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Everything You Need To Know About African Music



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African music includes Afrobeat, Fuji, Highlife, Makossa, Kizomba, and Juju-influenced genres, including Juju and Fuji. In West African music, Sylviane Diouf and ethnomusicologist Gerhard Kubik claim that Muslim regions incorporate elements of Islamic music, whereas non-Muslim areas are more affected by indigenous traditions.

According to Sylviane Diouf and Gerhard Kubik, Muslim countries absorb elements of Islamic music, whereas indigenous traditions more influence non-Muslim regions.

“Words that seem to quiver and shake” the vocal cords, dramatic changes in musical scales, and nasal intonation are all part of traditional Muslim West African music. The Islamic call to prayer is also incorporated into this music, first performed by an Abyssinian African Muslim named Bilal ibn Rabah in the early 7th century.

Muslim West African singers “employ melisma, wavy intonation, and so forth” as a remnant of the region’s contact with the Maghreb’s Arabic-Islamic civilization from the seventh and eighth centuries, according to Kubik. Check out the latest celebrities’ biographies.

According to Kubik, Muslim West Africans traditionally preferred stringed instruments (including the forebears of the banjo), whereas non-Muslim West Africans preferred drumming as an instrument.

African traditional music instruments include:

  • Djembes.
  • Water drums.
  • Bougarabous, Ngoma drums (or engoma drums) in West Africa.
  • Several varieties of Ngoma drums in Central and Southern Africa.

The other percussion instruments offered include the Kosika (kashaka), rain sticks, bells, and wood sticks. Different varieties of drums, flutes, and strung and wind instruments can also be found in Africa.

One of the most general aspects of Sub-Saharan music is polyrhythms, which is also one of its most distinguishing characteristics. To be able to play numerous rhythms at the same time, various instruments have been created expressly for this purpose.

Some instruments, such as the Mbira, Kalimba, Kora, Ngoni, and Dousn’gouni, arrange notes, not in a single linear sequence from bass to treble but instead in two different rank arrays, making it easier to play cross-rhythms. American devices of the twentieth century show that this theory is still relevant. Gravi-kora and gravikord are examples of new modern manifestations of this principle.


It’s no secret that African music has undergone some crucial alterations. The music of Africa today may be very different from the music of Africa in the past. Furthermore, there has never been a time when African music was exclusively linked with a single ethnic group. The unique voice of the musician and his or her style and originality have always been important in the music business.

Other material sources include archaeological and other artifacts, pictorial sources such as petroglyphs and rock drawings and written accounts of African travels, field notes written in African or European languages, musical notations, and photographs videotapes that can be used for the study of African music history.

According to historical documents, the musical traditions of Sub-Saharan Africa formerly spread as far north as North Africa. Climate changes in the Sahara between 8000 and 3000 BC allowed savanna vegetation and wildlife to extend into the southern and central regions of the Sahara and its mountains.

When humans settled in the Sahara, they began to spread along rivers and tiny lakes, bringing Neolithic, or New Stone Age, cultures with a so-called aquatic lifestyle. If you are a Nigerian, get the latest Big Brother Naija updates here.

A slow breakdown of aquatic cultures occurred between 5000 and 3000 BC when the wet period’s pinnacle had passed. Due to global warming, the damp climate became increasingly restricted to diminishing lakes and rivers and the upper Nile region. In the Lake Chad region and the Nile wetlands, remnants of the old civilization can still be found.

Rock paintings from the “Green Sahara” region are a treasure trove of iconographic material, including some of the first internal sources on African music. An anthropologist who studied Algeria’s Tassili n’Ajjer plateau in 1956 discovered a flourishing dancing culture that is still there today. Based on stylistic factors, this painting has been dated to the Neolithic hunter period in the Sahara (c. 6000–4000 BC), making it one of the earliest examples of music and dancing in Africa. Several African civilizations’ body ornamentation and movement style are represented in their traditional dance traditions.


