The reactions are divided into Naomi’s supporters and Naomi’s critics.
On Sunday, January 26, 2020, the 62nd Grammy Awards held at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. Nigerian superstar, Burna Boy lost the Best World Music Award category to Beninise legend, Angelique Kidjo.
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First, I want to say deepest congratulations to @angeliquekidjo for her award on Sunday, 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 honored 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 Afrobeats. Afrobeats 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 categorized 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 of ‘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 categorization 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 Artist 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 recognized musical genre. • This is bigger than you, so open your eyes, ears and minds and treat us right and with the respect we deserve. ❤️??❤️?? #ForTheCulture #NAOMIAFRICA #grammys
On January 28, 2020, legendary British supermodel, Naomi Campbell took to her Instagram and Twitter pages to congratulate Angelique Kidjo. This came before she unloaded on the Recording Academy that they should have more than three categories for afrobeats at the Grammy Awards.
Since her contribution to the ongoing discourse saw the light of day, Twitter NG has gone into overdrive. A lot of people have endorsed her while others have criticized her. Here are the best tweets from the drama.
Naomi Campbell has spoken well. The Grammy has a Latin category and a Reggae category. Why can't they have an Afrobeats category as well?
— LOCAL CHAMPION (@hezzalion) January 28, 2020
Naomi Campbell said what she said. Grammy needs to stop puttin AFRICAN music in d same category with world music same world music category in which d winner is determine by votes in USA alone since its world music let d winner be determine by world votes not just grammy academy
— Guwop (@Edo_bwoy) January 28, 2020
Naomi Campbell for that write up was amazing .. credit to her .. but I Just saw one crazy person complain about how angelique kidjo didn’t talk about creation of the afrobeat genre
She is not obligated to .. WTH .. Don’t you understand right to choice
— Stoned Mind (@its_Tobiloba) January 28, 2020
The Naomi Campbell post no too make sense if we are being honest
— Mandie. (@mxndxyluv) January 29, 2020
No one told Jamaica the music they do is Reggae or Dancehall. They came up with their names and identities. How do you expect the world to recognize you when you don't even know yourself?
— Ayomide Tayo (@AOT2) January 29, 2020