“Grammy Used Davido, Burna Boy, Other Nigerian Artists For Promotion Says OAP” – Shopsydoo

British-Nigerian media personality Adesope Olajide, also known as Shopsydoo, has criticized the organizers of the Grammy Awards, accusing them of exploiting Nigerian artists for promotional purposes.

At the 66th Grammys, Nigerian artists such as Burna Boy, Davido, Ayra Starr, Asake, and Olamide failed to secure victories in their nominated categories. Shopsydoo expressed his discontent during an Instagram live session, claiming that the Recording Academy lacks genuine interest in African music.

He highlighted the Grammy band’s choice to play Fela Anikulapo-Kuti’s ‘Water’ after South African singer Tyla won the inaugural Best African Music Performance category as evidence of the academy’s ignorance about African music. Shopsydoo called for African musicians, particularly Nigerian artists, to boycott the Grammy Awards.

He said:-

“Tyla’s ‘Water’ [was announced as winner], the band is playing Fela Anikulapo-Kuti’s ‘Water’ while somebody that has a different ‘Water’ was working on the stage. If you want to know about an organisation that has no clue, the Grammy has no clue.

“They have no clue, they know nothing about our culture. And we shouldn’t be wasting our energy there. These bums gave Tyla’s ‘Water’ an award and they are playing Fela Anikulapo-Kuti’s ‘Water’ in the background. Is that an organisation that understands us? They don’t care about us, man.

“They just want to use us for promotion. One billion people in Africa, they want us to continue to sell the Grammy. We ain’t f*cking with that. For me, I don’t want nobody to come tell me about no Grammy, mehn.

“I’m telling you for a fact, they used Davido heavily to promote their platform. They rely hugely on the incredible numbers and eyes that Nigeria and Africa bring and they used our artists. They announced one of the greatest artists of our time, Burna Boy as a performer which got us all excited. They nominated Burna Boy four times, they nominated Davido three times, but they knew that they were going to f*ck them up.”

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