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Ranking the greatest albums that lost Album of the Year gongs at the Headies



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In the illustrious history of the Headies which is Nigeria’s biggest prize in music, the Best Album Category has featured a selection of some of the greatest albums in the history of Afrobeats.

Burna Boy, Wizkid, D'banj, Chike, MI

Burna Boy, Wizkid, D’banj, Chike, MI

These albums achieved great success and wide acclaim, and they have aged well. In some cases, some of these losses are upsets. But in other cases, it’s just the case of two or three great albums in the same category at the same time, when only one can win.

  • 2008

Albums in question: PSQUARE – ‘GAME OVER’


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2Baba, Mode 9, P-Square, Faze

Album that won that year: ASA – ‘ASA’

Was it an upset?: Yes, Asa’s win was definitely an upset in a category that had P-Square, 2 Baba ( 2Face), and Mode 9.

Details: At the 2008 Headies Award, newcomer ASA took home the Album of the Year prize with her eponymous album ‘ASA.’

She fended off competitions from 2Baba’s (2FACE) ‘Grass to Grace,’ PSquare’s ‘Game Over,‘ Mode 9’s ‘E Pluribus Unum,’ and Faze’s ‘Independent.’

Quite frankly, if any of the nominated albums had won the award, there wouldn’t have been any complaints because they were all great albums.

The albums have aged well and they all remain a classic to this day amongst different generations of Afrobeats fans.

  • 2009

Album in question: D’BANJ – ‘THE ENTERTAINER’

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Album that won that year: 9ICE – ‘STREET CREDIBILITY’

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Was it an upset? Absolutely not. ‘Street Credibility’ is a great album that raised the bar in terms of content, track selection, production, and sound engineering. It was surely a deserving winner.

Details: In 2009, 9ice won the Album of the Year with his album ‘Street Credibility’ which is considered by critics to be his magnum opus.

In the same year, D’Banj lost out on the Album of the Year prize with ‘The Entertainer’ which is equally considered to be D’Banj’s magnum opus. ‘The Entertainer’ which is a 10-track album easily spurned 6 hits: ‘Igwe,’ ‘Mo Gbono Feli Feli,’ ‘Kimon,’ ‘Olorun Maje,’ ‘Suddenly,’ and ‘Fall In Love.’

Under different circumstances, D’Banj might have easily won the award but ‘Street Credibility’ was too much of a force in the year in review.

  • 2011

Album in question: MI ABAGA – ‘MI 2’

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Was it an upset: While 2baba’s status might have influenced his win, ‘Unstoppable International Edition’ was a quality album. It wasn;t outrageous that he won and MI was simply unlucky to be in the same category.

Details: At the 2011 Headies Award, MI’s ‘MI 2’ lost the Album of the Year category to 2Baba’s (2Face) ‘Unstoppable International Edition’ whose initial version lost the 2009 Album of the Year category to 9ice’s ‘Street Credibility.’

While 2 Baba might have been deserving of the award, MI’s ‘MI 2’ was an amazing album that enjoyed incredible success and opened Nigerian Hip Hop to new possibilities. Should MI fans feel hard done by the loss, their sentiments can be understood and tolerated.

  • 2012



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Ice Prince, Wizkid

Album that won that year: P-SQUARE – ‘INVASION’

Was it an upset?: It wasn’t. ‘Chop my Money’ was the biggest song in the country and the album recorded immense success. P-Square was just too powerful for Wizkid and Ice Prince.

Details: In 2012, P-Square took home the Headies Album of the Year award with their fourth album ‘Invasion.’ The album had smash hits ‘Chop My Money,’ ‘Beautiful Oyinye, and ‘Forever’ amongst other singles.

On the same night, two of the greatest albums in the history of Afrobeats – Wizkid’s ‘Superstar’ and Ice Prince’s ‘Everybody Loves Ice Prince’ lost to ‘Invasion.’

Wizkid’s debut album ‘Superstar’ was a great album and a defining point for Afrobeats. It enjoyed tremendous success and has gone on to become an all-time classic.

