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66th Grammy: Disquiet in Davido’s camp, BurnaBoy shines, Ayra Sta, Asake in disbelief

...I had no high expectations, Olamide told Persecondnews

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…I had no high expectations, Olamide told Persecondnews

In the aftermath of the 66th Grammy Awards held in Los Angeles, the Nigerian music scene has found itself grappling with an unanticipated wave of disappointment and shock as its prominent stars failed to secure coveted accolades.

Chief among them is Davido, who, in his maiden Grammy appearance, endured the heartbreak of losing in all three nominated categories.

The news has triggered a widespread sense of frustration and sorrow among fans and the Nigerian music community.

Social media platforms have become a virtual echo chamber of expressions of regret, with fans mourning the unfulfilled dreams of their beloved music icons.

Davido, a three-time nominee in the categories of Best Global Music Album, Best African Music Performance, and Best Global Music Performance, left the ceremony empty-handed.

The much-anticipated Best Global Music Album category saw Davido and Burna Boy fall short, with Indian band Shakti’s “This Moment” seizing the coveted award.

Sources revealed that the loss has left Davido in a state of distress, especially considering the grand celebration he had planned in Atlanta with friends and family had he emerged victorious.

Some of his fans, including colleagues, have been reacting to the loss. Teni Entertainer took to Instagram to say the loss was a painful one to accept, as there had been plans to make a big party out of Davido’s success if he had won.

In fact, it was also gathered that Davido was planning to celebrate the victory in big style across different countries and would cap it off with a show in March in Nigeria.

Teni Entertainer, expressing the collective sentiment, took to Instagram to convey the painful nature of the loss, lamenting the missed opportunity for a joyous celebration of Davido’s success.

BurnaBoy’s ‘loss and victory’
Meanwhile, Burna Boy, despite losing in all four nominated categories, etched his name in history by becoming the first Afrobeats musician to grace the 2024 Grammys stage.

His electrifying performance at the ceremony overshadowed the sting of defeat, underscoring the resilience and global impact of his music.

Asake, Olamide, in disbelief
That 2023 was Asake’s biggest year was in no doubt as his music caught the attention of the global audience, promoting a Grammy nomination with his Amapionao song, which featured his boss and founder of his label, Olamide.

The duo went in hard on the song and were expecting a big crowning at the Grammys, but none of such dreams came to fruition as they lost out.

Asake and Olamide faced disbelief as their dreams of a crowning achievement were dashed.

Olamide, known for his indifference towards international awards, shrugged off the setback, emphasising his lack of great expectations from foreign accolades.

In an exclusive chat with Per Second News after the award, singer Olamide said he wasn’t expecting anything ‘special, as he has never been a fan of foreign awards.

Asked how Asake felt about losing out, Olamide said he couldn’t react on his behalf, as he alone would speak to his state of mind.

Ayra Star’s Rush couldn’t rush
Ayra Starr, nominated in the inaugural Best Music Performance category, also found herself unable to clinch the Grammy victory.

Despite her loss, she graciously congratulated South Africa’s Tyla and expressed gratitude to God and her fans, signalling that her musical journey has only just begun.

The 66th Grammy Awards, while marking a night of shattered dreams for Nigeria’s music luminaries, also highlighted their resilience, global presence, and the enduring vibrancy of the country’s music landscape on the international stage.

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