Winning the Grammy Awards is regarded by many musicians as the pinnacle of their music career.
History was recently made as, for the first time, seven Nigerian and Afrobeat artists were nominated for the Grammy awards in different categories.
This immense achievement comes barely eight months after Tems became the first female Nigerian artist to win the prestigious accolade.
However, this isn't the first time multiple Nigerian artists have been nominated at the Grammys but have not won.
Legit.ng, in this article, has compiled a list of Nigerian artists who have been nominated for the Grammys in the past but didn't win:
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1. King Sunny Ade was nominated twice but didn't win
Veteran Nigerian singer King Sunny Ade is the first Nigerian to be nominated for the Grammy award.
His first nomination was in 1983 for his album "Synchro System". He was a nominee for the Best Ethnic or Traditional Folk Recording.
The veteran artist lost on both occasions.
2. Burna Boy has been nominated four times and lost
The Afro-fusion maestro is regarded by many as the most talented musician out of Nigeria at the moment.
Damini Ogulu, aka Burna Boy, was first nominated for his first Grammys' in 2020 for his album African Giant, but he lost.
In 2021, the African Giant was back among the nominees, but this time he won. Just like he did the previous year, he was back amongst the nominees again, but this time for two categories.
However, he lost on both occasions. Burna Boy, in 2023, made history as he got nominated in four different categories, the highest ever by a Nigerian artist.
3. Wizkid has four nominations, one win
But he didn't get there without his fair share of heartbreaks.
Ayo Balogun has been nominated for the Grammy award four times. The Afrobeat superstar got his first nomination 2016 for Album of the Year as a featured artist.
He got his second nomination in 2021 for Best Music Video for his work on Brown Skin Girl.
4. Femi Kuti is the Nigerian artist with most six nominations without a win:
He got his first nomination in 2003 for his "Fight to Win" album. It was a nominee for the category of Best World Music Album.
Since 2003, he has been nominated five more times, three in the category of Best World Music Album (2009, 2011 & 2013), once for Best Global Music Album and most recently in 2022 with his son for Best Global Music Performance.
5. Seun Kuti has one nomination
Another of the Kuti legacy, Oluseun Anikulapo-Kuti, is another Nigerian who has been nominated but has yet to taste victory.
Seun Kuti got his first and only nomination in 2019 for his work, "Black Times." However, this was a historic moment for the Kuti family as he and his brother were nominated in the same category.
This was the first two brothers who were nominated for the same award.
6. Tems has two nominations, one win
Earlier this year, the Nigerian vocal powerhouse Temilade Openiyi, aka Tems, won her first Grammy award as a featured artist on Future's song "Wait For U" You.
However, before her win with Future, Tems got her first nomination in 2022 as a featured artist on Wizkid's song Essence; they were nominated for Best Global Music Performance but lost.
Video of Davido shading Burna Boy, Wizkid over Grammy nominations trends
Meanwhile, Legit.ng recalls reporting when Nigerians dug up an old clip of Davido bashing some of his colleague's songs that got Grammy nominations.
He made these comments during an interview with Ebuka Obi-Uchendu, who asked him if Afrobeat artists needed to tweak their sounds so they could win the prestigious award.
However, Unavailable artist responded, noting that even if an artist tweaked his song, it doesn't mean he would get Grammy recognitions.
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