Rocky Dawuni nominated for 2016 Grammy Awards

Entertainment of Tuesday, 8 December 2015


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Whoever said this day will never come? After 57 years, Ghana has, for the first time ever, made an appearance in the highly-prestigious music awards, the Grammys, says

Rocky Dawuni has got a spot in the nominations list released by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Science over the weekend as monitored by this website.

Rocky made it in the ‘Reggae Album of the Year’ category with the acclaimed album, ‘Branches of The Same Tree’ under Cumbancha Label.

He will be contesting with other internationally-recognized artistes like Barrington Levy, Luciano, Jah Cure and Morgan Heritage for the honour.

Winners will be announced on February 15, 2016 in a ceremony that will be telecast live on American cable network, CBS.

Here is the list of nominees as made available on

Album of the Year Alabama Shakes, Sound and Color Kendrick Lamar, To Pimp a Butterfly Chris Stapleton, Traveler Taylor Swift, 1989 The Weeknd, Beauty Behind the MadnessSong of the Year Kendrick Lamar, “Alright” Taylor Swift, “Blank Space” Little Big Town, “Girl Crush” Wiz Kahifa feat. Charlie Puth, “See You Again” Ed Sheeran, “Thinking Out Loud”

Record of the Year D’Angelo and the Vanguard, “Really Love” Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars, “Uptown Funk” Ed Sheeran, “Thinking Out Loud” Taylor Swift, “Blank Space” The Weeknd, “Can’t Feel my Face”

Best New Artist Courtney Barnett James Bay Sam Hunt Tori Kelly Meghan Trainor

Best Pop Solo Performance “Heartbeat Song,” Kelly Clarkson “Love Me Like You Do,” Ellie Goulding “Thinking Out Loud,” Ed Sheeran “Blank Space,” Taylor Swift “Can’t Feel My Face,” The Weeknd

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance “Ship To Wreck,” Florence + The Machine “Sugar,” Maroon 5 “Uptown Funk,” Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars “Bad Blood,” Taylor Swift featuring Kendrick Lamar “See You Again,” Wiz Khalifa featuring Charlie Puth

Pop Duo/Group Performance “Ship to Wreck,” Florence + the Machine “Sugar,” Maroon 5 “Uptown Funk,” Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars “Bad Blood,” Taylor Swift featuring Kendrick Lamar “See You Again,” Wiz Khalifa featuring Charlie Puth

Traditional Pop Vocal Album “The Silver Lining: The Songs of Jerome Kern,” Tony Bennett and Bill Charlap “Shadows in the Night,” Bob Dylan “Stages,” Josh Groban “No One Ever Tells You,” Seth MacFarlane “My Dream Duets,” Barry Manilow (and Various Artists)

Pop Vocal Album ” Piece by Piece,” Kelly Clarkson “How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful,” Florence + the Machine ” Uptown Special,” Mark Ronson “1989,” Taylor Swift “Before This World,” James Taylor

Dance Recording “We’re All We Need,” Above & Beyond featuring Zoe Johnston “Go,” the Chemical Brothers “Never Catch Me,” Flying Lotus featuring Kendrick Lamar “Runaway (U & I),” Galantis “Where Are U Now,” Skrillex and Diplo with Justin Bieber

Dance/Electronic Album “Our Love,” Caribou “Born in the Echoes,” the Chemical Brothers “Caracal,” Disclosure “In Colour,” Jamie XX “Skrillex and Diplo Present Jack U,” Skrillex and Diplo

Contemporary Instrumental Album “Guitar in the Space Age!,” Bill Frisell “Love Language,” Wouter Kellerman “Afrodeezia,” Marcus Miller “Sylva,” Snarky Puppy and Metropole Orkest “The Gospel According to Jazz, Chapter IV,” Kirk Whalum

Rock Performance “Don’t Wanna Fight,” Alabama Shakes “What Kind Of Man,” Florence + the Machine “Something From Nothing,” Foo Fighters “Ex’s & Oh’s,” Elle King “Moaning Lisa Smile,” Wolf Alice

