Nominations for the 65th edition of the Grammy Awards have been revealed, and as has been the norm in the past few years, Indian artists have also maintained a presence this year. This year, composer Anoushka Shankar, multi-Grammy award-winning Composer and producer Ricky Kej, and multicultural, genre-hopping group Berklee Indian Ensemble have made it to the list.
After winning a Grammy in 2022 for Best New Age Album for his collaborative album with The Police drummer Stewart Copeland, ‘Divine Tides’, Ken has yet again picked up a nomination for Best Immersive Audio Album in the coming year, with credits going to “immersive mix engineer” Eric Schilling and “immersive producers” listed as Copeland, Kej and Herbert Waltl.
Kej took to Instagram to discuss the nomination: “Overjoyed and humbled. I just got nominated for my third Grammy® Award! This time for ‘Best Immersive Audio Album’ for Divine Tides. Stewart Copeland and I are immensely grateful to the entire team of Divine Tides, especially immersive mix engineer Eric Schilling and mix producer Herbert Waltl. This feels absolutely surreal.”
The London-born sitarist, vocalist, and composer has two nominations this year, both in the same broader category of Global Music. Pakistan-origin singer-composer Arooj Aftab’s song ‘Usher Na’ with Shankar is nominated for Best Global Music Performance, while the sitarist’s live album ‘Between Us’ with the Metropole Orkest, conductor Jules Buckley and hang player/percussionist Manu Delago has earned a nod for Best Global Music Album.
Shankar posted a video talking about the news and said, “I just got two Grammy nominations! For Between Us, my album and my dear friend Arooj Aftab’s song ‘Udhero Na’. These are my eighth and ninth nominations. Thank you so much!”
Berklee Indian Ensemble
The group earned their first-ever Grammy nomination for Best Global Music Album this year for their collar-heavy, star-studded 2022 album ‘Shuruaat’.