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Tems and Wizkid snubbed as Grammy release African Award Winners’ list

Superstars Wizkid and Tems who recently clinched Grammy awards, have been excluded from a list of African Grammy winners by the organisers of the prestigious award show.

The organisers of the prominent Awards put forward a list of African musicians who have gone home with a golden gramophone since the 60’s, a move that was done ahead of the 66th Grammy Awards which will be happening on February 4, 2023.

The late South African singer Miriam Makeba led the list as the first African to win a Grammy for “Best Folk Recording” (together with Harry Belafonte) in 1966. Sade Adu, a pop singer from Nigeria, was the first Nigerian to win the award for “Best New Artist” in 1986.

Burna Boy, who was the 2021 winner of the “Best Global Music Album” award, was the second-to-last name on the list.

However to the shock of Netizens, the list of only 10 names did not contain Wizkid and Tems.

See the full list as released by Grammy below:

Miriam Makeba (South Africa) — Best Folk Recording (with Harry Belafonte) – 1966

Sade Adu (Nigeria/UK) — Best New Artist – 1986

Ali Farka Touré (Mali) — Best World Music Album – 1994

Cesária Évora (Cape Verde) — Best Contemporary World Music Album – 2004

Youssou N’Dour (Senegal) — Best Contemporary World Music Album – 2005

Angélique Kidjo (Benin/France) — Best Contemporary World Music Album – 2008

RedOne (Morocco) — Best Dance/Electronic Album – 2010

Tinariwen (Mali/Algeria/Libya) — Best World Music Album – 2012

Burna Boy (Nigeria) — Best Global Music Album – 2021

Black Coffee (South Africa) – Best Dance/ Electronic Album — 2022

Reacting to the list,

Bigsam wrote: “No Wizkid,,,,, No Tems,,,, Lmao 😂 In the just listed African Grammy winnersWhen we say those two are built on other people’s success known as Gumbody,, Dem go think say we dey hate,,lol 😂 Grammy just clarified us now. Wizkid FC know your place from Now on till Sunday 👍👍”.

@Big muller: “Wizkid and Tems no get Grammy 🤌😂 What a great time to be alive 🔥🔥🔥🔥”.

@Davidoffct: “Grammy released a list of African artists who have won the Grammy Award and Wizkid is no where to be found on their list, so na Iron that boy dey flaunt since?😂😂”.

Recall that Wizkid in 2021, won his first-ever Grammy award for his role in Beyonce’s 2019 ‘Brown Skin Girl’, in the ‘Best Music Video’ category while in 2022, Tems won her first-ever Grammy award in the ‘Best Melodic Rap Performance’ category for her role in ‘Wait for U’, the hit song by Future featuring Drake.

Femi Kuti, King Sunny Adé, Babatunde Olatunji, and his rival WizKid had all received GRAMMY nods before Burna Boy became the first Nigerian male artist to grab a golden gramophone for original work. The Afrobeats megastar earned the prize for Best World Music Album in 2021 for his album “Twice as Tall.” 

By Ezinne Joy Okorie

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