As UG celebrated the recent news of Eddy Kenzo being listed for a Grammy Award nomination due to his feature collaboration with Matt B on “Gimme Love”, there were those who had different opinions about the matter calling it a fluke while some had a deeper conspiracy tied to it.
Rumours around the street are pointing to how Matt B real names Matthew David Benson was able to snub a Grammy nomination for the Best Global Music Performance category because his wife Angela Benson, whom he has been married to for ten years is reported to be a member of the Recording Academy that presents and holds the Grammy Awards.
Gimme Love, which was released earlier in the year had gone under the radar unnoticed with many Ugandans knowing about the song until recently after the music video dropped and then later it got a nod for a Grammy nomination. Some online buzz is going around suggesting how Eddy Kenzo was just lucky to be nominated because of Matt B’s deep connections.
Whether it is true or not, one thing known for Ugandans is how they like to hate and speculate on things they do not really understand even when there’s no shred of evidence to support their claims. But who are we kidding, when has this ever stopped us from yapping? 😂😂 Though, it does create room for suspicion.
The Ugandan government, which is often not very supportive of the entertainment industry and talent, celebrities including the general public took it upon themselves to congratulate musician Edrisa Musuuza, aka Eddy Kenzo, upon his first Grammy Award nomination on Tuesday. Social media lit up and even major news outlets covered the story too.
“One of our finest talented artists has been nominated in the Grammy Awards Best Global Music Performance category ‘Gimme Love’ where he featured @mattbworld,” read a verified Government of Uganda tweeter handle.
The Ministry of Tourism for whom Kenzo is an ambassador, also hailed him for the achievement, saying it gives inspiration to young talent and Uganda at large to see their own homegrown artist rise up to the international stage. Kenzo, who is a member of the Uganda Musicians Association said the nomination has put the Ugandan music industry in the global spotlight.
The Grammy Awards will take place on February 5 at the Crypto.com Arena in Los Angeles and we hope Eddy Kenzo brings it home
Gimme Love by Matt B which features Kenzo was nominated for the Grammy Awards alongside other songs and artists such as Udhero Na by Arooj Aftab and Anoushka Shankar; Last Last by Burna Boy; Neva Bow Down by Rocky Dawuni featuring Blvk H3ro and Bayethe by Wouter Kellerman, Zakes Bantwini and Nomcebo Zikode.
The Grammy Awards will take place on February 5 at Crypto.com Arena in Los Angeles. Kenzo became the first East African artist to win the Black Entertainment Television (BET) award in 2015 after taking the Viewer’s Choice Best New International Artiste accolade at a function held in Los Angeles, US.
In 2019, Kenzo also won the Best Entertainer Of The Year award at the African Entertainment Awards held at Kupfrian Hall, Jim Wise Theater, New Jersey, US. And before that, in 2018 he was nominated for the Favourite African Star category at the Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards under Nickelodeon, an American kid’s network.
Check out: Gimme Love – Matt B Ft. Eddy Kenzo Lyrics