The Recording Academy, the organizers of Grammy Awards have ascribed Nigerian Superstar Afrobeat musician, Burna Boy as the biggest African artist in the world. Introducing the nominees for the Best African Music Performance at the 2024 Grammys, the academy described Burna Boy in glowing terms: In their words, “There’s not a bigger star in Afrobeats, or even the whole of Africa itself, than Burna Boy.”
Grammys continued, Burna Boy “ nabbed two consecutive Best Global Album GRAMMY nods for his albums Twice as Tall and African Giant, and he’s also collaborated with global stars such as Ed Sheeran and Justin Bieber.
“After earning his first UK No. 1 album this year with the classic hip-hop influenced I Told Them…, featuring appearances from 21 Savage, J. Cole, RZA, and GZA, he’s firmly in his imperial era. It’s hard to get away with releasing a track called “Sittin’ On Top of the World” if you’re not doing just that.
It’s not his first taste of the high life. Burna Boy scaled the U.K. singles chart summit with 2019’s “Own It,” a collaboration with Stormzy and Ed Sheeran. The records keep tumbling. Earlier this summer, he became the first African artist to headline a stadium concert in the U.K., when he played his Love, Damini tour date at a packed-out 60,000 capacity London Stadium, and he has a Grammy Award to his name, for 2020’s Twice as Tall (best global music album).”
“Burna Boy has transformed into a global superstar and this No. 1 album reflects his growth over the last few years,” comments Austin Daboh, vice president of Atlantic Records U.K. in a statement. “The success of this album is the combination of world class music, a coherent strategy based in culture, and unmatched passion, energy and commitment from his wider team and Atlantic Records.”
Burna Boy was nominated for his song “City Boys” for Grammy 2024. The Afrobeat singer’s ‘Twice as Tall Album’ won Best Global Music album at the 63rd Grammy Awards, held in March in Los Angeles in 2020.