The model took to Instagram after Burna Boy failed to take home a trophy at the 2020 Grammy Awards.
Naomi Campbell has criticised the Grammy Awards after Burna Boy was denied a win at last week’s ceremony. Burna Boy was nominated for Best World Music Album for his 2019 record African Giant but lost out to Beninese singer-songwriter Angélique Kidjo. Kidjo dedicated her victory to Burna Boy and a “new generation of artists coming from Africa.”
Taking to Instagram, Campbell praised Kidjo for her win, thanking her for “spreading light and opening minds” through her music, before criticising the Grammys for only nominating Burna Boy in the ‘World Music’ category.
Claiming that it was due to a lack of education that Burna Boy did not receive the accolades he deserved during the ceremony, Campbell asked the show organisers to reconsider what constitutes world music. She went on to speak at length about the misrepresentation of Afrobeats as a standalone genre, suggesting it needed more recognition at the show.
She said: “This misrepresentation diminishes an entire genre in which such a high standard of talent has emerged; a genre that has been a force of hope and positivity for many, and a vehicle for artistry on the continent of Africa.”
Concluding her open letter to the Grammys, Campbell urged organisers to include an Afrobeats “Artist of the Year, Song of the Year, Album of the Year and all the subcategories that this genre so deserves – just as any other respected and recognized musical genre.”
Read Naomi Campbell’s post in full below.
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First, I want to say deepest congratulations to @angeliquekidjo for her award on Sunday, and thank you to you for spreading light and opening minds through your music… • And to our AFRICAN GIANT, @burnaboygram… it is only due to lack of education that you have not been honored with the accolades you so truly deserve. You are always a winner in our hearts. ALWAYS. • And to The @RecordingAcademy, There is something that brings joy, strength and happiness to myself, and to so many people that hear it, and it is called Afrobeats. Afrobeats is a musical genre played on mainstream and primetime radio not only across the continent of Africa, but across the world… • Recently, the genre was categorized into your ‘World Music’ category at the 2020 Grammys. This misrepresentation diminishes an entire genre in which such a high standard of talent has emerged; a genre that has been a force of hope and positivity for many, and a vehicle for artistry on the continent of Africa. • Please take the next 363 days to reassess and reflect on your perspective of ‘World Music.’ Did the world get to vote for this award, or was it only the people in the United States a part of The Recording Academy? What will this neglectful categorization of music mean to individual cultures? Cultures who contribute their blood, sweat and tears, and every level of their creativity and work ethic into making music for YOU and for all of us. • Please get up to speed on the state of all popular music today, and include Afrobeats Artist of the Year, Song of the Year, Album of the Year and all the subcategories that this genre so deserves – just as any other respected and recognized musical genre. • This is bigger than you, so open your eyes, ears and minds and treat us right and with the respect we deserve. ❤️💛💚❤️💛💚 #ForTheCulture #NAOMIAFRICA #grammys