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Grammy Awards 2021: Does Burna Boy stand a chance this time?

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The year 2019 was great a year for Nigerian Superstar Burna Boy. With the release of his fourth studio album, “African Giant” followed by well attended concerts all over the world, the “Odogwu” was poised for all the many accolades he could receive in the music world.

“The album which features guest appearances from Jorja Smith, Jeremih, Damian Marley and Future, among others, received generally favourable reviews from music critics, who called it cohesive and praised Burna Boy for not diluting his sound. It was included in the year-end lists issued by several publications, including Billboard, Complex and Pitchfork.”

See below weekly and year-end rankings of “African Giant” album.

Weekly charts

Chart (2019)Peak
position
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)58
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)98
Canadian Albums (Billboard)33
Dutch Albums (Album Top 100)12
French Albums (SNEP)54
Irish Albums (IRMA)80
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)64
UK Albums (OCC)16
US Billboard 200104

Year-end rankings 

PublicationAccoladeRank
ComplexThe Best Albums of 2019
13
BillboardThe 50 Best Albums of 2019
14
PitchforkThe 50 Best Albums of 2019
26
ViceThe 100 Best Albums of 2019
12
The 100 Best Albums of the 2010s
63
Rolling StoneThe 50 Best Albums of 2019
46
The AtlanticThe 18 Best Albums of 2019

 

It was therefore not a surprise at all when “African Giant was nominated in the ‘Best World Music Album’ category at the 2020 Grammy Awards together with Altin Gün, Bokanté & Metropole Orkest, Nathalie Joachim With Spektral Quartet and Angelique Kidjo.

Despite receiving formidable reviews, doing well on music charts and winning some major awards, Burna Boy lost out on the ultimate Grammy Awards.

While receiving the Grammy award for the best world album on January 27, 2020, Angelique Kidjo dedicated the award to Burna Boy and stated that indeed, Burna Boy is the future of African music.

“Four years ago, on the stage, I was telling you that the new generation of artistes coming from Africa are going to take you by storm. And the time has come. This is for Burna Boy. Burna Boy is among those young musicians that come from Africa that is changing the way that our continent is perceived and the way that African music has been the bedrock of every music,” she said during her acceptance speech at the award show.

After loosing out on the one thing that would have crowned all of his hard work, Burna Boy revealed that he “felt totally sick” but was however poised to work “Twice as tall.”

“Sick. Totally sick,” he stated. “My musical Mother @angeliquekidjo told me everything I needed to understand about the Grammys. So now I’m “Twice as Tall” (that’s the name of my next Album by the way dropping in July by the grace of the most High),” he wrote in a tweet.

Indeed, the African Giant worked twice as hard and released his fifth studio album, “Twice as Tall”on August 14, 2020, this time, gathering the talents of Youssou N’Dour, Naughty by Nature, Sauti Sol, Chris Martin and Stormzy.

Executive produced by American singer and songwriter Diddy, with generally favourable reviews from music critics as well, “Twice as Tall” set out to take great positions on some music charts.

See chart performance for Twice as Tall below:

Chart performance for Twice as Tall
Chart (2020)Peak
position
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)69
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)22
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)22
Canadian Albums (Billboard)19
Dutch Albums (Album Top 100)10
French Albums (SNEP)29
Irish Albums (OCC)31
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)47
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)12
UK Albums (OCC)11
US Billboard 20054

The pandemic has brought everything to a halt, which has stalled momentum with Twice as Tall. While it is doing amazing on charts, a world tour, as he did with “African Giant,”  would have cemented its position.

This year at the Grammys, Burna Boy faces competition from  Antibalas, Bebel Gilberto, Anoushka Shankar and Tinariwen.

Twice as Tall  firmly establishes Burna’s political stance and like the album cover, a hero poised for greatness.

But will a “heroic” album get him a Grammy win when a dazzling crossover moment with African Giant didn’t?

We’ll find out on January 31, 2021.

 

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Pros and Cons of Renting A Car in Dubai

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There are several expats living in Dubai who are from all continents. First-time visitors to Dubai frequently open businesses or purchase vacation properties here. Whatever the reason, if you intend to remain in Dubai for a month or longer, you’ll need a car to get around, and the best option for you will be a monthly car rental in Dubai.

