How Winning A Grammy Gives Portable 'Sleepless Nights'
8 February 2023
By Kinyua Mwangi
Controversial Street-pop artist from Nigeria Portable has disclosed his burning desire for a Grammy Award.
He says this is the award he treasures most and one that he would give everything for to just have it.
The ‘Apostle’ hitmaker in an interview with Nigerian comedian Timi Agbaje said that he was hoping that his 'Son Of Ika' would make a run at the Grammy Awards but it didn’t.
Nevertheless, he remains optimistic that he will one day make it as ‘The Best African Artist’ at the Grammys. It is a category that does not exist but he hopes that in future, the organizers will squeeze it ‘for his sake’.
He spoke moments after Nigerian songbird Tems won a Grammy on Sunday under Best Melodic Rap Performance. She featured in ‘Wait For U’ by Future who also featured Canadian rapper Drake in this song.
She was the only Nigerian who won a Grammy, in the 2023 edition edging out Burna Boy who had two nominations. Burna Boy’s first nomination was under Best Global Song performance for his 2022 most played song ‘Last Last.’
His second nomination was under the Best Global Album for his sixth studio album 'Love Damini' which he released in mid-2022.
Should Portable win a Grammy next year, he will be the 11th Nigerian to take the prestigious award home.
Wizkid, Kevin Olusola, Lekan Babalola, Chamillionaire, Sikiru Adepoju, Seal, Sade Adu, Cynthia Erivo are eight other Nigerians who won a Grammy in the past.