Burna Boy, aka African Giant, also known as Damini Ogulu, took to the stage at the 2024 Grammys, which took place on February 4th at the Crypto.com Arena in Los Angeles,US. He is the first Afrobeat star to perform on a Grammy stage.
Burna performed a medley of songs from the contemporary track “City Boys” before captivating the crowd with “Sittin’ On Top of the World,” and he surprised the audience by bringing out Brandi & 21 Savage. Brandi, known for her 1998 hit “Top of the World” with Ma$e, hasn’t performed since the Nineties.
Brandi delivered flawless vocals in a black trench coat, large clear glasses, and striking scarlet boots, reinforcing the message that she and Burna are indeed at the pinnacle of success.
Burna Boy, who was nominated in four categories for the 2024 Grammy Awards but didn’t win any, still gave an amazing performance and will go down as the first Afrobeat star to perform on a Grammy Award stage.
Notably, Burna Boy secured the Best Global Music Album award for “Twice As Tall” at the 63rd Grammy Awards in 2021, where he performed a medley of songs like “Level Up,” “Onyeka,” and “Ye” during his performance.
It was a pre-recorded performance that started outside the National Arts Theatre in Lagos with a white-clad choir. Then he moved to a space with stained glass, accompanied by musicians and dancers in African attire. The show concluded in a room with dry ice and mirrors, featuring the
The singer, widely known as the ‘African Giant,’ joined an impressive lineup that includes Luke Combs, Travis Scott, Billie Eilish, Dua Lipa, SZA, Billy Joel, Joni Mitchell, U2, and Olivia Rodrigo.
The singer’s journey from nominations to a historic performance acknowledges the growing recognition and appreciation of Afrobeat on the international stage.