Similarly, ‘Everybody Loves Ice Prince’ was a career-defining album that took Ice Prince to the pinnacle of African music.

  • 2014

Album in question: PHYNO ‘NO GUTS NO GLORY (NGNG)’

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Album that won that year: OLAMIDE– ‘BADDEST GUY EVER LIVETH’

Was it an upset?: Absolutely not. Olamide’s ‘Baddest Guy Ever Liveth’ was a deserving winner.

Details: At the 2014 Headies Olamide’s ‘Baddest Guy Ever Liveth’ took home the award for Album of the Year. It pipped Phyno’s ‘NGNG’ alongside Sean Tizzle‘s ‘The Journey,’ and Burna Boy‘s ‘Leaving An Impact for Eternity (L.I.F.E).’

Phyno’s ‘NGNG’ was a great album that launched and rocketed Phyno into superstar status. The album had hits like ‘Man of the Year, ‘Alobam,’ ‘Parcel,’ ‘O Set,’ and ‘Ghost Mode.’

‘NGNG’ raised the bar for Igbo rap and turned Phyno into a sensation whose music defied language barriers. The album has gone on to become a classic and one of Nigeria’s defining Hip Hop albums.

  • 2018

Album in question: BRYMO – ‘Klĭtôrĭs’

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Album that won that yearSIMI – ‘SIMOSOLA’

Was it an upset?: No it wasn’t. Brymo never really stood a chance of winning as his album wasn’t as mainstream, commercial, and as impactful as Simi’s ‘Simisola.’

Details: At the 2018 Headies award, Simi’s ‘Simisola’ took home the Album of the Year award defeating Adekunke Gold‘s ‘Gold,’ Flavour‘s ‘Ijele the Traveler,’ and Wizkid’s ‘Sounds from the Other Side,’ and Brymo’s ‘Klĭtôrĭs.’

Brymo’s ‘Klĭtôrĭs’ failed to win the award despite its daring uniqueness and quality. While both Simi’s ‘Simisola’ and Brymo’s ‘Klitoris’ employ elements of highlife and alternative folks respectively, Simi’s album was far more successful and impactful.

And the album came at a time when the Headies Academy was rebranding the award so that it leans more towards impact and success rather than mind blowing content and imposing quality. Unsurprisingly, on the same night, ‘Simi’s’ ‘Joromi’ off the ‘Simisola’ album took home the Record of the Year Prize.

Perhaps someday the Headies Academy will evolve to a point where content and quality are placed above impact and commercial success. If Bek could win the Album of the Year over Beyonce and Jon Baptiste could beat Billie ElishTaylor Swift, and Lil Nas X at the Grammys, then maybe we are getting closer to a Brymo Album of the Year win.

  • 2020

Albums in question: BURNA BOY  ‘AFRICAN GIANT’



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Burna Boy, Chike, Brymo

Album that won that year?: FIREBOY – ‘APOLLO.’

Was it an upset?: On paper, it’s surely an upset but when we consider the momentum Fireboy was enjoying at the time then it might not be much of an upset.

Details: At the 2020 Headies awards, Rising star Fireboy’s ‘Apollo’ won the Album of the Year category beating Burna Boy’s Grammy nominated ‘African Giant ‘, Chike’s ‘Boo of the Booless,’ and Brymo’s ‘Yellow.’

A case can be made for all three albums as each of them was very much deserving of the award. ‘African Giant’ was not only a tremendous success but it also lifted Afrobeats to greater international heights.

Chike’s ‘Boo of the Booless‘ enjoyed a fine run as it wowed listeners with its choice content and exquisite delivery. The album defid language and geographical barriers and became a classic in the history of R&B in Afrobeats.

‘Yellow’ is Brymo’s most commercial album and it further endeared him to a growing audience that has come to acknowledge and accept him for the genius he is. The album is remarkable and it stands tall amongst the best Nigerian albums to be released in the last decade.

