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2024 Grammys: Four buzz moments, defining events of award show

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The 66th edition of the Grammys, held on Sunday, February 4, 2024, was marked by significant events, spanning from the pre-show at the Peacock Theatre to the main event at the Crypto.com Arena.

One of the memorable moments was the controversy surrounding rapper Nicki Minaj. The Recording Academy initially announced ‘Barbie World’ by Nicki Minaj and Ice Spice as the winner of the Best Rap Song category, only to retract the statement and declare Killer Mike’s ‘Scientists & Engineers’ as the rightful winner. This mishap left fans of Nicki Minaj disappointed, as she has yet to win a Grammy despite her illustrious career.

During the ceremony, hip-hop icon Jay-Z voiced his discontent with the Grammy organizers. While accepting the Dr. Dre Global Impact Award, he criticized the Academy’s judgment, particularly highlighting Beyoncé’s Album of the Year snub despite her numerous accolades. Jay-Z accused the organizers of unfairness and questioned their decision-making process.

In another unexpected turn, rapper Killer Mike was arrested shortly after winning three Grammy awards. He was taken into custody for misdemeanor battery but was released later in the evening.

The Nigerian music scene faced disappointment as well, with prominent artists like Burna Boy and Davido missing out on Grammy wins. This led to accusations of deliberate snubs and calls for a boycott of the awards. Many, including Davido’s hypeman Special Spesh and media personality Adesope Olajide, criticized the Recording Academy for its handling of African music and urged Africans to take a stand against perceived injustice.

Overall, the 2024 Grammys were marked by controversy and disappointment for some, overshadowing the celebration of musical achievements.

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‘Being wealthy not among qualities I look out for in potential partner’ – Phyna

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Josephina Ijeoma Otabor, better known as Phyna, a controversial personality from Big Brother Naija and an actress, has expressed that wealth is not a primary criterion she seeks in a potential partner. Instead, she prioritizes qualities like love and care.

In the latest episode of her podcast, Spill With Phyna, featuring singer Khaid as a guest, she emphasized her independence regarding financial matters and her preference for a loving and caring partner.

Phyna emphasized that she is capable of meeting her own financial needs and does not require her partner’s wealth. She mentioned that some men may feel intimidated by dating a financially independent woman, which she believes should not be the case.

Her guest, Khaid, expressed a different perspective, acknowledging the importance of money in a relationship but also stating that he would be open to dating a woman with greater wealth, provided it does not lead to discrimination against him.

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Bob Marley’s granddaughter picks Burna Boy for ‘dream’ collaboration with late legend

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Zuri Marley, the granddaughter of the late Jamaican reggae icon Bob Marley, has expressed her admiration for Grammy-winning Nigerian artist Burna Boy, stating that he is the only artist she would have wished to see collaborate with her grandfather.

She shared this sentiment while speaking at the premiere of the movie ‘Bob Marley: One Love’ in London recently. Marley explained that after careful consideration, she concluded that Burna Boy’s collaboration with her grandfather would have been the most cherished.

She stated, “The person who I would want my grandpa [Bob Marley] to collaborate with is Burna Boy. I had to think about it. I went backstage and I was like, ‘Burna Boy. Africa Unite.” It’s worth noting that two Nigerian artists, Wizkid and Bloody Civilian, were featured in the soundtrack EP of the music biopic ‘Bob Marley: One Love.

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I’ve never received gifts – Davido appreciates Atletico Madrid star for gifting him wristwatch

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Nigerian musician Davido expressed delight over receiving a Rolex wristwatch gift from Atletico Madrid player Memphis Depay. The striker reportedly presented Davido with the luxury watch, worth millions of naira, following Davido’s performance at his 30th birthday celebration.

Confirming the news on his Instagram story, Davido mentioned that it was a rare occurrence for him to receive gifts, despite having received cash gifts from Nigerian celebrities during past birthdays, which he later donated to charity. Davido also remarked that he has typically been the one giving gifts to others and expressed gratitude to Depay for the gesture. He wrote, “He bought me a Rolex on his own birthday! I’ve never received gifts; I’ve always been the one to gift people. I love and appreciate you @memphisdepay.”

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