66th Grammys: Nigerian Artists Make Waves Despite No Wins

by Ukenya Emmanuel

The 66th Grammy Awards, held in Los Angeles on February 5, 2024, brought both anticipation and disappointment to the Nigerian music scene. With Burna Boy and Davido leading the charge with four and three nominations, respectively, alongside Ayra Starr, Asake, and Olamide, totalling ten nominations, hopes were high for a victorious night.

However, despite putting forth a commendable performance, Nigerian artists unfortunately did not secure victory in any of the four categories for which they had been nominated. Notably, their contributions were highly regarded and recognised for their exceptional talent and creativity. Although they did not emerge as winners, their presence and representation in these categories further demonstrated Nigeria’s rich artistic landscape and its artists’ immense potential.

Tyla took home the inaugural African Music Performance award, leaving Davido and Burna Boy defeated in the Global Album and Global Music Performance categories, won by Shakti’s ‘The Moment’ and ‘Pashto’ respectively. Additionally, Burna Boy lost the Best Melodic Rap Performance to Lil Durk’s ‘All My Life.’

It was a night of recognition for African music, yet one marked by missed opportunities for the Nigerian contingent.

Here is the complete winners list:

Best African Music PerformanceWater – Tyla
Best Melodic Rap PerformanceAll My Life – Lil Durk Featuring J. Cole
Best Global Music AlbumThis Moment – Shakti
BEST RAP ALBUMMichael – Killer Mike
Best Global Music PerformancePashto – Béla Fleck, Edgar Meyer & Zakir Hussain…
Best Album NotesWritten In Their Soul: The Stax Songwriter Demos
Best Music FilmMoonage Daydream – David Bowie
Best Music VideoI’m Only Sleeping – The Beatles
Best Song Written For Visual MediaWhat Was I Made For? [From “Barbie The Album”]
Dance The Night [From “Barbie The Album”]
Best Score Soundtrack for Video Games and Other Interactive MediaStar Wars Jedi: Survivor – Stephen Barton & Gordy Haab
Best Score Soundtrack For Visual Media (Includes Film And Television)Oppenheimer – Ludwig Göransson
Barbie – Mark Ronson & Andrew Wyatt
The Fabelmans – John Williams
Best Compilation Soundtrack For Visual MediaBarbie The Album
Best Comedy AlbumWhat’s In A Name? – Dave Chappelle
Best Engineered Album, Non-ClassicalJaguar II – John Williams
Best Immersive Audio AlbumThe Diary Of Alicia Keys
Best Historical AlbumWritten In Their Soul: The Stax Songwriter Demos
Best Tropical Latin AlbumSiembra: 45º Aniversario (En Vivo en el Coliseo… – Rubén Blades)
Best Gospel AlbumAll Things New: Live In Orlando – Tye Tribbett
Best Roots Gospel AlbumEchoes Of The South – Blind Boys Of Alabama
Best R&B AlbumJAGUAR II – Victoria Monét
Best Remixed RecordingWagging Tongue (Wet Leg Remix)

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