The nominations for the 2024 Grammy Awards – officially known as the 66th Grammy Awards – were officially revealed on Friday by the Recording Academy, with Nigerians dominating the list of African music stars nominated for the coveted awards which will take place Sunday, February 4, at Crypto.com Arena in Los Angeles, US.
Overall, American singer and songwriter SZA is the most-nominated artist at the 2024 Grammys, with nine nominations.
Meanwhile, the number of African nominations underscored the rising influence of Afrobeats music on the global stage. Nigerian artistes bagged a total of 10 nominations, with Burna Boy and Davido leading with four and three nominations respectively. Asake, Ayra Starr, Olamide, as well as South Africa’s Musa Keys, Tyla and Trevor Noah completed the African playlist.
Nigeria’s Fireboy and Ghana’s Amaaree also got nominations in the Album of the Year category. While Fireboy Featured on Jon Batiste’s World Music Radio, Amaarae featured on Janelle Monae’s The Age of Promise
South African Trevor Noah was nominated in the Best Comedy Album for his “I Wish You Would’ album.
A bonus on the African grammy nominees playlist is Nigerian-born American Blessing Offor, who was nominated in two categories: the Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song category for his song, Believe; and Best Contemporary Christian Music Album for his album, My Tribe.
Similarly, Tems (Temilade Openiyi) also featured as a songwriter in “Lift Me Up” (From “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever – Music From And Inspired By”) – Ryan Coogler, Ludwig Göransson, Robyn Fenty & Temilade Openiyi, songwriters (Rihanna), which was nominated in the Best Song Written For Visual Media category.
Three new Grammy categories will debut at the 2024 Grammys. They are the Best African Music Performance, Best Alternative Jazz Album and Best Pop Dance Recording.
It would be a battle of African giants in the Best African Music Performance category, with Burna Boy, Davido featuring Musa Keys, Asake, Olamide, Ayra Starr and Tyla all slugging it out for the coveted Grammy award plaque.
“3 nominations at the Grammys!! Delay is not Denial!!” Davido posted on his official X (formerly Twitter) handle.
Burna Boy, Wizkid and Tems have all won the Grammy Awards in recent years.
Below is the list of African nominees for the 2024 Grammy Awards.
– Best Melodic Rap Performance – Sittin’ on Top of the World
– Best Global Performance – Alone
– Best Global Music Album – I Told Them
– Best African Music Performance – City Boys
– Best Global Music Performance – Feel
– Best Global Music Album – Timeless
– Best African Music Performance – Unavailable
Asake – Best African Music Performance – Amapiano
Musa Keys – Best African Music Performance – Unavailable
Ayra Starr – Best African Music Performance – Rush
Olamide – Best African Music Performance – Amapiano
Tyla – Best African Music Performance – Water
Trevor Noah – Best Comedy Album – I Wish You Would
Fireboy – Album of the Year – Feature on Jon Batiste’s World Music Radio
Amaarae – Album of the Year – Feature on Janelle Monae’s The Age of Promise