In these cases, a monthly rental is the best option because it would be foolish to own a car for such a brief length of time. You can use the rent a car app by One Click Drive for this purpose.

Pros of Renting A Car in Dubai:

Maximum comfort:

When you want to rent a car for a month in Dubai, you can obviously set aside all other concerns. The only thing you have to do is fill up the rental automobile with gas. The car rental providers will handle all additional maintenance charges and paperwork. Additionally, your luxury rental car ought to be free of flaws and in excellent shape. Additionally, if a person purchases an automobile, he or she must register the vehicle with the government and obtain insurance.

A reputable automobile rental agency will take care of all the legal requirements to guarantee that the fleet of hired vehicles is ideal for business use. In this way, the monthly automobile rental services are made simple and hassle-free, and consumers can rest comfortable knowing that all necessary legal paperwork has been completed. Customers only need to pay for the rental car; nothing else is required of them.

Versatility:

You can go anywhere you wish to go with your rental supercar or cheap rented cars. You are not required to reserve a taxi, use public transportation, or maintain renting cars from a rental company. Moreover, There is no need to waste time getting from one place to another. Additionally, they can save time by avoiding the repetitive process of renting a car and returning it.

Additionally, services for monthly car rentals in Dubai will provide you access to the vehicle for a month or longer, and you can use it up to the scheduled return date. You can travel with your family when you rent a family car in Dubai, such as a sedan. We frequently break up on public transportation because it’s so difficult. However, you can bring your family and friends along if you rent a car for a month.

Fixed price:

If you want to rent a car for a long time, you will undoubtedly save a lot of money. When compared to the cost of car rentals per day, renting a car for a month from a reputable rental business will undoubtedly be less expensive. Most people who rent cars plan their monthly spending according to their monthly paycheck.

Customers are encouraged to think about monthly possibilities and explore the city as much as they like as a result. Additionally, you don’t need to acquire a car to get around. You will also save a lot of money because there are no maintenance costs involved.

Numerous alternatives:

In Dubai, renting a luxury car or a supercar is common. Therefore, you can select the monthly car rental services if you love cars and wish to drive a new model. For the next month, you can without a doubt upgrade your present rental vehicle to the newest model.

The costs vary depending on the vehicle you select. You must pay the difference in price if the model you want to upgrade is more expensive than the luxury car you previously hired. The same applies if you want to upgrade your rental automobile but save more money for a few months.

Cons of Renting A Car in Dubai:

Cost:

Renting a car in Dubai can be expensive, especially if you’re renting for an extended period of time. The higher rental costs are the main barrier preventing people from renting a car. Compared to taking a bus or rail, renting a car is more expensive.

Although public transportation has very low costs, it does not give access to specific areas. Additionally, hiring a taxi or cab is frequently necessary and is very expensive.

Responsibility:

As a renter, you’re responsible for any damages to the car while it’s in your possession. traffic and Parking: Dubai’s traffic can be congested, especially during peak hours. Finding parking in busy areas can also be a challenge.

Hidden Fees:

Some car rental companies may charge additional fees for things like GPS navigation systems or child seats, which can add to the overall cost of the rental.

Insurance:

Car rental insurance can be required and can add to the overall cost of the rental.

Local Regulations:

Renters must be familiar with the local traffic laws and regulations, and failure to comply can result in fines or other penalties.

Maintenance:

The renter is responsible for maintaining the car during the rental period, which can include filling up on gas, checking oil and tire pressure, etc.

You must employ a driver:

Having to hire a driver is one of the primary drawbacks of renting a car in Dubai. Especially when moving throughout the city, this can be costly and time-consuming. Taxis, on the other hand, are accessible and reasonably priced. The drawback of having a driver is that your itinerary may be less in your hands. In addition, if you get lost or have an accident, the driver could be held accountable.

On the whole, pros clearly outweigh cons. So select a car rental in Satwa Dubai, Business Bay, or Palm Jumeirah option and embark on a convenient journey.

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