Angélique Kidjo won Best World Music Album for Celia at the 62nd GRAMMY Awards on Sunday, beating out fellow nominees Altin Gün (Gece), Bokanté & Metropole Orkest Conducted By Jules Buckley (What Heat), Burna Boy (African Giant) and Nathalie Joachim With Spektral Quartet (Fanm D’Ayiti) to bag her fourth Grammy win.
The World Music category is usually not aired during the live telecast and is instead presented during what is called the Premiere Ceremony.
In her acceptance speech, Kidjo gave special recognition to the new generation of African musicians including fellow nominee Burna Boy whom he dedicated the award to.
“Four years ago on this stage, I was telling you that the new generations of artists coming from Africa gonna take you by storm and the time has come,” Kidjo said. “Celia Cruz, for me she’s the goddess of salsa. She’s the queen of salsa. She is one of those artists that taught me at a young age that my gender cannot define who I am, that I can do everything I wanted to do.”
Celia celebrates the late Afro-Cuban singer Celia Cruz.
Interestingly, Nigerian heavyweight Burna Boy’s African Giant has a track “Different” that he collaborated with Kidjo on. He had been expected to win the category and the reaction from his fans was palpable on social media. Some of their reactions are below.