“Knowing that your art makes people happy is better than any award” – Korede Bello

Nigerian singer, Korede Bello has stated that while receiving a Grammy award is a significant honour, making people happy through music is more important.

The former Mavin Records signee stated that musicians look for recognition like this to help them further their trade.

In a recent interview, the Godwin hitmaker made this statement in response to a question on whether Nigerian musicians should rely on international events like the Grammy Awards for recognition.

According to Korede, incentives for excellent music are preferable to accolades, and they might take the form of financial gains or successful commercial releases.

He said; “There is a common pidgin saying that can loosely be translated to mean, ‘it is where one works that one will eat’. Part of the things we ‘eat’ as artistes is validation for our art. Validation for making great art is good. And, that can be very inspirational for others to make better art.

When an artiste makes it to the nomination list of a prestigious award, they are already winners in my opinion. Every other thing is subjective. However, I believe in rewards over awards.

Rewards can come in the form of commercial success or returns on investment. That way, one knows that the quality of what one puts in is what will determine what one will get. Awards are good, but knowing that one’s art makes many people happy is a better feeling.”

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