- There’s been a clamouring for the Recording Academy to add an Afrobeats category to the prestigious award, and it just might be happening soon
- CEO Harvey Marson Jr, at a recent meeting in Ghana, disclosed that talks are ongoing to see the genre properly represented
- Nigerian chart analytics platform, TurntableCharts, shared a video on Twitter showing the moment Marson Jr made the announcement at a press conference
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Good news is in view for Nigerians and Africans who have been pining to see their best talents recognised at the prestigious Grammy Awards ceremony.
During a recent press conference in Ghana, Recording Academy CEO Harvey Marson Jr hinted at the possibility of an Afrobeat category ahead of next year’s event.
Popular Nigerian chart analytics platform, TurntableCharts, uploaded a video on Twitter showing the moment Marson Jr made the announcement at a press conference.
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The CEO disclosed that a meeting was had with leaders of the Afrobeat community and other Recording Academy members, who equally got to listen to projects from Afrobeat creators.
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“We had a virtual listening session where we heard from Afrobeats creators and just talked about ‘What are the different subgenres? What are the needs? What are the desires?’. And my goal is to represent all genres of music, including Afrobeats, at the Grammys,” Marson Jr said.
Watch him speak in the video below:
Social media users share mixed reactions
"Wow!! This is Lovely ❤️ Kudos to Davido, Burna and Wiz, especially Davido for Paving the Way for Afrobeat followed by Wiz and Burna."
"C'mon, fr???? Grammy is for the American continent, there is no point to this. It will eventually lead up to jumbled history in the future fr."
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"The genie is out of the bottle.. its only a matter of time before the conversation starts happening about what song genre would be considerable or deemed Afrobeats worthy!We’re so here for the discourse people."
"I won it when afrobeats had no category" yarns will soon start after a couple of years."
"This is caging African sounds to one category .. it's rubbish African sound's should be allowed to participate in main categories and not confined to a particular space or category."
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Meanwhile, YEN.com.gh reported that Angelique Kidjo's Mother Nature won the best global album category at the 2022 Grammy Award on Sunday, April 3.
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Many Nigerians, especially Wizkid's FC, went on Twitter to express their disappointment at the huge loss.
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