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DJ Cuppy expresses excitement as she meets Naira Marley



DJ Cuppy expresses excitement as she meets Naira Marley

Nigerian billionaire daughter, singer and disc jockey, Florence Otedola, recently met with singer Naira Marley and thereafter declared herself a ‘Marlian’.

Naira Marley is obviously growing a huge and powerful fan base despite the criticisms directed at him. Joining the Marlians family; as his fans are fondly called, is the Nigerian billionaire daughter, singer and disc jockey, Florence Otedola, aka DJ Cuppy, who recently met with Naira Marley and went on to declare herself a ‘Marlian’.

DJ Cuppy took to her Instagram story to share a video of herself meeting up with Marley.

In the video, the two can be seen hugging amidst star struck smiles and then DJ Cuppy is overheard declaring herself a Marian.

It would recalled that the news of how Naira Marley used his social media platform to heavily shade organisers of the Headies Award show, stating that his legwork is bigger than the award show, was rife.

Judging from his recent performance in Abuja, his statement seems have left many people wondering if that may be true after all. His friend and fellow singer, Zlatan, was recently in Abuja for a show and Marley showed up to support.   

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  1. Curtis Petropulos

    November 10, 2019 at 11:41 am

    very cool

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Plight of girl-child: Habiba goes on stage



Plight of girl-child: Habiba goes on stage

The ordeal of one of the 276 girls kidnapped from the Government Girls Secondary School in Chibok, Borno State, by the Boko Haram terrorist group in 2014 is the focus of the eponymous play, Habiba, which will be staged at the MUSON Centre, Onikan, Lagos, on November 23.

Produced by Longshot Communications, a film production/public relations company, the musical, which seeks to draw attention to the plight of the girl-child in society, is the story of a vibrant and brilliant young girl brought to life on stage. Using a fictional character whose name also formed the title of the play – Habiba, the audience is taken along on the girl’s journey from the events leading to the day she was kidnapped along with her school mates in April 2014 by members of the dreaded Boko Haram terrorist group to the day she escaped from her captors.

Commenting on this thought-provoking musical, the Creative Director, Longshot Communications, Mr. Kelechukwu Anunibe, Habiba seeks to raise questions on the unresolved issues surrounding the kidnapping of more than 200 schoolgirls in Chibok in 2014. He noted that although some of the girls were later released at intervals by the Boko Haram following negotiations with the government, many others are still in captivity.

“Our stories are designed to bring social issues to the front-burner of the nation’s consciousness by driving conversations that birth social change. As a storytelling organisation, we have been providing artistic and directorial support to a faith-based organisation in Lagos since 2017 and we will continue to do so,” Kelechukwu said.

According to him, the girl whose story will be portrayed in the musical was kidnapped on the 14th of April in 2014. She managed to escape along with three other girls after months of horrifying treatment, rape and beatings, while some of her friends were killed in the Sambisa forest where they were being held in captivity. ‘Habiba’ and three other girls were set free by one of the terrorists who had been a long-time admirer of hers.

The story tells how resilience can bring out the strength needed to keep going. The ‘Bring Back Our Girls’ (BBOG) campaign that later attracted global attention was born out of this true-life event.

On the night of 14th April 2014, 276 female students were kidnapped from the Government Girls Secondary School in the town of Chibok in Borno State. Responsibility for the kidnappings was claimed by Boko Haram, an extremist terrorist organisation based in north-eastern Nigeria. Fifty-seven of the schoolgirls managed to escape over the next few months and some have described their capture in appearances at international human rights conferences.

Since then hopes were raised on various occasions that the 219 remaining girls might be released. Newspaper reports suggested that Boko Haram was hoping to use the girls as negotiating pawns in exchange for some of their commanders in jail.

In May 2016, one of the missing girls, Amina Ali, was found. She claimed that the remaining girls were still there, but that six had died. A further 21 girls were freed in October 2016, while another was rescued the next month. Another was found on January 2017. Another 82 girls were freed in May 2017. One of the girls was rescued in January 2018.

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Chatroom set for release in cinemas



Chatroom set for release in cinemas

Chatroom, an inspiring story of hope and triumph set against the backdrop of an original TV Dance reality show, is set for release in cinemas across Nigeria.

Produced by Peju Fadirepo, directed by Chike Ibekwe, and Adesuwa Onyenokwe as Associate Producer, the movie which will be released in the cinemas on January 10, 2020, according to the producers, Chartroom is the story of a young girl enters a TV reality show contest as a means to escape the haunting ghost of her past and her present deprivation.

