Grammys 2019 – This is America Wins While Falz Cover Remains Banned

The 61st Grammy Awards aired on Sunday and presents you a list of the big winners with our lenses on Childish Gambinos ‘This is America’ and Falz cover ban.

In an award ceremony dominated by female performers and presenters, women were seen to win popular categories.

Cardi B became the first woman to win the best rap album category as a solo artist subtly putting a rest to comparisons between her and self-acclaimed Queen of Rap, Nicki Minaj who has never won a Grammy for herself.

Another woman, Kacey Musgraves went home with the Album of the Year category, and three other Grammy awards for Best country solo performance, Best Country album and Best country song. Lady Gagas Shallow in the movie A Star is Born won two of the awards.

The Bone of Contention

Childish Gambinos This is America won four awards. This win as expected has sparked reactions from several Nigerians who felt that the NBC didnt appreciate Falzs work in This is Nigeria and banned the songs art cover instead.

Recall that the Nigerian Broadcasting Commission banned the song on the basis that the line This is Nigeria, everybody be criminal was too vulgar to be allowed on airwaves.

Some others allege however that the ban comes from the increasing pressure from the Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) on the NBC to ban the song after the group said that the videos portrayal of the Fulani tribe and women dancing in hijabs were negative and had the potential of bringing about religious crisis.

Falz in the song tackled the issues that plague Nigeria including government corruption, unemployment and electrical blackouts.

@SemilooreAkoni “This is America by Childish Gambino won a Grammy while This is Nigeria by Falz got banned”

A reply to that thread by @Themofeh read “Difference between a stagnant country and a country that wants to move forward”

That said, it must be pointed out that the video remains available on Youtube and has already racked up about 15 million views as of November 2018.

Falz ‘This is Nigeria’ song gained International recognition when ace hip-hop star Diddy shared it on social media.

What do you think about Fall cover ban and This is America’s win at the 61st Grammys Awards?

Meanwhile, heres a list of the major categories and their winners.

Record of the Year

This Is America – Childish Gambino

Album of the Year
Golden Hour – Kacey Musgraves

Song of the Year
This Is America Donald Glover and Ludwig Goransson, songwriters (Childish Gambino)

Best New Artist

Dua Lipa

Best Pop Solo Performance
Joanne (Where Do You Think Youre Goin?) Lady Gaga

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance
Shallow – Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper

Best Pop Vocal Album
Sweetener – Ariana Grande

Best R&B Performance
Best Part – H.E.R. featuring Daniel Caesar

Best R&B Album

Best Rap Performance
Kings Dead – Kendrick Lamar, Jay Rock, Future and James Blake and
Bubblin Anderson .Paak

Best Rap Song
Gods Plan – Aubrey Graham, Daveon Jackson, Brock Korsan, Ron LaTour, Matthew Samuels and Noah Shebib, songwriters (Drake)

Best Rap Album
Invasion of Privacy Cardi B

Best Country Solo Performance
Butterflies – Kacey Musgraves

Best Country Album
Golden Hour – Kacey Musgraves

Best Song Written for Visual Media
Shallow – Lady Gaga, Mark Ronson, Anthony Rossomando and Andrew Wyatt, songwriters (Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper)

Producer of the Year, Non-Classical
Pharrell Williams

Best Music Video
This Is America – Childish Gambino

Best World Music Album
Freedom Soweto Gospel Choir

Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media
The Greatest Showman Hugh Jackman (and Various Artists); Alex Lacamoire, Benj Pasek, Justin Paul and Greg Wells, compilation producers

Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media
Black Panther – Ludwig Göransson, composer

Best Country Duo/Group Performance
Tequila – Dan + Shay

Best Country Song
Space – Cowboy Luke Laird, Shane Mcanally and Kacey Musgraves, songwriters

Best Traditional R&B Performance
Bet Aint Worth the Hand –  Leon Bridges and
How Deep Is Your Love – PJ Morton featuring Yebba

Best R&B Song
Bood Up Larrance Dopson, Joelle James, Ella Mai and Dijon Mcfarlane, songwriters

Best Rap/Sung Performance
This Is America Childish Gambino

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