Can Nigerian-based Artists Win The Grammy Awards Anytime Soon?
One major question that has been on the lips of several music lovers and critics is: Who is going to bring the Grammy Award home in the Nigerian music industry? Many Nigerian artists have stated that they would bring the prestigious award home yet the story has not changed ever since.
There is a variety of Nigerian artists who have been nominated (some more than once) for the Grammy Awards, although none of them was lucky enough to win. These artists include Femi Kuti, King Sunny Ade, Seun Kuti, and many others. Despite their unmissable influence in the growth of the African sound, there has been no honor from Grammys asides for nominations.
The closest Nigeria has come to (winning) the Grammys are Nigerians (based in the US and UK) who have won the Grammy awards at least once including Chamillionaire, Kevin Olusola, Lekan Babalola, Sade Adu, and Seal. A Nigerian percussionist and songwriter known as Sikiru Adepoju won the Grammy award as part of a music group Planet Drum. That should count for something. Let it be noted that Wizkid also received a Grammy award as a featured act on Drake’s One Dance.
This is, however, not inspiring enough. It would be a thing of joy if Nigerian-based artists could get proper recognition and brought home the award.
So who’s going to do it first and bring the illustrious award home?
Nigerian acts such as 9ice, Skales, Blackmagic have boasted that they will be the first to win the award on merit. They have mentioned in their songs at some point that they intend to be the first Nigerian-based artists to win the Grammys.
Amongst music fans, there have been suggestions of Nigerian musicians who stand a chance to win.
Johnny Drille, Brymo, Asa, Timi Dakolo have been tipped as some of the Nigerian artists whose songs can get attention from the RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America) and can possibly win a Grammy award.
Wait for me
Romeo and Juliet..
These very dope tracks have the touch of Johnny drille in them, to people that actually enjoy alternative music, it is arguably apt to say guys like brymo and Johnny drille would have gotten a Grammy nomination if they ain't Nigerians..
— CALL ME ROYALTY ♞♞?... ?? (@iamoliver_may2) March 8, 2019
Truth be told, in Nigeria we've got a lot of talented & good creative minds when it comes to MUSIC -- Johnny Drille is on this list. We don't need to compare anyone (be it a singer/musician). The POINT here is, the audience they all got and who's gonna bring home the GRAMMY???
— Dare E. David?? (@ezekieldavid7) March 8, 2019
Johnny Drille can win a Grammy for Nigeria, let's push this guy out with all our internet force
But no y'all want gbas gbas gbos gbos music
— Akoh (@ManLikeAkoh) March 17, 2019
But for real Johnny Drille can win a grammy for Nigeria. Think about it.
— Tomiwa Talabi (@itsTomiwa) March 17, 2019
With the Kind of music Asa put out in Bed of Stones, Beautiful Imperfection and Asa Albums. I can confidently say she is as Good as them Beyonce and Co. If she put out those projects on a Major Scale Label, She would have been so big. She is Grammy Material.
— DemiThaCreator™ (@demithacreator) March 21, 2019
Afrobeats is currently on the rise in the US market and some Nigerian music lovers have reasoned that the top acts who are pushing the genre to global acceptance including Wizkid, Davido, Burna Boy might just be rewarded with Grammy awards. It’s not impossible, is it? It’s hard to tell.
Davido could be the first Nigerian to win a Grammy...His song "Fall" has gone viral in America...number 1 in Atlanta and New York...I am not even joking...???
— Sidney ?♨ (@sidramatics) March 21, 2019
Burna Boy deserve Grammy Award no lies. pic.twitter.com/5VLERoRXBv
— TWS™ (@TulargeWhizslim) March 4, 2019
The truth is that as much as Afrobeats is quickly spreading in the US, there is still a lot of work to be done if we want to get the recognition we think we deserve. If there’s anything that we have learned lately, it’s that the best way for us to gain grounds in the US is to stay true to our roots and not try to adulterate our sound in a bid to appeal to the market. This is the only way that the Nigerian sound can be truly rated.
Hopefully, as we penetrate the US market and attention is being paid to our music, we would be considered worthy of the Grammys.