Nigerian musicians have been nominated at different times for Grammy Awards over the years and it is interesting to note that these nominations have been for the World Best Music Category.
National Sportslink understands that the Grammy Award, unarguably the biggest music award in the world, is presented annually by The Recording Academy to recognize achievements in the music industry.
Here are the five Nigerians with Grammy nominations. This list is limited to Nigerian acts who have been nominated for their own work and not those nominated by association.
1. Femi Kuti
The first on our list is renowned Nigerian afrobeat singer Olufela Olufemi Anikulapo Kuti better known as Femi Kuti and he has the highest grammy nominations in Nigeria, he has been nominated four times. He was nominated in 1999, 2010, 2012, 2014.
Fight to Win [Grammy 2003] “Fight to Win” was released in mid-October 2001. The album featured a number of respected rap artists like Mos Def and Common.
Day by Day [Grammy 2010]“Day by Day” released in mid-October 2008. A definitive album that helped to establish Femi as a true original with his own unique style; it was nominated for a Grammy award.
Africa for Africa [Grammy 2012]“Africa for Africa” was released in 2011.
No Place for My Dream [Grammy 2014]“No Place for My Dream” was released in June 2013 under Knitting Factory Records.
The songs were nominated under the category of Best World Music Album (1999, 2012, 2014), Best Contemporary World Music Album (2010)
Femi Kuti is the eldest son of Afrobeat pioneer Fela Kuti and a grandchild of a political campaigner, women’s rights activist and traditional aristocrat Funmilayo Ransome Kuti. He began his musical career playing in his father’s band, Egypt 80.
2. King Sunny Ade
Ace Nigerian juju singer and multi-instrumentalist Chief Sunday Adeniyi Adegeye popularly known as King Sunny Ade is the second on our list and he has been nominated for the grammy twice.
Synchro System [Grammy 1984] It was the second of King Sunny Adé’s three releases for Island Records, following on the heels of 1982’s Juju Music but was not as critically well-received as the first. The album was re-released in 1990 under the variant spelling Synchro System.
Odu [Grammy 1999] Odu was released in 1998 on Mesa/Atlantic. Recorded at Dockside Studios, Maurice, Louisiana, it was produced by Andrew Frankel and features traditional Yoruba music. Odù means oracle in the Yoruba divination systems of Ifá.
3. Babatunde Olatunji
Babatunde Olatunji made the third list of Nigerians with Grammy nominations, He was nominated for Grammy Award in 1998 with ” Love Drum Talk.”
Babatunde Olatunji who was born on April 7, 1927 and died on April 6, 2003, was a Nigerian drummer, educator, social activist, and recording artist. Olatunji was nominated once.
4. Seun Kuti
Nigerian artist and performer, Oluseun Anikulapo Kuti the youngest son of famous afrobeat pioneer Fela Kuti. Seun Kuti leads his father’s former band Egypt 80. He was nominated for Grammy Award in 2019 with “Black Times” under Best World Music Album Category.
5. Burna Boy
Nigerian Afrobeat singer, Burna boy made the latest list of Nigerian Grammy nominations with his song entitled “African Giant” set for the 62nd Grammy Award in 2020 under Best World Music Award category.
African Giant was released on July 26, 2019. It is Burna Boy’s fourth studio album. The album featured guest appearances from Zlatan Ibile, Jorja Smith, Jeremih, Serani, M.anifest, Damian Marley, Angelique Kidjo, Future and YG.
Burna Boy’s album, African Giant got nominated in the Best World Music Album category for the 62nd Grammy Awards. He was nominated along with Altin Gün for Gece, Bokanté & Metropole Orkest Conducted By Jules Buckley for What Heat, Nathalie Joachim With Spektral Quartet for Fanm D’Ayiti, and Angelique Kidjo for Celia in the same category