Meet Cynthia Erivo, The British-Nigerian Singer Who Took Home A Grammy

Nigeria does have a 2017 Grammy winner after all

The 59th Edition of The Grammsy did not only disappoint the Beyhive, who expected Beyonce to win the highly coveted Album Of The Year award, it also left a lot of Nigerians feeling robbed. Wizkid and Kah-Lo were both nominated for their contributions on “One Dance” and “Rinse and Repeat” respectively, but were unable to take home music’s biggest prize. However, there was another singer of Nigerian descent who did go home with a Grammy.

Cynthia Erivo, a British-Nigerian singer and actress won a Grammy for Best Musical Theater Album for the cast recording of the musical The Color Purple, she played the role of Celie Harris in the Menier Chocolate Factory production.

Cynthia also performed on the Grammy night, joining John Legend for the “In Memoriam” segment. They performed a cover of Beach Boys’ “God Only Knows”, paying respect to members of the wider music family who passed away in the past year, including legends such as Muhammad Ali, George Michael and Lee “Q” Worldstar”.

Cynthia also won a Tony award for Best Actress In A Musical for the same role. Before her role in the award-winning The Color Purple, Cynthia appeared in British television series Chewing Gum and played a role in the stage-remake of Sister Act.

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