Burna Boy, Wizkid NOT the first Nigerians to win GrammyBy Niyi Oyedeji on March 15, 2021
VIRAL posts on Sunday, March 14, 2021 claimed that Nigerian artistes, Damini Ebunoluwa Ogulu popularly known as Burna Boy and Ayodeji Ibrahim Balogun popularly known as Wizkid were the first Nigerians to bag the Grammy Award.
A Twitter user, Ibe with the username @meettheRichard tweeted that Burna Boy is the first Nigerian Artist ever to win the Grammy.
His tweet read:
[sic] Burna Boy becomes the first Nigerian Artist ever to win #GRAMMYs for their original work. This is just the beginning of more things to come! E choke!”
As at 12 noon of Monday, March 15, 2021 the tweet had already garnered 1,247 likes and 249 retweets.
A separate blog post, on the same day, also claimed that Wizkid is the first Nigerian to win the Grammy Award. The headline reads:
BREAKING!!! Wizkid becomes the first Nigerian to win a ‘Grammy Award’.
Burna Boy and Wizkid are the first Nigerians to win the Grammy Award.
The Grammy Award, otherwise known as Grammy, is an award presented by the Recording Academy to recognise achievements in the global music industry.
The first edition of the award held on May 4, 1959, with its latest edition, the 63rd edition held on Sunday, March 14, 2021.
Two Nigerians, Damini Ebunoluwa Ogulu popularly known as Burna Boy and Ayodeji Ibrahim Balogun popularly known as Wizkid were part of those that won at the 63rd edition.
Burna Boy won ‘Best Global Music Album’ for his album Twice as Tall, while Wizkid together with Beyoncé, and Blue Ivy won ‘Best Music Video’ for the song Brown Skin Girl.
The FactCheckHub findings revealed that although Burna Boy and Wizkid won at the 63rd Grammy, the duo were not the first Nigerians to win a Grammy.
In 1991, Sikiru Adepoju and Babatunde Olatunji won a Grammy for their work in the album Planet Drum produced by Mickey Hart which won the Best World Music Album category.
In 2009, jazz percussionist, Olalekan Babalola, won a Grammy for his work on Ali Farka Toure’s In the Heart of the Moon album.
Babalola also won a second Grammy in 2006 for his work on Cassandra Wilson’s album titled Loverly
Also, artistes of Nigerian descent like beatboxer, Kevin Olusola; rapper, Chamillionaire; singer, Seal have all won the Grammy.
Sade Adu who is also of Nigerian descent and was born in Nigeria won her Grammy in 1985 for the Best New Artiste category.
She also won Grammy in other categories in 1993, 2001 and 2010.
The claim that Burna Boy and Wizkid were the first Nigerians to win Grammy is FALSE. Nigerians and artistes of Nigerian descent have at different points in time won the Grammy Award prior to 2021.