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Fireboy Is In a Whirlwind Romance with Pop. PLAYBOY Must Be His Induction Into The “ILLUMINATI”.



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In the last two decades since the Afrobeats to the World started gaining intense momentum, the sound itself has gained a lot from a mixture of numerous genres, but nobody has actually successfully cracked Western Pop with Naija vibes even Wizkid had to drop an alté-ish album to get proper recognition from the Yankees.

Pop music is unarguably the biggest music genre globally, but crafting one that targets the entire world on the other hand is usually determined by a stroke of luck and usually a ton of talent and major label push.

In Fireboy’s case, it’s no stroke of luck but his immense talent and knack for reinvention has seen him succeed exceedingly both at a local label, taking YBNL absolutely to the next level with total attention from his label boss Olamide Adedeji and now in a joint venture with a major music player like Empire. With this support, the young superstar has been able to conquer both the UK & US scene with just one Afropop track “Peru”.

With Fireboy DML, one thing has been quite clear since his 2019 debut on the YBNL Mafia project, he’s an afropop sensation with outstanding range and now that he’s got a chance to compete in Pop at a global level, watching him succeed exceedingly in a genre considered “not a niche for blacks” is outrightly satisfying.

While Peru was a freestyle that shook the entire world, Fireboy’s genius lays in the fact that he’s able to recreate another outstanding pop record with Playboy. This time a pen is involved and justice is meted out on the record as expected.

It’s been 3 years since Fireboy’s debut, and his run of back to back hits has been unprecedented. So far, he’s had no bad songs both lyrically and in commercial acclaim. His career has been blessed by 11 awards, and multiple Gold & Platinum certifications in the UK, US & Europe and he’s not showing any signs of slowing down.

Fireboy’s romance with Pop succinctly reminds you of how effortlessly talented Bruno Mars is when it comes to pop and R&B. Although Fireboy may not have proven himself in the R&B space, his outstanding range gives you a hint of how well he’d do if he did give R&B a chance.

Here’s the crux of Fireboy’s genius, as it doesn’t end with his massive talent. His understanding of the music business and contribution to the revamping of the YBNL label roster cannot be unseen.

Pre-Fireboy, YBNL was just a local record label investing via the “TRIAL & ERROR” strategy. Granted it worked twice, with LIL KESH & ADEKUNLE GOLD, but it was a poor business model nonetheless.

Post-Fireboy however, in just two years after his debut, YBNL boasts of a joint venture that covers everyone on the roster including newly-signed Asake.

On the songwriting part of things, I can only name one songwriter responsible for the serious upgrade in Baddo writings. Despite being a label boss to one of the most successful artists in Africa right now, Olamide has been able to make the transition into a full musician, with Afropop, R&B, Reggae/DanceHall etc in his discography and over 500M career streams from both projects combined.

Since Fireboy’s contribution started coming in, our core street Baddo has had a hit journey that spans genres including the 2020 Carpe Diem album & UY SCUTI album, both of which aren’t hip hop specific projects.

One of the most interesting facts about Fireboy’s artistry is how he’s able to combine being incredibly talented and an understanding of the business far ahead of the previous YBNL signees. Up till this moment, he’s had a scandal free career in a record label that’s been mired by artist/label fracases.

Fireboy’s career has enjoyed so much success that he’s gone on a US tour before his label boss who’s definitely bigger than him locally, but cannot compete on any level internationally.

Adefolahan has so far proven that he’s Baddo’s secret weapon in this Afrobeats to the world movement, securing both his and Olamide’s legacy without a doubt!

Fireboy is currently charting on the UK Top 100 & UK Afrobeats charts, Billboard Top 100 & Global 200, Billboard Afrobeats Charts. This is quite unprecedented for any Nigerian artist; holding it down in both continents at the same time with just one freestyle.

