Ghanaian musicians were noticeably absent from the nominations for the first-ever Grammy category honoring the Best African Music Performance, while Nigeria dominated with four nominations. This new category was introduced to acknowledge exceptional recordings that embrace distinctive local influences from various African regions.
The nominations showcased four Nigerian artists and one South African talent in this recently established category. The nominated artists and their tracks are: Asake & Olamide – “Amapiano” (Nigeria), Burna – “City Boys” (Nigeria), Davido ft. Musa key – “Unavailable” (Nigeria), Ayra Starr – “Rush” (Nigeria), and Tyla – “Water” (South Africa).
Congratulations 66th #GRAMMYs Best African Music Performance nominees: @asakemusik & Olamide; @burnaboy; @davido ft. @musakeyss; @ayrastarr; and @tyllaaaaaaa. Watch live: https://t.co/zovEzgeZPG pic.twitter.com/SkyJv3tekb
— Recording Academy / GRAMMYs (@RecordingAcad) November 10, 2023
The 2024 Grammy Awards ceremony is set to occur on Sunday, February 4, 2024, at Los Angeles’ Crypto.com Arena. CBS and Paramount+ will broadcast the event, with the annual Grammy Awards Premiere Ceremony preceding the main show.
The inclusion of these new categories was sanctioned during the Recording Academy’s semiannual Board of Trustees meeting in May 2023. This decision underscores the Academy’s dedication to actively engaging with and addressing feedback from the music community.
By authentically representing a diverse array of significant musical genres, the Recording Academy strives to stay connected with the continuously evolving musical landscape.