Pakistani singer Arooj Aftab is the first Pakistani woman to be on the Grammy nominations list. 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.
Grammys nominated singer’s song ‘Mohabbat’ from her album Vulture prince, which has been a favorite since its release and was also on former US President Barack Obama’s summer 2021 playlist.
In addition to being the first Pakistani woman to be nominated for an award, she is also the first Pakistani to be nominated in the Best New Artist category. Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan was nominated in 1996 for Best Traditional Folk Album and Best World Music Album.
Aftab is 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.
It should be mentioned that at the Grammys, the highest accolades in the music industry 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 – had dropped from eight to 10 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”.
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 – landed best album nod for her bestseller Always but was excluded from other races, disappointing fans who felt she had been snubbed.
K-pop group BTS, which has 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.
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.