African artists win multiple Grammys

Africans bagged multiple Grammys in two different categories last night at the 65th annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles.

Nigerian musician Temilade Openiyi, who goes by the stage name Tems, won a Grammy for Best Melodic Rap performance for her song with Future and Drake “Wait for U,” becoming the first Nigerian female artist to win a Grammy. This is the 27-year old’s first Grammy.

DJ Edu, host of BBC’s music show This Is Africa, said Tems has a “unique” style.

“It’s great to see Tems getting this recognition. She’s always stood out from the crowd, being true to her own unique sound and style, and I’m really happy she’s achieved such heights without having to conform,” he told BBC News.

The South African trio of Zakes Bantwini, Nomcebo Zikode and Wouter Kellerman won the Grammy for Best Global Music Performance at the 65th annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles last night for their song “Bayethe”.

“I want to say we’re coming from Africa, from South Africa. And this moment we’re here for anybody who is in Africa just proves and affirms every dream is valid. I want to say thank you very much to the Academy. To each and every one and for every child in the ghetto, in the village, know it’s possible,” Bantwini said in his acceptance speech.

Nomcebo Zikode is the singer that gave the world the hit “Jerusalema” which she referenced in her acceptance speech.

Nigerian musician Tems (left), real name Temilade Openiyi, became the first Nigerian female to win a Grammy. On the right is the South African trio of Zakes Bantwini, Nomcebo Zikode and Wouter Kellerman won the Grammy for Best Global Music Performance at the 65th annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles on Sunday, Feb. 5, 2023. Photos: Courtesy the Grammys

“Thank you so much to God. You know I once gave the world a song that took the world by storm. The world that got us together, but I didn’t get this nomination or this award. But God was saying to me, ‘Don’t worry my daughter, I will give you Bayethe. Thank you so much to my mom. Thank you so much to my husband, Selwyn Fraser. Believe me, this is yours. Your support is amazing. Thank you so much to all my team. Thank you,” said Zikode.

“Thank you so much. This is such a beautiful moment. On the road to sharing South African culture with the world, thank you Nomcebo and Zakes for your incredible creativity and

thanks to all the musicians that work on the album,” Kellerman said in his acceptance speech.

The category is not part of the live televised award ceremony. That globally televised Grammy ceremony was hosted by fellow South African Trevor Noah.

The category was dominated by Africans this year with three of the four nominees being from Africa. There was Uganda’s Eddy Kenzo for his song with Matt B “Gimme Love” and Nigeria’s Burna Boy for his “Last Last” as well as Ghanaian Rocky Dawuni featuring Blvk H3ro for “Neva Bow Down.”

Below is the full list of Grammy nominees and winners:

Record Of The Year:

Don’t Shut Me Down – ABBA

Easy On Me – Adele


Good Morning Gorgeous – Mary J. Blige

You And Me On The Rock -Brandi Carlile Featuring Lucius

Woman – Doja Cat

Bad Habit – Steve Lacy

The Heart Part 5 – Kendrick Lamar

About Damn Time – Lizzo (WINNER)

As It Was – Harry Styles

Album Of The Year:

Voyage – ABBA

30 – Adele

Un Verano Sin Ti – Bad Bunny


Good Morning Gorgeous (Deluxe) – Mary J. Blige

In These Silent Days – Brandi Carlile

Music Of The Spheres – Coldplay

Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers – Kendrick Lamar

Special – Lizzo

Harry’s House – Harry Styles (WINNER)

Song Of The Year:

Gayle – “Abcdefu”

Lizzo – “About Damn Time”

Taylor Swift – “All Too Well (10 Minute Version)”

Harry Styles – “As It Was”

Steve Lacy – “Bad Habit”

Beyoncé – “Break My Soul”

DJ Khaled – “God Did”

Kendrick Lamar – “The Heart Part 5”

Adele – “Easy on Me”

Bonnie Raitt – “Just Like That” (WINNER)

Best New Artist:


Omar Apollo

DOMi and JD Beck

Muni Long

Samara Joy (WINNER)



Tobe Nwigwe

Molly Tuttle

Wet Leg

Best Pop Solo Performance:

Adele – “Easy on Me” (WINNER)

Bad Bunny – “Moscow Mule”

Doja Cat – “ Woman”

Steve Lacy – “Bad Habit”

Lizzo – “About Damn Time”

Harry Styles – “As It Was”

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance:

ABBA – “Don’t Shut Me Down”

Camila Cabello featuring Ed Sheeran – “Bam Bam”

Coldplay and BTS – “My Universe”

Post Malone and Doja Cat – “I Like You (A Happier Song)”

Sam Smith and Kim Petras – “Unholy” (WINNER) 

Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album:

Michael Bublé – Higher (WINNER)