Written by AfrobeatsMerije.
Bisi-Taiwo Chukwumerije is a blood-bound Nigerian writer & Music Executive.
Tweet your favourite, random, mind-boggling songs, EPs, LPs, Albums, & music projects to him; @AfrobeatsMerije.

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The 64th GRAMMY Awards; See Full List Of Winners (2022 Grammys)



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The 2022 GRAMMYs, officially known as the 64th GRAMMY Awards, was officially wrapped on Sunday Night.

Song Of The Year
Ed Sheeran – Bad Habits
Alicia Keys and Brandi Carlile – A Beautiful Noise
Olivia Rodrigo – Drivers License
HER – Fight for You
Billie Eilish – Happier Than Ever
Doja Cat featuring SZA – Kiss Me More
Silk Sonic – Leave the Door Open – WINNER
Lil Nas X – Montero (Call Me by Your Name)
Justin Bieber featuring Daniel Cesar and Giveon – Peaches
Brandi Carlile – Right on Time

Best Pop Solo Performance
Justin Bieber – Anyone
Brandi Carlile – Right on Time
Billie Eilish – Happier Than Ever
Ariana Grande – Positions
Olivia Rodrigo – Drivers License – WINNER

Best Dance/Electronic Recording
Afrojack and David Guetta – Hero
Ólafur Arnalds Featuring Bonobo – Loom
James Blake – Before
Bonobo and Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs – Heartbreak
Caribou – You Can Do It
Rüfüs Du Sol – Alive – WINNER
Tiësto – The Business

Best Dance/Electronic Album
Black Coffee – Subconsciously – WINNER
Illenium – Fallen Embers
Major Lazer – Music Is the Weapon (Reloaded)
Marshmello – Shockwave
Sylvan Esso – Free Love
Ten City – Judgement

Best Country Duo/Group Performance
Jason Aldean and Carrie Underwood – If I Didn’t Love You
Brothers Osborne – Younger Me – WINNER
Dan + Shay – Glad You Exist
Ryan Hurd and Maren Morris – Chasing After You
Elle King and Miranda Lambert – Drunk (And I Don’t Wanna Go Home)

Best Rock Performance
AC/DC – Shot in the Dark
Black Pumas – Know You Better (Live From Capitol Studio A)
Chris Cornell – Nothing Compares 2 U
Deftones – Ohms
Foo Fighters – Making a Fire – WINNER

Best Metal Performance
Deftones – Genesis
Dream Theater – The Alien – WINNER
Gojira – Amazonia
Mastodon – Pushing the Tides
Rob Zombie – The Triumph of King Freak (A Crypt of Preservation and Superstition)

Best Rock Song
Weezer – All My Favorite Songs
Kings of Leon – The Bandit
Mammoth WVH – Distance
Paul McCartney – Find My Way
Foo Fighters – Waiting on a War – WINNER

Best Rock Album
AC/DC – Power Up
Black Pumas – Capitol Cuts – Live From Studio A
Chris Cornell – No One Sings Like You Anymore Vol. 1
Foo Fighters – Medicine at Midnight – WINNER
Paul McCartney – McCartney III

Best Alternative Music Album
Fleet Foxes – Shore
Halsey – If I Can’t Have Love, I Want Power
Japanese Breakfast – Jubilee
Arlo Parks – Collapsed in Sunbeams
St Vincent – Daddy’s Home – WINNER

Best R&B Performance
Snoh Aalegra – Lost You
Justin Bieber featuring Daniel Cesar and Giveon – Peaches
HER – Damage
Silk Sonic – Leave the Door Open – WINNER (TIE)
Jazmine Sullivan – Pick Up Your Feelings – WINNER (TIE)

Best Traditional R&B Performance
Jon Batiste – I Need You
BJ the Chicago Kid, PJ Morton and Kenyon Dixon featuring Charlie Bereal – Bring It on Home to Me
Leon Bridges and Robert Glasper – Born Again
HER – Fight for You – WINNER
Lucky Daye featuring Yebba – How Much Can a Heart Take

