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Grammy Award: Burna Boy loses Best World Music Album to Beninese Angélique Kidjo

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Nigerian Afro-fusion singer, Damini Ogulu, better known as Burna Boy, has lost the Best World Music Album trophy to Beninese ace singer, Angélique Kidjo, at the 62nd Grammy Award.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the 62nd Annual Grammy Awards ceremony, acclaimed to be world’s most prestigious music honours, held on Sunday night at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, U.S.

The highly coveted Best World Music Album is an honor presented to recording artists for quality albums in the world music genre at the grammy.

Burna Boy was nominated for the category for his ‘African Giant’ album alongside Altin Gun (Gece), Bokante and Metropole Orkest Conducted By Jules Buckley (What Heat), Nathalie Joachim With Spektral Quartet (Fanm D’ayiti) and Angelique Kidjo (Celia).

The Grammy Award nominees are albums containing at least 51 per cent playing time of new vocal or instrumental World Music recordings.

Kidjo, now with her fourth Grammy win overall in the category, is a 59-year-old singer-songwriter, actress and activist noted for her diverse musical influences and creative music videos.

She is known for her hit songs “Agolo”, “We We”, “Adouma”, “Wombo Lombo”, “Afirika”, “Batonga” and “Celia”, which clinched the fourth Grammy for her and was named “Africa’s premier diva” by Time magazine in 2007.

During her acceptance speech, Kidjo dedicated the award to Burna Boy and celebrated a new generation of African artists coming up to represent the continent.

“This is for Burna Boy,” she said, lifting up her award to cheers, and declaring the “African Giant” as part of the new generation of African musicians that are changing global perception of Africa and its music.

“Four years ago on this stage, I was telling you that the new generations of artists coming from Africa gonna take you by storm and the time has come,” Kidjo said.

NAN reports that a win for Burna Boy would have made it the second time a Nigerian would be returning home with the Grammy plaque, as Sikiru Adepoju is the only Nigerian to have won a Grammy.

Adepoju won it in 2009 with the “Global Drum Project” a collaborative album with Mickey Hart, Zakir Hussain and Giovanni Hidalgo.

Burna Boy in 2019, won Best International Act at the 2019 BET Awards, and was also the Apple Music’s Up Next artist.

The Annual Grammy Awards ceremony, now in its 62 edition, recognises the best recordings, compositions, and artists of the eligibility year.

Billie Eilish 18-year-old American singer and songwriter, swept the top awards of the 2020 Grammy, winning Album of the Year, Record of the Year, Song of the Year and Best New Artist. (NAN)

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Just In: Naira Marley in court over Abuja concert

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Nigerian artiste, Azeez Fashola, aka Naira Marley, has been taken to the Lagos State Special Offences Court at Ikeja.

As of press time, The PUNCH learnt that the police had filed charges against him for violating the COVID-19 order banning interstate travels earlier put in place to curb the spread of coronavirus.

The ‘Tesumole’ crooner left Lagos for the Federal Capital Territory for a concert on Saturday, July 13.

The concert, which held at the Jabi Lake Mall, drew public outrage.

The government thereafter shut down and mall and stopped the operation of the airline whose plane he chartered.

The Inspector-General of Police was said to have ordered Naira Marley’s arrest.

The Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, Bala Elkana, said Naira Marley presented himself at the command headquarters on Thursday.

“We are in court as we speak. He will be arraigned for violating the interstate travel order. That is the aspect that concerns Lagos State,” he added.

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My husband fully supported me when I acted half naked – Actress Tope Adeoye

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Rising star, Tope Adeoye has revealed that her husband is the brain behind her new movie, SADE IHOHO where she acted half naked.

Adeoye says her role in the movie is the most challenging so far due to her going half naked but with constant encouragement and push from her better half, she was able to deliver , she told The Root Media Celebrity Corner on Friday.

“SHADE IHOHO was a very challenging movie for me because I had to be half naked according to the script. This was hard for me because I have never done anything like that before. It is a true life story so I had to portray the true character of the lady involved. This brought in a lot of criticisms from people. At first it got to me but my husband supported me all the way because he gave me the go ahead to do it.

The movie which is her second work as a producer will be released anytime soon, she disclosed.

The former sportswoman who began as a make-up artiste in the make-believe world spoke extensively on the challenges she encountered at home when she ventured into acting.

Being the only child of her parents, Adeoye’s decision to become an actress caused a rift between her and her mother in which she had to leave the house for 18 months.

According to her, the decision caused a rift between her and her mother but they reconciled after her boss, Femi Adebayo intervened.

“When I decided to go into acting, it was a thug of war between my mum and I. she never wanted me to go into acting. I left the house for 1year and half.

“When I left home, I slept at the rehearsal premises for 3 months. Then, Titi Adebayo (Femi Adebayo’s sister) and my friend, Aishat Lawal heard about it they spoke with my boss, Femi Adebayo and explained everything to him. He took me in and treated me like family, I spent nothing less than 1 year and 3month in his house. Later he took me home to plead with my mum and she accepted me back. When I graduated from the J15 academy, she finally accepted my profession”, she narrated.

Asides Shade Ihoho, Tope Adeoye has produced Ijawa, Eli and others in the pipeline.

Speaking on her role models in the movie industry, Adeoye says “Femi Adebayo is a boss, mentor and role model who has inspired me to be the best in me chosen career. Also, famous Ghanaian actress, Jackie Appiah is another person that I look up to in the industry. I love her acting prowess and how she interprets her roles perfectly.”

Adeoye gave a word of advice to those aspiring to join the industry, she said “Be yourself and try to be creative, Always learn to learn everyday and always be positive, Though, the road may be rough and tough but with creative content and hardwork, you will be noticed.”

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BBNaija (Video): That moment Kidwayya went deep, Erica moans as they engage in hot romance

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The drama never ends in the popular TV show, Big Brother Naija lockdown season as Erica and Kidwayya were seen making out last night.

While engrossed in the make-out session, pretty Erica was seen moaning as Kidwayya must have gone a little deeper down there.

Earlier the day, the pair had been first seen on the sofa chatting and flirting with Kiddwaya caressing Erica’s naked bum with one hand and the opposite round her neck.

The housemates, Erica and Kiddwaya later ended up within the duvet, where they had an intense make-out session. At one level, Erica could possibly be heard moaning because it seems Kiddwaya went a little bit bit far down there.

Fans of the popular TV show has however reacted, some hailing Kidwayya for giving Erica utmost sati

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