in a statement on their website:
“We listened to all the feedback, and we appreciate that not everyone will agree with the system being put in place.
“But at the very heart of all the decisions we have made on this matter is the desire to be as fair as possible to as many as possible. We ask for your patience as we work our way through all season ticket-holders eligible to attend.”
Accomplished Filmmaker, Kunle Afolayan hosted a soiree at his Ikeja, Lagos office to mark his birthday.
The event which was a very casual and convivial affair was attended by friends such as Mayor Akinpelu, Seye Kehinde, Seun Soyinka, Pat Nebo, Steve Ayorinde, Mike Dada, Abisoye Fagade and Jide Adediran.
Others were Lanre and Kayode Alfred, Olumide Iyanda, Habib Aruna, Henry Alade, Ayo Animashaun, Biodun Kupoluyi, Sola Fajobi, Vixtor Ganzallo, Seun Oloketuyi and Ovation’s Michael Effiong.
Pix by Peter Okosun