Burna Boy’s Historic Afrobeats Performance at the 2024 Grammys

In a groundbreaking moment at the 2024 Grammy Awards, Burna Boy, the acclaimed Nigerian musician, etched his name in Recording Academy history by becoming the first-ever Afrobeats artist to grace the prestigious stage. This monumental performance saw Burna Boy collaborate with the iconic Brandy and the renowned 21 Savage. The trio, in a mesmerizing medley, brought to life the fusion of cultures, rhythms, and melodies that define the vibrant world of Afrobeats.

The Unveiling of Afrobeats at the Grammys

The 2024 Grammys unfolded on Sunday night, marking a historic milestone for the global music scene as Burna Boy took center stage, flanked by the talents of Brandy and 21 Savage. Their performance of “Sittin’ on Top of the World,” a collaboration between Burna Boy and 21 Savage, showcased the dynamic nature of Afrobeats, drawing from the rich well of Brandy’s 1998 hit “Top of the World.”

Burna Boy’s Dazzling Performance

Wearing a striking red jacket adorned with silver jewels and complemented by light blue jeans, they initiated the performance with his hit track “On Form.” The stage came alive with the colors of traditional Nigerian clothing worn by the accompanying dancers, creating a visual spectacle that perfectly complemented the infectious energy of Burna Boy’s music. The audience was enraptured as he seamlessly transitioned into the chart-topping “City Boys,” further solidifying his status as a global musical force.

Brandy’s Captivating Appearance

The performance reached new heights with the entrance of Brandy, emerging gracefully from the top of a set of stairs. Clad in an all-black ensemble paired with striking red knee-high boots, Brandy lent her soulful vocals to a rendition of “Top of the World,” adding a nostalgic touch to the electrifying medley.

21 Savage’s Fiery Verse

As the musical synergy continued, 21 Savage made a dynamic entrance, donned in an all-red leather jacket and pants. His performance of the verses in “Sittin’ on Top of the World” brought a unique intensity to the stage, showcasing the seamless collaboration between these three extraordinary artists.

Grammys Milestones and Achievements

The Grammys executive producer, Raj Kapoor, had foretold the significance of this collaboration on Rolling Stone Music Now, building anticipation for a performance that would not only make history for Burna’s but also mark 21 Savage’s inaugural rap on the Grammys stage. For Brandy, this performance represented a triumphant return to the Grammys after several years, adding an extra layer of significance to the already momentous occasion.

Nominations and Recognition

While Burna’s and 21 Savage were contenders for the best melodic rap performance category, ultimately won by Lil Durk and J. Cole’s “All My Life,” Burna Boy’s “City Boys” secured a nomination in the best African music performance category. 21 Savage, with his 2023 collaborative effort with Drake, “Her Loss,” garnered nominations in various rap categories, including best rap performance, best rap song, and best rap album.


In conclusion, Burna Boy’s historic Afrobeats performance at the 2024 Grammys, featuring the remarkable contributions of Brandy and 21 Savage, transcended musical boundaries and cultural borders. This groundbreaking collaboration not only showcased the global appeal of Afrobeats but also solidified Burna Boy’s position as a trailblazer in the world of music. As the echoes of this unforgettable performance reverberate, it is certain that the impact of this historic moment will resonate throughout the annals of Grammy history.

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