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India At Grammys 2023: Anoushka Shankar, Berklee Indian Ensemble and Ricky Kej Nominated

From dwell albums to collaborations, we rob a admire at the Indian and Indian-origin artists nominated by the Recording Academy for song’s ultimate evening

Anurag Tagat
Nov 16, 2022





(from left to pretty) Ricky Kej with Stewart Copeland, Anoushka Shankar and the Berklee Indian Ensemble. Photos: Courtesy of Lahari Song (Kej and Copeland), Laura Lewis (Shankar), TD Mosaic Pageant (Berklee Indian Ensemble)

Beyoncé, Kendrick Lamar and Adele are amongst the cease nominees at the upcoming 2023 model of The Grammy Awards, however as all the time, there are lots of more than just a few narratives jumping out of the nominations this time.

With a entire of 91 awards being given out in varied categories at The Grammys 2023 – to be held on February fifth – Indians maintain been affirming a fixed presence over the years. Composer and producer Ricky Kej received his first Grammy for his album Winds of Samsara in 2015 within the Most provocative Contemporary Age Album class and he’s saved coming lend a hand for more. In 2022, Kej’s collaborative album with The Police drummer Stewart Copeland, Divine Tides, clinched one other Grammy for Most provocative Contemporary Age Album.

Now, Divine Tides has picked up a nomination for Most provocative Immersive Audio Album at the Grammys 2023 – with credits going to “immersive combine engineer” Eric Schilling and “immersive producers” listed as Copeland, Kej and Herbert Waltl. Kej took to Instagram to focus on about the nomination: “Joyful and humbled. I pretty obtained nominated for my third Grammy® Award! This time for ‘Most provocative Immersive Audio Album’ for Divine Tides. Stewart Copeland and I are immensely grateful to the entire crew of Divine Tides, especially immersive combine engineer Eric Schilling and combine producer Herbert Waltl. This feels fully surreal.”

London-born, Indo-American sitarist, vocalist and composer Anoushka Shankar has two nominations this yr, every within the an identical broader class of Global Song. Pakistani-origin singer-composer Arooj Aftab’s song “Udhero Na” with Shankar is nominated for Most provocative Global Song Performance, whereas the sitarist’s dwell album Between Us… (Are dwelling) with the Metropole Orkest, conductor Jules Buckley and hang player/percussionist Manu Delago has earned a nod for Most provocative Global Song Album. Shankar posted a video talking about the news and said, “I pretty obtained two Grammy nominations! For Between Us, my album and my dear friend Arooj Aftab’s song ‘Udhero Na’. These are my eighth and ninth nominations. Thanks so mighty!”

Multicultural, genre-hopping neighborhood Berklee Indian Ensemble earned their first-ever Grammy nomination for Most provocative Global Song Album, for their collab-heavy, star-studded 2022 album Shuruaat. In essence, this extends a nomination to fusion duo Shadow and Light (who collaborated on the observe “Dua”) and the likes of Zakir Hussain, Shankar Mahadevan, Shreya Ghoshal and Vijay Prakash, amongst others.  

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