The Grammy Awards is known for celebrating excellence, and this year, they have opened their doors wider to embrace rhythms of Afrobeats music alongside Nigerian artists on the nomination list.
This year is not just any other year; it marks a significant shift in the global music landscape in Africa. Nigerian music has always been a mixture of cultures that blend with traditional sounds and contemporary music. For the 2024 Grammy Awards, some Nigerian artists submitted their projects. Stars like Ayra Star, Rema, Davido, Burna Boy, Olamide, and Wizkid have not only captivated local audiences but are now gaining well-deserved global recognition.
According to the Grammys, over a million submissions were received, and a few Nigerian artists managed to secure a spot.
We are Finally Celebrating Diversity in Music
The 2024 Grammy nominations are more than just a list; they’re a testament to the universal language of music. They are finally celebrating the rich sounds that Afrobeats brings globally.
Burna Boy, a known name in the Afrobeats game, leads with four Grammy nominations. His song “Alone,” featured in the Black Panther: Wakanda Forever soundtrack, features in the Best Global Music Performance category. His album “I Told You So” is in the Global Music Album category. His track “Sitting on Top of the World” is nominated for Best Melodic Rap Performance, and he’s also nominated for Best African Music Performance.
Burna Boy obtained his first Grammy in 2021, winning the Best Global Music Album category with his album “Twice as Tall.” He also had the opportunity to perform at the Grammy ceremony that same year.
For years, Davido and his fans joked about him not securing a Grammy Award. But who knows 2024 could be his year. With three nominations in different categories, Davido is finally in the spotlight. This is a significant milestone for him and his team, as this is a testament to his dedication to Afrobeats.
Tems is another known talent from Nigeria who secured two Grammy nominations this year.
She was nominated for Best Compilation Soundtrack and Best Songs Written for Visual Media.
Her contribution was writing and complaining the Black Panther soundtrack, “Lift Me Up” by Rihanna. Her voice and lyrics resonate with many worldwide, making her another strong contender for this year’s Award.
First-Time GRAMMY Nominees
This nominations list also features first-timers who have made waves with their unique sounds. Asake featuring Olamide with “Amapiano,” Ayra Star’s “Rush,” and Tyla’s “Water” from South Africa are all nominated for Best African Music Performance. These artists are introducing the world to diverse sounds of Afrobeats music.
The Grammy is not just an award; it’s a recognition of creativity, perseverance, and the power of music to transcend boundaries. For these Nigerian artists, the nomination itself is a victory. It represents years of honing their craft, connecting with audiences, and now, shining on the global stage.
The achievements of these artists are not just personal victories but milestones for Afrobeats. This genre is gaining influence, and the world’s appreciation of its unique sound is overwhelming.
Here Are The 2024 Grammy nominees For Best African Music Performance
“Amapiano”- ASAKE & Olamide
“City Boys” – Burna Boy
“UNAVAILABLE” – Davido Featuring Musa Keys
“Rush” – Ayra Starr
“Water” – Tyla
As we await the awards ceremony, let’s applaud the hard work, passion, and creativity of these artists. They’ve not only captured the hearts of listeners around the world but have also given Africa a voice in the global music culture.
The journey of these artists is a beacon of hope and inspiration, showing that with talent, perseverance, and the right beat, the world will listen. So let’s celebrate the rise of Afrobeats on the global stage.
The 2024 Grammys is not just an event but a celebration of diversity and creativity.