Recording Academy ‘Sidelines’ Ghanaian Artistes On 66th Grammy Nominations

By Edem Latsu Nukafu

The announcement of the nominations for the 66th Grammy Awards has been significant for the global music community.

The nominations were not granted to Ghanaian artists like Stonebwoy, Rocky Dawuni, Amaarae, MOG Music, and Juls, implying their exceptional works were not considered.

In the Best African Music Performance category, Nigerian talents such as Burna Boy, Davido, Asake, Olamide, Ayra Starr, and South Africa’s Tyla are shining in the spotlight.

Even without any Ghanaian nominees, the nominations highlight the diverse musical landscape of the African continent.

Burna Boy proceeds to cement his global impact with a nomination in the Best Melodic Rap Performance for “Sittin on Top of the World,” featuring 21 Savage, stressing the ongoing acknowledgement of African excellence on the world stage.

See the nominees below.

■ ALBUM OF THE YEAR

Boygenius – “The Record”
Janelle Monáe – “The Age of Pleasure”
Jon Batiste – “World Music Radio”
Lana Del Rey – “Did You Know That There’s a Tunnel Under Ocean Blvd”
Miley Cyrus – “Endless Summer Vacation”
Olivia Rodrigo – “Guts”
SZA – “SOS”
Taylor Swift – “Midnights”

■ RECORD OF THE YEAR

Billie Eilish – “What Was I Made For?”
Boygenius – “Not Strong Enough”
Jon Batiste – “Worship”
Miley Cyrus – “Flowers”
Olivia Rodrigo – “Vampire”
SZA – “Kill Bill”
Taylor Swift – “Anti-Hero”
Victoria Monét – “On My Mama”

■ SONG OF THE YEAR

Billie Eilish – “What Was I Made For?”
Dua Lipa – “Dance the Night”
Jon Batiste – “Butterfly”
Lana Del Rey – “A&W”
Miley Cyrus – “Flowers”
Olivia Rodrigo – “Vampire”
SZA – “Kill Bill”
Taylor Swift – “Anti-Hero”

■ BEST NEW ARTIST

Coco Jones
Gracie Abrams
Fred Again..
Ice Spice
Jelly Roll
Noah Kahan
Victoria Monét
The War and Treaty

■ BEST POP SOLO PERFORMANCE

Billie Eilish – “What Was I Made For?”
Doja Cat – “Paint the Town Red”
Miley Cyrus – “Flowers”
Olivia Rodrigo – “Vampire”
Taylor Swift – “Anti-Hero”

■ BEST POP DUO/GROUP PERFORMANCE

Labrinth Featuring Billie Eilish – “Never Felt So Alone”
Lana Del Rey Featuring Jon Batiste – “Candy Necklace”
Miley Cyrus Featuring Brandi Carlile – “Thousand Miles”
SZA Featuring Phoebe Bridgers – “Ghost in the Machine”
Taylor Swift Featuring Ice Spice – “Karma”

■ PRODUCER OF THE YEAR, NON-CLASSICAL

Jack Antonoff

Dernst “D’Mile” Emile II

Hit-Boy

Metro Boomin

Daniel Nigro

■ BEST RAP ALBUM

Drake & 21 Savage – “Her Loss”

Killer Mike – “Michael”

Metro Boomin – “Heroes And Villians”

NAS – “King’s Disease 3”

Travis Scott – “UTOPIA”

■ BEST RAP PERFORMANCE

■ BEST COUNTRY ALBUM

Brothers Osborne – “Brothers Osborne”
Kelsea Ballerini – “Rolling Up the Welcome Mat”
Lainey Wilson – “Bell Bottom Country”
Tyler Childers – “Rustin’ in the Rain”
Zach Bryan – “Zach Bryan”

■ BEST COUNTRY SOLO PERFORMANCE

Brandy Clark – “Buried”
Chris Stapleton – “White Horse”
Dolly Parton – “The Last Thing on My Mind”
Luke Combs – “Fast Car”
Tyler Childers – “In Your Love”

■ BEST ROCK ALBUM

Foo Fighters – “But Here We Are”
Greta Van Fleet – “Starcatcher”
Metallica – “72 Seasons”
Paramore – “This Is Why”
Queens of the Stone Age – “In Times New Roman…”

■ BEST ROCK PERFORMANCE

■ BEST R&B ALBUM

Babyface – “Girls Night Out”
Coco Jones – “What I Didn’t Tell You”
Emily King – “Special Occasion”
Summer Walker – “Clear 2: Soft Life EP”
Victoria Monét – “Jaguar II”

■ BEST R&B PERFORMANCE

Chris Brown – “Summer Too Hot”
Coco Jones – “ICU”
Robert Glasper Featuring Sir & Alex Isley – “Back to Love”
SZA – “Kill Bill”
Victoria Monét – “How Does It Make You Feel”

Writer’s email address: edemlatsu093@gmail.com


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