January 27, 2020

Hours after staging one of the night’s high octane music performances at the 62nd annual Grammy Awards ceremony on Sunday at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Beninese-born singer Angelique Kidjo was honored with a Grammy award for the World Best Music.

Ms. Kidjo, who is based in New York City, won the award for her latest album titled, Celia- named after the famous “Queen of Salsa,” the late Cuban singer Celia Cruz. Ms. Kidjo used her acceptance speech to extol her native continent—Africa and African musicians’ contributions to the global music industry. She dedicated her award to Burna Boy, a prominent young Nigerian musician who has taken the global music airwaves and industry by storm with his last two albums – an amalgamation of Africa’s popular Afrobeat and American hip-hip.

Beninese musician Angelique Kidjo performs at the 62nd Grammy awards

Burna Boy and South African comedian Trevor Noah were also nominated for this year’s Grammys.