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Femi Kuti bags 4th Grammy nomination Dec 7th, 2013 @

08.12.2013 13:34 EST
For the fourth time in the space of 10 years Femi Kuti has been nominated for the Grammy Awards. The Nigerian Afrobeat singer and saxophonist has been nominated in the ‘World Music‘ category for his 2013 ‘No Place For My Dream‘ album released under Knitting Factory Records. Others in the category include French group Gipsy Kings, SA male choral group Ladysmith Black Mambazo and Indian musician Ravi Shankar. In 2003, Kuti picked up his first 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. In 2011, Kuti once again lost the award to Malian band Tinariwen for the album Tassili. Femi Kuti has been swarmed with congratulatory messages on Twitter where he supposedly received the news. ’Really haven’t heard. Thanks‘, he wrote while replying a congratulatory tweet. Kuti has however grown less optimistic about getting a Grammy Award. In 2011, Femi Kuti deliberately skipped out on attending the awards show stating that he ‘didn’t want to raise his hopes high’. Meanwhile, rapper Jay Z leads the list with nine nominations including best rap album, Kendrick Lamar, Macklemore n Ryan Lewis, Justin Timberlake, and Pharrell Williams follow closely with seven nods. Drake is up for five awards.

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