However, an incident in the house forces her to go back to the past she had tried to forget and further reveal a disturbing secret that would throw the entire nation into shock.

The hilarious experiences in the house turn the table in an unexpected way bound to keep audiences in stitches and at the edges of their chairs at the same time.

Chatroom parades an array of popular and award-winning actors, musicians and comedians such as Odunlade Adekola, Omawunmi Megbele, Jephthah Bowotoaka Akpororo, RonyaMan, Sambasa Nzeribe, Tony Umez, Nengi Adoki, Vivian Anani, Ibrahim Suleiman, Ghanaian actor, Kobby Acheampong, Camerounian actor and dancer, Lea Dibebe, Damilare Kuku etc.

“Ebiere is a young single mother. Burdened by the weight of her past, current depravity and challenge of coping with a four-year old. She is almost a reflection of diamond in the rough. She is a young lady that has been subdued by life’s harsh incidents; one that attracts both empathy and stigmatism. Ebiere’s story and ultimate journey was developed to give a voice to so many who have been silenced by the stigma of abuse and possibly usher in a new life of openness and triumph rather than that of misery and defeatism,” the director, Ibekwe, said. 

According to him, Chatroom is set inside a reality show house with nine other housemates of diverse backgrounds and characters that gives the movie a comedic feel largely due to the characters and their personas in the house. “Ebiere’s mood and personality brings a mix match of drama and comedy in the movie which reflects what life is.

“Sexual harassment in the workplace and home front is a global problem. Those affected, mostly females more than males, young or old, end up both physically and mentally broken with some suicidal. Victims are psychologically and emotionally traumatized and thrown into a lifelong hole of self-pity and silence. The movie is embellished with lighthearted scenarios creating humor that lightens up the mood to a very serious issue. This is a deliberate attempt at ensuring the audience find it a thoroughly entertaining yet intriguing watch as they go on the journey with Ebiere.

Ebiere’s story is a call to ‘break the silence’.”

Chatroom is a story of pain, joy, happiness and above all, a story of self-discovery, re-discovery and triumph. A story of how barriers can be broken by the power of one’s voice. 

Chatroom is produced by dynamic audiovisual producers with titles that have screened in some parts of Europe and Africa and aired on DSTV, HITV and a number of local TV stations.

The movie is supported by the Bank of Industry and Sterling Bank.

Chike Ibekwe studied filmmaking at London Film Academy and Script Development and Production at Deutsche Welle (DWAKADMIE). He is also a graduate of Business Administration and Management from Yaba College of Technology, Lagos.

He was a finalist in the maiden edition of the MNET New Directions Script Writing Initiative in 1997, with his short film script titled BEST OF FRIENDS. He is also a 2015 Durban Film Mart Alumni.

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Funke Akindele develops game app for Jenifa character



Funke Akindele develops game app for Jenifa character

‘Jenifa’, the fictional TV character created by Funke Akindele-Bello has become a gaming feature.

Akindele-Bello in an interactive chat revealed that her team has completed a game, ‘Jenifa Spells,’ which is built around Jenifa’s character.

She said: “I (Jenifa) am out with a game now. We are launching the ‘Jenifa Spells’ which teaches people how to spell. It is an educational game that was developed by our team.”

The 42-year-old wife and mother of two also attributed the creation of the game to the immense support and advice she has gotten from her husband, Abdulrasheed Bello aka JJC Skillz.

In 2008, the director and producer wrote and co-produced a comedy-drama, with the major character being ‘Jenifa’.

After the huge acceptance of the film, which saw Akindele-Bello winning the Best Actress in a Leading Role at the Africa Movie Academy Awards, the leading actress made a sequel to the film, ‘Return of Jenifa’ in 2011.

Akindele-Bello went on to work with her team and major brands to make the fictional character a regular feature on TV. In 2015, Akindele-Bello launched hit TV series, ‘Jenifa’s Diary’, which documents the life and activities of Jenifa. The series is currently in its 17th season.

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I don’t want my love life in public domain –Yuudee Nyot



I don’t want my love life in public domain   –Yuudee Nyot

Yuudee Nyot is the Executive Producer of Voguefilms Productions. Her dream of making movies started at the university. Her first production Jasmine tells the story of a couple caught in the web of their differences. In this interview with EDWIN USOBOH, she shares her passion, driving force and other issues…



You are one of the youngest Nollywood filmmakers. Why did you pick interest in Nollywood when your peers are so engrossed with Hollywood?

Yes, my peers are engrossed with Hollywood but if we all decide to pick more interest in Hollywood then the Nollywood industry will definitely suffer. So it is better we build our industry to what we would want.

