Ghanaians Artists Who Have Won or Been Nominated For Grammy Awards Over The Years
The list of Ghanaian artists who have been nominated or won Grammy Awards.
- ROCKY DAWUNI
Rocky Dawuni is a Ghanaian singer, songwriter, and record producer who performs his signature ‘Afro Roots’ sound which is a mixture of Reggae, Afrobeat, Highlife and Soul music. he currently lives between Ghana and Los Angeles.
Dawuni got acquainted with Reggae in Ghana when he heard a military band performing one of Bob Marley’s compositions in Michel Camp; a military barracks where he grew up. Dawuni started the annual “Independence Splash” festival, which is held in Ghana on Ghanaian Independence Day, March 6.
Dawuni has recorded eight full-length albums. His sixth studio album tilted Branches of The Same Tree was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Reggae Album in December 2015 for the 58th Annual Grammy Awards, released 31 March 2015 making him the first nominee from his home country of Ghana. He is a two-time Grammy nominated musician and activist.
Joseph Kwame Addison, popularly known as KillBeatz, is a Ghanaian music producer and sound engineer. He is a member of music group R2Bees and is also the CEO of Legacy Life Entertainment, which has signed the Ghanaian musician King Promise.
KillBeatz started playing instruments for his church before he ventured into secular music. He started as a rapper and later switched to music production. He got the name KillBeatz from Ghanaian rapper Omar Sterling (Paedae) of R2Bees.
He was helped by Ghanaian music producer Kaywa at the early stage of his career. He worked with artists like Sarkodie, Efya, R2Bees, Wizkid, Ed Sheeran and Fuse ODG, among others.
KillBeatz won Producer of the Year at the Vodafone Ghana Music Awards (VGMA) in 2013, 2014, and 2018. He received production credit on a song tilted “Bibia Be Ye Ye” by British singer Ed Sheeran featuring UK-based Ghanaian artiste Fuse ODG. The song was part of Ed Sheeran’s “Divide” album, which won the Best Pop Vocal Album at the 60th Grammy Awards in 2018.
3. FUSE ODG
Nana Richard Abiona, better known by his stage name Fuse ODG, is an English-Ghanaian singer, songwriter and rapper. He is best known for his singles “Antenn” and “Dangerous Love”, and for featuring on Major Lazer’s “Light It Up (Remix)”.
On 2 June 2013, Fuse ODG released his debut single “Antenna”, the song peaked at number 7 on the UK Singles Chart, the song also peaked at number 85 on the Irish Singles Chart.
On 29 September 2013, he released the single “Azonto”, the song which peaked at number 30 on the UK Singles Chart. On 19 October 2013, he was rewarded “Best African Act” at the MOBO Award’s 18th Anniversary. He recently won four awards at the Urban Music Awards 2013; Best Music Video, Best Single, Best Artiste and Best Collaboration.
These are the only Ghanaian artist who have been recognized by Grammy Awards.