Rave of the moment, Damini Ogulu, aka Burna Boy has been nominated for the 62nd Grammy Awards.
His nomination was announced in a statement on the Grammy Awards’ website few hours ago.
He was shortlisted for his album, “African Giant” in the Best World Music Album category.
The category, according to the organizers, “is for albums containing at least 51 percent playing time of new vocal or instrumental world music recordings.”
Other contenders in the category are Altin Gün; Bokanté and Metropole Orkest; Nathalie Joachim and Spektral Quartet; and Angelique Kidjo.
The Best World Album is one of the 84 categories being contested by artistes from different parts of the world.
The winner will be announced at an event slated for Sunday, January 26, 2020.
Congratulations to our own OluwaBurna.
Damini Ebunoluwa Ogulu (born 2 July 1991), known professionally as Burna Boy, is a Nigerian singer and songwriter.
He rose to prominence in 2012 after releasing the lead single “Like to Party” from his debut studio album, L.I.F.E (2013). In 2017, Burna Boy signed with Bad Habit/Atlantic Records in the United States and Warner Music Group internationally. His third studio album Outside (2018) marked his major-label debut. In 2019, he won Best International Act at the 2019 BET Awards. He was also announced as Apple Music’s Up Next artist. His fourth studio album African Giant was released in July 2019.
On 7 October 2018, Burna Boy performed before a sold-out crowd at London’s O2 Academy Brixton. A day prior to the show, he held a pop-up event at Red by Little Farm and sold limited boxes of his Space Puffs cereal, as well as custom notepads, lighters and graphic tee-shirts. On 9 October 2018, Burna Boy was announced as one of Spotify’s New Afro Hub Takeover Artist. The announcement coincided with him being named YouTube’s Artist on the Rise for 3 months.
On 3 January 2019, he was announced alongside Mr Eazi as one of the artists performing at the 2019 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. He won four awards at the Soundcity MVP Awards Festival, including African Artiste of the Year, Listener’s Choice and Best Male MVP.
Burna Boy’s fourth studio album African Giant was released on July 26, 2019. He first revealed plans to release the album in April 2019, and held a private listening session in Los Angeles. Photos and videos from the listening session were shared on social media. African Giant was initially announced as a 16-track album.
In order to promote the album, Burna Boy will headline the African Giant Returns tour, the second leg of his African Giant tour.