List of Nigerian Grammy Award winners and nominees

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The following is a list of Grammy Awards winners and nominees from Nigeria:

Nigeria Federal republic in West Africa

Nigeria, officially the Federal Republic of Nigeria, is a federal republic in West Africa, bordering Niger in the north, Chad in the northeast, Cameroon in the east, and Benin in the west. Its coast in the south is located on the Gulf of Guinea in the Atlantic Ocean. The federation comprises 36 states and 1 Federal Capital Territory, where the capital, Abuja, is located. The constitution defines Nigeria as a democratic secular country.

Artists who received nominations for their original work
1984 Best Ethnic or Traditional Folk Recording Syncro System King Sunny Adé [1] Nominated
1998 Best World Music Album Love Drum Talk Babatunde Olatunji Nominated
1999 Odu King Sunny Adé [2] Nominated
2003 Fight to Win Femi Kuti [lower-alpha 1] Nominated
2010 Best Contemporary World Music Album Day by Day Femi Kuti Nominated
2012 Best World Music Album Africa for Africa Nominated
2014 No Place for My Dream Nominated
Artists who received nominations for their minor contributions to foreign work
YearCategoryForeign work and artistNigerian actResult
2009 Best Contemporary World Music Album Global Drum Project by Various artists [lower-alpha 2] Sikiru Adepoju Won
2015 Album of the Year Beyoncé by Beyoncé [lower-alpha 3] [4] Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Nominated
2017 Views by Drake [lower-alpha 4] [5] Wizkid Nominated
Best Dance Recording "Rinse & Repeat" by Riton [lower-alpha 5] [6] Kah-Lo Nominated
2018 Best Reggae Album Avrakedabra by Morgan Heritage [lower-alpha 6] [7] Timaya Nominated


  1. Femi Kuti was born in England and grew up in Nigeria.
  2. The album features a number of different artists from around the world, primarily Mickey Hart, Zakir Hussain, Sikiru Adepoju [3] and Giovanni Hidalgo
  3. Beyoncé is an American singer and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, a Nigerian, appears as a featured artist on one of the songs on the album.
  4. Drake is a Canadian musician and Wizkid, a Nigerian, appears as a featured artist and co-producer on one of the songs on the album.
  5. Riton is an English musician and Kah-Lo, a Nigerian, appears as a featured artist on the song.
  6. Morgan Heritage is an American band and Timaya, a Nigerian, appears as a featured artist on one of the songs on the album.

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