As Nigerians were reveling in the euphoria and joy that came with Wizkid’s win first, then later Burna Boy, news filtered from some unknown sources that Tiwa Savage had also grabbed a Grammy.
In a rush, several congratulatory tweets were pushed out by verified pages and celebrity accounts. No confirmation made. No background check on the recording Academy’s pages on the validity of the claim. Nigerians swallowed it in, and till this morning, congratulatory tweets are still being sent.
When the nominations were made public in December, noise only hovered around Wizkid and Burna Boy’s nominations. But there were also Tiwa Savage and the duo of Femi Kuti with his son, Made—they as Nigerians contributed to Cold Play’s album, Everyday Life nominated for album of the year.
With momentum building up to yesterday’s event, few artists began to send in prayers, wishing Wizkid and Burna Boy “best of luck” ahead of the ceremony. Some fan pages of Tiwa Savage felt slighted, alleging the same old issue of patriarchy, and women not being recognized for their work.
So it was quite strange when shortly after the recording academy’s confirmation of Wizkid and Burna Boy wins, several tweets were also sent about Tiwa Savage winning also—at a time the “Album of the Year” category hadn’t been announced yet and the Grammy main show had yet to begin. (The main show started at 5PM PT, exactly 1am Nigerian time. The “Congratulations Tiwa Savage” had started spreading as early as 9pm).
Is there an agenda behind this?
Maybe. But it shows mainly desperation to also showcase Tiwa Savage as a worthy artist. No one disputes the artistry of Tiwa Savage. But it’s also puzzling to see most of the early congratulatory tweets coming from women (many have been deleted) and in a bid not to seem as a “misogynist,” male celebrities tweeted their congratulations.
At the same time, it’s misinformation. But let’s not forget the duo of Femi and Made Kuti also “supposedly won,” the Twitter community failed to make noise about that, too. This isn’t too far from the alarm TV personality Bolanle raised last year when Tiwa Savage’s CELIA got released and it failed to trend. The TV Host perched on this issue of patriarchy—music listeners were partial, giving more respect to male artists than females.
While it’s confusing for this to have happened. There’s a question. Would this have occurred if either or both Burna Boy and Wizkid failed to win their categories? Your answer would determine if this was a strategy or misinformation.
By the way, Coldplay failed to win the Grammy. They lost out to Taylor Swift’s Folklore.
This article was written by Olabode Otolorin; connect on Instagram with him here