It’s Grammys season, and the Recording Academy, the body responsible for awarding music’s most coveted prize has celebrated the 6th studio album of Nigeria’s Afropop sensation Wizkid.
In an episode of “For The Record,” a short film presented by the academy ahead of the 2022 ceremony on the 4th of April, the Grammys highlighted the incredible impact Wizkid’s “Made In Lagos” has had around the globe as well as how it reshaped Afrobeats.
The Grammys referred to the 30-year-old Lagosian as the Afrobeat Giant.
A description of the short film posted via YouTube and the official website of the Grammys read:
In this episode of For The Record, GRAMMY.com celebrates Wizkid’s 2020 album ‘Made in Lagos,’ which catapulted the Afrobeats giant further into the pop music conversation while elevating his hometown in Nigeria. Featuring guests from H.E.R. (“Smile”) to Damian Marley (“Blessed”) to Burna Boy (“Ginger”), the album spans countries and styles with ease — and a remix of “Essence” with Justin Bieber became a global phenomenon in the summer of 2021. Wizkid is nominated in two categories at the 2022 GRAMMs — Best Global Music Performance (“Essence”) and Best Global Music Album (‘Made in Lagos: Deluxe Edition’). Tune in on Sunday, April 3, to see if he’ll win the golden gramophone!
Indeed, Wizkid’s “Made In Lagos” continued its incredible run of success from late 2020 into 2021, and earned him several accolades on his way to being nominated for multiple Grammy awards.
Should he emerge a winner of the famed shinny gramophone on the night, he will become only the second Nigerian musician to ever win it through their original work after Burna Boy’s triumph last year.
Do you think Wizkid will walk away with the golden gramophone on April 4?
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