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List of Every African Act That Has Won a Grammy Award | SEE FULL LIST

It is an important feat for African Acts to record immense success at the Grammy awards, which is why we compiled a list of the African acts that have won a Grammy award with their music or personal projects.

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We gear up for the 64th edition of the Grammy awards on April 4, 2022, by 1 am West Africa Time. It is important to know that Africans have always been acknowledged by the Recording Academy itself, which is why we compiled a list of the African acts with the highest number of Grammy awards.

Music has always been something African acts have always been passionate about; the crucial part is, however, receiving recognition for your passion. The recording academy has continued to reward artists for their excellence, and we have compiled a list of Africans that have continued to be recognized.

Who Is The First Nigerian To Win A Grammy Award?

Sikiru Adepoju

The first Nigerian to ever win a Grammy award according to the Grammy Official website was Sikiru Adepoju at the 53rd edition of the award ceremony. The talented artist won the Best Contemporary World Music Album with the album, ‘Global Drum Project.’

List Of African Acts That Have Won A Grammy Award

Sikiru Adepoju

Tinariwen

Wouter Kellerman

Wizkid

Burna Boy

Youssou N’Dour

Soweto Gospel Choir

Ali Farka Toure

Angelique Kidjo

Ladysmith Black Mambazo

How Many Grammy Awards Does Tinariwen Have?

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Tinariwen

Tinariwen, a collective of Tuareg musicians from the Sahara Desert region of northern Mali that has a total of 3 Grammy nominations with one grammy award in the Best World Music Album category with the album titled ‘Tassili.’

How Many Grammy Awards Does Wouter Kellerman Have?

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Wouter Kellerman

The South African musician, producer, and composer has a total of three Grammy award nominations with one win in the Best New Age Album ‘Winds Of Samsara.’

How Many Grammy Awards Does Wizkid Have?

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Wizkid

Starboy Wizkid has one Grammy award to his name. The Nigerian superstar picked up his Grammy award for Best Music Video for his contribution to ‘Brown Skin Girl’ at the 63rd Edition of the Grammy Awards in 2021. Wizkid, however, has four Grammy nominations to his name and would look to extend his tally of Grammy Awards at the 64th edition of the award ceremony.

How Many Grammy Awards Does Burna Boy Have?

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Burna Boy

The African giant holds the number 5 position with one grammy award in The Best World Music Album category with his album ‘Twice as Tall’ in 2021. The superstar, however, has four Grammy nominations to his name and would look to extend his number of Grammy awards on the 4th of April 2022. This was an important feat for Nigerian music, as he also performed alongside notable names at the 63rd Grammy Award pre-show.

How Many Grammy Awards Does Youssou N’Dour Have?

Youssou N’Dour

The legend Youssou N’Dour of Senegalese origin has a total of six Grammy award nominations to his name. He won the Grammy Award for Best Contemporary World Music Album with his album titled ‘Egypt.’

How Many Grammy Awards Does Soweto Gospel Choir Have?

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Soweto Gospel Choir

With 5 nominations and three awards, the South African group Soweto Gospel Choir holds a spot on our list. The talented group has always been acknowledged for their creative contribution to developing African music worldwide. The group has won the Best World Music Album with the album ‘Freedom,’ as well as the Best Traditional World Music Album with ‘Blessed,’ and ‘African Spirit.’

How Many Grammy Awards Does Ali Farka Toure Have?

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Ali Farka Toure

The legendary Malian singer holds a position on this list, with 5 nominations and three awards. He won the Best Traditional World Music Album with ‘Ali And Toumani,’ and ‘In The Heart Of The Moon’ and the Best World Music Album category with ‘Talking Timbuktu.’

The talented and creative singer influenced the way people viewed African music until his passing in 2006 after a long battle with cancer.

How Many Grammy Awards Does Angelique Kidjo Have?

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Angelique Kidjo

The Beninese singer-songwriter, actress, and activist Angelique Kidjo hold a position with 4 Grammy awards. The talented musician has a total of 14 nominations to her name. She won the Best Contemporary World Music Album with ‘Djin Djin,’ Best World Music Album with ‘Eve,’ ‘Sings,’ Celia.’ She has remained relevant in the African music industry to date.

How Many Grammy Awards Does Ladysmith Black Mambazo Have?

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Ladysmith Black Mambazo

With 17 nominations and 5 Grammy awards, the South African male choral group, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, holds a position on our list. They are viewed as the most prestigious group in South Africa to date. The group won the Best World Music Album with ‘Shaka Zulu Revisited: 30th Anniversary Celebration,’ and ‘Live: Singing For Peace Around The World.’ the Best Traditional World Music Album was another category they dominated with ‘Raise Your Spirit Higher,’ ‘Ilembe: Honoring Shaka Zulu,’ and Best Traditional Folk Recording with ‘Shaka Zulu.’

They have still continued to be remembered for their fifth Grammy award dedicated to the former president of South Africa, Late Nelson Mandela.

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