Nigerians React to Davido and Burna Boy Missing Out on 66th Grammys
Nigerian music stars, including Davido and Burna Boy, faced a shocking defeat at the Grammy Awards, sparking widespread disappointment and social media outcry.
In a surprising turn of events at the 66th Annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, Nigerian music sensations such as Davido and Burna Boy faced a disappointing defeat as they lost in all their nominated categories. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reported that the other three Nigerian artists nominated - Ayra Starr, Olamide, and Asake - also failed to secure a win.
This news has sparked widespread disappointment and frustration among fans and the Nigerian music community, flooding social media platforms with expressions of dismay as fans lament the loss of their favorite stars. South Africa's Tyla emerged victorious in the Best African Music Performance category with her song "Water," while Shakti's "This Moment" clinched the coveted award for Best Global Music Album, leaving Davido and Burna Boy falling short.
The hashtag #GrammySnubNaija trended on social media, with fans venting their frustration over what they perceived as a missed opportunity for Nigerian music to gain international recognition. The Twitterverse became a virtual town square for fans to voice their disappointment, frustration, and disbelief.
Despite the disappointment, some users emphasized the need to focus on the bigger picture, acknowledging the impact Nigerian music has made globally and the doors it has opened for Afrobeats worldwide. Burna Boy, who made history as the first Afrobeats musician to perform at the 2024 Grammys, received four nominations but failed to notch any awards. Similarly, Davido, who received his first nominations, did not secure any wins. Both Asake and Olamide's Amapiano song did not make it to the winning list, and Ayra Starr's "Rush" was not able to make a winning impression despite her nomination.
Celebrities also joined the conversation to express their love and respect for the Nigerian stars, acknowledging their hard work and dedication. While the disappointment is palpable, the impact of Nigerian music globally has not gone unnoticed, with many emphasizing that awards are just one part of the journey. The movement continues, and Nigerian music remains a force to be reckoned with.