Is Wizkid’s Made in Lagos worthy of Grammy?
Is Wizkid’s Made in Lagos worthy of Grammy? Following the recent record-breaking achievements Wizkid’s Made in Lagos album has been having in international borders and its recent submission for Grammy consideration, this article aims to examine if the album is truly Grammy-worthy.
It’s been over 12 years since Wizkid made his debut in the Nigerian music industry, the E.M.E signed singer became an immediate success with his hit single Holla at your boy. Songs like Tease me, Pakurumo, and Don’t dull, proved to the Nigerian music audience that Wizkid was a versatile musician and obviously the next big thing. His debut album Superstar was a critical and commercial success.
Ten years down the line, Wizkid has emerged as one of Nigeria’s biggest Afrobeats musicians and one of the greatest musicians in Africa. Wizkid has worked with most of the biggest musicians in Africa and outside the shores of Africa, collaborating on hit songs with superstars like Beyonce and Drake.
With the release of his fourth studio album Made In Lagos, a musical journey that began in the streets of Ojuelegba has finally found a home in the streets of America and the hearts of music lovers around the world. Made in Lagos has broken all barriers that were formerly considered impossible for Nigerian music. It is currently the highest-peaking album on the prestigious Billboard charts for a Nigerian artist.
The majority of the album’s success can be credited to the success of the song “Essence” featuring Nigerian singing sensation Tems. Tems soulful chorus and verse gave the song a unique sound and remains one of the biggest highlights of the Made in Lagos album. Essence is currently certified platinum in the United States of America by the RIIA, this is a first for any Nigerian song.
A couple of days ago, it was announced that Made in Lagos has been submitted for Grammy consideration in the World Album category. Though this will not be the first time a Nigerian will win a Grammy award in that category, it could be the first time two Nigerians would win it consecutively. If Made in Lagos wins the grammy, it would not be Wizkid’s first grammy award as the singer won the award last year for his collaboration with Beyonce on the song Brown skin girl.
Judging by the huge amount of success Made in Lagos has had all over the world, selling out concert halls all over America and breaking many streaming records. I am confident that Made in Lagos is a grammy-worthy project. No African album in the past year has achieved a quarter of what the album has achieved. It is the most talked-about album in the international community, with multiple articles written about it from various prestigious entertainment companies like The Rolling Stones.
If and hopefully when Wizkid wins the Grammy award, he would become Nigeria’s second artist to win the Grammy award in the world category following in the footsteps of Burna Boy. Wizkid could also become the first Nigerian artist with the most Grammy awards (2).