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Why I Lost My First Grammy Nomination – Femi Kuti

Afrobeat maestro, Femi Kuti has revealed why he lost his first Grammys nomination in 2003.


His album then, ‘Fight To Win,’ was nominated for his first Grammy in 2003 under the ‘Best Ethnic or Traditional Folk Recording’.

According to the ‘Bang Bang’ singer, “when I was nominated for the Grammy the first time, I was basically going to win, it was a super album.’

The legendary son of Afrobeat legend, Fela Anikulapo Kuti, however, said that he was facing crisis in his career with the record company he was signed on in France, MCA, when he got his first Grammy nomination.

He said his issue with the record label resulted into his losing the first Grammy nomination because he was blacklisted after sacking his French manager and quitting the company.

Femi also revealed how his late father, Fela Anikulapo Kuti, condemned his first album, ‘Femi Kuti,’ calling it useless only to later praise him after the release of his second album.

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