It’s astonishing that you are already an entrepreneur at a young age, funding a project worth millions. Tell us about your success story.

It all started with a dream. It dates back to my University days, I picked interest in filmmaking and I’ve always wanted to improve the film industry in Akwa Ibom and project it to the world. So, from then I started thriving to achieve my goal. Now here we are, I’ve not gone far yet but at least I was bold enough to take a step and not give up. Even though there were situations that made me feel like giving up but the goal kept me. My family gave me all the support I needed not forgetting my friends as well. I am using this opportunity to say a big thank you to all those who have supported and help me push through and making this dream a reality.

In the journey to achieving your dreams, what challenges have you faced and surmounted? Any remarkable experience you would love to share?

I think the challenge I had was putting together a production crew and choosing the right casts to work with. I don’t regret my choice of casts though. They made working with them stress free.

Tell us about Jasmine movie. Why that the title?

‘Jasmine’ is a romantic comedy film centred on Nancy (Jasmine) who according to the film is married to a caring husband. Every couple at one point in time go through some differences but it’s their love for each other that helps them conquer it all. Let me just say ‘Jasmine’ tells the story of a couple caught in the web of their differences. He is the ‘Dream Husband’; she is the ‘Spoilt Wife’. Their marriage is ‘perfect’. All of a sudden, she wants more; he wants more.

Is that your first production? What other works have you done?

This is my first production actually. By God’s grace, I’ll be producing a lot more.

What’s your view about Nollywood and what the industry needs to improve?

Nollywood is growing every day, and it’s getting better by the day, ranging from a long list of young talented actors to good production crew and good storyline. Of course, we will keep improving things because we don’t need to rest.

Looking at the Nollywood industry, what do you feel is lacking and needs improvement?

Looking at the Nollywood industry I’ll say we are already improving in areas that needed improvement. I think we still need more cinemas now in Nigeria. We still need more investment in the distribution channel. People are beginning to understand that Nollywood is a potential investment opportunity.

What’s your passion?

Learning new things and adventures is my passion and daring to be different keeps me thriving.

Are you in a relationship? Tell us about your love life?

I’ll love to keep that part of my life away from the public for now.

What’s your fashion style?

I think it is Business Casual, though here and there we have The Evening Black Tie.

How do you relax?

At times I go for massage session. I also go to the cinemas and unwinding with my friends. They are the perfect mood for me.

What should fans expect from the movie, Jasmine?

They will definitely laugh it out with Okon Lagos in the picture.

How are we certain that Jasmine is not the regular Nollywood movie?

No, it’s not a regular Nollywood film, and I think you should see it so you could make the decision for yourself. The twists in the plot of the movie would make viewers stay glued to the screen, with a selection of amazing cast spicing up the comedy movie.

Akwa Ibom takes pride in your heart. What’s special about Akwa Ibom that you want the world to see?

Akwa Ibom is beautiful and serene with good roads, less traffic which makes moving from a location to another easier. I knew we would shoot as late as 2am or 3am, so I had to choose a state I was guaranteed the safety of my cast and crew members and not forgetting there are a lot of talented actors waiting to be discovered, and a lot more. 

What should fans look forward to in the future from you?

Fans should look forward to more thrilling productions from me. We would be creating a lot of content.

Let’s meet Yuudee Nyot

My name is Yuudee Nyot, I’m a native of Abak local government area in Akwa Ibom State. I studied Linguists and Nigerian Languages at University of Uyo. I’m the last child with two siblings.

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Wizkid, Davido, others react as Burna Boy gets Grammy nomination



Wizkid, Davido, others react as Burna Boy gets Grammy nomination

With the nominations list for the 2020 edition of the Grammys released on Wednesday, many Nigerians, including celebs, have continued to react to the exciting news.

Among them are Wizkid, Davido, South African rapper, AKA, and the music star’s British musician girlfriend, Steflon Don.

Burna Boy’s album, African Giant, which was released months ago, was nominated in the Best World Music Album category alongside Altin Gün for Gece, Bokanté & Metropole Orkest Conducted By Jules Buckley for What Heat, Nathalie Joachim With Spektral Quartet for Fanm D’Ayiti, and Angelique Kidjo for Celia.

Reacting moments after the nomination of her boyfriend became public knowledge, Steflon Don wrote: “Issa Grammy for the boy!!!!!!!!! We claim it!!!!!  #AfricanGiant”

On his own, Wizkid, who is also nominated in the Best Pop Vocal Album through a collaborative album effort with Beyonce and others, wrote: “King Burna!! @burnaboy congratulations blood! You deserve everything and more! From time G.” 