Kelly Clarkson – When Christmas Comes Around

Norah Jones – I Dream of Christmas (Extended)

Pentatonix – Evergreen

Diana Ross – Thank You

Best Pop Vocal Album:

ABBA – Voyage

Adele – 30

Coldplay – Music of the Spheres

Lizzo – Special

Harry Styles – Harry’s House (WINNER) 

Best Dance/Electronic Recording:

Beyoncé – “Break My Soul”Bonobo – “Rosewood” (WINNER)

Diplo and Miguel – “Don’t Forget My Love”

David Guetta and Bebe Rexha – “I’m Good (Blue)”

Kaytranada featuring H.E.R. – “Intimidated”

Rüfüs Du Sol – “On My Knees”

Best Dance/Electronic Music Album:

Beyoncé – Renaissance (WINNER) 

Bonobo – Fragments

Diplo – Diplo

Odesza – The Last Goodbye

Rüfüs Du Sol – Surrender

Best Rock Performance:

Bryan Adams – “So Happy It Hurts”

Beck – “Old Man”

The Black Keys – “Wild Child”

Brandi Carlile – “Broken Horses” (WINNER) 

Idles – “Crawl!”

Ozzy Osbourne featuring Jeff Beck – “Patient Number 9”

Turnstile – “Holiday”

Best Metal Performance:

Ghost – “Call Me Little Sunshine”

Megadeth – “We’ll Be Back”

Muse – “Kill or Be Killed”

Ozzy Osbourne featuring Tony Iommi – “Degradation Rules” (WINNER)

Turnstile – “Blackout”

Best Rock Song:

Red Hot Chili Peppers – “Black Summer”

Turnstile – “Blackout”

Brandi Carlile – “Broken Horses” (WINNER) 

The War on Drugs – “Harmonia’s Dream”

Ozzy Osbourne featuring Jeff Beck – “Patient Number 9”

Best Rock Album:

The Black Keys – Dropout Boogie

Elvis Costello and the Imposters – The Boy Named If

Idles – Crawler

Machine Gun Kelly – Mainstream Sellout

Ozzy Osbourne – Patient Number 9 (WINNER) 

Spoon – Lucifer on the Sofa

Best Alternative Music Performance:

Arctic Monkeys – “There’d Better Be a Mirrorball”

Big Thief – “Certainty”

Florence and the Machine – “King”

Wet Leg – “Chaise Longue” (WINNER)

Yeah Yeah Yeahs featuring Perfume Genius – “Spitting Off the Edge of the World”

Best Alternative Music Album:

Arcade Fire – We

Big Thief – Dragon New Warm Mountain I Believe in You

Björk – Fossora

Wet Leg – Wet Leg (WINNER) 

Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Cool It Down

Best R&B Performance:

Beyoncé – “Virgo’s Groove”

Mary J. Blige featuring Anderson .Paak – “Here With Me”

Muni Long – “Hrs and Hrs”  (WINNER) 

Lucky Daye – “Over”

Jazmine Sullivan – “Hurt Me So Good”

Best Traditional R&B Performance:

Snow Aalegra – “Do 4 Love”

Babyface featuring Ella Mai – “Keeps on Fallin’”

Beyoncé – “Plastic Off the Sofa”  (WINNER) 

Adam Blackstone featuring Jazmine Sullivan – “Round Midnight”

Mary J. Blige – “Good Morning Gorgeous”

Best R&B Song:

Beyoncé – “Cuff It” (WINNER) 

Mary J. Blige – “Good Morning Gorgeous”

Muni Long – “Hrs and Hrs”

Jazmine Sullivan – “Hurt Me So Good”

PJ Morton – “Please Don’t Walk Away”

Best Progressive R&B Album:

Cory Henry – Operation Funk

Steve Lacy – Gemini Rights (WINNER)

Terrace Martin – Drones

Moonchild – Starfruit

Tank and the Bangas – Red Balloon

Best R&B Album:

Mary J. Blige – Good Morning Gorgeous (Deluxe)

Chris Brown – Breezy (Deluxe)

Robert Glasper – Black Radio III  (WINNER) 

Lucky Daye – Candydrip

PJ Morton – Watch the Sun

Best Rap Performance:

DJ Khaled featuring Rick Ross, Lil Wayne, Jay-Z, John Legend, and Fridayy – “God Did”

Doja Cat – “Vegas”

Gunna and Future featuring Young Thug – “Pushin P”

Hitkidd and GloRilla – “F.N.F. (Let’s Go)”

Kendrick Lamar – “The Heart Part 5” (WINNER) 

Best Melodic Rap Performance:

DJ Khaled featuring Future and SZA – “Beautiful”

Future featuring Drake and Tems – “Wait for U”  (WINNER) 

Jack Harlow – “First Class”

