23rd November, 2021
Nigerian music stars, Wizkid, Burna Boy, Femi Kuti and Made Kuti have been nominated for 2022 Grammy Awards in the Global Music Album and Global Music Performance categories.
The Recording Academy revealed the nominations for the 2022 Grammy Awards in a live stream on Tuesday.
Wizkid was nominated in the ‘Best Global Music Performance’ category for ‘Essence’, his collaborative song with Tems.
In July, ‘Essence’ became the first Nigerian song to crack the highly coveted music chart and the third in Africa.
After four weeks, ‘Essence’ would record another leap, climbing by 23 spots on the Hot 100 to hit 59th place.
In a surprise move, Wizkid then released a remix to the global hit, featuring Justin Bieber, the Canadian pop star.
Also nominated in the category is ‘Pa Pa Pa’ by Femi Kuti.
Wizkid’s ‘Made In Lagos’ album and ‘Legacy +’ by Femi and Made Kuti were put up in the ‘Best Global Music Album’ category.
Other Africans like Angelique Kidjo got two Grammy nods: one alongside Burna Boy in the Best Global Music Performance and another for Mother Nature, her 2021 album. SCNSLY by Black Coffee also got a nod for Best Dance Album.
The awards will be presented on January 31, 2022, at 8 pm ET/5 pm PT on the CBS Television Network.
It is understood that the award show will also be available to stream live and on-demand on Paramount+.
Last year, ‘Twice As Tall’, Burna Boy’s body of work, became the first Afrobeats album to win a Grammy award.
Wizkid also won a 2021 Grammy for ‘Best Music Video’ following his work in Beyonce’s ‘Brown Skin Girl’.