Burna Boy, who has had a roller coaster 2019, so far with an MTV EMA, BET Best International Act, as well as titles from Soundcity, Headies, Apple Music’s Up Next Artist, AFRIMMA and VGMA awards among others, got a shout out from Davido as well.

“Congrats @burnaboy … .. you deserve more than a NOM,” Davido wrote.

The most dramatic reaction, however, came from the mother of the Nigerian singer, who has been a part of his journey to this point.

Bose Ogulu, popularly known as Mama Burna and who doubles as his manager, has reacted to the news, taking to her Instagram to update her profile, she wrote: “Talent Manager to GRAMMY NOMINEE’. The craziness sure runs in the family.”

If he wins, Burna Boy will be the second Nigerian to win a Grammy, following the win by a renowned but largely unknown Nigerian percussionist, Sikiru Adepoju, back in 2008. He won the Best Contemporary World Music Album through the Global Drum Project.

For being nominated at all, Burna Boy is still in illustrious company, with the likes of Seun Kuti, Femi Kuti and King Sunny Ade, Babatune Olatunji, Wizkid, Timaya and Kah Lo having been nominated in the past.

For the 2020 edition of the globally respected music awards ceremony, Lizzo leads nominees with a total of eight nominations while both Billie Eilish and Lil Nas X have six nominations each.

Meanwhile, it has emerged that a concert Burna Boy was billed to headline in South Africa was on the same Wednesday cancelled by organisers.

According to reports, the organisers decided to cancel the show because of the outrage it had created following the announcement of Burna Boy as headlining act, with a statement saying the organsiers held exhaustive discussions with Burna Boy’s management before deciding to withdraw him from the concert and cancel the event altogether.

“The decision to cancel the Africans Unite Concert comes after the call from the Tshwane Entertainment Collective to boycott the Africans Unite concert in Tshwane. With the increasing threats of violence from other unfortunate segments of the public and without any government intervention, Phambili Media and Play Network Africa were prompted to take the threats and warnings seriously, as the safety of all artists and attendees could not be guaranteed. We then decided to cancel the concert. The safety of all attendees, artists, and crew comes first,” the statement reads.

It would be recalled that South African rapper, AKA, had demanded an apology from Burna Boy over his comments about the xenophobic attacks on Nigerians weeks back before stepping into the country.

Burna Boy, who dragged the South African rapper in his tweets months ago during the xenophobic attacks in the country, went as far as vowing not to step into the country.

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Tonto Dikeh still in Dubai prison, while she may not return soon



Tonto Dikeh still in Dubai prison, while she may not return soon

That Nollywood actress Tonto Dikeh was recently arrested by Dubai security agents is no longer news. She was also alleged to have been deported to Nigeria.

But Tonto Dikeh isn’t in Nigeria yet. The beautiful mother of one we learnt is still being held in Dubai detention cell for further investigation.

The month of November saw quite a number of Nigerian celebrities visiting the City of Gold, Dubai, and even peppering their haters with beautiful photos and videos from the city. Various Nigerian celebs visited the city for different reasons including attending the One Africa Fest, as well as the Bamteddy wedding.

Well, two stars whose visit to the city caused a lot of stir are celebrity besties, Tonto Dikeh and Bobrisky. Their fun trip took another turn after Tonto was arrested in Dubai following an altercation she had with security personnel. After the arrest, there were speculations that Tonto was deported from the city.

Well, her best friend, Bobrisky posted a video of the actress to dispel the rumour. In the video, Tonto made sure to show that she is still in Dubai.

More details about Tonto’s detention have, however, emerged after a close source to the actress revealed in an interview with Kemi Ashefon that the mother of one is still in Dubai. According to the source, Bobrisky’s post about Tonto is just damage control to make fans think everything is well.

The source said: “First, Tonto is not the type to use that kind of video to debunk allegations of detention and deportation.

She would have used a more beautiful background wearing gorgeous clothes and displaying affluence. That was a damage control video she shared through Bobrisky. Tonto was looking like a tart! She wasn’t wearing make-up and looking like a prisoner in one small room! Anyways, in the video, there was no address about or her arrest. The Tonto we knew would have torn whoever wrote that story into shreds.”

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Burna Boy gets Grammy Award nomination



Burna Boy gets Grammy Award nomination

Burna Boy has finally proven that he is indeed the African giant with a Grammys nomination in the Best World Music Album category for his critically acclaimed album, The African Giant.

The major award itself will be held on January 26, 2020 and it will be hosted by Alicia Keys. Nominees were led by Lizzo with eight nominations. She is followed by Billie Eilish and Lil Nas X with six nominations.

