The 63rd Grammy Awards was held in Los Angeles. Traditionally billed as "music's biggest night this year's ceremony is different because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Nigerian Afro-beats stars Burna Boy and Wizkid won their first-ever Grammy awards at the 2021 Grammys.

Burna Boy whose real name is Damini Ogulu won the Best Global Music Album category. He was a nominee for a second consecutive year and won with his Twice As Tall album.

The Grammys nomination described Twice As Tall as a masterclass in the vibe and hustle that have made Burna Boy an international musical force.

“He continues to torch limitations, seamlessly blending styles and genres and fearlessly fuelling the fire heating the melting pot of pop, Afrobeat, dancehall, reggae and more,” it said.

‘‘This a big win for my generation of Africans all over the world and this should be a lesson to every African out there, no matter where you are, no matter what you plan to do, you can achieve it because you are king,’’ Burna Boy said in his acceptance speech.

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Burna Boy, 29, beat four others including the Malian band and Tinariwen. He is the first winner of the recently renamed category, formerly known as Best World Music Album.

There was no audience, and performers were separated into five stages, arranged in a circle inside the Los Angeles Convention Center to maintain social distancing.

Burna Boy was nominated in the same category in 2019 but lost out to Angelique Kidjo at the awards ceremony in 2020.

However, Kidjo dedicated her win to him, saying: “Burna Boy is among those young artists that come from Africa that is changing the way our Continent is perceived and the way that African music is the bedrock of all music.”

Wizkid won the Best Music Video for his song with Beyoncé; Brown Skin Girl, from Lion King: The Gift album. The Best Music Video award is given to the artist, video director, and video producer. Beyoncé’s daughter Blue Ivy was also a winner on the song.

The video was described as “a feast for the fashion-forward and a celebration of Black and brown female beauty everywhere”.

The 63rd Grammy Awards was held in Los Angeles. Traditionally billed as “music’s biggest night this year’s ceremony is different because of the coronavirus pandemic.

There was no audience, and performers were separated into five stages, arranged in a circle inside the Los Angeles Convention Center to maintain social distancing.

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FULL LIST OF WINNERS

Best Traditional R&B Performance
WINNER: Ledisi – Anything for You

Best Latin Jazz Album
WINNER: Arturo O’Farrill & the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra – Four Questions

Chico Pinhero – City of Dreams

Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album
WINNER: Maria Schneider Orchestra – Data Lords

Best Jazz Instrumental Album
WINNER: Chick Corea, Christian McBride & Brian Blade – Trilogy 2

Redman Mehldau McBride Blade – Roundagain

Best Jazz Vocal Album
WINNER: Kurt Elling featuring Danilo Pérez – Secrets Are the Best Stories

Carmen Lundy – Modern Ancestors

Best Improvised Jazz Solo
WINNER: Chick Corea – All Blues

Best Alternative Music Album
WINNER: Fiona Apple – Fetch the Bolt Cutters

Best Musical Theater Album
WINNER: Jagged Little Pill

Best Comedy Album
WINNER: Tiffany Haddish – Black Mitzvah

Best Spoken Word Album (Includes Poetry, Audio Books & Storytelling)
WINNER: Rachel Maddow – Blowout: Corrupted Democracy, Rogue State Russia, and the Richest, Most Destructive Industry on Earth

Best Children’s Music Album
WINNER: Joanie Leeds – All the Ladies

Best Global Music Album
WINNER: Burna Boy – Twice As Tall

Best Reggae Album
WINNER: Toots & the Maytals – Got to Be Tough

Best Regional Roots Music Album
WINNER: New Orleans Nightcrawlers – Atmosphere

Best Folk Album
WINNER: Gillian Welch & David Rawlings – All the Good Times

Best Contemporary Blues Album
WINNER: Fantastic Negrito – Have You Lost Your Mind Yet?

