Naomi Campbell Writes Open Letter To Grammy Awards Organizers After Burna Boy Lost To Angélique Kidjo

Supermodel, Naomi Campbell has written an heartfelt open letter to the organizers of Grammy Awards regarding the “World Music category.“

Angélique Kidjo on the 62nd Grammy Awards which held on Sunday won the “World Best Album” Award over Nigeria’s Burna Boy and 3 other nominees.

Read>>> Beninois Singer, Angélique Kidjo Dedicates Her Grammy Award To Burna Boy

Campbell complained that Burna Boy was not given the accolades he deserved. She congratulated Angélique Kidjo on winning and called on the Academy Awards organizers to reassess the “World Music Category.”

Angélique Kidjo Grammy
Angélique Kidjo

The actress wrote that Afrobeats, which happens to be Burna Boy’s genre is a big music genre played across Africa and around the world and categorizing it under “World Music” is a misrepresentation.

Burna Boy
Burna Boy

She advised the organizers to make Afrobeats a category and encourage them to add sub categories like Afrobeat Artiste of The Year, Song of the Year and Album of the Year instead of squeezing it under World Music category.

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.”

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