Burna Boy’s album, African Giant got nominated in the Best World Album category. He was nominated in the category alongside Altin Gün for Gece, Bokanté & Metropole Orkest Conducted By Jules Buckley for What Heat, Nathalie Joachim With Spektral Quartet for Fanm D’Ayiti, and Angelique Kidjo for Celia.

Burna Boy follows in the footsteps of Seun Kuti, Femi Kuti and King Sunny Ade in getting nominated in that category at the Grammy Awards. Other Nigerian Grammy nominees include, Babatune Olatunji, Wizkid, Timaya and Kah Lo. The only Nigerian to win a Grammy Award remains Sikiru Adepoju.


1. Record Of The Year
Award to the Artist and to the Producer(s), Recording Engineer(s) and/or Mixer(s) and mastering engineer(s), if other than the artist.

·                HEY, MA
Bon Iver
BJ Burton, Brad Cook, Chris Messina & Justin Vernon, producers; BJ Burton, Zach Hansen & Chris Messina, engineers/mixers; Greg Calbi, mastering engineer

·                BAD GUY
Billie Eilish
Finneas O’Connell, producer; Rob Kinelski & Finneas O’Connell, engineers/mixers; John Greenham, mastering engineer

·                7 RINGS
Ariana Grande
Charles Anderson, Tommy Brown, Michael Foster &
Victoria Monet, producers; Serban Ghenea, John Hanes,
Billy Hickey & Brendan Morawski, engineers/mixers;
Randy Merrill, mastering engineer

·                HARD PLACE
Rodney “Darkchild” Jerkins, producer; Joseph Hurtado, Jaycen Joshua, Derek Keota & Miki Tsutsumi, engineers/mixers; Colin Leonard, mastering engineer

·                TALK
Disclosure & Denis Kosiak, producers; Ingmar Carlson, Jon Castelli, Josh Deguzman, John Kercy, Denis Kosiak, Guy Lawrence & Michael Romero, engineers/mixers; Dale Becker, mastering engineer

·                OLD TOWN ROAD
Lil Nas X Featuring Billy Ray Cyrus
Andrew “VoxGod” Bolooki & YoungKio, producers; Andrew “VoxGod” Bolooki & Cinco, engineers/mixers; Eric Lagg, mastering engineer

·                TRUTH HURTS
Ricky Reed & Tele, producers; Chris Galland, Manny Marroquin & Ethan Shumaker, engineers/mixers; Chris Gehringer, mastering engineer

·                SUNFLOWER
Post Malone & Swae Lee
Louis Bell & Carter Lang, producers; Louis Bell & Manny Marroquin, engineers/mixers

2. Album Of The Year
Award to Artist(s) and to Featured Artist(s), Songwriter(s) of new material, Producer(s), Recording Engineer(s), Mixer(s) and Mastering Engineer(s) credited with at least 33% playing time of the album, if other than Artist.

·                I,I
Bon Iver
Brad Cook, Chris Messina & Justin Vernon, producers; Zach Hansen & Chris Messina, engineers/mixers; BJ Burton, Brad Cook & Justin Vernon, songwriters; Greg Calbi, mastering engineer

·                NORMAN F***ING ROCKWELL!
Lana Del Rey
Jack Antonoff & Lana Del Rey, producers; Jack Antonoff & Laura Sisk, engineers/mixers; Jack Antonoff & Lana Del Rey, songwriters; Chris Gehringer, mastering engineer

Billie Eilish
Finneas O’Connell, producer; Rob Kinelski & Finneas O’Connell, engineers/mixers; Billie Eilish O’Connell & Finneas O’Connell, songwriters; John Greenham, mastering engineer

·                THANK U, NEXT
Ariana Grande
Tommy Brown, Ilya, Max Martin & Victoria Monet, producers; Serban Ghenea & Brendan Morawski, engineers/mixers; Tommy Brown, Ariana Grande, Savan Kotecha, Max Martin, Victoria Monet, Tayla Parx & Ilya Salmanzadeh, songwriters; Randy Merrill, mastering engineer

·                I USED TO KNOW HER
David “Swagg R’Celious” Harris, H.E.R., Walter Jones & Jeff Robinson, producers; Miki Tsutsumi, engineer/mixer; Sam Ashworth, Jeff “Gitty” Gitelman, David “Swagg R’Celious” Harris & H.E.R., songwriters; Colin Leonard, mastering engineer

·                7
Lil Nas X
Montero Lamar Hill, songwriter; Eric Lagg, mastering engineer

