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E! NEWS :Three Grammy Nominations For A Legend – Femi Kuti

Posted by STAFF on December 2, 2011 in News · 0 Comments


Afrobeat singer Femi Kuti has been nominated at the 54th edition of the prestigious Grammy Awards.

Femi picked up his third ever nomination in the World Music Category for his ‘Africa for Africa‘ album last night Wednesday, November 30, 2011 when the list was unveiled at the ‘Grammy Nominations Concert Live!!‘ in Los Angeles, US.

In 2003, Femi, eldest son of late Afrobeat pioneer Fela Anikulapo Kuti picked up his first ever Grammy Award nomination but lost out to Panamanian salsa singer Rubén Blades. He similarly lost in 2010 when he was nominated in the same category. US banjo player Bela Fleck walked away with the award.

His recent nomination sees him up against Latin/Roots music band AfroCubism, South African male choral group Ladysmith Black Mambazo, and Malian band Tinariwen.

Femi has vowed not to attend the Grammys again after losing out the first time he was nominated. Femi disclosed then that he regret attending the prestigious event.

Last year, he said;

“When I arrived at the red carpet, nobody came for me, my record company didn’t come, I felt stupid and so I knew I could not win. I sacked my manager, a French man, and they sacked me too. The journey back home was very long. I felt sad. Since then I vowed never to attend the Grammy Awards again.

My father never went for any awards, and where they presented him an award, he didn’t go personally and when they brought the award to him, he would send them back with the award. One day, I was at the World Music Awards and I brought the awards, he said did I send you? You better take it back. As I grew older, I understood what he was saying then.”

Other Nominees

ALBUM OF THE YEAR

Adele, 21

The Foo Fighters, Wasting Light

Lady Gaga, Born This Way

Bruno Mars, Doo-Wops and Hooligans

Rihanna, Loud

RECORD OF THE YEAR

Adele, ‘Rolling in the Deep’

Bon Iver, ‘Holocene’

Bruno Mars, ‘Grenade’

Mumford & Sons, ‘The Cave’

Katy Perry, ‘Firework’

SONG OF THE YEAR

Kanye West, ‘All of the Lights’

Mumford & Sons, ‘The Cave’

Bruno Mars, ‘Grenade’

Bon Iver, ‘Holocene’

Adele, ‘Rolling in the Deep’

BEST NEW ARTIST

The Band Perry

Bon Iver

J. Cole

Nicki Minaj

Skrillex

BEST POP SOLO PERFORMANCE

‘Someone Like You’ — Adele

‘Yoü And I’ — Lady Gaga

‘Grenade’ — Bruno Mars

‘Firework’ — Katy Perry

‘F***in’ Perfect’ — Pink

BEST POP DUO/GROUP PERFORMANCE

‘Body And Soul’ — Tony Bennett & Amy Winehouse

‘Dearest’ — The Black Keys

‘Paradise’ — Coldplay

‘Pumped Up Kicks’ — Foster The People

‘Moves Like Jagger’ — Maroon 5 & Christina Aguilera

BEST DANCE RECORDING

‘Raise Your Weapon’ — Deadmau5 & Greta Svabo Bech

‘Barbra Streisand’ — Duck Sauce

‘Sunshine’ — David Guetta & Avicii

‘Call Your Girlfriend’ — Robyn

‘Scary Monsters And Nice Sprites’ — Skrillex

‘Save The World’ — Swedish House Mafia

BEST DANCE/ELECTRONICA ALBUM

Zonoscope, Cut/Copy

4×4=12, Deadmau5

Nothing But The Beat, David Guetta

Body Talk, Pt. 3, Robyn

Scary Monsters And Nice Sprites, Skrillex

BEST TRADITIONAL POP VOCAL ALBUM

Duets II, Tony Bennett & Various Artists

The Gift, Susan Boyle

In Concert On Broadway, Harry Connick Jr.