Metal Performance “Identity,” August Burns Red “Cirice,” Ghost “512,” Lamb Of God “Thank You,” Sevendust “Custer,” SlipknotRock Song “Don’t Wanna Fight,” Alabama Shakes, songwriters (Alabama Shakes) “Ex’s & Oh’s,” Dave Bassett and Elle King, songwriters (Elle King) “Hold Back the River,” Iain Archer and James Bay, songwriters (James Bay) “Lydia,” Richard Meyer, Ryan Meyer and Johnny Stevens, songwriters (Highly Suspect) “What Kind of Man,” John Hill, Tom Hull and Florence Welch, songwriters (Florence + the Machine)Rock Album “Chaos and the Calm,” James Bay “Kintsugi,” Death Cab for Cutie “Mister Asylum,” Highly Suspect “Drones,” Muse ” .5: The Gray Chapter,” SlipknotAlternative Music Album “Sound & Color,” Alabama Shakes “Vulnicura,” Björk “The Waterfall,” My Morning Jacket “Currents,” Tame Impala “Star Wars,” WilcoR&B Performance “If I Don’t Have You,” Tamar Braxton “Rise Up,” Andra Day “Breathing Underwater,” Hiatus Kaiyote “Planes,” Jeremih featuring J. Cole “Earned It (Fifty Shades Of Grey),” the WeekndTraditional R&B Performance “He Is,” Faith Evans “Little Ghetto Boy,” Lalah Hathaway “Let It Burn,” Jazmine Sullivan “Shame,” Tyrese “My Favorite Part of You,” Charlie WilsonR&B Song “Coffee,” Brook Davis and Miguel Pimentel, songwriters (Miguel) “Earned It (Fifty Shades of Grey),” Ahmad Balshe, Stephan Moccio, Jason Quenneville and Abel Tesfaye, songwriters (the Weeknd) “Let It Burn,” Kenny B. Edmonds, Jazmine Sullivan and Dwane M. Weir II, songwriters (Jazmine Sullivan) “Really Love,” D’Angelo and Kendra Foster, songwriters (D’Angelo and the Vanguard) “Shame,” Warryn Campbell, Tyrese Gibson and DJ Rogers Jr., songwriters (Tyrese)

Urban Contemporary Album “Ego Death,” the Internet “You Should Be Here,” Kehlani “Blood,” Lianne La Havas “Wildheart,” Miguel “Beauty Behind the Madness,” the Weeknd

R&B Album “Coming Home,” Leon Bridges “Black Messiah,” D’Angelo and the Vanguard “Cheers to the Fall,” Andra Day “Reality Show,” Jazmine Sullivan “Forever Charlie,” Charlie Wilson

Rap Performance “Apparently,” J. Cole “Back to Back,” Drake “Trap Queen,” Fetty Wap “Alright,” Kendrick Lamar “Truffle Butter,” Nicki Minaj featuring Drake and Lil Wayne “All Day,” Kanye West featuring Theophilus London, Allan Kingdom and Paul McCartney

Rap/Sung Collaboration “One Man Can Change the World,” Big Sean featuring Kanye West and John Legend “Glory,” Common and John Legend “Classic Man,” Jidenna featuring Roman GianArthur “These Walls,” Kendrick Lamar featuring Bilal, Anna Wise and Thundercat “Only,” Nicki Minaj featuring Drake, Lil Wayne and Chris Brown

Rap Song “All Day,” Ernest Brown, Tyler Bryant, Sean Combs, Mike Dean, Rennard East, Noah Goldstein, Malik Yusef Jones, Karim Kharbouch, Allan Kyariga, Kendrick Lamar, Paul McCartney, Victor Mensah, Charles Njapa, Che Pope, Patrick Reynolds, Allen Ritter, Kanye West, Mario Winans and Cydel Young (Kanye West featuring Theophilus London, Allan Kingdom and Paul McCartney) “Alright,” Kendrick Duckworth, Mark Anthony Spears and Pharrell Williams (Kendrick Lamar) “Energy,” Richard Dorfmeister, A. Graham, Markus Kienzl, M. O’Brien, M. Samuels and Phillip Thomas (Drake) “Glory,” Lonnie Lynn, Che Smith and John Stephens (Common and John Legend) “Trap Queen,” Tony Fadd and Willie J. Maxwell (Fetty Wap)

Best Rap Album “2014 Forest Hills Drive,” J. Cole “Compton,” Dr. Dre “If Youre Reading This Its Too Late,” Drake “To Pimp a Butterfly,” Kendrick Lamar “The Pinkprint,” Nicki Minaj

Country Solo Performance “Burning House,” Cam “Traveller,” Chris Stapleton “Little Toy Guns,” Carrie Underwood “John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16,” Keith Urban “Chances Are,” Lee Ann Womack

Country Duo/Group Performance “Stay a Little Longer,” Brothers Osborne “If I Needed You,” Joey+Rory “The Driver,” Charles Kelley, Dierks Bentley and Eric Paslay “Girl Crush,” Little Big Town “Lonely Tonight,” Blake Shelton featuring Ashley Monroe