Best R&B Song
HER – Damage
SZA – Good Days
Giveon – Heartbreak Anniversary
Silk Sonic – Leave the Door Open – WINNER
Jazmine Sullivan – Pick Up Your Feelings

Best Rap Album
J Cole – The Off-Season
Nas – King’s Disease II
Tyler, the Creator – Call Me If You Get Lost – WINNER
Kanye West – Donda

Best Rap Song
DMX featuring Jay-Z and Nas – Bath Salts
Saweetie featuring Doja Cat – Best Friend
Baby Keem featuring Kendrick Lamar – Family Ties
Kanye West featuring Jay-Z – Jail – WINNER
J Cole featuring 21 Savage & Morray – ??My Life

Best Melodic Rap Performance
J Cole featuring Lil Baby – Pride Is the Devil
Doja Cat – Need to Know
Lil Nas X featuring Jack Harlow – Industry Baby
Tyler, the Creator featuring YoungBoy Never Broke Again, Ty Dolla $ign – WusYaName
Kanye West featuring the Weeknd and Lil Baby – Hurricane – WINNER

Best Country Song
Maren Morris – Better Than We Found It
Kacey Musgraves – Camera Roll
Chris Stapleton – Cold – WINNER
Thomas Rhett – Country Again
Walker Hayes – Fancy Like
Mickey Guyton – Remember Her Name

Best Country Solo Performance
Luke Combs – Forever After All
Mickey Guyton – Remember Her Name
Jason Isbell – All I Do Is Drive
Kacey Musgraves – Camera Roll
Chris Stapleton – You Should Probably Leave – WINNER

Best Pop Vocal Album
For albums containing at least 51% playing time of new pop vocal recordings.

Justice (Triple Chucks Deluxe) – Justin Bieber
Planet Her (Deluxe) – Doja Cat
Happier Than Ever – Billie Eilish
Positions – Ariana Grande
Sour – Olivia Rodrigo WINNER


Best Latin Pop Album
Pablo Alborán – Vértigo
Paula Arenas – Mis Amores
Ricardo Arjona – Hecho a la Antigua
Camilo – Mis Manos
Alex Cuba – Mendó – WINNER
Selena Gomez – Revelación

Best Música Urbana Album
Rauw Alejandro – Afrodisíaco
Bad Bunny – El Último Tour del Mundo – WINNER
J Balvin – Jose
Karol G – KG0516
Kali Uchis – Sin Miedo (Del Amor y Otros Demonios)

Best Latin Rock or Alternative Album
Bomba Estéreo – Deja
Diamante Eléctrico – Mira Lo Que Me Hiciste Hacer (Deluxe Edition)
Juanes – Origen – WINNER
Nathy Peluso – Calambre
C. Tangana – El Madrileño
Zoé – Sonidos de Karmática Resonancia

Best Tropical Latin Album
Rubén Blades y Roberto Delgado & Orquesta – Salswing! – WINNER
El Gran Combo de Puerto Rico – En Cuarantena
Aymée Nuviola – Sin Salsa No Hay Paraíso
Gilberto Santa Rosa – Colegas
Tony Succar – Live in Peru

Best American Roots Performance
Jon Batiste – Cry – WINNER
Billy Strings – Love and Regret
The Blind Boys of Alabama and Béla Fleck – I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel to Be Free
Brandy Clark Featuring Brandi Carlile – Same Devil
Allison Russell – Nightflyer

Best American Roots Song
Rhiannon Giddens with Francesco Turrisi – Avalon
Valerie June featuring Carla Thomas – Call Me a Fool
Jon Batiste – Cry – WINNER
Yola – Diamond Studded Shoes
Allison Russell – Nightflyer
Linda Chorney featuring Becca Byram, EJ Ouellette and Trevor Sewell – Bored

Best Americana Album
Jackson Browne – Downhill From Everywhere
John Hiatt with The Jerry Douglas Band – Leftover Feelings
Los Lobos – Native Sons – WINNER
Allison Russell – Outside Child
Yola – Stand for Myself