·                CUZ I LOVE YOU (DELUXE)
Ricky Reed, producer; Manny Marroquin & Ethan Shumaker, engineers/mixers; Eric Frederic & Melissa Jefferson, songwriters; Chris Gehringer, mastering engineer

·                FATHER OF THE BRIDE
Vampire Weekend
Ezra Koenig & Ariel Rechtshaid, producers; John DeBold, Chris Kasych, Takemasa Kosaka, Ariel Rechtshaid & Hiroya Takayama, engineers/mixers; Ezra Koenig, songwriter; Emily Lazar, mastering engineer

3. Song Of The Year
A Songwriter(s) Award. A song is eligible if it was first released or if it first achieved prominence during the Eligibility Year. (Artist names appear in parentheses.) Singles or Tracks only.

Natalie Hemby, Lady Gaga, Hillary Lindsey & Lori McKenna, songwriters (Lady Gaga)

·                BAD GUY
Billie Eilish O’Connell & Finneas O’Connell, songwriters (Billie Eilish)

·                BRING MY FLOWERS NOW
Brandi Carlile, Phil Hanseroth, Tim Hanseroth & Tanya Tucker, songwriters (Tanya Tucker)

·                HARD PLACE
Ruby Amanfu, Sam Ashworth, D. Arcelious Harris, H.E.R. & Rodney Jerkins, songwriters (H.E.R.)

·                LOVER
Taylor Swift, songwriter (Taylor Swift)

·                NORMAN F***ING ROCKWELL
Jack Antonoff & Lana Del Rey, songwriters (Lana Del Rey)

·                SOMEONE YOU LOVED
Tom Barnes, Lewis Capaldi, Pete Kelleher, Benjamin Kohn & Sam Roman, songwriters (Lewis Capaldi)

·                TRUTH HURTS
Steven Cheung, Eric Frederic, Melissa Jefferson & Jesse Saint John, songwriters (Lizzo)

4. Best New Artist
An artist will be considered for Best New Artist if their eligibility year release/s achieved a breakthrough into the public consciousness and notably impacted the musical landscape.

·                BLACK PUMAS

·                BILLIE EILISH

·                LIL NAS X

·                LIZZO

·                MAGGIE ROGERS

·                ROSALÍA

·                TANK AND THE BANGAS

·                YOLA


5. Best Pop Solo Performance
For new vocal or instrumental pop recordings. Singles or Tracks only.

·                SPIRIT

·                BAD GUY
Billie Eilish

·                7 RINGS
Ariana Grande

·                TRUTH HURTS

·                YOU NEED TO CALM DOWN
Taylor Swift

6. Best Pop Duo/Group Performance
For new vocal or instrumental duo/group or collaborative pop recordings. Singles or Tracks only.

·                BOYFRIEND
Ariana Grande & Social House

·                SUCKER
Jonas Brothers

·                OLD TOWN ROAD
Lil Nas X Featuring Billy Ray Cyrus

·                SUNFLOWER
Post Malone & Swae Lee

·                SEÑORITA
Shawn Mendes & Camila Cabello

7. Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album
For albums containing at least 51% playing time of new traditional pop recordings.

·                SÌ
Andrea Bocelli

·                LOVE (DELUXE EDITION)
Michael Bublé

·                LOOK NOW
Elvis Costello & The Imposters

·                A LEGENDARY CHRISTMAS
John Legend

·                WALLS
Barbra Streisand

8. Best Pop Vocal Album
For albums containing at least 51% playing time of new vocal pop recordings.

·                THE LION KING: THE GIFT

Billie Eilish

·                THANK U, NEXT
Ariana Grande

Ed Sheeran

·                LOVER
Taylor Swift


9. Best Dance Recording
For solo, duo, group or collaborative performances. Vocal or Instrumental. Singles or tracks only.

·                LINKED
Simon Green, producer; Simon Green, mixer

·                GOT TO KEEP ON
The Chemical Brothers
The Chemical Brothers, producers; Steve Dub Jones & Tom Rowlands, mixers

·                PIECE OF YOUR HEART
Meduza Featuring Goodboys
Simone Giani, Luca De Gregorio & Mattia Vitale, producers; Simone Giani, Luca De Gregorio & Mattia Vitale, mixers

·                UNDERWATER
Jason Evigan & RÜFÜS DU SOL, producers; Cassian Stewart-Kasimba, mixer

·                MIDNIGHT HOUR
Skrillex & Boys Noize Featuring Ty Dolla $ign
Boys Noize & Skrillex, producers; Skrillex, mixer

10. Best Dance/Electronic Album
For vocal or instrumental albums. Albums only.

·                LP5

·                NO GEOGRAPHY
The Chemical Brothers

·                HI THIS IS FLUME (MIXTAPE)

·                SOLACE

·                WEATHER


11. Best Contemporary Instrumental Album
For albums containing approximately 51% or more playing time of instrumental material. For albums containing at least 51% playing time of new recordings.

