Burna Boy delivers historic performance at the 66th Grammy Awards.
Burna Boy’s Magnificent Grammy Performance Makes History
On Sunday, the Afro-fusion performer made his live Grammy debut.
Burna Boy performs live on stage at the Crypto com Arena during the 66th GRAMMY Awards in Los Angeles, California. On February 4, 2024 GETTY IMAGES / Amy Susman
In a press statement issued ahead of Grammy night, Burna Boy’s agents stated that he is the first Afro-fusion. Performer to play at the Grammy Awards Burna Boy made his Grammy Award debut on stage.
While most people link Burna with the more popular genre of Afrobeats, which is frequently a fusion of other genres. Like hip-hop, R&B, and highlife, he has long tried to set himself apart by calling his own music Afro-fusion.
Some musicians, such as the Ghanaian vocalist Amaarae, have also labeled their music as Afro-fusion.
Before Burna Boy, another African, hit the stage, the evening’s host, Trevor Noah, from South Africa, cracked jokes. The “Grammy winning sensation originally from Nigeria” was greeted with a reprimand, “You know people say Afrobeats is new and personally growing up in South Africa, I would get Afrobeats all the time for my mom every time I came home past my curfew.”
In what appeared to be an homage to the Nigerian flag, Burna Boy’s performance featured upbeat dancers and a backup band decked out in green.
Wearing a quilted jacket decorated with red rhinestones, matching gray slacks, and a snapback, Burna exuded confidence and happiness while showcasing his culture on the Grammys stage.
Burna transitioned to the more contemporary tune “City Boys” before introducing Brandi, whose 1998 hit song “Top of the World” with Ma$e is sampled in the song, and stunning the crowd with “Sittin’ On Top of the World.”
The singer, who hasn’t performed live since the 1990s, signaled that she and Burna are the best couple in the world with her sultry singing while sporting a black trench coat, big clear glasses, and gorgeous scarlet pumps.