Best Contemporary Blues Album
The Black Keys featuring Eric Deaton and Kenny Brown – Delta Kream
Joe Bonamassa – Royal Tea
Shemekia Copeland – Uncivil War
Steve Cropper – Fire It Up
Christone “Kingfish” Ingram – 662 – WINNER

Best Traditional Blues Album
Elvin Bishop and Charlie Musselwhite – 100 Years of Blues
Blues Traveler – Traveler’s Blues
Cedric Burnside – I Be Trying – WINNER
Guy Davis – Be Ready When I Call You
Kim Wilson – Take Me Back

Best Bluegrass Album
Billy Strings – Renewal
Béla Fleck – My Bluegrass Heart – WINNER
The Infamous Stringdusters – A Tribute to Bill Monroe
Sturgill Simpson – Cuttin’ Grass – Vol. 1 (Butcher Shoppe Sessions)
Rhonda Vincent – Music Is What I See

Best Folk Album
Mary Chapin Carpenter – One Night Lonely (Live)
Tyler Childers – Long Violent History
Madison Cunningham – Wednesday (Extended Edition)
Rhiannon Giddens with Francesco Turrisi – They’re Calling Me Home – WINNER
Sarah Jarosz – Blue Heron Suite

Best Reggae Album
Etana – Pamoja
Gramps Morgan – Positive Vibration
Sean Paul – Live N Livin
Jesse Royal – Royal
Soja – Beauty in the Silence – WINNER
Spice – 10

Best Jazz Vocal Album
The Baylor Project – Generations
Kurt Elling and Charlie Hunter – SuperBlue
Nnenna Freelon – Time Traveler
Gretchen Parlato – Flor
Esperanza Spalding – Songwrights Apothecary Lab – WINNER

Best Jazz Instrumental Album
Jon Batiste – Jazz Selections: Music From and Inspired by Soul
Terence Blanchard Featuring The E Collective and the Turtle Island Quartet – Absence
Ron Carter, Jack DeJohnette and Gonzalo Rubalcaba – Skyline – WINNER
Chick Corea, John Patitucci and Dave Weckl – Akoustic Band Live
Pat Metheny – Side-Eye NYC (V1.IV)

Best Latin Jazz Album
Eliane Elias With Chick Corea and Chucho Valdés – Mirror Mirror – WINNER
Carlos Henriquez – The South Bronx Story
Arturo O’Farrill and The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra – Virtual Birdland
Dafnis Prieto Sextet – Transparency
Miguel Zenón and Luis Perdomo – El Arte del Bolero

Best New Age Album
Will Ackerman, Jeff Oster and Tom Eaton – Brothers
Stewart Copeland and Ricky Kej – Divine Tides – WINNER
Wouter Kellerman and David Arkenstone – Pangaea
Opium Moon – Night + Day
Laura Sullivan – Pieces of Forever

Best Global Music Album
Rocky Dawuni – Voice of Bunbon Vol. 1.
Daniel Ho & Friends – East West Players Presents: Daniel Ho & Friends Live in Concert
Angélique Kidjo – Mother Nature – WINNER
Femi Kuti, Made Kuti – Legacy +
Wizkid – Made in Lagos: Deluxe Edition

Best Global Music Performance
Arooj Aftab – Mohabbat – WINNER
Angélique Kidjo and Burna Boy – Do Yourself
Femi Kuti – Pà Pá Pà
Yo-Yo Ma and Angélique Kidjo – Blewu
Wizkid featuring Tems – Essence

Best regional Mexican Music Album
Aida Cuevas – Antología de la Musica Ranchera, Vol. 2
Vicente Fernández – A Mis 80’s – WINNER
Mon Laferte – Seis
Natalia Lafourcade – Un Canto por México, Vol. II
Christian Nodal – Ayayay! (Súper Deluxe)

