Naomi Campbell Calls Out Grammy Awards Organizers After Burna Boy’s Loss To Angelique Kidjo

January 29, 2020
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Supermodel, Naomi Campbell has taken to her social media page to call out the organizers of Grammy Awards after Burna Boy lost to Angelique Kidjo at the 2020 edition of the prestigious awards.

In a lengthy post on her Instagram page, Naomi Campbell congratulated Angelique Kidjo on her winning and praised Burna, stating that his loss was due to lack of education.

The model called out Grammys for categorizing “Afrobeats” – a genre which she revealed has brought joy and strength to her life – in the “World Music” category at the 2020 Grammys. She added that their misinterpretation diminished the genre.

She implored the Grammy organizers to reassess their perspective of the “World Music” Category and include Afrobeats Artist of the Year, Song of the Year, Album of the Year, and all the subcategories that the genre so deserves just like any other respected and recognized musical genre. She wrote:

“First, I want to say deepest congratulations to @angeliquekidjo for her award on Sunday, and thank you to you for spreading light and opening minds through your music… And to our AFRICAN GIANT, @burnaboygram… it is only due to lack of education that you have not been honored with the accolades you so truly deserve. You are always a winner in our hearts. ALWAYS.

“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…

“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.

“Please take the next 363 days to reassess and reflect on your perspective of ‘World Music.’ 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.

“Please get up to speed on the state of all popular music today, and include Afrobeats Artist of the Year, Song of the Year, Album of the Year and all the subcategories that this genre so deserves – just as any other respected and recognized musical genre. This is bigger than you, so open your eyes, ears and minds and treat us right and with the respect we deserve. #ForTheCulture #NAOMIAFRICA #grammys.”

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First, I want to say deepest congratulations to @angeliquekidjo for her award on Sunday, and thank you to you for spreading light and opening minds through your music… • And to our AFRICAN GIANT, @burnaboygram… it is only due to lack of education that you have not been honored with the accolades you so truly deserve. You are always a winner in our hearts. ALWAYS. • 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… • 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. • Please take the next 363 days to reassess and reflect on your perspective of ‘World Music.’ 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. • Please get up to speed on the state of all popular music today, and include Afrobeats Artist of the Year, Song of the Year, Album of the Year and all the subcategories that this genre so deserves – just as any other respected and recognized musical genre. • This is bigger than you, so open your eyes, ears and minds and treat us right and with the respect we deserve. ❤️??❤️?? #ForTheCulture #NAOMIAFRICA #grammys

A post shared by Naomi Campbell (@naomi) on Jan 28, 2020 at 10:24am PST

KanyiDaily had reported that Burna Boy lost Grammy Award for the Best Contemporary World Music Album to Beninese legendary singer, Angelique Kidjo.

While receiving the most prestigious award for her album “Celia”, Angelique Kidjo dedicated it to Burna Boy whom she described as the future of African music.

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