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Burna Boy, Wizkid make history winning Nigeria’s first Grammys

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Nigeria’s music icons Burna Boy and Wizkid have made history becoming first Nigerians to win internationally acclaimed music award, the Grammys.

Burna Boy won the Best Global Music Album category while Wizkid won the Best Music Video for his song with Beyoncé; Brown Skin Girl, from Lion King: The Gift album.

Beyoncé’s daughter Blue Ivy was also a winner on the song.

Burna Boy, whose real name is Damini Ogulu, a nominee for a second consecutive year, won with his Twice As Tall album.

The 29-year-old beat four others including the Malian band, Tinariwen.

The Grammys described Twice As Tall as “a masterclass in the vibe and hustle that have made Burna Boy an international musical force.”

“[He] continues to torch limitations, seamlessly blending styles and genres and fearlessly fuelling the fire heating the melting pot of pop, Afrobeat, dancehall, reggae and more,” it said.

The album features a wide range of international artists such as Stormzy, Youssou Ndour, Naughty By Nature, and Chris Martin of Coldplay, and had Sean Combs as executive producer.

Burna Boy was nominated in the same category in 2019 – then known as Best World Music Album – but lost out to Angelique Kidjo at the awards ceremony in 2020.

However, Kidjo dedicated her win to him, saying: “Burna Boy is among those young artists that come from Africa that is changing the way our continent is perceived and the way that African music is the bedrock of all music.”

Born in Nigeria’s Port Harcourt, Burna Boy released his first album, LIFE, an acronym for Leaving an Impact For Eternity, in 2013.

That album was followed by the release of Redemption in 2015 and Outside in 2018 that included the international hit track, Ye.

But it was with his 2019 African Giant album that Burna Boy really hit the international scene and earned his first Grammys nomination.

Often compared to Nigerian superstar Fela Ransome-Kuti, whose songs Burna has sampled generously, he has become increasingly vocal about social causes in Africa.

At the height of the xenophobic attacks in South Africa in 2019, he threatened to never set foot in the country again unless the government took action, although he has since performed in the country.

He was also involved in the #EndSARS anti-police brutality protests in Nigeria last year, setting up a fund for victims and releasing a song in memory of those killed on October 20, 2020 at the Lekki tollgate, Lagos.

He recently tweeted his support for protesters in Senegal who took to the streets after the arrest of opposition leader Ousmane Sonko.

Wizkid also won his first-ever Grammy for his role in ‘Brown Skin Girl’, a collaboration with Beyonce.

The victory was announced on Sunday evening (Nigerian time) at the 63rd Annual Grammy Awards premiere.

Beyonce won the highest awards of the night as she carted home four prizes, breaking the record for the most-ever Grammy wins by a female artist, and the most by any singer, male or female.

Rapper Megan Thee Stallion followed with three awards including Best New Artist and pop powerhouse Taylor Swift won Album of the Year honors for the third time in her career.

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Veteran Nollywood actor Bruno Iwuoha dies at 68

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A veteran Nollywood actor, Bruno Iwuoha, died on Saturday at 68, after a prolonged battle with diabetes.

Actors Guild of Nigeria announced his death in a statement signed by its Director of Communications, Monalisa Chinda Coker.

The statement read, “It is on a sad note that we announce the passing away of our elder colleague and active member of AGN Abuja, Bruno Obinna Iwuoha.

“He died in the early hours of this morning after a prolonged battle with diabetes.

“Bruno Iwuoha hails from Ehime Mbano Local Government Area in Umunumo Umuanunu kindred, Imo state. He was aged 68 years, survived by his wife and six children.”

National President of the AGN, Ejezie Emeka Rollas, commiserated with the immediate family members, friends and fans of the deceased and prayed that God would comfort them in their moment of grief.

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DMX officially announced dead after OD

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Legendary rapper DMX has now been officially declared dead, a week after he fell into a coma, following a heart attack “triggered” by a drug overdose.

He was aged 50. The Westchester County native was born Earl Simmons.

The drug overdose had left him in a “vegetative state”, after his brain was deprived of oxygen for nearly 30 minutes following his OD, brain function never returned, and by Thursday his organs began failing while he remained in intensive care in  the hospital.

His death today at White Plains Hospital, in New York, was confirmed to AP by his family.

DMX is survived by 15 children.

His career  began when he catapulted to the top of the charts with his 1998 debut album “It’s Dark and Hell is Hot.”

The debut record went platinum nearly five times over and peaked at No. 1 on the US charts.

 

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The Voice Nigeria Season 3: Episode 2 -Blind Auditions

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Things get heated up as the coaches are spoiled for choice with amazing performances!

The Voice Nigeria is the ultimate talent contest. Darey, Waje, Falz and Yemi Alade are The Voice Nigeria’s celebrity musician coaches, while Toke Makinwa and Nancy Isime serve as Hosts. The show’s innovative format features four stages of competition: the Blind Auditions, Knockouts, Battles and Live Shows.

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