Best Gospel Album
Jekalyn Carr – Changing Your Story
Tasha Cobbs Leonard – Royalty: Live at the Ryman
Maverick City Music – Jubilee: Juneteenth Edition
Jonathan McReynolds and Mali Music – Jonny X Mali: Live in LA
CeCe Winans – Believe for It – WINNER

Best Roots Gospel Album
Harry Connick, Jr – Alone With My Faith
Gaither Vocal Band – That’s Gospel, Brother
Ernie Haase and Signature Sound – Keeping On
The Isaacs – Songs for the Times
Carrie Underwood – My Savior – WINNER

Best Gospel Performance/Song
Dante Bowe featuring Steffany Gretzinger and Chandler Moore – Voice of God
Dante Bowe – Joyful
Anthony Brown, Group Therapy – Help
CeCe Winans – Never Lost – WINNER
Elevation Worship and Maverick City Music – Wait on You

Best Contemporary Christian album
Natalie Grant – No Stranger
Israel & New Breed – Feels Like Home Vol. 2
Kari Jobe – The Blessing (Live)
Tauren Wells – Citizen of Heaven (Live)
Elevation Worship and Maverick City Music – Old Church Basement – WINNER

Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/song
Kirk Franklin and Lil Baby – We Win
HER and Tauren Wells – Hold Us Together (Hope Mix)
Chandler Moore and KJ Scriven – Man of Your Word
CeCe Winans – Believe for It – WINNER
Elevation Worship and Maverick City Music featuring Chandler Moore and Naomi Raine – Jireh

Producer Of The Year, non-classical
Jack Antonoff – WINNER
Rogét Chahayed
Mike Elizondo
Ricky Reed

Best Comedy Album
Lavell Crawford – The Comedy Vaccine
Chelsea Handler – Evolution
Louis CK – Sincerely Louis CK – WINNER
Lewis Black – Thanks for Risking Your Life
Nate Bargatze – The Greatest Average American
Kevin Hart – Zero F***s Given

Best Spoken Word Album
LeVar Burton – Aftermath
Don Cheadle – Carry On: Reflections for a New Generation From John Lewis – WINNER
J. Ivy – Catching Dreams: Live at Fort Knox Chicago
Dave Chappelle and Amir Sulaiman – 8:46
Barack Obama – A Promised Land

Best Music Film
Bo Burnham – Inside
David Byrne – David Byrne’s American Utopia
Billie Eilish – Happier Than Ever (A Love Letter to Los Angeles)
Jimi Hendrix – Music, Money, Madness…Jimi Hendrix in Maui
Various Artists – Summer of Soul – WINNER

Best Song Written For Visual Media
Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez Featuring Kathryn Hahn, Eric Bradley, Greg Whipple, Jasper Randall and Gerald White – Agatha All Along
Bo Burnham – All Eyes on Me – WINNER
P!nk – All I Know So Far
HER – Fight for You
Jennifer Hudson – Here I Am
Leslie Odom, Jr. – Speak Now

Best Compilation Soundtrack For Visual Media
Various Artists – Cruella
Various Artists – Dear Evan Hansen
Various Artists – In the Heights
Various Artists – One Night in Miami…
Jennifer Hudson – Respect
Various Artists – Schmigadoon! Episode 1
Andra Day – The United States vs. Billie Holiday – WINNER

Best Score Soundtrack For Visual Media
Kris Bowers – Bridgerton
Hans Zimmer – Dune
Ludwig Göransson – The Mandalorian: Season 2 – Vol. 2 (Chapters 13-16)
Carlos Rafael Rivera – The Queen’s Gambit – WINNER (TIE)
Jon Batiste, Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross – Soul – WINNER (TIE)

Best Immersive Audio Album
This category recognizes excellence in multichannel immersive audio recordings.

Alicia – WINNER
George Massenburg & Eric Schilling, immersive mix engineers; Michael Romanowski, immersive mastering engineer; Ann Mincieli, immersive producer (Alicia Keys)

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