The 66th Grammy Awards has left Nigerian media personality Adesope Olajide feeling disillusioned, as he accused the organisers of the prestigious awards ceremony of betraying Davido.
In a video, Adesope expressed his disappointment in the Grammy Awards, stating that they are more interested in benefiting from African artistes than elevating them.
Adesope vented his frustration at the fact that Davido and Burna Boy did not win awards in the Best Global Music Album and Best African Music Performance categories. He was particularly appalled when he observed that Fela Kuti’s ‘Water No Get Enemy’ was played while South African artist Tyla was called to receive her award. Adesope had expected that Tyla’s ‘Water,’ which earned her the award, would be played instead.
In his passionate video, Adesope emphasized his belief that the Grammy Awards do not understand African culture and music. He expressed his heartbreak as he accused the Recording Academy of benefiting from the popularity of Nigerian nominees like Davido and Burna Boy, only to betray them in the end.
Adesope’s disillusionment with the Grammys led him to urge African musicians to withdraw from submitting their songs to the awards ceremony. He was particularly disheartened by the fact that Tyla, from South Africa, became the first artist to win the Best African Music Performance category at the 66th Grammys with her song ‘Water.’
The new Best African Music Performance category is designed to “recognize recordings that utilize unique local expressions from across the African continent, highlighting regional melodic, harmonic and rhythmic musical traditions.”
Despite the disappointment felt by some Nigerian music enthusiasts and stakeholders like Adesope, it remains to be seen how this will impact the relationship between African artistes and the Grammy Awards in the future.