The Grammy Awards which have been given out by the Recording Academy since 1958, are a celebration of excellence and the music industry’s greatest distinction, and its only peer-based award. The Grammy Award, formerly known as the Gramophone Award, was established in the United States in 1959.
With the impending 2022 Grammy Awards show formally known as the 64th Grammy Awards, music enthusiasts are eager to learn more about which of their favorites made the nominations list, and fans of African music are no different.
In the category of Best Global Music Album, the Ghanaian Afrobeat, Highlife, and Soul vocalist Rocky Dawuni has been nominated. Rocky was nominated for his album “Voice of Bunbon Vol.1” which was released in April 2020.
In 2016, he was nominated for a Grammy Award in the category of Best Reggae Album. A year prior to that Rocky’s sixth studio album was released in March 2015 on Cumbancha Records.
South African male choral group Ladysmith Black Mambazo are on record for the most grammy awards won by an African group, starting in 1988 when they hauled their first Grammy. They’ve won 5 Grammy Awards, last of which was in 2018. With most of their awards being in the Best Traditional & Best World music categories respectively. They’ve amassed a total of 18 Grammy nominations to date.
In a conversation with TheAfricanDream.net about his nomination, Rocky Dawuni said:
“This nomination is for Ghana. It is a testament that our music and culture have arrived on the global stage. We are the movement.”
Nigerian Wizkid’s album “Made in Lagos,” as well as the single “Essence,” received two Grammy nominations. Wizkid however, has already won one Grammy. His Grammy Award for “Brown Skin Girl,” was a collaboration with Beyonce at the 63rd Grammy, 2021.
His ‘Made in Lagos’ was nominated for a Grammy Award in the category of Global Music Album.
The song “Essence” from the two Nigerian stars Wizkid and Tems was also nominated for Best Global Music Performance. Essence, the fourth single off Wizkid’s album “Made in Lagos,” quickly became a fan favourite and a summer smash for celebrities in the United States and around the world.
Wizkid now with a total of 4 career nominations, he is now the most nominated Nigerian artist in Grammy history.
Angélique Kidjo, a Beninese singer-songwriter, won three Grammy nominations. Two are in the category of Global Music Performance. The first is “Do Yourself,” a collaboration with Nigerian superstar Burna Boy, as well as “Blewu.” a performance with American cellist Yo-Yo Ma.
Her album “Mother Nature” takes third place in the category of Best Global Music Album. She is currently the recipient of three Grammy Awards.
Other Africans on the list of nominees include:
Femi and Made Kuti’s “Legacy+” is also nominated for a Grammy Award in the category of Best Global Music Album. Then there is Femi Kuti’s “Pà Pá Pà,” which was nominated for Best Global Music Performance.
South African artist Black Coffee was nominated for Best Dance/Electronic Music Album for his album “Subconsciously.”
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Written by Arakunrin Lekan | Edited by Oral Ofori
Arakunrin Lekan is a Managing Editor & writer at the TheAfricanDream LLC. He’s also a freelance poet, graphics designer, and a business man.