·                ANCESTRAL RECALL
Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah

·                STAR PEOPLE NATION
Theo Croker

Mark Guiliana

·                ELEVATE

·                METTAVOLUTION
Rodrigo y Gabriela


12. Best Rock Performance
For new vocal or instrumental solo, duo/group or collaborative rock recordings.

·                PRETTY WASTE
Bones UK

·                THIS LAND
Gary Clark Jr.

·                HISTORY REPEATS
Brittany Howard

·                WOMAN
Karen O & Danger Mouse

·                TOO BAD
Rival Sons

13. Best Metal Performance
For new vocal or instrumental solo, duo/group or collaborative metal recordings.

Candlemass Featuring Tony Iommi

·                HUMANICIDE
Death Angel

·                BOW DOWN
I Prevail

·                UNLEASHED
Killswitch Engage

·                7EMPEST

14. Best Rock Song
A Songwriter(s) Award. Includes Rock, Hard Rock and Metal songs. A song is eligible if it was first released or if it first achieved prominence during the Eligibility Year. (Artist names appear in parentheses.) Singles or Tracks only.

·                FEAR INOCULUM
Tool, songwriters (Tool)

·                GIVE YOURSELF A TRY
George Daniel, Adam Hann, Matthew Healy & Ross MacDonald, songwriters (The 1975)

·                HARMONY HALL
Ezra Koenig, songwriter (Vampire Weekend)

·                HISTORY REPEATS
Brittany Howard, songwriter (Brittany Howard)

·                THIS LAND
Gary Clark Jr., songwriter (Gary Clark Jr.)

15. Best Rock Album
For albums containing at least 51% playing time of new rock, hard rock or metal recordings.

·                AMO
Bring Me The Horizon

·                SOCIAL CUES
Cage The Elephant

·                IN THE END
The Cranberries

·                TRAUMA
I Prevail

·                FERAL ROOTS
Rival Sons


16. Best Alternative Music Album
Vocal or Instrumental.

·                U.F.O.F.
Big Thief

·                ASSUME FORM
James Blake

·                I,I
Bon Iver

·                FATHER OF THE BRIDE
Vampire Weekend

·                ANIMA
Thom Yorke


17. Best R&B Performance
For new vocal or instrumental R&B recordings.

·                LOVE AGAIN
Daniel Caesar & Brandy

·                COULD’VE BEEN
H.E.R. Featuring Bryson Tiller

·                EXACTLY HOW I FEEL
Lizzo Featuring Gucci Mane

·                ROLL SOME MO
Lucky Daye

·                COME HOME
Anderson .Paak Featuring André 3000

18. Best Traditional R&B Performance
For new vocal or instrumental traditional R&B recordings.

·                TIME TODAY
BJ The Chicago Kid

·                STEADY LOVE

·                JEROME

·                REAL GAMES
Lucky Daye

·                BUILT FOR LOVE
PJ Morton Featuring Jazmine Sullivan

19. Best R&B Song
A Songwriter(s) Award. A song is eligible if it was first released or if it first achieved prominence during the Eligibility Year. (Artist names appear in parentheses.) Singles or Tracks only.

·                COULD’VE BEEN
Dernst Emile II, David “Swagg R’Celious” Harris, H.E.R. & Hue “Soundzfire” Strother, songwriters (H.E.R. Featuring Bryson Tiller)

·                LOOK AT ME NOW
Emily King & Jeremy Most, songwriters (Emily King)

·                NO GUIDANCE
Chris Brown, Tyler James Bryant, Nija Charles, Aubrey Graham, Anderson Hernandez, Michee Patrick Lebrun, Joshua Lewis, Noah Shebib & Teddy Walton, songwriters (Chris Brown Featuring Drake)

·                ROLL SOME MO
David Brown, Dernst Emile II & Peter Lee Johnson, songwriters (Lucky Daye)

·                SAY SO
PJ Morton, songwriter (PJ Morton Featuring JoJo)

20. Best Urban Contemporary Album
For albums containing at least 51% playing time of newly recorded contemporary vocal tracks derivative of R&B.

