Nigerian musician Damini Ogulu aka Burna Boy will be performing at the 66th annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 4 in Los Angeles setting another standard for African music.
In his decade-long career, the man has been going from strength to strength with seemingly no limit as to how high he can go.
So let's go back down memory lane and appreciate some of the milestones he has been able to achieve so far.
1. Grammy Award:
- Burna Boy won the Grammy Award for Best Global Music Album in 2021 for his album "Twice as Tall." This marked a significant milestone, establishing him as a global force in the music industry.
2. BET Awards:
- Burna Boy has been honored with several BET Awards. Notably, he won the Best International Act category in 2019 and 2020, showcasing his consistent impact on the international stage.
3. MTV Europe Music Awards (EMA):
- The Nigerian artist has received multiple MTV EMA nominations and emerged victorious in the Best African Act category in 2019, further solidifying his presence on the global music scene.
4. African Giant:
- His critically acclaimed album "African Giant" (2019) garnered widespread recognition, earning him a Grammy nomination and reinforcing his status as a prominent figure in the Afro-fusion genre.
5. Global Collaborations:
- Burna Boy has collaborated with renowned international artists, including Beyoncé on the track "Ja Ara E" for "The Lion King: The Gift" album. Such collaborations have broadened his reach and influence.
6. BET Hip Hop Awards:
- Beyond the Best International Act category, Burna Boy has received nominations at the BET Hip Hop Awards, showcasing his versatility and impact beyond the boundaries of a specific genre.
7. Chart-Topping Singles:
- Burna Boy's singles, such as "Ye," "Anybody," and "On the Low," have topped charts globally, attaining platinum status and accumulating millions of streams, reaffirming his popularity and commercial success.
8. International Tours:
- He has embarked on successful international tours, performing at major venues and festivals worldwide. Burna Boy's live performances have garnered praise for their energy and his ability to connect with diverse audiences.
9. Apple Music Awards:
- Burna Boy was honoured with the African Artist of the Year award at the 2019 Apple Music Awards, recognizing his impact on the streaming platform and the music industry as a whole.
- In addition to his musical achievements, Burna Boy has been involved in philanthropic efforts, contributing to causes such as COVID-19 relief and education initiatives in Nigeria, showcasing his commitment to social responsibility.
The musician's journey in the music industry reflects not only his artistic prowess but also his ability to transcend borders and impact the global cultural landscape.