Babes Wodumo, Soweto Gospel Choir, Sjava, Saudi… Make Grammy Nominations List

. Source: ZAM Magazine/ Lorenzo Di Nozzi and Andy Philipson

The announcement of the nominees for the 61st Grammy Awards has been made. Four African acts made the nominations list, in the “World Music” category: ’s (with the album “Black Times”); Niger’s Bombino (with “Deran”); ’s Fatoumata Diawara (with “Fenfo – Something to Say”); and South Africa’s (with “Freedom”).

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was founded in Soweto, South Africa, by David Mulovhedzi and Beverly Bryer. “Freedom,” the song for which the choir is nominated, celebrates the centenary of Nelson Mandela and his struggles for freedom.

Soweto Gospel Choir has been be nominated thrice in a row (2007-2009) for the Grammy and won two of its nominations. The group joins Ladysmith Black Mambazo (who won the Grammy with “Shaka Zulu” in 1988, “Raise Your Spirit Higher” in 2005, “Ilembe: Honouring Shaka Zulu” in 2009, “Live: Singing for Peace around the World” in 2014, and “Shaka Zulu Revisited: 3oth Anniversary Celebration in 2018.”)

Ladysmith Black Mambazo has had an impressive string of wins. But she did not make this year’s nominations list. Soweto Gospel Choir, known for songs such as “Amazing Grace” and “Khumbaya” has had a great run at the Grammy too and just might clinch it for a record third time.

By the way, in a sense, Soweto Gospel Choir wouldn’t be the only South African nominee for the 61st Grammy Awards, as “Black Panther: The Album,” nominated in the Album of the Year category, features five South African stars.

Queen and “Umphabazo” mastermind is one. She made it with the track “Redemption,” which also featured Zacari (not South Africa.)

The others are BET Award winner , who made it with the track “Seasons,” which also featured Mozzy (not South African).

The final two South African artistes on “Black Panther: The Album” are Yugen Blakrok and who made it with the tracks “Opps” (featuring Vince Staples (not South African)) and “X” (featuring Schoolboy Q, 2 Chainz (not South Africans)) respectively.

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See the full nomination list for the 2019 Grammy below.

World Music

Bombino – Deran
Fatoumata Diawara – Fenfo
& Egypt 80 – Black Times

Soweto Gospel Choir – Freedom
Yiddish Glory – The Lost Songs of World War II

Album of the Year

H.E.R. – H.E.R.
Brandie Carlile – By the Way, I Forgive You
Drake – Scorpion
Various Artists – Black Panther: The Album
Kacey Musgraves – Golden Hour
Post Malone – Beerbongs & Bentleys
Cardi B – Invasion of Privacy
Janelle Monáe – Dirty Computer

Record of the Year

Cardi B – I Like It
Brandi Carlile – The Joke
Childish Gambino – This Is America
Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper – Shallow
Drake – God’s Plan
Kendrick Lamar & SZA – All the Stars
Post Malone & 21 Savage – Rockstar
Zedd & Maren Morris – The Middle

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Song of the Year

Kendrick Lamar & SZA – All the Stars
Ella Mai – Boo’d Up
Drake – God’s Plan
Shawn Mendes – In My Blood
Brandy Carlile – The Joke
Zedd & Maren Morris – The Middle
Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper – Shallow
Childish Gambino – This Is America

Best New Artist

Chloe x Halle
Luke Combs
Greta Van Fleet
Dua Lipa
Margo Price
Bebe Rexha
Jorja Smith


Best R&B Album

Toni Braxton – Sex & Cigarettes
Leon Bridges – Good Thing
Lalah Hathaway – Honestly
H.E.R. – H.E.R.
PJ Morton – Gumbo Unplugged

Best Solo Pop Performance

Beck – “Colors”

Camila Cabello – “Havana”

Ariana Grande – “God Is A Woman”

Lady Gaga – “Joanne (Where Do You Think You’re Goin’?)”

Post Malone – “Better Now”

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance

Christina Aguilera feat. Demi Lovato – “Fall In Line”

Backstreet Boys – “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart”

Tony Bennett and Diana Krall – “‘S Wonderful”

Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper – “Shallow”

Maroon 5 feat. Cardi B – “Girls Like You”

Justin Timberlake feat. Chris Stapelton – “Say Something”

Zedd and Maren Morris – “The Middle”

Best Pop Vocal Album

Camila Cabello – Camila

Kelly Clarkson – Meaning of Life

Ariana Grande – Sweetener

Shawn Mendes – Shawn Mendes

Pink – Beautiful Trauma

Taylor Swift – Reputation

Best Dance Recording

Above & Beyond – “Northern Soul”

Disclosure – “Ultimatum”

Fisher – “Losing It”

Silk City and Dua Lipa feat. Diplo and Mark Ronson – “Electricity”

Virtual Self – “Ghost Voices”

