Pakistani singer Arooj Aftab is the first Pakistani woman to reach the List of Grammy nominations! She secured a spot in the Best New Artist category alongside artists such as Olivia Rodrigo, FINNEAS, The Kid LAROI and Jimmie Allen as well as a nomination for Best Global Performance.
In addition to being the first Pakistani woman to be nominated for an award, she is also the first Pakistani to be appointed in the Best New Artist category. Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan was nominated in 1996 for the best traditional folk album and the best music album in the world.
Aftab is originally from Lahore and attended Berklee College of Music in Boston where she studied music production and engineering. Its sound is strongly inspired by classical music, such as the ghazal. She grew up listening to artists such as Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan and American singer Jeff Buckley.
The Grammys, the music industry’s highest accolades, will be presented at a ceremony in Los Angeles on January 31, 2022. The nominees in each of the top three categories – album, song and record of the year – have gone from 10 to eight for the first time this year.
Among all the Grammys, American rapper Jay Z topped the list of artists with the most Grammy nominations on Tuesday, reaching a lifetime total of 83, placing him just ahead of the former Beatle Paul McCartney. The last three nominations for Jay-Z have come from collaborations with other artists. He made appearances on Kanye West’s DMX song “Bath Salts” and “Jail”, which also earned Jay-Z a nod for West’s album “Donda”.
Jon Batiste led Grammy nominations in an area of best album that stretched from rap to jazz music and embraced newcomers like Rodrigo and veteran Tony Bennett. Batiste and Justin Bieber will compete for top prize – album of the year – with Rodrigo, Billie Eilish, R&B artist Doja Cat, singer-songwriter HER, West, Bennett’s collaboration with Lady Gaga, Taylor Swift and rapper Lil Nas X.
Eilish (“Happier Than Ever”), Rodrigo (“Drivers License”), Bieber (“Peaches”) and Batiste (“Freedom”) were among the 10 nominees for the record of the year, with the new returning single from the Swedish group Abba, “I still have faith in you”.
Swift – 11-time Grammy winner – nodded to best album for her bestseller Always but was excluded from other races, disappointing fans who felt she had been snubbed.
K-pop group BTS, which is yet to win a Grammy despite dominating the US music charts for nearly two years, nodded on Tuesday for the performance of their best-selling single. Butter in the field of the pop group.