Country Song “Chances Are,” Hayes Carll (Lee Ann Womack) “Diamond Rings and Old Barstools,” Barry Dean, Luke Laird and Jonathan Singleton (Tim McGraw) “Girl Crush,” Hillary Lindsey, Lori McKenna & Liz Rose (Little Big Town) “Hold My Hand,” Brandy Clark and Mark Stephen Jones (Brandy Clark) “Traveller,” Chris Stapleton (Chris Stapleton)Country Album “Montevallo,” Sam Hunt “Pain Killer,” Little Big Town “The Blade,” Ashley Monroe “Pageant Material,” Kacey Musgraves “Traveller,” Chris StapletonNew Age Album “Grace,” Paul Avgerinos “Bhakti Without Borders,” Madi Das “Voyager,” Catherine Duc “Love,” Peter Kater “Asia Beauty,” Ron KorbImprovised Jazz Solo “Giant Steps,” Joey Alexander “Cherokee,” Christian McBride “Arbiters if Evolution,” Donny McCaslin “Friend or Foe,” Joshua Redman “Past Present,” John ScofieldJazz Vocal Album “Many a New Day: Karrin Allyson Sings Rodgers & Hammerstein,” Karrin Allyson “Find a Heart,” Denise Donatelli “Flirting With Disaster,” Lorraine Feather “Jamison,” Jamison Ross “For One to Love,” Cécile McLorin SalvantJazz Instrumental Album “My Favorite Things,” Joey Alexander “Breathless,” Terence Blanchard featuring the E-Collective “Covered: Recorded Live at Capitol Studios,” Robert Glasper and the Robert Glasper Trio “Beautiful Life,” Jimmy Greene “Past Present,” John ScofieldLarge Jazz Ensemble Album “Lines Of Color,” Gil Evans Project “Köln,” Marshall Gilkes & WDR Big Band “Cuba: The Conversation Continues,” Arturo O’Farrill and the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra “The Thompson Fields,” Maria Schneider Orchestra “Home Suite Home,” Patrick Williams

Latin Jazz Album “Made in Brazil,” Eliane Elias “Impromptu,” the Rodriguez Brothers “Suite Caminos,” Gonzalo Rubalcaba “Intercambio,” Wayne Wallace Latin Jazz Quintet “Identities Are Changeable,” Miguel Zenón

GOSPEL/CONTEMPORARY CHRISTIAN MUSIC Gospel Performance/Song “Worth [Live],” Anthony Brown and Group Therapy “Wanna Be Happy?,” Kirk Franklin “Intentional,” Travis Greene “How Awesome Is Our God [Live],” Israel and Newbreed featuring Yolanda Adams; Neville Diedericks, Israel Houghton and Meleasa Houghton, songwriters “Worth Fighting For [Live],” Brian Courtney Wilson; Aaron Lindsey and Brian Courtney Wilson, songwriters

Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song “Holy Spirit,” Francesca Battistelli “Lift Your Head Weary Sinner (Chains),” Crowder; Ed Cash, David Crowder and Seth Philpott, songwriters “Because He Lives (Amen),” Matt Maher “Soul on Fire,” Third Day featuring All Sons & Daughters; Tai Anderson, Brenton Brown, David Carr, Mark Lee, Matt Maher and Mac Powell, songwriters “Feel It,” Tobymac featuring Mr. Talkbox; Cary Barlowe, David Arthur Garcia and Toby McKeehan, songwriters

Gospel Album “Destined to Win [Live],” Karen Clark Sheard “Living It,” Dorinda Clark-Cole “One Place Live,” Tasha Cobbs “Covered: Alive in Asia [Live] (Deluxe),” Israel & Newbreed “Life Music: Stage Two,” Jonathan McReynolds

Contemporary Christian Music Album “Whatever the Road,” Jason Crabb “How Can It Be,” Lauren Daigle “Saints and Sinners,” Matt Maher “This Is Not a Test,” Tobymac “Love Ran Red,” Chris Tomlin

Roots Gospel Album “Still Rockin’ My Soul,” the Fairfield Four “Pray Now,” Karen Peck and New River “Directions Home (Songs We Love, Songs You Know),” Point of Grace

Latin Pop Album “Terral,” Pablo Alborán “Healer,” Alex Cuba “A Quien Quiera Escuchar (Deluxe Edition),” Ricky Martin “Sirope,” Alejandro Sanz “Algo Sucede,” Julieta Venegas

Latin Rock, Urban or Alternative Album “Amanecer,” Bomba Estereo “Mondongo,” La Cuneta Son Machín “Hasta la Raíz,” Natalia Lafourcade “Caja De Música,” Monsieur Periné “Dale,” Pitbull

Regional Mexican Music Album “Mi Vicio Mas Grande,” Banda el Recodo De Don Cruz Lizarraga “Ya Dime Adiós,” la Maquinaria Norteña “Zapateando,” los Cojolites “Realidades, Deluxe Edition,” Los Tigres Del Norte “Tradición, Arte y Pasión,” Mariachi Los Camperos de Nati Cano