Best Dance/Electronic Album

Jon Hopkins – Singularity

Justice – Woman Worldwide

Sofi Tukker – Treehouse

SOPHIE – Oil of Every Pearl’s Un-Insides

TOKiMONSTA – Lune Rouge

Best Rock Performance

Arctic Monkeys – “Four Out of Five”

Chris Cornell – “When Bad Does Good”

The Fever 333 – “Made An America”

Greta Van Fleet – “Highway Tune”

Halestorm – “Uncomfortable”

Best Rock Song

Greta Van Fleet – “Black Smoke Rising”

Twenty One Pilots – “Jumpsuit”

Bring Me the Horizon – “MANTRA”

St. Vincent – “Masseduction”

Ghost – “Rats”

Best Rock Album

Alice in Chains – Rainier Fog

Fall Out Boy – M A N I A

Ghost – Prequelle

Greta Van Fleet – From the Fires

Weezer – Pacific Daydream

Best Alternative Music Album

Arctic Monkeys – Tranquility Base Hotel and Casino

Beck – Colors

Björk – Utopia

David Byrne – American Utopia

St. Vincent – Masseduction

Best Metal Performance

Between the Buried and Me – “Condemned to the Gallows”

Deafheaven – “Honeycomb”

High On Fire – “Electric Messiah”

Trivium – “Betrayer”

Underoath – “On My Teeth”

Best R&B Performance

Toni Braxton – “Long As I Live”

The Carters (Jay-Z and Beyoncé) – “Summer”

Lalah Hathaway – “Y O Y”

H.E.R. feat. Daniel Caesar – “Best Part”

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Omawumi – Africa Ft. Salif Keita & Uhuru

PJ Morton – “First Began”

Best R&B Song

Ella Mai – “Boo’d Up”

Miguel feat. J. Cole and Salaam Rmi – “Come Through And Chill”

Childish Gambino – “Feels Like Summer”

H.E.R. – “Focus”

Toni Braxton – “Long As I Live”

Best Urban Contemporary Album

The Carters (Jay-Z and Beyoncé) – Everything Is Love

Chloe x Halle – The Kids Are Alright

Chris Dave and the Drumhedz – Chris Dave and the Drumhedz

Miguel – War & Leisure

Meshell Ndegeocello – Ventriloquism

Best R&B Album

Toni Braxton – Sex & Cigarettes

Leon Bridges – Good Thing

Lalah Hathaway – Honestly

H.E.R. – H.E.R.

PJ Morton – Gumbo

Best Rap Performance

Cardi B – “Be Careful”

Drake – “Nice For What”

Kendrick Lamar, Jay Rock, Future & James Blake – “King’s Dead”

Anderson .Paak – “Bubblin”

Travis Scott, Drake, Big Hawk & Swae Lee – “Sicko Mode”

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Best Rap/Sung Performance

Christina Aguilera feat. Goldlink – “Like I Do”

6LACK feat. J. Cole – “Pretty Little Fears”

Childish Gambino – “This is America”

Kendrick Lamar and SZA – “All the Stars”

Post Malone and 21 Savage – “Rockstar”

Best Rap Song

Drake – “God’s Plan”

Kendrick Lamar, Jay Rock, Future & James Blake – “King’s Dead”

Eminem – “Lucky You”

Travis Scott, Drake, Big Hawk & Swae Lee – “Sicko Mode”

Jay Rock and Kendrick Lamar – “Win”

Best Rap Album

Cardi B – Invasion of Privacy

Mac Miller – Swimming

Nipsey Hussle – Victory Lap

Pusha-T – Daytona

Travis Scott – Astroworld

Best Compilation Soundtrack For Visual Media

Call Me By Your Name

Deadpool 2

The Greatest Showman

Lady Bird

Stranger Things

Best Score Soundtrack For Visual Media

Black Panther

Blade Runner 2049


The Shape Of Water

Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Best Comedy Album

Patton Oswalt – Annihilation

Dave Chappelle – Equanimity & The Bird Revelation

Jim Gaffigan – Noble Ape

Fred Armisen – Standup For Drummers

Chris Rock – Tamborine

Best Spoken Word Album

Courtney B. Vance – Accessory To War (Neil deGrasse Tyson & Avis Lang)

David Sedaris – Calypso

Questlove – Creative Quest

Jimmy Carter – Faith – A Journey For All

Tiffany Haddish – The Last Black Unicorn

Best Song Written For Visual Media

Kendrick Lamar and SZA – “All The Stars”

Sufjan Stevens – “Mystery Of Love”

Miguel feat. Natalia Lafourcade – “Remember Me”

Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper – “Shallow”

Keala Settle and The Greatest Showman Ensemble – “This is Me”

Producer of the Year, Non-Classical


Larry Klein

Linda Perry

Kanye West

Pharrell Williams

Best Music Video

The Carters – “Apes***”

Childish Gambino – “This Is America”

Joyner Lucas – “I’m Not Racist”

Janelle Monáe – “Pynk”

Tierra Whack – “Mumbo Jumbo”

The Grammy awards will hold at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, United States, February 10, 2019.


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