American rappers Nicki Minaj and Joe Budden have both endorsed Wizkid‘s Essence song to win ‘song of the year’ at the Grammy awards.
Speaking in an interview together, the two said the song deserves the award but it might not get it due to coming from a black man.
The two were speaking about the lack of representation Africans have on the board of the Grammys.
Due to this lack of representation, they argued black songs are overlooked for Grammys.
“We need people on the Grammy board who know that Essence was song of the year,” Joe Budden said.
Nicki Minaj replied: “Right..you want to know what’s so funny, we should have our own Grammy board,”
The Grammy, like the Oscars, is run by an Academy which has little representation of African Americans hence their movies and songs are often overlooked for the awards.
The duo are calling for change and holding up Wizkid’s song as an example is a huge plus for him.
Essence is a song by the Nigerian Afrobeats star, released on 9th April 2021 featuring Tems.
The song was the fourth single off Wizkid’s fourth studio album, Made in Lagos.
Essence was produced by P2J and Legendury Beatz and became the first Nigerian song in history to chart on the Billboard Hot 100 and the Billboard Global 200.
The song was nominated for Best Global Music Performance at the 64th Annual Grammy Awards.
However, Joe and Nicki believe it should have been song of the year.
Wizkid Essence Remix
Wizkid later remixed the song with Canadian pop superstar, Justin Bieber.
Essence Remix was released on August 13th 2021 featuring Tems and Bieber.