Kendrick Lamar featuring Blxst and Amanda Reifer – “Die Hard”

Latto – “Big Energy (Live)”

Best Rap Song:

Jack Harlow featuring Drake – “Churchill Downs”

DJ Khaled featuring Rick Ross, Lil Wayne, Jay-Z, John Legend, and Fridayy – “God Did”

Kendrick Lamar – “The Heart Part 5” (WINNER) 

Gunna and Future featuring Young Thug – “Pushin P”

Future featuring Drake and Tems – “Wait for U”

Best Rap Album:

DJ Khaled – God Did

Future – I Never Liked You

Jack Harlow – Come Home the Kids Miss You

Kendrick Lamar – Mr. Morale and the Big Steppers (WINNER) 

Pusha T – It’s Almost Dry

Best Country Solo Performance:

Kelsea Ballerini – “Heartfelt”

Zach Bryan – “Something in the Orange”

Miranda Lambert – “In His Arms”

Maren Morris – “Circles Around This Town”

Willie Nelson – “Live Forever” (WINNER)

Best Country Duo/Group Performance:

Ingrid Andress and Sam Hunt – “Wishful Drinking”

Brothers Osborne – “Midnight Rider’s Prayer”

Luke Combs and Miranda Lambert – “Outrunnin’ Your Memory”

Reba McEntire and Dolly Parton – “Does He Love You – Revisited”

Carly Pearce and Ashley McBryde – “Never Wanted to Be That Girl” (WINNER)

Robert Plant and Alison Krauss – “Going Where the Lonely Go”

Best Country Song:

Maren Morris – “Circles Around This Town”

Luke Combs – “Doin’ This”

Taylor Swift – “I Bet You Think About Me (Taylor’s Version)”

Miranda Lambert – “If I Was a Cowboy”

Willie Nelson – “I’ll Love You Till the Day I Die”

Cody Johnson – “’Til You Can’t” (WINNER) 

Best Country Album:

Luke Combs – Growin’ Up

Miranda Lambert – Palomino

Ashley McBryde – Ashley McBryde Presents: Lindeville

Maren Morris – Humble Quest

Willie Nelson – A Beautiful Time (WINNER) 

Best Latin Pop Album:

Christina Aguilera – Aguilera

Rubén Blades and Boca Livre – Pasieros (WINNER) 

Camilo – De Adentro Pa Afuera

Fonseca – Viajante

Sebastián Yatra – Dharma+

Best Música Urbana Album:

Rauw Alejandro – Trap Cake, Vol. 2

Bad Bunny – Un Verano Sin Ti (WINNER)

Daddy Yankee – Legendaddy

Farruko – La 167

Maluma – The Love and Sex Tape

Best Latin Rock or Alternative Album:

Cimafunk – El Alimento

Jorge Drexler – Tinta y Tiempo

Mon Laferte – 1940 Carmen

Gaby Moreno – Alegoría

Fito Paez – Los Años Salvajes

Rosalía – Motomami (WINNER) 

Best Regional Mexican Music Album (Including Tejano):

Chiquis – Abeja Reina

Natalia Lafourcade – Un Canto por México – El Musical (WINNER) 

Los Tigres Del Norte – La Reunión (Deluxe)

Christian Nodal – EP #1 Forajido

Marco Antonio Solís – Qué Ganas de Verte (Deluxe)

Best Tropical Latin Album:

Marc Anthony – Pa’lla Voy (WINNER) 

La Santa Cecilia – Quiero Verte Feliz

Víctor Manuelle – Lado A Lado B

Tito Nieves – Legendario

Spanish Harlem Orchestra – Imágenes Latinas

Carlos Vives – Cumbiana II

Best American Roots Performance:

Bill Anderson featuring Dolly Parton – “Someday It’ll All Make Sense” (Bluegrass Version)

Madison Cunningham – “Life According to Raechel”

Fantastic Negrito – “Oh Betty”

Aaron Neville with the Dirty Dozen Brass Band – “Stompin’ Ground” (WINNER) 

Aoife O’Donovan and Allison Russell – “Prodigal Daughter”

Best Americana Performance:

Eric Alexandrakis – “Silver Moon [A Tribute to Michael Nesmith]”

Asleep at the Wheel featuring Lyle Lovett – “There You Go Again”

Blind Boys of Alabama featuring Black Violin – “The Message”

Brandi Carlile featuring Lucius – “You and Me on the Rock”

Bonnie Raitt – “Made Up Mind” (WINNER) 

Best American Roots Song:

Anaïs Mitchell – “Bright Star”

Sheryl Crow – “Forever”

Robert Plant and Alison Krauss – “High and Lonesome”

Bonnie Raitt – “Just Like That” (WINNER) 

Aoife O’Donovan and Allison Russell – “Prodigal Daughter”

