The 66th Grammy Awards has unveiled its nominees, and in a groundbreaking moment for both the Nigerian music industry and the Afrobeats genre generally, four of the five nods in the newly introduced Best African Music Performance category have gone to Nigerian talents
Among those nominated in this category include Asake and Olamide for their collaborative track “Amapiano,” Burna Boy for his hit single “City Boys,” Davido featuring Musa Keys for “Unavailable,” and Ayra Starr’s “Rush.” The fifth nominee is Tyla of South Africa, recognized for “Water.”
The first Grammy nominations for Asake, Olamide, and Ayra Starr demonstrate the increasing global impact of Nigerian musicians and the Afrobeats genre.
Burna Boy builds on his impressive streak of Grammy nominations, with the additional Best Melodic Rap Performance nomination for “Sittin’ on Top of the World” featuring 21 Savage and Best Global Music Album nomination “I Told Them….” Davido also earned a nomination in the Best Global Music Album category for his album, “Timeless.”
SZA pulls in the most nods as the top nominee at the 66th Grammy Awards with nine for “SOS.” Following behind, Victoria Monét saw seven nods and Jon Batiste, boygenius, Brandy Clark, Miley Cyrus, Billie Eilish, Olivia Rodrigo, and Taylor Swift all saw six nominations each.
The Grammy Awards ceremony took place on February 4, 2024 for this one at the Crypo.com Arena in Los Angeles. In fact, these nominations reflect recordings released between October 1st, 2022, and September 15th,2023.
This Grammy Awards is not only further positioning African music at the heart of the international music conversation due to the recognition Nigerian artists are receiving this year but also proves music enters diverse sounds and genres more with Nigerian musicians at the forefront as they bring their unique storytelling, their creative prowess, and heritage to a global audience.