Wizkid, Angelique Kidjo, Femi Kuti Receive Multiple Grammy Nominations

Wizkid, Angelique Kidjo and Burna Boy were the headline nominees for the 2022 Grammys Awards Show, as the Recording Academy revealed the nominees on Tuesday. 

The Deluxe Edition of Wizkid’s ‘Made in Lagos’ album and Kidjo’s ‘Mother Nature’ were nominated for the Best Global Music Album award. Femi Kuti and his son, Made were also nominated in the same category for their Legacy+ album. 

The winner of the Best Global Music album for 2021, Burna Boy made history as he received his third straight nomination. Burna Boy had been nominated in 2020 and 2021 for his “African Giant” and “Twice As Tall” albums. This time around, he’s been nominated in the Best Global Music Performance category alongside Angelique Kidjo for their “Do Yourself” record. 

Wizkid and Tems also received nominations in the Best Global Music Performance category for their smashing hit “Essence”. It is Tems’ first Grammys nomination, as she continues her great ascent in the music industry.  

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Femi Kuti’s “Pà Pá Pà” was also nominated in the Best Global Music Performance category while Angelique Kidjo received her third nomination in the 64th Grammys in the same category for her performance with American cellist, Yo Yo Ma on Blewu.

Wizkid, who won a Grammys earlier this year and Femi Kuti received two nominations in total, while Kidjo received three. Burna Boy,  Tems and Made Kuti received a nomination apiece. 

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Who’s Ledisi – Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album Nominee?

Ledisi Anibade Young, a 49-year old American R & B artiste was also nominated in the Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album category. 

Ledisi’s album, ‘Ledisi Sings Nina’ done in memory of legendary American singer, Nina Simone helped her get yet another nomination. She has been nominated thirteen times in the past at the Grammys but didn’t win until 2021 when her “Anything For You” bagged the Best Traditional R & B Performance Award. 

An independent artiste for many years, it took some moments before her powerful soul singing was identified and recognised by award organisers despite earning great respect from mainstream pop followers. Before her first Grammys nomination, Ledisi said she was on her way out of music.

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Ledisi Anibade Young

While her names ‘Ledisi’ and ‘Anibade’ are Yoruba, her Nigerian roots haven’t been established as she said she’d always been called those by her parents. 

“Well, my name is Ledisi. And what I’m told from my parents is that it’s a Nigerian word from the Yoruba cultures and a Yoruba song, and it means to bring forth to come here. It’s Ledisi,” she said. 

Ledisi was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, United States in 1972. 

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