Naomi Campbell has written an open letter to the organisers of Grammy Awards after Burna Boy's loss to Angelique Kidjo at the 2020 edition of the awards.
The American supermodel, who praised Angelique for spreading light and opening minds through her music, stated that Burna Boy has not been given the accolades he truly deserved due to lack of education.
She, however, averred that the categorisation of Afrobeat in the 'World Music' category of the 2020 Grammys diminished an entire genre in which such a high standard of talent has emerged. Naomi queried the recording academy on the voting pattern of the category, and urged them to use the next 363 days to reassess and reflect on their perspective on 'World Music.'
She wrote: "First, I want to say deepest congratulations to @angeliquekidjo for her award on January 26, 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 honoured 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 Afrobeat. Afrobeat 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 categorised 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 on '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 categorisation 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 Artiste 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 recognised musical genre.”