Best Traditional Blues Album
WINNER: Bobby Rush – Rawer Than Raw

Best Bluegrass Album
WINNER: Billy Strings – Home

Best Americana Album
WINNER: Sarah Jarosz – World on the Ground

Best American Roots Song
WINNER: John Prine – I Remember Everything

Best American Roots Performance
WINNER: John Prine – I Remember Everything

Best Song Written for Visual Media
WINNER: Billie Eilish – No Time to Die

Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media
WINNER: Hildur Guðnadóttir – Joker

Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media
WINNER: Jojo Rabbit

Best Contemporary Classical Composition
WINNER: Christopher Rouse – Rouse: Symphony No. 5

Best Classical Compendium
WINNER: Isabel Leonard – Thomas, M.T.: From the Diary of Anne Frank & Matt Haimovitz – Woolf, L.P.: Fire and Flood

Best Classical Solo Vocal Album
WINNER: Sarah Brailey & Dashon Burton – Smyth: The Prison

Best Classical Instrumental Solo
WINNER: Richard O’Neill – Theofanidis: Concerto for Viola and Chamber Orchestra

Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance
WINNER: Pacifica Quartet – Contemporary Voices

Best Choral Performance
WINNER: James K. Bass, J’Nai Bridges, Timothy Fallon, Kenneth Overton, Hila Plitmann & Matthew Worth; Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra; Buffalo Philharmonic Chorus & UCLA Chamber Singers – Danielpour: The Passion of Yeshua.

Best Opera Recording
WINNER: The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra; The Metropolitan Opera

Best Orchestral Performance
WINNER: Los Angeles Philharmonic – Ives: Complete Symphonies

Best Tropical Latin Album
WINNER: Grupo Niche – 40

Best Regional Mexican Music Album (Including Tejano)
WINNER: Natalia Lafourcade – Un Canto por México, Vol. 1

Best Latin Rock or Alternative Album
WINNER: Rito Paez – La Conquesta del Espacio

Producer of the Year, Classical
WINNER: David Frost

Best Engineered Album, Classical
WINNER: Riccardo Muti & Chicago Symphony Orchestra – Shostakovich: Symphony No. 13, “Babi Yar”

Best Remixed Recording
WINNER: Saint Jhn – Roses (Imanbek Remix)

Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical
WINNER: Beck – Hyperspace

Best Historical Album
WINNER: Mister Rogers – It’s Such a Good Feeling: The Best of Mister Rogers

Best Album Notes
WINNER: The Replacements – Dead Man’s Pop

Best Boxed or Special Limited Edition Package
WINNER: Wilco – Ode to Joy

Best Recording Package
WINNER: Desert Sessions – Vols. 11 & 12

Best Roots Gospel Album
WINNER: Fisk Jubilee Singers – Celebrating Fisk! (The 150th Anniversary Album)

Best Contemporary Christian Music Album
WINNER: Kanye West – Jesus Is King

Best Gospel Album
WINNER: PJ Morton – Gospel According to PJ.

Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song
WINNER: Zach Williams & Dolly Parton – There Was Jesus

Best Gospel Performance/Song
WINNER: Jonathan McReynolds & Mali Music – Movin’ On

Best New Age Album
WINNER: Jim “Kimo” West – More Guitar Stories

Best Music Film
WINNER: Linda Ronstadt – Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice

Best Music Video
WINNER: Beyoncé – Brown Skin Girl

Best Arrangement, Instruments, and Vocals
WINNER: Jacob Collier – He Won’t Hold You

Best Arrangement, Instrumental, or A Cappella
WINNER: John Beasley – Donna Lee

Best Instrumental Composition
WINNER: Maria Schneider – Sputnik

Best Contemporary Instrumental Album
WINNER: Snarky Puppy – Live at the Royal Albert Hall

Best Dance/Electronic Album
WINNER: Kaytranada – Bubba

Best Dance Recording
WINNER: Kaytranada Featuring Kali Uchis – 10%

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