The good news for us is, Wizkid is the favorite to win the Grammy. If he wins, that means he’ll be the second artist to bring it home for us. More than anything, that’ll have an even bigger impact on the globalization of Afrobeats.
But the bad news is, it’s not sure he’s going to win. And, I say this with utmost concern, because I’d really love to see Wizkid win this award. Tems too, in fact. They both deserve it, after what they’ve done in this past year for the culture.
The problem is the people they’re nominated with, actually. This could just turn out to be another 2019, where we touted Burna Boy for the Best World Album award, and he lost it to the 4-time winner, Angelique Kidjo. It seems like the category was created for her because whatever project she does gets a nomination.
Since she had a close relationship with Burna Boy, she refrained from dropping an album in the window he released “Twice As Tall.” Burna won. But most people felt like it was only because Angelique Kidjo was out of the way.
But now, Wizkid is faced with the same challenge Burna faced in 2019. His album “Made In Lagos” is in for the Best Global Album category, a category Angelique Kidjo’s “Mother Nature” was also nominated for.
To make things worse for Wiz, Femi and Made Kuti are in the same category with their “Legacy+” album. It is a tough one. Can Wizkid overcome these challenges and win his third Grammy award? Or will this just be a case like that of 2019 for him? That’s the big question.
I think Wizkid has a chance here. He probably deserves it more than the others, and he has worked hard to get here. He needs to win but will he? In a few days from now, I guess we’ll all see.