List Of Nigerian Stars Who Have Won A Grammy Award


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As the 62nd Annual Grammy Awards ceremony draws nearer, a lot of Nigerians are rooting for the African Giant, Burna Boy.

The award show which is scheduled for today January 26, 2020, is set to hold at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, United States.

It will recognize the best recordings, compositions, and artists from October 1, 2018 to August 31, 2019.

And as we all know, Burna Boy is in the race for the Best World Music Album category.

He is competing for the award with Altin Gun (Gece), Bokanté & Metropole Orkest Conducted By Jules Buckley (What Heat), Nathalie Joachim With Spektral Quartet (Fanm D’ayiti) and Angelique Kidjo (Celia).

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Hopes are high as Nigerians pray for the artiste to bring the award home.
Therefore, to commemorate the event, we will be looking at past Nigerians who have taken home a Grammy Award.
1. Sade Adu: Sade Adu, British-Nigerian singer, who turned 60 on 16 January, 2019 has been one of Nigeria’s most successful singers.

She won her first Grammy in 1986 in the Best New Artist category. She also won the Best R&B Performance by a duo or group with vocals in 1994 for the song, “No Ordinary Love.”

Sade Adu also won another Grammy in 2002 in the category of the Best Pop Vocal Album, with the song “Lovers Rock,” while in 2011, she won the Best R&B Performance by a group with vocals in 2011 for “Soldier of Love.”

Sade Adu


2. Sikiru Adepoju: 69 year-old Sikiru Adepoju is a percussionist and recording artist from Nigeria.

He was part of Mickey Hart’s group Planet Drum, whose title album won the Grammy Award for Best Contemporary World Music Album in 1991, the first year there was a Grammy in that category.

Sikiru Adepoju

3. Olalekan Babalola: Lekan Babalola, born in 1960, is a Nigerian jazz percussionist and musician, he has released seven albums and jointly won two Grammy Awards. He also won a second Grammy in 2009 for his work on Cassandra Wilson’s 2008 album titled Loverly.

Olalekan Babalola


4.Hakeem Seriki: Nigerian-American Hakeem Seriki, better known by his stage name Chamillionaire is a rapper, entrepreneur, and investor from Houston, Texas. His song won the Grammy in 2007 for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group. It was also nominated for Best Rap song.
Hakeem Seriki
5. Kevin Olusola: Kevin Olusola, born October 5, 1988 is a Nigerian-American musician, beatboxer, cellist, rapper, record producer, singer, and songwriter. He is also a polyglot. His group won the Grammys in 2015 and 2016 for Best Arrangement, Instrumental or A Cappella. The group also won in 2017 for Best Country Duo/Group Performance for the song Jolene, which featured Dolly Parton.
Kevin Olusola


6. Henry Olusegun Adeola Samuel: He is a British-Nigerian musician, singer, and songwriter.
He is one of the most decorated of musicians with Nigerian background. He has won four Grammy Awards and an MTV Video Music Award.
Henry Olusegun Adeola Samuel
7. Cynthia Erivo: A British-Nigerian actress, singer and song writer, who played the lead role in the biopic Harriet and was nominated for several awards. she won a Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album in 2017 for Colour Purple.
Cynthia Erivo

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