Why do Nigerian musicians rarely win Grammy Awards
It is very sad and terrible that, after all of
their hard work, persistence, and perseverance in the industry, Nigerian
artists find it so tough to make it to the Grammy Awards, despite the
fact that the Nigerian music industry has a plethora of good craft,
sounds, and artists. There have been attempts to uncover the hidden
secret underlying this dilemma, but no concrete solution or conclusion
has yet been revealed.
I can guarantee you that the country has good norms, culture, and history that can be utilized in our music to win us Grammys and distinguish Nigeria from other countries. Kudos to Burna Boy and others who recently got nominated or won the awards.
to Egwu Chidera Kingsley, also known as De-Code, a Nigerian highlife
musician, there are several reasons why Nigerian artists do not make it
to the Grammys.
claimed that many of the
new artists clamouring for the accolades in the country recently are
musically not the match of many of the Nigerian artists trying hard to
win the Grammies. He believes that performers whose music is more
traditional and original to their culture and history have a better
chance of being recognized.
He went on to say that, Winning an award like the Grammy is not even by hanging out with American stars, showcasing them, or knowing them. It's more about what you bring to the table in terms of originality. You don't expect Ayo Animashaun to add Drake and Beyonce to the Best Rap and Best R&B categories in the Headies Awards, much less for that artiste to win, when there are so many outstanding artists in America who don't even get nominated, much alone win.
It's one thing to be associated with the Grammy if a foreign artist uses you and the song wins one, but we're talking about you owning one. Many Afro-pop artists have stated that they want to win a Grammy award, which makes me chuckle. Is it because of the music that many Nigerian singers are now singing? Grammy is not for Nigerians, I agree with Ayo Animashaun. And I'll go into more detail later. First and foremost, I would like to urge all Nigerian musicians to use music to market their culture.
You can't sell ice to Eskimos; the only thing we can truly own and offer that the rest of the world would readily accept is our individuality, rather than attempting to imitate them. Many current Nigerian artists strive to sound like Drake, Chris Brown, or Migos in order to break through, but any craft that is more of copyright will never get you there.
You will notice that Nigerian musicians like Femi Kuti, Burna Boy, Patoranking, and others who have won or been nominated in the past are not "commercial" artists.
They are not equal to any of the current generation of Nigerian artists when it comes to musical talent. Their music sounds more like their culture and customs, and several of these musicians have won many awards. Apart from their extremely indigenous music, these individuals are frequently nominated in the International or World Music categories, which are the only ones allocated for Africans and other foreigners.
Nigerian hip hop and other genres do not meet international standards because we sound local and the sounds we distribute are of low quality. We do not utilize the correct nomenclatures, which are a dynamic and partially subjective collection of songs that may be recognised by having been played or recorded by a number of musical performers, frequently with various arrangements.
There is a best R&B album category at the Grammys, but someone who calls his music Afro-Soul, Fuji Blues, or any other name in Nigeria cannot win in that category. Let's look at the Grammy history of Sikiru Adepoju, who won the "Best World Contemporary World Music Album" in 2009 because he was a member of Mickey Hart's group Planet Drum US-1991, and Ayodeji Balogun, also known as Ayodeji.
When they want to honour an artist, they establish a category, and their people must be engaged; however, the kind of music we make in Nigeria cannot combine with what is available internationally.
David Adeleke aka Davido, Olamide Adedeji, and others have no chance of winning anything because their beats and sounds aren't strong enough to be compared to, say, a Drake or Jay Z to rap album of the year with Fuji polyrhythms of Wouter Keller, Flutist and Composer, best New Age Album in 2015, roots in classical music hence his techniques in mixing classical and contemporary music.
The musician claimed that the economic value of many foreign musicians did not match that of Nigerian musicians, citing Bruno Mars' average nightly gross as an example, which increased from 130,000 to 202,000 dollars, Esperanza Spalding's from 20,000 to 32,000 dollars, and Taylor Swift's from 125,000 to 600,000 dollars.
They're all paying taxes in the United States, where Academy is based. Nigeria's economy has little to benefit if an African wins, and the country's lack of data and excellent music has been an issue. No one has ever commanded the same level of respect as Fela.
Asa may earn respect if she was more deliberate with her sound, but she jeopardizes her authenticity with her primary followers, the French and Europeans. They enjoy the flavour in her sound without having to leave their comfort zone of classical music. While she has won some awards at home, including the Headies, Soundcity, and MTV Base awards, the number one issue is the ever-changing nature of genres in Nigeria.
You can imagine Olamide being enraged because Nasty C won the best rap song of the year. Our industry is still in its infancy, but we must infuse our own sounds in Nigeria with other African sounds.
Grammy organizers don't have that time, so we must be consistent in what we do. I know we will get there; our industry is still in its infancy, but we must infuse our own sounds in Nigeria with other African sounds.
We need to have that distinct sound, write them properly, and infuse them with significance so that we stand out. However, we need to enhance our music structure, established genre, and not be confined to the time signature.
Finally, because of the sort of workmanship we produce, which is not equal to the quality of global music, Nigeria rarely makes it to the Grammy awards.
However, if Nigerian artists produce a craft that says more about our culture and history, the country has a possibility of winning these prizes.