Angélique Kidjo won Best World Music Album for Celia at the 62nd GRAMMY Awards. This marks her fourth win in the category and fourth GRAMMY win overall.

 

During her acceptance speech, Kidjo celebrated a new generation of African artists such as Burna Boy, coming up to represent the continent while thanking luminaries who came before her for their contributions to world music, including Celia Cruz.

“Four years ago on this stage, I was telling you that the new generations of artists coming from Africa gonna take you by storm and the time has come,” Kidjo said. “Celia Cruz, for me she’s the goddess of salsa. She’s the queen of salsa. She is one of those artists that taught me at a young age that my gender cannot define who I am, that I can do everything I wanted to do.”

Kidjo beat out fellow nominees Altin Gün (Gece), Bokanté & Metropole Orkest Conducted By Jules Buckley (What Heat), Burna Boy (African Giant) and Nathalie Joachim With Spektral Quartet (Fanm D’Ayiti). 

She also gave an audience-rousing performance of “Afrika” during the 62nd GRAMMYs Premiere Ceremony.

Watch her speech below

Awad Show: Angelique Kidjo performs “Afrika” from her 2010 Live Album ‘Spirit Rising’ at the 2020 Grammy Award Pre-Telecast
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Nikki Billie Jean is the founder and editor-in-chief of All Things Ankara. She is also a fashion designer, fashion stylist, fashion director, campaign producer and event producer. View more of her work at: www.nikkibilliejean.com

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