Tonight the most anticipated award show in music, the Grammy Awards is underway at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. For a second year in a row Beninese singer, Angelique Kidjo has won the Grammy for the ‘Best World Music Album’ category for her Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg collaboration, Sings. This win tally up her Grammy total to 3. In 2008 she took home her first Grammy for her 8th studio album Djin Djin then last year she won for a second in the same category for her 11th album Eve.
The Beninese icon was up against South African choral group legends Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Malawi’s Zomba Prison Project, Gilberto Gil and Anoushka Shankar. Accepting her souvenir and giving a speech the singer, activist and UN Goodwill Ambassador dedicated the award to her fellow African artists and musicians.
“The orchestra brings different textures to my life and music. Unlike in pop music, the orchestra doesn’t follow you, it leads and dares you to follow it”
She has persisted a long history of notable collaborations with greats from the jazz and pop worlds—including Carlos Santana, Bono, John Legend, and Alicia Keys to name a few.
After two plus decades of blending European classical traditions with powerful rhythmic influences of West African culture, being named “Africa’s premier diva” (Time Magazine) and winning three Grammy Awards, Angelique Kidjo’s is “the undisputed Queen of African Music” .
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