These South African Icons Scooped Some Nominations For 2017 Grammy


During the announcement of the 59th annual Grammy Awards nominees on Tuesday, South Africans including a cappella singing group Ladysmith Black Mambazo managed to scoop two 2017 Grammy nominations.

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Black Mambazo received a nomination in the category Best World Music Album for Walking In The Footsteps Of Our Fathers.

So far, Ladysmith Black Mambazo has recorded 17 Grammy Award nominations and has been awarded the Grammy Award four times. Their Grammy accolades include – in 1988 – for Shaka Zulu; 2004 – for Raise Your Spirit Higher; 2009 – for Ilembe and 2013 – for Singing For Peace Around The World.

Meanwhile, SA-born fortepianist Kristian Bezuidenhout also walked away with a nomination in the world field for Best Classical Instrumental Solo.

Bezuidenhout who was born in South Africa far back in 1979, has remained one of today’s most notable and exciting keyboard artists, on the fortepiano, harpsichord, and modern piano. He has made a name for himself both in South Africa and the world. This will mark the third time he has been nominated for a Grammy Award.

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The 59th Annual Grammy Awards ceremony will be held on 1 February, 2017 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. James Corden will be hosting the ceremony for the first time.

The list of top 2017 Grammy nominees for the ceremony was announced on Tuesday by The Recording Academy. Beyonce leads the pack of nominees with 9 nominations.

Meanwhile, after much ado, Jimmy Kimmel has been announced as the host that will handle the mic at the 2017 Oscars – the 89th Academy Awards. Though Kimmel has frequently hosted some prestigious awards ceremony, the late-night talk show host will be presiding over the Oscars for the first time. The event will take place on 26 February.