Undoubtedly Ghana’s most decorated musician, BET and MTV award winner, and one of the most influential personalities of our time Sarkodie, has hinted several times about his desire to win a Grammy award in his song ‘Original’.
Upon being the African rapper with the most awards, Sarkodie believes the highest he can go is to kiss a Grammy trophy.
It’s quite sad only 9 Africans have a Grammy award to their names since it’s inception in the year 1959. The Grammys happens to be the most enviable and topmost awards scheme in the world. That’s to say if a musician wins a Grammy award, they’re considered to have reached the peak of their career.
It’s noticeable that the only category that Africans are able to occupy and win are the ‘Best World Music Album’ and ‘Best Contemporary World Music Album’.
This is why Sarkodie may never win a Grammy
Considering Sarkodie, a rapper and once-in-a-while-singer, who does the genres Hiplife and Hip Hop, stands almost no chance of winning a Grammy award. The closest Sarkodie has been to the Grammys is with his 3rd studio album, ‘Mary’.
Hip Hop is an untouchable genre as the United States rappers themselves compete very keenly even to get nominations. A legendary rapper like Nas who has been active in the game for many decades won his first grammy just this year March 14, 2021. To hit the nail right in the spot, Sarkodie’s music does not suit any Grammy category as it stands.
The only way he can get close to winning a Grammy is by doing a pure cultural music which makes an impact on the continent or if the Recording Academy creates a new category that will favor him just like BET awards did by creating a new category; Best International Flow, of which Sarkodie was the first recipient.
Another chance is to get featured on an album nominated and won in a category which is awarded to all featured artistes. Till then, Sarkodie’s dream of winning a Grammy may remain a dream.
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