The Number Of African Musicians Who Have Won A Grammy Award So Far

The 64th Grammy Awards is scheduled to take place on April 4, 2022, at 1 a.m West African time. It is imperative to remember that Africans have always been recognized by the Recording Academy, which is why we compiled a list of African acts with the most Grammy awards.

African artists have always been passionate about music; the important element is, however, obtaining credit for their good works. The Recording Academy has continued to honor musicians for their achievements, and we’ve created a list of Africans who have been honored.

African Musicians Who Have Won A Grammy Award

Burna Boy

Youssou N’Dour

Soweto Gospel Choir

Ali Farka Toure

Sikiru Adepoju

Tinariwen

Wouter Kellerman

Wizkid

Angelique Kidjo

Ladysmith Black Mambazo

WIZKID

Nigerian Afrobeat star, Wizkid has won just one (1) Grammy award. The Grammy Award for Best Music Video went to the Nigerian superstar for his work on ‘Brown Skin Girl’ during the 63rd Grammy Awards in 2021. Wizkid, on the other hand, has four Grammy nominations and will be hoping to add to his record of Grammy Awards at the 64th Grammy Awards.

Tinariwen

Tinariwen, a group of Tuareg musicians from northern Mali’s Sahara Desert, have received three Grammy nominations and one Grammy win for their album “Tassili,” which won in the Best World Music Album category.

Wouter Kellerman

The South African musician, producer, and composer has received three Grammy nominations, with one win for ‘Winds Of Samsara,’ in the Best New Age Album category.

Burna Boy

With his album ‘Twice as Tall’ in 2021, the African behemoth retains the number 5 spot with one grammy award in the Best World Music Album category. The musician, on the other hand, has three Grammy nominations and plans to increase his total number of Grammys on April 4th, 2022. He also played with renowned musicians at the 63rd Grammy Award pre-show, which was a significant achievement for Nigerian music.

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.’

Soweto Gospel Choir

The South African group Soweto Gospel Choir has a slot on our list with five nominations and three awards. The outstanding quartet has long been recognized for its innovative contributions to the development of African music around the world. With the album ‘Freedom,’ the ensemble won Best World Music Album, as well as Best Traditional World Music Album with ‘Blessed,’ and ‘African Spirit.’

Ali Farka Toure

With five nominations and three prizes, the iconic Malian singer is also represented on this list. With ‘Ali And Toumani,’ ‘In The Heart Of The Moon,’ and ‘Talking Timbuktu,’ he won Best Traditional World Music Album and Best World Music Album, respectively.

Until his death in 2006 after a lengthy fight with cancer, the gifted and imaginative singer affected how people perceived African music.

Angelique Kidjo

Angelique Kidjo is a Beninese singer-songwriter, actress, and activist who has won four Grammy Awards. The great musician has received a total of 14 nominations. She received Best Contemporary World Music Album for ‘Djin Djin,’ Best World Music Album for ‘Eve,’ ‘Sings,’ Celia,’ and Best World Music Album for ‘Eve,’ ‘Sings,’ Celia.’ To this day, she is still relevant in the African music industry.

Ladysmith Black Mambazo

Ladysmith Black Mambazo, a South African male choral group, has 17 Grammy nominations and has won five Grammy awards. They are currently regarded as the most prestigious ensemble in South Africa. With ‘Shaka Zulu Revisited: 30th Anniversary Celebration,’ and ‘Live: Singing For Peace Around The World,’ the group dominated the Best World Music Album category. They also dominated the Best Traditional World Music Album category with ‘Raise Your Spirit Higher,’ ‘Ilembe: Honoring Shaka Zulu,’ and Best Traditional Folk Recording with ‘Shaka Zulu.’

They are still recognized for their fifth Grammy prize, which was dedicated to the late Nelson Mandela, the former president of South Africa.

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