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Recording Academy boss: We’re learning more about Afrobeats amid push of category in Grammys

The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Recording Academy, organisers of the Grammy Awards, has said there is a possibility the event will in the near future have a category for Afrobeats.

Speaking to the media on his arrival in Ghana, Harvey Mason Jr, noted that the Recording Academy recently had a meeting with leaders of the Afrobeats community including producers, songwriters, executives and others to learn more about the genre – and will continue to do so.

“We just talked about what are the different sub-genres (of Afrobeasts), the needs, the desires, and my goal is to represent all genres of music including Afrobeats at the Grammys but it has to be done properly,” Mr Mason said.

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He explained that as the CEO of the Recording Academy, he cannot solely decide whether to create a category for a genre or not – members of the academy must submit a proposal.

“So, the process has started,” Mr Mason stated, adding that the Academy will continue to have fruitful conversations with the Afrobeats creators among others during the process.

Meanwhile, the Recording Academy CEO is expected to meet players in the Ghana music industry to discuss the country’s growth in music and others.

He noted that he is hoping to learn more about Ghana music’s ecosystem, royalty system, and monetisation, among others.

Afrobeats in the past few years has become a global phenomenon with many music lovers and creators worldwide exploring the world of African music.

With the growth of the genre on a constant rise, the British Official Charts Company published on its site the UK Afrobeats Singles Chart in 2020 following the rising popularity of Afrobeats music and artists in the United Kingdom.

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In March 2022, the renowned music charts company Billboard also published their Afrobeats Songs Chart.

Among others, Afrobeats acts like Burna Boy and Wizkid have had a number of nominations in the Grammy Awards (Best Global Music Album) with their studio albums.

Artistes like Chris Brown, Justin Beiber, Sam Smith, Ed Sheeran, Selena Gomez and many others have all worked with a number of Afrobeats stars.

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Afrobeats superstar Davido has vowed to go to jail for his fiancee and baby mama if need be.

The “Assurance” singer revealed this during an interview with Miyabel on Hot 97.

He stated he would go to jail for Chioma aka Chef chi if she commits a crime for him.

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The duo’s relationship experienced a setback in 2020 after news of him having yet another child with an America model-cum-makeup artiste, Larissa London broke.

But in September 2022, their relationship set sail again as they’ve been seen together at different events loving up on each.

Recently, he officially confirmed that he and his estranged fiancee-cum-baby mama weren’t just back to together but also that they’ll be tying the nuptial knot in 2023.

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Oxlade: Wizkid told me not to copy him? Ent Update

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Singer Ikuforiji Olaitan Abdulrahman aka Oxlade has shared the career-related advice he got from his mentor Wizkid.

He said the Grammy award winner advised him to observe his style of music and figure out a way of being unique without copying him.

Oxlade made this known during an interview on Kiss FM UK.

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He talked about his performance at the 21,000 capacity Accor arena in Paris, France.

The 25-year-old artist explained that Wizkid does not want him to follow the same path he took or to make the same mistakes.

According to him, Wizkid made it possible for him to have his first ever performance at the prestigious O2 Arena in 2018.

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SEVENTEEN Announces Additional Dates And Cities For 2022 World Tour “BE THE SUN”?Entertainment gist

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SEVENTEEN has confirmed additional dates and cities for their Asian tour!

The day after completing their North American tour and the initial last stop for their Asian tour in Singapore on October 13, SEVENTEEN gave a pleasant surprise to their fans by releasing a poster announcing the additional dates of their “BE THE SUN” Asia Tour. According to the poster, they will hold additional performances in Bulacan, the Philippines on December 17 and Jakarta, Indonesia on the December 28.

SEVENTEEN is also scheduled to hold concerts at the Kyocera Dome in Osaka on November 19 and 20, followed by the Tokyo Dome on November 26 to 27, and finally the Vantelin Dome in Nagoya on December 3 and 4.

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