- British model, Naomi Campbell, has reacted to Burna Boy's loss at the Grammys
- While she congratulated Angelique Kidjo, she blamed Burna Boy's loss on a lack of education on the Grammy's part
- Campbell went on to advise the show organisers to create categories that represent Afrobeats as a genre
Top British model, Naomi Campbell, has taken to social media to speak on Burna Boy missing out on a Grammy award. Campbell in an open letter, started off by congratulating Angelique Kidjo on her win.
She went on to address why Burna Boy didn't get an award. According to her, it was a lack of education on the part of the organisers. In a lengthy open letter, she spoke about the need to create more categories that represent Afrobeats.
Part of her letter reads: "And to The @RecordingAcademy, There is something that brings joy, strength and happiness to myself, and to so many people that hear it, and it is called Afrobeats. Afrobeats is a musical genre played on mainstream and primetime radio not only across the continent of Africa, but across the world...
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"Recently, the genre was categorized into your ‘World Music’ category at the 2020 Grammys. This misrepresentation diminishes an entire genre in which such a high standard of talent has emerged; a genre that has been a force of hope and positivity for many, and a vehicle for artistry on the continent of Africa."
She asked the organisers to take the next 363 days to reassess and reflect on their perspective of ‘World Music.’
She went on: "Did the world get to vote for this award, or was it only the people in the United States a part of The Recording Academy? What will this neglectful categorization of music mean to individual cultures? Cultures who contribute their blood, sweat and tears, and every level of their creativity and work ethic into making music for YOU and for all of us."
The model asked the Grammy organisers to include Afrobeats Artist of the Year, Song of the Year, Album of the Year and all the subcategories that this genre so deserves.
"This is bigger than you, so open your eyes, ears and minds and treat us right and with the respect we deserve. ❤️❤️ #ForTheCulture," she added.
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Meanwhile, amidst the disappointment of many Nigerians who hoped Burna Boy would emerge winner, is a Nigerian doctor identified as Olu, who took to the platform to admit that he knew Burna Boy wouldn't win it.
According to him, Wizkid has more international recognition and would have most likely won the award if he were nominated as he has more international recognition.
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