Brandi Carlile featuring Lucius – “You and Me on the Rock”

Best Americana Album:

Brandi Carlile – In These Silent Days (WINNER) 

Dr. John – Things Happen That Way

Keb’ Mo’ – Good to Be…

Robert Plant and Alison Krauss – Raise the Roof

Bonnie Raitt – Just Like That

Best Bluegrass Album:

The Infamous Stringdusters – Toward the Fray

The Del McCoury Band – Almost Proud

Peter Rowan – Calling You From My Mountain

Molly Tuttle and Golden Highway – Crooked Tree (WINNER) 

Yonder Mountain String Band – Get Yourself Outside

Best Traditional Blues Album:

Gov’t Mule – Heavy Load Blues

Buddy Guy – The Blues Don’t Lie

Taj Mahal and Ry Cooder – Get On Board (WINNER) 

John Mayall – The Sun Is Shining Down

Charlie Musselwhite – Mississippi Son

Best Contemporary Blues Album:

Shamekia Copeland – Done Come Too Far

Eric Gales – Crown

Ben Harper – Bloodline Maintenance

North Mississippi Allstars – Set Sail

Edgar Winter – Brother Johnny (WINNER)

Best Folk Album:

Judy Collins – Spellbound

Madison Cunningham – Revealer (WINNER)

Janis Ian – The Light at the End of the Line

Aofie O’Donovan – Age of Apathy

Punch Brothers – Hell on Church Street

Best Reggae Album:

Kabaka Pyramid – The Kalling (WINNER)

Koffee – Gifted

Sean Paul – Scorcha

Protoje – Third Time’s the Charm

Shaggy – Com Fly Wid Mi

Best Global Music Performance:

Arooj Aftab and Anoushka Shankar – “Udhero Na”

Matt B and Eddy Kenzo – “Gimme Love”

Burna Boy – “Last Last”

Rocky Dawuni featuring Blvk H3ro – “Neva Bow Down”

Wouter Kellerman, Zaken Bantwini and Nomcebo Zikode – “Bayethe” (WINNER) 

Best Global Music Album:

Berklee Indian Ensemble – Shuruaat

Burna Boy – Love, Damini

Angélique Kidjo and Ibrahim Maalouf – Queen of Sheba

Anoushka Shankar, Metropole Orkest and Jules Buckley featuring Manu Delago – Between Us… (Live)

Masa Takumi – Sakura (WINNER) 

Best Comedy Album:

Dave Chappelle – The Closer (WINNER)

Jim Gaffigan – Comedy Monster

Randy Rainbow – A Little Brains, A Little Talent

Louis C.K. – Sorry

Patton Oswalt – We All Scream

Best Audio Book, Narration, and Storytelling Recording:

Jamie Foxx – Act Like You Got Some Sense

Mel Brooks – All About Me!: My Remarkable Life in Show Business

Lin-Manuel Miranda – Aristotle and Dante Dive Into the Waters of the World

Viola Davis – Finding Me (WINNER)

Questlove – Music Is History

Best Song Written for Visual Media:

Beyoncé – “Be Alive” (from King Richard)

Taylor Swift – “Carolina” (from Where the Crawdads Sing)

Lady Gaga – “Hold My Hand” (from Top Gun: Maverick)

Jessy Wilson featuring Angélique Kidjo – “Keep Rising (The Woman King)” (from The Woman King)

4*Town (Billie Eilish and Finneas O’Connell) – “Nobody Like U” (from Turning Red)

Lin-Manuel Miranda – “We Don’t Talk About Bruno” (from Encanto) (WINNER)

Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media:


Encanto (WINNER)

Stranger Things

Top Gun: Maverick

West Side Story

Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media:

Encanto – Germaine Franco (WINNER)

The Batman – Michael Giacchino

The Power of the Dog – Jonny Greenwood

Succession – Nicholas Britell

No Time to Die – Hans Zimmer

Best Music Video:

Adele – “Easy on Me”

BTS – “Yet to Come”

Doja Cat – “Woman”

Kendrick Lamar – “The Heart Part 5”

Harry Styles – “As It Was”

Taylor Swift – “All Too Well: The Short Film” (WINNER)

Best Music Film:

Adele One Night Only – Adele

Our World – Justin Bieber

Billie Eilish Live at the O2 – Billie Eilish

Motomami (Rosalía Tiktok Live Performance) – Rosalía

Jazz Fest: A New Orleans Story – Various Artists (WINNER)

A Band A Brotherhood A Barn – Neil Young and Crazy Horse

Producer of the Year, Non-Classical:

Jack Antonoff (WINNER)

Dan Auerbach



Dernst “D’Mile” Emile II

Songwriter of the Year, Non-Classical:

Amy Allen

Nija Charles

Tobias Jesso, Jr. (WINNER)


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