Kenyan Artists that were Nominated and Won Prestigious Awards in 2021
21 December 2021
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By Brian Sikulu
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Music awards are recognition of an artist's hard work and creativity in creating good quality songs. In this article, we shall review some of the outstanding Kenyan musicians that were featured in some of the most prestigious awards.
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Celebrated Kenyan boy band Sauti Sol had another successful year as they bagged the All Africa Music Awards (AFRIMA) Best African Group award. The band also took home the African Muzik Magazine Awards and Music Festival (AFRIMMA) in a similar category.
The 19-year-old singer was the highlight of Afrima awards after winning in two categories. She won the Best Female Artiste in East Africa and Best Artiste, Duo, or Group in African R&B Soul awards. Nikita Kering managed to beat giants in the African music industry such as Adekunle Gold, Tems, Wizkid, Omah Lay, T'neeya, Oxlade, Gyakie, Aya Nakamura, and Elaine.
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The 13-year-old gospel singer made history after becoming the youngest artist to be crowned at the Afrima awards. She won the Best African Female Artiste in Inspirational Music award courtesy of her song 'God Will Make a Way'.
Naiboi & Wyre (Grammy nomination)
The two earned the recognition of the world's most prestigious awards for their contribution in the Jamaican singer Etana's album dubbed 'Pamoja'. The album was nominated for the Best Reggae Album at the Grammy awards. All artists featured in the songs that make up the album are also considered nominees. Naiboi took part in the production of the second song on the album dubbed 'Legacy' while Wyre took part in the production of the 10th song on the album dubbed 'The One'.
Octopizzo (Grammy consideration list)
The Kenyan rapper made it to The Grammy awards academy's consideration list in the following categories; Best Rap Performance (Pockets, Interlude), Producer of the year Non-Classical, Best Rap Song (Pockets, Interlude), Best Global music performance (Lela), and Best Global Album (Jungle Fever).
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