Grammy Award is presented by The Recording Academy to recognize achievements in the music industry. The annual presentation ceremony features performances by prominent artists, and the presentation of those awards that have a more popular interest. It is true that we haven’t had a lot of Nigerian Grammy award winners probably because it took the world so long to catch up with our music. For a long time, our songs were not considered or given the deserved attention on global platforms.
Meanwhile, Nigerians in diaspora have been able to break all odds to clinch the award and we will be looking at some of them. Here are some of the Grammy award winners of Nigerian descent you probably don’t know about.
1. Olusegun Olumide Adeola Samuel
Known professionally as Seal, is a singer and songwriter and he has sold over 20 million records worldwide, with his first international hit song, “Crazy”, released in 1991, and his most celebrated song, “Kiss from a Rose”, released in 1994. He has 4 Grammy awards, winning 3 in 1996 and 1 in 2011.
2. Sade Adu
Helen Folasade Adu, known professionally as Sade Adu or simply Sade, is a singer, songwriter, and actress, known as the lead singer of her self-titled band. She has 4 Grammys won in 1986, 1994, 2002 and 2011.
3. Olalekan Babalola
Is a Nigerian jazz percussionist and musician. Born in Lagos State, Nigeria where he began playing the conga at a young age, he has released seven albums and jointly won two Grammy Awards in 2006 and 2009
4. Sikiru Adepoju
Sikiru Adepoju is a percussionist and recording artist from Nigeria, primarily in the genres of traditional African music and world music. He plays a variety of instruments but mostly talented as a talking drum player. He won the Grammys in 1991 and 2009 in the Best Contemporary World Music Album.
5. Kevin Olusola
Is a musician, beatboxer, cellist, rapper, record producer, singer, and songwriter. Olusola is best known as the beatboxer of the vocal band Pentatonix and has won 3 Grammy awards in 2015, 2016 and 2017.
6. Hakeem Seriki
Better known by his stage name Chamillionaire, is a rapper, entrepreneur, and investor, began his career independently with local releases in 2002. Won a Grammy Award for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group for “Ridin’”