Wizkid, Shatta Wale and more were nominated for their work on Beyoncé’s ‘Lion King: The Gift’ while Mr Eazi earned a nod for his contribution to Bad Bunny and J. Balvin’s ‘Oasis.’

    The 2020 Grammy nominations have just been announced, and it looks to be a standout year for African artist.

    Burna Boy has earned his first-ever nomination in the (albeit dubious) ‘Best World Music’ category for his celebrated album African Giant which features Ghanaian Rapper Manifest among others. Speaking with about the vision for the album back in August, the artist said: My vision is just to…shine a light on a place and on people and a situation and everything that there hasn’t been a light on for a long time.”

    In that same category is three-time Grammy winner Angelique Kidjo for her album Celia, which pays homage to the late Afro-Cuban legend Celia Cruz. Burna and Kidjo worked together on the track “Different” from African Giant.

    Also nominated for Best World Music category are Nathalie Joachim With Spektral Quartet for their release Fanm D’ayiti (Women of Haiti), Bokanté & Metropole Orkest (conducted by Jules Buckley) and Turkish rock band Altin Gün.

    Also nominated for his work on J Balvin and Bad Bunny’s Oasis is Mr Eazi. Several artists including Wizkid, Tiwa SavageYemi Alade and Shatta Wale are nominated alongside Beyoncé for their work on her The Lion King: The Gift album, which was nominated for Best Pop Vocal Album amongst others.

    Funnyman Trevor Noah, who recently became the first African artist to sell-out Madison Square Garden, also earned a nomination in the Best Comedy Album category for “Sticks and Stones.”

    Rapper, singer and flautist Lizzo is the most nominated artist with nine to her name. While the Grammy’s are often criticised for nominating the same African artists (and lumping them into one eye roll-worthy category known as the “Best World Music”) the inclusion of African Giant and other works from African does reflect an acknowledgement of the cultural influence of contemporary African pop music.

    The 2020 Grammys are scheduled to air on January 26. See the full list of nominees below:

    Album of the Year

    Bon Iver – i,i
    Lana Del Rey – Norman Fucking Rockwell!
    Billie Eilish – When We All Fall Asleep,, Where Do We Go?
    H.E.R. – I Used to Know Her
    Lil Nas X – 7
    Lizzo – Cuz I Love You
    Vampire Weekend – Father of the Bride

    Record of the Year

    Bon Iver – Hey Ma
    Billie Eilish – Bad Guy
    Ariana Grande – 7 rings
    H.E.R. – Hard Place
    Khalid – Talk
    Lil Nas X – Old Town Road
    Lizzo – Truth Hurts
    Post Malone – Sunflower

    Song of the Year

    Lady Gaga – Always Remember Us This Way
    Billie Eilish – Bad Guy
    Brandi Carlile – Bring My Flowers Now
    H.E.R. – Hard Place
    Taylor Swift – Lover
    Lana Del Rey – Norman Fucking Rockwell
    Lewis Capaldi – Someone You Loved
    Lizzo – Truth Hurts

    Best New Artist

    Black Pumas
    Billie Eilish
    Lil Nas X
    Maggie Rogers
    Tank and the Bangas


    Best Pop Solo Performance
    Beyoncé – Spirit
    Billie Eilish – Bad Guy
    Ariana Grande – 7 rings
    Lizzo – Truth Hurts
    Taylor Swift – You Need to Calm Down

    Best Pop Duo/Group Performance
    Ariana Grande & the Social House – Boyfriend
    The Jonas Brothers – Sucker
    Lil Nas X – Old Town Road [ft. Billy Ray Cyrus]
    Post Malone – Sunflower [ft. Swae Lee]
    Shawn Mendes & Camila Cabello – Señorita

    Best Pop Vocal Album
    Beyoncé – The Lion King: The Gift
    Billie Eilish – When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?
    Ariana Grande – thank u, next
    Ed Sheeran – No.6 Collaborations Project
    Taylor Swift – Lover

    Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album
    Andrea Bocelli – Sì
    Michael Bublé – Love (Deluxe Edition)
    Elvis Costello & The Imposters – Look Now
    John Legend – A Legendary Christmas
    Barbra Streisand – Walls


    Best Rap Album
    Dreamville – Revenge of the Dreamers III
    Meek Mill – Championships
    21 Savage – I Am > I Was
    Tyler, the Creator – IGOR
    YBN Cordae – The Lost Boy

    Best Rap Song
    YBN Cordae – Bad Idea [ft. Chance the Rapper]
    Rick Ross – Gold Roses [ft. Drake]
    21 Savage – A Lot [ft. J. Cole]
    Nipsey Hussle – Racks in the Middle [ft. Roddy Ricch and Hit-Boy]
    DaBaby – Suge

    Best Rap Performance
    J. Cole – Middle Child DaBaby – Suge Dreamville – Down Bad [ft. J.I.D., Bas, J. Cole, EARTHGANG, Young Nudy] Nipsey Hussle – Racks in the Middle [ft. Roddy Ricch and Hit-Boy] Offset – Clout [ft. Cardi B]

    Best Rap/Sung Collaboration
    DJ Khaled – Higher [ft. Nipsey Hussle and John Legend]
    Lil Baby and Gunna – Drip Too Hard
    Lil Nas X – Panini
    Mustard – Ballin [ft. Roddy Ricch]
    Young Thug – The London [ft. J. Cole and Travis Scott]


    Best Rock Performance
    Bones UK – Pretty Waste
    Gary Clark Jr. – This Land
    Brittany Howard – History Repeats
    Karen O & Danger Mouse – Woman
    Rival Sons – Too Bad

