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Rapper Ikechukwu Accuses The Grammys Of Using Afrobeats For Clout

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Rapper Ikechukwu expressed his disappointment on social media following the 66th Grammy Awards held on February 5th, 2024. Despite numerous nominations for Afrobeats artists, no Nigerian musician took home an award that night. This outcome sparked widespread reactions across the country, with many Nigerians voicing their discontent.

Ikechukwu himself took a strong stance, criticising the Recording Academy, the organisation behind the Grammys. He accused them of exploiting Afrobeats’ popularity to boost the ceremony’s appeal, ultimately leaving Nigerian artists empty-handed. He felt this act constituted a betrayal, as the recognition Afrobeats deserved was seemingly diverted elsewhere.

While Ikechukwu’s reaction reflects a shared sentiment of disappointment among some Nigerians, diverse viewpoints exist. The Grammys remain a complex and influential event, and their impact on the music industry continues to be debated.

“We should stop sending in submissions and create our own award,” Ikechukwu urged Nigerian artists to refrain from submitting their songs for Grammy consideration.

“They took all of us over there, used us, and betrayed us.” Ikechukwu accused the Grammys of trying to compartmentalise Afrobeats.

 

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Nigerian music fans, along with rapper Ikechukwu, voiced their disappointment on social media after the 66th Grammys unfolded quite differently than many had hoped. Several highly anticipated nods for Afrobeats stars went unrecognised, leaving a sense of frustration and confusion.

In the Best African Music Performance category, the award went to South African singer Tyla’s “Water,” edging out fan favourites like Davido’s “Unavailable” and the collaborative “Amapiano” by Asake and Olamide. Ayra Starr’s “Rush” also missed out on recognition in the same category.

Beyond the African music category, disappointment extended to the broader Global Music categories. Both Davido’s “Feel” and Burna Boy’s “Alone” lost the Best Global Music Performance award to an unexpected winner: “Pashto” by Béla Fleck, Edgar Meyer, Zakir Hussain, and Rakesh Chaurasia.

Adding to the surprise, Davido’s ambitious “Timeless” and Burna Boy’s acclaimed “I Told Them” couldn’t capture the Best Global Album award, which ultimately went to Shakti’s “The Moment.”

These outcomes sparked a wave of reactions online, with many fans expressing their discontent and questioning the selection process. While some voiced their disappointment respectfully, others echoed Ikechukwu’s stronger stance, criticising the Recording Academy for potentially overlooking the significance and influence of Afrobeats in the global music scene

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Kate Henshaw Breaks Silence On Her Mother’s Passing

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Kate Henshaw lost her mother, who passed away on Friday, March 1, 2024. The news was first shared publicly by Emeka Rollas, the president of the Actors Guild of Nigeria (AGN).

Following the news, Kate Henshaw took to Instagram to confirm the passing of her mother. She also expressed her appreciation for the public’s support and requested that they keep her in their thoughts during this difficult time.

It is with a heavy heart that I announce the passing of my mother on March 1st 2024,” the actress wrote. “Your prayers mean the world to me during this difficult time. Please keep my family in your thought. Rest in peace Mummy. Love. Kate Henshaw,” the statement reads.

 

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The news of Kate Henshaw’s mother’s passing comes a few days after the President of the Actors Guild of Nigeria (AGN), Emeka Rollas, shared the news on his official Instagram page on Saturday, March 2nd, 2024. This suggests there may have been a short delay between passing and the public announcement.

Sad Day for Actors Guild of Nigeria. Kate Henshaw lost her mother earlier today and Mr Ibu suffered cardiac arrest according to his manager for 24 years Mr Don Single Nwuzor. I announce with deep sense of grief that Mr Ibu didnt make it. May his soul rest in peace. @actorsguildofnigeria,” his post read.

Fans and fellow actors from the Nigerian film industry, Nollywood, have flooded Kate Henshaw’s Instagram page with messages of condolence and support in the wake of her mother’s passing.

Sending you love sis, May God strengthen your family at this time. And May her gentle soul rest with the angels 🙏🏾 Hugs ❤️,” the actress Susan Peters said.

“God Abeg oooo! So sorry sis 😢😢😢 pls take heart,” the actress Uche Ogbodo said.

“Dear Aunty Kate, My Condolences 💐 It is well with you and your Family❤,” the actor Oluwaseyi Kelvin Audu said.

“My deepest condolence Sis. May God comfort you at this trying time . God rest her soul 🙏🕊️❤️,” actor Ken Erics posted.

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Burna Boy Achieves Historic Feat At Sold-out Boston Concert

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Burna Boy continues to solidify his status as a global music powerhouse with his captivating live performances. On March 2nd, the superstar headlined a sold-out show at the 20,000-seat TD Arena in Boston, marking another stop on his “I Told Them” tour.

This concert further cemented his reputation as a global entertainer following his historic back-to-back sold-out shows at the 19,000-capacity Scotia Bank Arena in Toronto, making him the first African artist to achieve this feat.

The Boston concert wasn’t just about electrifying the audience with his music. Burna Boy also received special recognition from the Mayor of Boston, who presented him with a plaque commemorating “Burna Boy Day.”

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Burna Boy’s success transcends individual performances and tours. Since his 2018 international breakthrough with the hit single “YE,” he has consistently broken records and achieved numerous firsts for Nigerian and African music.

Notably, he became the first Nigerian mainstream pop artist to win a Grammy Award, receiving it for his fifth album, “Twice As Tall.” He also holds the record for most Grammy nominations (10) for a Nigerian artist and is the first African artist to win three consecutive BET Awards.

 

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Burna Boy’s impact extends beyond the awards and accolades. He is consistently pushing boundaries in the live performance scene. He holds the distinction of being the first African artist to headline stadium concerts in both the United Kingdom and the United States, further solidifying his position as a global leader in Afrobeats and a true inspiration to the continent.

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SZA Beats Burna Boy, Asake To 2024 BRIT Awards

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The 2024 Brit Awards, held on February 2nd at the O2 Arena in London, saw British music celebrate its biggest names. While the ceremony wasn’t all wins for Nigerian artists, it was still a night to remember.

Nigerian superstars Burna Boy and Asake were nominated for the Best International Artist category but ultimately lost to American R&B singer SZA.

Unfortunately, Rema‘s hit song “Calm Down” wasn’t awarded the International Song of the Year. The award went to the popular track “Flowers” by Miley Cyrus. However, receiving a nomination itself is a significant achievement, showcasing the global recognition of Rema’s music.

Full Winners List at the 2024 BRIT Awards

Artist of the year

Raye

Group of the year

Jungle

Album of the year

Raye – My 21st Century Blues

Song of the year

Raye featuring 070 Shake – Escapism

Best new artist

Raye

International artist of the year

SZA

International group of the year

Boygenius

International song of the year

Miley Cyrus – Flowers

Best alternative/rock act

Bring Me The Horizon

Best hip-hop/grime/rap act

CasIsDead

Best dance act

Calvin Harris

Best pop act

Dua Lipa

Best R&B act

Raye

Rising star

The Last Dinner Party

Songwriter of the year

Raye

Producer of the year

Chase and Status

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