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Naomi Campbell has blasted the Recording Academy for not paying attention to what’s going on in the universe following Wizkid’s Grammy loss. On April 3, 2022, Nigerian superstar Wizkid lost the World’s Best Musical Performance award at the 64th Grammys to Arooj Aftab, a Pakistani singer based in Brooklyn. Since then, the snub has been debated at length by prominent figures in the music industry.
Naomi Campbell, a British model, actress, singer and businesswoman who also happens to be Wizkid’s friend, offers the latest reaction. She is unhappy with the loss. She was quick to criticize the Recording Academy on her Instagram page, accusing the committee of not paying attention to what was going on in the universe.
This comes just 24 hours after Wizkid lost both his Grammy nominations at the 64th Grammy Awards, held at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Los Angeles.
In her words, Naomi said: “For my brother @wizkidayo, #MadeinLagos was beyond phenomenal album!! Winner without a doubt!! You are the king of the people, who bought mainstream Afrobeats, that means more than any academy of any kind”
According to her, Afrobeats deserves a Grammy category. She urged the Recording Academy to establish subcategories such as Afrobeats Artist of the Year, Song of the Year, and Album of the Year, among others, to avoid isolating the genre within the Global Music category.
She said: “Changing the world to global is not enough.. keeping up to date with the state of all popular music and including Afrobeats Artist of the Year, Song of the Year, Album by the year and all the subcategories this genre deserves, just like another respected and recognized musical genre. The #MadeinLagos album and song, Essence, was clearly in the wrong category, how can you ignore the song Essence, The song by Wizkid, and Tems which was covered and remixed by Justin Bieber, you seem to isolate yourself under global, when it should have been in the Song of the Year category.
“This is a misrepresentation and negligent categorization of Music Once Again. Give Afrobeats the representation it deserves. You’re ignoring 1.3 billion people This will only elevate us!! Afrobeats in our Africabeats hearts around the world.’