The nominations for the 2023 Grammy Awards have been announced and African stars Tems, Burna Boy, and Angélique Kidjo are all in the running.
Nigerian singer-songwriter Tems has been nominated for her songwriting on Beyonce's Renaissance album and for the song "Wait For U” by rapper Drake, who is nominated for record of the year.
Burna Boy picked up his third consecutive Grammy nomination for Best World Music Performance and is also nominated for his album Love, Damini.
Beninese superstar Angélique Kidjo was also nominated for several awards, including Best World Music Album, making it now her twelfth Grammy nomination.
Eddie Kenzo from Uganda, Rocky dawuni from Ghana, Wouter Kellermann, Zakes Bantwini et Nomcebo Zikode from South Africa and Burna Boy are all vying for World's Best Music Performance.
The 65th annual awards show will take place on Sunday, February 5, 2023 at the Crypto.com Arena in Los Angeles. It will be exciting to see all the winners from across the continent and how their hard work has paid off.
Last year, Burna Boy, Wizkid, Tems, Femi Kuti, Made Kuti, Angélique Kidjo, Rocky Dawuni and Black Coffee were the African nominees.
See the full list of nominees here.
World's Best Musical Performance
“Udhero Na”, Arooj Aftab and Anoushka Shankar
“Gimme Love”, Matt B and Eddy Kenzo
“Last Last”, Burnaboy
“Neva Bow Down”, Rocky Dawuni with Blvk H3ro
“Bayethe”, Wouter Kellerman, Zakes Bantwini and Nomcebo Zikode
Best World Music Album
"Shuruaat", Berklee Indian Ensemble
"Love, Damini", Burna Boy
"Queen of Sheba", Angelique Kidjo and Ibrahim Maalouf
“Between Us… (Live)”, Anoushka Shankar, Metropole Orkest and Jules Buckley with Manu Delago
“Sakura”, Masa Takumi
Best Melodic Rap Performance
"Beautiful", DJ Khaled with Future and SZA
“Wait for U”, Future with Drake and Tems
"First Class", Jack Harlow
"Die Hard", Kendrick Lamar with Blxst and Amanda Reifer
"Big Energy (Live)", Latto
best rap song
"Churchill Downs", Ace G, BEDRM, Matthew Samuels, Tahrence Brown, Rogét Chahayed, Aubrey Graham, Jack Harlow and Jose Velazquez, songwriters (Jack Harlow with Drake)
“God Did”, Songwriters Tarik Azzouz, E. Blackmon, Khaled Khaled, F. LeBlanc, Shawn Carter, John Stephens, Dwayne Carter, William Roberts and Nicholas Warwar (DJ Khaled with Rick Ross, Lil Wayne, Jay-Z , John Legend and Friday)
"The Heart Part 5", Jake Kosich, Johnny Kosich, Kendrick Lamar and Matt Schaeffer, songwriters (Kendrick Lamar)
"Pushin P", Lucas Depante, Nayvadius Wilburn, Sergio Kitchens, Wesley Tyler Glass and Jeffery Lamar Williams, songwriters (Gunna and Future with Young Thug)
“Wait for U”, Tejiri Akpoghene, Floyd E. Bentley III, Jacob Canady, Isaac De Boni, Aubrey Graham, Israel Ayomide Fowobaje, Nayvadius Wilburn, Michael Mule, Oluwatoroti Oke and Temilade Openiyi, songwriters (Future with Drake and Tems ).
Best Song Written for Visual Media
“Be Alive” from “King Richard”; Beyoncé́ and Darius Scott Dixson, songwriters (Beyoncé́)
“Carolina” from “Where the Crawdads Sing”; Taylor Swift, songwriter (Taylor Swift)
“Hold My Hand” from “Top Gun: Maverick”; Bloodpop and Stefani Germanotta, songwriters (Lady Gaga)
“Keep Rising (The Woman King)” from “The Woman King”; Angelique Kidjo, Jeremy Lutito and Jessy Wilson, songwriters (Jessy Wilson with Angelique Kidjo)
“Nobody Like U” from “Turning Red”; Billie Eilish and Finneas O'Connell, songwriters (4*Town, Jordan Fisher, Finneas O'Connell, Josh Levi, Topher Ngo, Grayson Villanueva)
“We Dont Talk About Bruno” from “Encanto”; Lin-Manuel Miranda, songwriter (Carolina Gaitán — La Gaita, Mauro Castillo, Adassa, Rhenzy Feliz, Diane Guerrero, Stephanie Beatriz & Encanto — Cast)