    Best Metal Performance
    Candlemass – Astorolus – The Great Octopus [ft. Tony Iommi] Death Angel – Humanicide
    I Prevail – Bow Down
    Killswitch Engage – Unleashed
    Tool – 7empest

    Best Rock Song
    Tool – Fear Inoculum
    The 1975 – Give Yourself a Try
    Vampire Weekend – Harmony Hall
    Brittany Howard – History Repeats
    Gary Clark Jr. – This Land

    Best Rock Album
    Bring Me the Horizon – amo
    Cage the Elephant – Social Cues
    The Cranberries – In the End
    I Prevail – Trauma
    Rival Sons – Feral Roots

    Best Alternative Music Album
    Big Thief – U.F.O.F.
    James Blake – Assume Form
    Bon Iver – i,i
    Vampire Weekend – Father of the Bride
    Thom Yorke – Anima


    Best R&B Performance
    Daniel Caesar – Love Again [ft. Brandy]
    H.E.R. – Could’ve Been [ft. Bryson Tiller]
    Lizzo – Exactly How I Feel [ft. Gucci Mane]
    Lucky Daye – Roll Some Mo
    Anderson .Paak – Come Home [ft. Andre 3000]

    Best Traditional R&B Performance
    Bj the Chicago Kid – Time Today
    India.Arie- Steady Love
    Lizzo – Jerome
    Lucky Daye – Real Games
    PJ Morton – Built for Love [ft. Jazmine Sullivan]

    Best R&B Song
    H.E.R. – Could’ve Been [ft. Bryson Tiller]
    Emily King – Look At Me Now
    Chris Brown – No Guidance [ft. Drake]
    Lucky Daye – Roll Some Mo
    PJ Morton – Say So [ft. JoJo]

    Best Urban Contemporary Album
    Steve Lacy – Apollo XXI
    Liz – Cuz I Love You
    Georgia Anne Muldrow – Overload
    Nao – Saturn
    Jessie Reyez – Being Human in Public

    Best R&B Album
    BJ the Chicago Kid – 1123
    Lucy Daye – Painted
    Ella Mai – Ella Mai
    PJ Morton – Paul
    Anderson .Paak – Ventura


    Best Dance Recording
    Bonobo – Linked
    The Chemical Brothers – Got to Keep On
    Medusa – Piece of Your Heart [ft. Goodboys]
    RÜFÜS DU SOL – Underwater
    Skrillex and Boys Noize – Midnight Hour [ft. Ty Dolla $ign]

    Best Dance/Electronic Album
    Apparat – LP5
    The Chemical Brothers – No Geography
    Flume – Hi This Is Flume (Mixtape)
    RÜFÜS DU SOL – Solace
    Tyco – Weather


    Best Comedy Album
    Jim Gaffigan – Quality Time
    Ellen DeGeneres – Relatable
    Aziz Ansari – Right Now
    Trevor Noah – Son of Patricia
    Dave Chapelle – Sticks and Stones


    Best Remixed Recording
    Madonna – I Rise (Tracy Young’s Pride Intro Radio Remix)
    Miley Cyrus – Mother’s Daughter (Wuki Remix)
    Jorja Smith – The One (High Contrast Remix)
    Mild Minds – Swim (Ford. Remix)
    Maria Davidson – Work It (Soulwax Remix)

    Music for Visual Media

    Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media
    Various Artists – The Lion King: The Songs
    Various Artists – Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
    Taron Egerton – Rocketman
    Various Artists – Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse
    Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper – A Star Is Born

    Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media
    Alan Silvestri – Avengers: Endgame
    Hildur Guðnadóttir – Chernobyl
    Ramin Djawadi – Game of Thrones: Season 8
    Hans Zimmer – The Lion King
    Marc Shaiman – Mary Poppins Returns

    Best Song Written for Visual Media
    Chris Stapleton – The Ballad of the Lonesome Cowboy
    Dolly Parton and Linda Perry – Girl in the Movies
    Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper – I’ll Never Love Again (Film Version)
    Beyoncé – Spirit
    Thom Yorke – Suspirium


    Best Recording Package
    Voces Del Bullerengue – Anónimas & Resilientes
    Chris Cornell – Chris Cornell
    The Muddy Basin Ramblers – Hold That Tiger
    Bon Iver – i,i
    Intellexual – Intellexual

    Best Boxed or Special Limited Edition Package
    Thom Yorke – Anima
    David Gray – Gold in Brass Age
    John Coltrane – 1963: New Directions
    Wilhelm Furtwängler & Berliner Philharmoniker – The Radio Recordings 1939-1945
    Various Artists – Woodstock: Back to the Garden – The Definitive 50th Anniversary

    Best Album Notes
    The Complete Cuban Jam Sessions – Judy Cantor-Navas
    The Gospel According to Malaco – Robert Maravich
    Pedal Steel + Four Corners – Brendan Greaves
    Pete Seeger: The Smithsonian Folkways Collection – Jeff Place
    Stay ’68: A Memphis Story – Steve Greenberg


    Producer of the Year, Non-Classical
    Jack Antonoff
    Dan Auerbach
    John Hill
    Ricky Reed

    Music Video/Film

    Best Music Video
    The Chemical Brothers – We’ve Got to Try
    Gary Clark Jr. – This Land
    FKA Twigs – Cellophane
    Lil Nas X and Billy Ray Cyrus – Old Town Road (Official Movie)
    Tove Lo – Glad He’s Gone

    Best Music Film
    Beyoncé – Homecoming
    David Crosby – Remember My Name
    Miles Davis – Birth of the Cool
    Various Artists – Shangri-La
    Thom Yorke – Anima


    Please enter your comment!
    Please enter your name here