Music Is Better Than Words, Seth MacFarlane

What Matters Most – Barbra Streisand Sings The Lyrics Of Alan And Marilyn Bergman, Barbra Streisand

BEST ROCK PERFORMANCE

‘Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall’ — Coldplay

‘Down By The Water’ — The Decemberists

‘Walk’ — Foo Fighters

‘The Cave’ — Mumford & Sons

‘Lotus Flower’ — Radiohead

BEST HARD ROCK/METAL PERFORMANCE

‘On The Backs Of Angels’ — Dream Theater

‘White Limo’ — Foo Fighters

‘Curl Of The Burl’ — Mastodon

‘Public Enemy No. 1? — Megadeth

‘Blood In My Eyes’ — Sum 41

BEST ROCK ALBUM

Rock ‘N’ Roll Party Honoring Les Paul — Jeff Beck

Wasting Light — Foo Fighters

Come Around Sundown — Kings Of Leon

I’m With You — Red Hot Chili Peppers

The Whole Love — Wilco

BEST ALTERNATIVE MUSIC ALBUM

Bon Iver — Bon Iver

Codes and Keys — Death Cab For Cutie

Torches — Foster The People

Circuital — My Morning Jacket

The King of Limbs — Radiohead

BEST TRADITIONAL R&B PERFORMANCE

‘Sometimes I Cry’ — Eric Benét

‘Fool For You’ — Cee Lo Green & Melanie Fiona

‘Radio Message’ — R. Kelly

‘Good Man’ — Raphael Saadiq

‘Surrender’ — Betty Wright & The Roots

BEST R&B ALBUM

F.A.M.E. — Chris Brown

Second Chance — El DeBarge

Love Letter — R. Kelly

Pieces Of Me — Ledisi

Kelly — Kelly Price

BEST RAP/SUNG COLLABORATION

‘Party’ — Beyoncé & André 3000

‘I’m On One’ — DJ Khaled, Drake, Rick Ross & Lil Wayne

‘I Need A Doctor’ — Dr. Dre, Eminem & Skylar Grey

‘What’s My Name?’ — Rihanna & Drake

‘Motivation’ — Kelly Rowland & Lil Wayne

‘All Of The Lights’ — Kanye West, Rihanna, Kid Cudi & Fergie

BEST RAP PERFORMANCE

‘Look At Me Now’ — Chris Brown, Lil Wayne & Busta Rhymes

‘Otis’ — Jay-Z & Kanye West

‘The Show Goes On’ — Lupe Fiasco

‘Moment 4 Life’ — Nicki Minaj & Drake

‘Black And Yellow’ — Wiz Khalifa

BEST RAP ALBUM

Watch The Throne, Jay-Z & Kanye West

Tha Carter IV, Lil Wayne

Lasers, Lupe Fiasco

Pink Friday, Nicki Minaj

My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, Kanye West

BEST COUNTRY SOLO PERFORMANCE

‘Dirt Road Anthem’ — Jason Aldean

‘I’m Gonna Love You Through It’ — Martina McBride

‘Honey Bee’ — Blake Shelton

‘Mean’ — Taylor Swift

‘Mama’s Song’ — Carrie Underwood

BEST COUNTRY SONG

‘Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not’ — Jim Collins & David Lee Murphy

‘God Gave Me You’ — Dave Barnes

‘Just Fishin’’ — Casey Beathard, Monty Criswell & Ed Hill

‘Mean’ — Taylor Swift

‘Threaten Me With Heaven’ — Vince Gill, Amy Grant, Will Owsley & Dillon O’Brian

‘You And Tequila’ — Matraca Berg & Deana Carter

BEST AMERICANA ALBUM

Emotional Jukebox — Linda Chorney

Pull Up Some Dust And Sit Down — Ry Cooder

Hard Bargain — Emmylou Harris

Ramble At The Ryman — Levon Helm

Blessed — Lucinda Williams

BEST WORLD MUSIC ALBUM

AfroCubism – AfroCubism

Femi Kuti- Africa For Africa

Ladysmith Black Mambazo- Songs From A Zulu Farm

Tinariwen- Tassili

BEST BLUES ALBUM

Low Country Blues — Gregg Allman

Roadside Attractions — Marcia Ball

Man In Motion — Warren Haynes

The Reflection — Keb’ Mo’

Revelator — Tedeschi Trucks Band

BEST FOLK ALBUM

Barton Hollow — The Civil Wars

I’ll Never Get Out Of This World Alive — Steve Earle

Helplessness Blues — Fleet Foxes

Ukulele Songs — Eddie Vedder

The Harrow & The Harvest — Gillian Welch

Source:Nigeriafilms.com





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