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How Africa is representing at the Grammys next year

The 64th Annual Grammy Awards ceremony will be held at the Crypto.com Arena in Los Angeles on January 31, 2022. The Recording Academy has announced the nominations for each of the 86 categories.

Next year’s Award ceremony will have two categories for Global music with Global Album of the year and Global Music performance for new vocal or instrumental Global music recordings.

Africa will be represented by three countries, Nigeria (Wizkid, Tems, Femi Kuti & Burna Boy), Ghana (Rocky Dawuni) and of course Benin (Angélique Kidjo).

Wizkid’s ‘Made In Lagos’ which peaked at number 28 on the Billboard 200 chart becoming the first Nigerian album to achieve that feat was nominated for Best Global Album where he will go head to head with fellow country man and son of the legendary Fela Kuti, Femi Kuti’s Legacy+.

Wizkid also earned another nomination with his summer hit ‘Essence’ which featured Nigerian singer Tems. This marks the ‘Come Closer’ hit-makers first nomination as a lead artist after winning his first Grammys for Best Music Video this year as a featured artist on Beyonce’s The Lion King: The Gift.

Tems who enjoyed the most success off the ‘Essence’ hit with her incredible vocals and ever catching hook ‘You don’t need no other body’ grabbed her first nomination as a featured artist.

The Nigerian singer took to Twitter to share her excitement after the announcement;

Two time nominee and winner for this year’s Best Global Music Album Burna Boy earned his third nomination in a row but this time as a featured artist.

The ‘Onyeka’ hit-maker was featured on Angélique Kidjo’s ‘Do Yourself’ off her album ‘Mother Nature’.

Olufela Olufemi Anikulapo Kuti populary known as Femi Kuti is the eldest son of Afrobeat pioneer Fela Kuti. Femi Kuti just like Wizkid is nominated in both Global Music categories.

His collaborative album with his eldest son Made Kuti titled ‘Legacy+’, earned Femi his fifth Grammy nomination after being nominated in 2002, 2009, 2011, and 2013.

‘Legacy+’ which has two sides Disc A which was mainly produced by Femi and Disc B which belongs to his son Made Kuti.

Femi Kuti was also nominated in the Best Global Music Performance category with his lead single off the album ‘Pà Pá Pà’.

The proud father thanked his fans and followers online for their nomination

Femi and his son Made Kuti, Burna Boy, Wizkid and Tems makes Nigeria the most dominant African country for the 64th Grammys which takes place next year.

After earning his first Grammy nod in 2015 in the Best Reggae Album category with his  Branches of The Same Tree album, Ghanaian Singer and Songwriter Rocky Dawuni earned his second nod with his Voice of BunBon, Vol. 1 E.P.

The musician who also doubles as an activist will go head to head in the Best Global Music Album category with, Wizkid, Femi and Made Kuti and Angelique Kidjo.

With 4 Grammys out of what will now be 10 nominations, the legendary Benin singer Angélique Kidjo has established her name as a frequent Grammy winner and is the current African with the most Grammys won.

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Angélique earned two nominations in both Global categories with her album ‘Mother Nature’ and her single ‘Do Yourself’ which featured Grammy winner Burna Boy.

Honorable mentions;

Ghanaian Singer and Songwriter Stonebwoy although not nominated contributed to three albums that were featured on the Best Reggae Album category.

The ‘Putuu’ singer shared the message to his fans via his twitter page;

Also Ghanaian Musician Ghetto Boy was featured on Angélique Kidjo’s ‘Mother Nature’ album which was nominated for Best Global Music Album.

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