Burna Boy, a 32-year-old Nigerian musician, made history at the 2024 Grammy Awards as the first Afro beats performer to take the stage.
Brandy and 21 Savage joined the performance, impressing global audiences with a great medley.
“Sittin’ on Top of the World,” a song from Burna Boy’s 2023 album that features 31-year-old 21 Savage, was the first song the trio performed.” The song prominently samples Brandy’s 1998 smash song “Top of the World,” which gives the performance a nostalgic feel.
Burna Boy began the show singing “On Form” wearing vibrant blue pants and a bold red jacket embellished with silver jewels. He was accompanied by dancers wearing traditional Nigerian clothing. He performed his popular song “City Boys,” mesmerizing the audience with vibrant colors and lively dance moves, and the energy soared.
Brandy looked fantastic in a black suit and red knee-high boots while singing “Top of the World.” 21 Savage looked amazing in his all-red leather outfit. He dominated the stage and performed his part on “Sittin’ on Top of the World” with great style and charisma.
Raj Kapoor, the executive producer of the Grammy Awards, had hinted to the trio’s performance earlier in the week, building excitement for the historic occasion. 21 Savage performed on the Grammy stage for the first time, and Brandy made a comeback after her 1997 performance.
“Lil Durk and J. Cole’s song “All My Life” won the award for best melodic rap performance, beating out Burna Boy and 21 Savage.”Nonetheless, Burna Boy was nominated for best African music performance for his song “City Boys”.
21 Savage was nominated multiple times for his collaborations with Drake, including songs like “Her Loss” and “Rich Flex.”Brandy, a Grammy winner, performed her famous song “The Boy Is Mine” with Monica at the star-studded event.
Burna Boy’s performance at the Grammy Awards highlighted the global impact of Afrobeats music.