Wizkid Might Be The First Nigerian Act To Win A Grammy Award
The grammy Awards is organised by ”The Recording Academy” to recognise outstanding musical artiste for their hard work and music in the previous year before award. The award governing body mainly recognise English-based music industry. The first edition took place in 1958, the award show has recognised musicians from all over the world in various genres.
Star boy CEO, Ayo Balogun AKA Wizkid has been one of the best performing Artiste in Nigeria and African in general which has landed him big collaborations with top International artist. His collaboration with American rapper Drake in the song ”One Dance” which also features Filipino artiste Kyla, has broken many records already. If this song wins a Grammy award in 2017, Wizkid will become the first solo artiste based in Nigeria to have won the award.
Here are the Nigerians who have been nominated for the grammy award in the past;
#1. Kevin Olusola
Kevin Olusola is one fifth of the popular vocal band, Pentatonix. In 2015, they won a Grammy in the “Best Arrangement, Instrumental or a cappella” category for their song “Daft Punk”
#2. King Sunny Ade
His 1983 album earned him his first Grammy Award nomination in the folk/ethnic music category and since then, KSA has been nominated one time more in 1988. He, however, hasn’t won one.
#3. Sade Adu
Sade is a Nigerian-born English singer-songwriter, composer, arranger, andrecord producer very popular for her ‘Sweetest Taboo’ song. Sade and her band have been nominated for a total of 9 grammy awards between 1986 and 2013 and have won four.
#4. Femi Kuti
Femi Anikulapo Kuti is the eldest son of Fela Anikulapo Kuti. He has been nominated for a Grammy award four times in the world music category in 2003, 2010, 2012 and 2013 but has never won.
Born as Hakeem Rasaki to a Nigerian father and an African American mother, Chamillionaire has been nominated for a grammy twice in 2007 for the same song ‘Riddin’. He won the Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group that year.
#6. Sikiru Adepoju
Sikiru Adepoju is a percussionist and recording artist from Nigeria, primarily in the genres of traditional African music and world music. He was as part of Planet Drum, whose title album won the Grammy Award for Best Contemporary World Music Album in 1991. He was also part of the Global Drum Project, whose title album won the Grammy Award for Best Contemporary World Music Album in 2009.
Popular singer and songwriter, Seal won the Grammys Record of the Year and Song of the Year awards for his song Kiss from a Rose, a song which was remixed as a soundtrack to Batman forever. He has since won four Grammys and even been nominated for more.