British actress, model and singer, Naomi Elaine Campbell, has berated the Recording Academy’s decision to snub Wizkid and gave Grammy Awards to the Beninese singer, Angelique Kidjo, saying the Nigerian Afrobeats superstar is bigger than the prestigious award.
Naomi said this in a statement released via a post shared on her official verified Instagram account, adding that Wizkid’s Made In Lagos Album was beyond a phenomenal album and a winner without doubt.
The British singer referred to Wizkid, as the king of the people, that has bought Afrobeats mainstream. She added that the Nigerian singer means more than any Academy of any sort.
Naomi said the organizers of the Grammy Awards, Recording Academy have once again turned deaf to what is going on in the universe, adding that changing the world to Global is not enough.
The actress urged the Grammy organizers to get up to speed on the state of all the popular music and include Afrobeats Artist of the Year, Song of the Year, Album of the Year and all subcategories that this genre so deserves, adding that Afrobeats is just an other respected and organized genre of music.
She stressed that Wizkid’s Made In Lagos Album and the song, Essence, was clearly placed in the wrong category and questioned how on earth a song like “Essence” could be ignored.
Naomi said how can a song which was sung by Wizkid featuring Tems and was later covered and remixed by Justin Bieber be isolated under Global when it should have been in the song of the Year category, adding that was nothing but misrepresentation and a neglectful categorization of music.
The British singer, however, called out the Recording Academy, asking them to give Afrobeats the representation it deserves. Multi awards winning model added that ignoring 1.3 billion people will do no harm to Africans but will only make them rise up. She concluded by saying “Afrobeats in our heart, Afrobeats to the World.”
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