SEVEN African music stars have been nominated for the coveted Grammy Awards.
South Africa’s Black Coffee grabbed his first solo nomination at the 2022 Grammys for his project ‘Subconsciously’ in the category for Best Dance/Electronic Music Album.
Nominated for Best Global Music Album from the continent is Angelique Kidjo for ‘Mother Nature’; Nigeria’s Femi Kuti’s ‘Legacy+’; Wizkid’s ‘Made In Lagos: Deluxe Edition’ and Burna Boy’s ; as well as Ghana’s Rocky Dawuni for ‘Voice of Bunbon, vol.1’.
Nigerian superstar Burna Boy grabs the Grammy nod for his feature in Angelique Kidjo’s ‘Do Yourself’, while Femi Kuti’s Wizkid also walked away with a nod for ‘Pa Pa Pa’.
Wizkid’s international hit single ‘Essence’ which features rising star vocalist Tems also grabbed a Grammy nomination in the ‘Best Global Music Performance’ category.
‘Essence’ became the first Nigerian afrobeats song, and third in Africa, to crack the coveted Billboard music chart by climbing by 23 spots on the Hot 100 to hit 59th place. The high success of the song also prompted a surprise remix by Wizkid featuring Canadian pop singer (and fellow Grammy nominee) Justin Bieber.
The 2022 Grammys’ main event will air on January 31, 2022, at 8 pm ET/5 pm PT on the CBS Television Network.
It is understood that the award show will also be available to stream live and on-demand on Paramount+
Jazz musician Jon Batiste led nominations for the Grammy Awards with 11 nods, followed by Justin Bieber, Doja Cat, and H.E.R with eight apiece.
Batiste and Bieber will compete for the top prize – album of the year – along with Billie Eilish, Doja Cat, H.E.R, Kanye West, Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga, newcomer Olivia Rodrigo and Taylor Swift, organizers said.
The Grammys, the highest honors in the music industry, will be handed out at a ceremony in Los Angeles on Jan 31.
Nominees in the top three categories – album, song and record of the year – were increased to 10 from 8 for the first time. “Adding more nominees is a way to cast a wider net for more music, more artists and more genres,” Recording Academy chief executive Harvey Mason Jr said, announcing the change on Tuesday.
Eilish, Rodrigo, Bieber and Batiste were also among the 10 nominees for record of the year, along with Swedish band Abba’s new single, “I Still Have Faith in You.”
But Swift, who snagged a best album nod for “Evermore,” was shut out of both the record of the year and song of the year races.
Teen phenomenon Rodrigo, 18, who burst onto the U.S. charts in January when her single “Drivers License” went viral, got seven nods, including best new artist and for her debut album “Sour.”