PORTO-NOVO – The Beninese singer Angélique Kidjo has dedicated her Grammy award to the Nigerian singer Burna Boy real name Damini Ebunoluwa Ogulu who was up against her to win the music prize.
They were set against each other in the World Music category of the US music awards on Sunday, January 26 night.
But Kidjo won, for the fourth time, leaving Burna Boy still waiting to win his first.
Kidjo said that Burna Boy is changing Africa.
“Four years ago on this stage, I was telling you that the new generation of artists coming from Africa are going to take you by storm, she said.
“And the time has come. This is for Burna Boy,” she added.
Kidjo added that “Burna Boy is among those young artists that come from Africa that is changing the way our continent is perceived and the way African music has been the bedrock of every music.”
Burna Boy is a Nigerian singer and songwriter. He rose to prominence in 2012 after releasing “Like to Party”, the lead single from his debut studio album L.I.F.E.
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”.