Beninese singer, songwriter and actress, Angélique Kpasseloko Hinto Hounsinou Kandjo Manta Zogbin Kidjo, known as Angélique Kidjo has been crowned the winner in the Best World Music Album category at the just ended 2020 Grammy Awards. This marks her fourth win in the category and fourth Grammy win overall.
Angélique Kidjo’s Celia album earned her the winning title of the category, where she competed with other acts like; African Giant — Burna Boy, Gece — Altin Gün, What Heat — Bokanté & Metropole Orkest Conducted By Jules Buckley and Fanm D’ayiti — Nathalie Joachim With Spektral Quartet.
During her acceptance speech, Angélique Kidjo celebrated a new generation of African artists coming up to represent the continent, including contender Burna Boy, 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.”
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Angélique Kidjo also gave an audience-rousing performance of “Afrika” during the 62nd Grammy Awards Premiere Ceremony.
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