By Gabriel Myers Hansen
Afro-fusion star Burna Boy has secured a nomination at the 2021 BRIT Awards in the UK ahead of the main ceremony slated for the O2 Arena in London on 11 May.
First held in 1977 and simply referred to as ‘the BRITs’, the awards platform is the British Phonographic Industry’s annual celebration of popular music. Traditionally held in February, the ceremony has this year been delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The list of nominations, which was made public on Wednesday, saw the Nigerian singer shortlisted in the International Male Solo Artist category for the second consecutive year alongside The Weeknd, Bruce Springsteen, Childish Gambino and Tame Impala.
At last year’s edition, Burna Boy joined British-Ghanaian act Stormzy for a performance of the latter’s ‘Own It‘.
The development adds to Burna Boy’s impressive streak of accomplishments this year. It comes days after the ‘Ye’ hitmaker was bestowed with the Distinguished Service Star of Rivers State medal in his home town of Port Harcourt. It also arrives on the back of Burna Boy’s historic Grammy win last month.
Meanwhile, the Brit Award for Rising Star, which was announced last month, saw Gambian-British rapper Pa Salieu, who won BBC Music’s Sound of 2021 in January, lose out to singer songwriter Griff.
“In my head, I’m still screaming from the phone call when I found out,” Griff said. “It’s honestly such a miracle. How on earth did we manage to win a BRIT and breakthrough during a pandemic?”
Other nominees of African descent include Stormzy, Headie One, KSI and J Hus, whose sophomore studio album Big Conspiracy is nominated for Best Album.
Comedian Jack Whitehall will host the 2020 ceremony for the fourth year running, equalling a record set by fellow funny man James Corden.
Below is the full list of nominees:
Collapsed In Sunbeams – Arlo Parks
Not Your Muse – Celeste
Future Nostalgia – Dua Lipa
Big Conspiracy – J Hus
What’s Your Pleasure? – Jessie Ware
Best British Single
Don’t Need Love – 220 Kid & Gracey
Rain– Aitch & AJ Tracey ft. Tae Keith
Physical – Dua Lipa
Watermelon Sugar – Harry Styles
Ain’t It Different – Headie One ft. AJ Tracey & Stormzy
Head & Heart – Joel Corry ft MNEK
Lighter – Nathan Dawe ft. KSI
Secrets – Regard with Raye
Rover – Simba ft. DTG
Don’t Rush – Young T & Bugsey ft. Headie One
Best British Female
Lianne La Havas
Best British Male
Best British Group
Young T & Bugsey
Young T & Bugsey
Run The Jewels
Rising Star Award
Griff – Winner
Source : https://www.musicinafrica.net/magazine/burna-boy-2021-brit-award