This post practically highlights some key information you need to know about the world-renowned Grammy Awards.
Navigating around all aspects of the significant exploits and the links to relatively connect Nigerian and possibly African that has participated in the Grammy awards directly or indirectly.
Grammy award is an award presented by the American learned academy of musicians, recording engineers, and producers, and other musical experts to acknowledge achievements and attainment in the world music industry.
However, It is considered one of the four apex yearly American entertainment awards in world history.
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The trophy portrays a very thin coating of gold somewhat regarded as a gramophone, which is carved from the shape of an early device for the spontaneous recording and reproduction of sound.
The first-ever Grammy Awards ceremony in history was held on May 4, 1959, over 63 years ago, to appreciate and honour the musical attainment by entertainers for the year 1958.
LeAnn Rimes is the youngest individual Grammy award winner in history at 14 years old, winning her first two awards in 1997.
There are long lists of Africans that have won the award since the establishment of the recording academy, ranging from South Africans, the Republic of Benin, and Nigeria notably.
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Spanning from Nigeria, the only individual Grammy award winner in history is a percussionist and recording artist called Sikiru Adepoju.
Sikiru Adepoju won through collaborative work in the category for Best Contemporary World Music Album with Global Drum Project by Various artists.
Nigerian Artistes who have received nominations for their original work
King Sunny Adé
King Sunny Adé is the first-ever Nigerian to be nominated for Grammy awards in 1984 for Best Ethnic or Traditional Folk Recording category with his own album titled Syncro System, 1999 King Sunny Adé bags another nomination for Best Global Music Album with his album titled Odu
Babatunde Olatunji was a Nigerian drummer and recording artist, In 1998, late Babatunde Olatunji bagged a nomination for Best Global Music Album with his album titled Love Drum Talk
Femi Kuti holds the record of most nominated Nigerian artiste in Grammy Awards history, with four (4) nominations which include; 2003 for Best World Music Album category (Fight to Win), 2010 for Best Contemporary World Music Album category (Day by Day), 2012 for Best World Music Album category (Africa for Africa) and 2014 for Best World Music Album category (No Place for My Dream).
Seun Kuti was nominated in the 2018 Grammy Awards for the Best World Music Album category for his album titled Black Times alongside his band Egypt 80.
Burna Boy has two grammy award nominations, becoming the first-ever Nigerian to be nominated in two consecutive years, in 2020 for the Best World Music Album category (African Giant), and 2021 for the Best World Music Album category (Twice As Tall)
Nigerian Artistes who received nominations for their contributions to foreign work.
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie was nominated in the 2015 Grammy award as a featured artist in Beyonce album for the album of the year category.
Wizkid has two Grammy Awards nominations which include, in Drake’s Views album (Wizkid appears as a featured artist and co-producer on one of the songs on the album) for the album of the year category in 2017 and as collaborative work in the 2021 Best Music Video category with Beyonce and Blue Ivy Carter.
Kah-Lo is a Nigerian, appears as a featured artist on the song “Rinse & Repeat” by Riton for Best Dance Recording in 2017 Grammy awards.