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Nigerian Afrobeats Stars Shine Bright with Multiple Grammy Nominations

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Introduction

In a groundbreaking moment for Nigerian artists and the Afrobeats genre, the recently unveiled Grammy Awards nominations list highlights the achievements of eight talented Nigerian musicians across diverse categories. This recognition underscores the global impact of Afrobeats on the international music scene.


Burna Boy’s Remarkable Quartet

Leading the pack is Burna Boy, securing nominations in four distinct categories:

  1. Best Melodic Rap Performance: “Sittin’ On Top Of The World”
  2. Best Global Music Album: “I Told Them…”
  3. Best Global Music Performance: “Alone”
  4. Best African Music Performance: “City Boys”

Davido’s Triumphant Return

Marking his return after over a decade, Davido earned three nominations:

  1. Best Global Album: “Timeless”
  2. Best African Performance: “Unavailable” featuring Musa Keys
  3. Best Global Music Performance: “Feel”

Fresh Faces on the Scene

Olamide and Asake received their maiden Grammy nominations for their collaborative effort on:

  • Best African Music Performance: “Amapiano”

Ayra Starr also made her mark with a nomination in the:

  • Best African Music Performance: “Rush”

Fireboy DML’s Prestigious Nomination

Contributing to Jon Batiste’s “World Music Radio,” Fireboy DML earned a coveted nomination in the:

  • Album of the Year category

CKay and Tems’ Recognition

  • CKay’s exceptional work on Janelle Monáe’s “The Age of Pleasure” earned him a Grammy nomination in the:
    • Album of the Year category
  • Tems secured a well-deserved spot among the nominees for her contribution to Rihanna’s “Lift Me Up.”

Nigerian Afrobeats stars have undeniably dominated the African categories of the 2024 Grammy Awards, with Burna Boy leading the way with four nominations. Davido, expressing his excitement on X (formerly Twitter), emphasized the significance of his three nominations, stating, “3 nominations at the Grammys! Delay is not denial!

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