Tropical Latin Album “Tributo a Los Compadres: No Quiero Llanto,” José Alberto “El Canario” and Septeto Santiaguero “Son De Panamá,” Rubén Blades with Roberto Delgado and Orchestra “Presente Continuo,” Guaco “Todo Tiene Su Hora,” Juan Luis Guerra 4.40 “Que Suenen Los Tambores,” Victor Manuelle

American Roots Performance “And Am I Born to Die,” Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn “Born to Play Guitar,” Buddy Guy “City of Our Lady,” the Milk Carton Kids “Julep,” Punch Brothers “See That My Grave Is Kept Clean,” Mavis Staples

American Roots Song “All Night Long,” Raul Malo (the Mavericks) “The Cost of Living,” Don Henley and Stan Lynch (Don Henley and Merle Haggard) “Julep,” Chris Eldridge, Paul Kowert, Noam Pikelny, Chris Thile and Gabe Witcher (Punch Brothers) “The Traveling Kind,” Cory Chisel, Rodney Crowell and Emmylou Harris (Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell) “24 Frames,” Jason Isbell (Jason Isbell)Americana Album “The Firewatcher’s Daughter,” Brandi Carlile “The Traveling Kind,” Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell “Something More Than Free,” Jason Isbell “Mono,” the Mavericks “The Phosphorescent Blues,” Punch BrothersBluegrass Album “Pocket Full of Keys,” Dale Ann Bradley “Before the Sun Goes Down,” Rob Ickes and Trey Hensley “In Session,” Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver “Man of Constant Sorrow,” Ralph Stanley and Friends “The Muscle Shoals Recordings,” the SteeldriversBlues Album “Descendants of Hill Country,” Cedric Burnside Project “Outskirts of Love,” Shemekia Copeland “Born to Play Guitar,” Buddy Guy “Worthy,” Bettye LaVette “Muddy Waters 100,” John Primer & Various ArtistsFolk Album “Wood, Wire & Words,” Norman Blake “Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn,” Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn “Tomorrow Is My Turn,” Rhiannon Giddens “Servant of Love,” Patty Griffin “Didn’t He Ramble,” Glen Hansard

Regional Roots Music Album “Go Go Juice,” Jon Cleary “La La La La,” Natalie Ai Kamauu “Kawaiokalena,” Keali’i Reichel “Get Ready,” the Revelers “Generations,” Windwalker and the MCW

REGGAE Reggae Album “Branches of the Same Tree,” Rocky Dawuni “The Cure,” Jah Cure “Acousticalevy,” Barrington Levy “Zion Awake,” Luciano “Strictly Roots,” Morgan Heritage

WORLD MUSIC World Music Album “Gilbertos Samba Ao Vivo,” Gilberto Gil “Sings,” Angelique Kidjo “Music From Inala,” Ladysmith Black Mambazo with Ella Spira and the Inala Ensemble “Home,” Anoushka Shankar “I Have No Everything Here,” Zomba Prison Project

CHILDREN’S Children’s Album “¡Come Bien! Eat Right!,” José-Luis Orozco “Dark Pie Concerns,” Gustafer Yellowgold “Home,” Tim Kubart “How Great Can This Day Be,” Lori Henriques “Trees,” Molly Ledford & Billy Kelly

SPOKEN WORD Spoken Word Album “Blood on Snow (Jo Nesbo),” Patti Smith “Brief Encounters: Conversations, Magic Moments, And Assorted Hijinks,” Dick Cavett “A Full Life: Reflections at Ninety,” Jimmy Carter “Patience and Sarah (Isabel Miller),” Janis Ian and Jean Smart “Yes Please,” Amy Poehler (and Various Artists)

COMEDY Comedy Album “Back to the Drawing Board,” Lisa Lampanelli “Brooklyn,” Wyatt Cenac “Happy. And A Lot.,” Jay Mohr “Just Being Honest,” Craig Ferguson “Live at Madison Square Garden,” Louis C.K.

MUSICAL THEATER Musical Theater Album “An American in Paris” “Fun Home” “Hamilton” “The King and I” “Something Rotten!”

MUSIC FOR VISUAL MEDIA Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media “Empire: Season 1” “Fifty Shades Of Grey” “Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me” “Pitch Perfect 2” “Selma”

Score Soundtrack for Visual Media “Birdman,” Antonio Sanchez “The Imitation Game,” Alexandre Desplat “Interstellar,” Hans Zimmer “The Theory of Everything,” Jóhann Jóhannsson “Whiplash,” Justin Hurwitz