·                APOLLO XXI
Steve Lacy

·                CUZ I LOVE YOU (DELUXE)

·                OVERLOAD
Georgia Anne Muldrow

·                SATURN

·                BEING HUMAN IN PUBLIC
Jessie Reyez

21. Best R&B Album
For albums containing at least 51% playing time of new R&B recordings.

·                1123
BJ The Chicago Kid

·                PAINTED
Lucky Daye

·                ELLA MAI
Ella Mai

·                PAUL
PJ Morton

·                VENTURA
Anderson .Paak


22. Best Rap Performance
For a Rap performance. Singles or Tracks only.

·                MIDDLE CHILD
J. Cole

·                SUGE

·                DOWN BAD
Dreamville Featuring J.I.D, Bas, J. Cole, EARTHGANG & Young Nudy

·                RACKS IN THE MIDDLE
Nipsey Hussle Featuring Roddy Ricch & Hit-Boy

·                CLOUT
Offset Featuring Cardi B

23. Best Rap/Sung Performance
For a solo or collaborative performance containing both elements of R&B melodies and Rap.

·                HIGHER
DJ Khaled Featuring Nipsey Hussle & John Legend

·                DRIP TOO HARD
Lil Baby & Gunna

·                PANINI
Lil Nas X

·                BALLIN
Mustard Featuring Roddy Ricch

·                THE LONDON
Young Thug Featuring J. Cole & Travis Scott

24. Best Rap Song
A Songwriter(s) Award. A song is eligible if it was first released or if it first achieved prominence during the Eligibility Year. (Artist names appear in parentheses.) Singles or Tracks only.

·                BAD IDEA
Chancelor Bennett, Cordae Dunston, Uforo Ebong & Daniel Hackett, songwriters (YBN Cordae Featuring Chance The Rapper)

·                GOLD ROSES
Noel Cadastre, Aubrey Graham, Anderson Hernandez, Khristopher Riddick-Tynes, William Leonard Roberts II, Joshua Quinton Scruggs, Leon Thomas III & Ozan Yildirim, songwriters (Rick Ross Featuring Drake)

·                A LOT
Jermaine Cole, Dacoury Natche, 21 Savage & Anthony White, songwriters (21 Savage Featuring J. Cole)

·                RACKS IN THE MIDDLE
Ermias Asghedom, Dustin James Corbett, Greg Allen Davis, Chauncey Hollis, Jr. & Rodrick Moore, songwriters (Nipsey Hussle Featuring Roddy Ricch & Hit-Boy)

·                SUGE
DaBaby, Jetsonmade & Pooh Beatz, songwriters (DaBaby)

25. Best Rap Album
For albums containing at least 51% playing time of new rap recordings.


·                CHAMPIONSHIPS
Meek Mill

·                I AM > I WAS
21 Savage

·                IGOR
Tyler, The Creator

·                THE LOST BOY
YBN Cordae


26. Best Country Solo Performance
For new vocal or instrumental solo country recordings.

·                ALL YOUR’N
Tyler Childers

·                GIRL GOIN’ NOWHERE
Ashley McBryde

·                RIDE ME BACK HOME
Willie Nelson

·                GOD’S COUNTRY
Blake Shelton

·                BRING MY FLOWERS NOW
Tanya Tucker

27. Best Country Duo/Group Performance
For new vocal or instrumental duo/group or collaborative country recordings.

·                BRAND NEW MAN
Brooks & Dunn With Luke Combs

·                I DON’T REMEMBER ME (BEFORE YOU)
Brothers Osborne

·                SPEECHLESS
Dan + Shay

·                THE DAUGHTERS
Little Big Town

·                COMMON
Maren Morris Featuring Brandi Carlile

28. Best Country Song
A Songwriter(s) Award. A song is eligible if it was first released or if it first achieved prominence during the Eligibility Year. (Artist names appear in parentheses.) Singles or Tracks only.

·                BRING MY FLOWERS NOW
Brandi Carlile, Phil Hanseroth, Tim Hanseroth & Tanya Tucker, songwriters (Tanya Tucker)

·                GIRL GOIN’ NOWHERE
Jeremy Bussey & Ashley McBryde, songwriters (Ashley McBryde)

·                IT ALL COMES OUT IN THE WASH
Miranda Lambert, Hillary Lindsey, Lori McKenna & Liz Rose, songwriters (Miranda Lambert)

·                SOME OF IT
Eric Church, Clint Daniels, Jeff Hyde & Bobby Pinson, songwriters (Eric Church)

·                SPEECHLESS
Shay Mooney, Jordan Reynolds, Dan Smyers & Laura Veltz, songwriters (Dan + Shay)

29. Best Country Album
For albums containing at least 51% playing time of new country recordings.

·                DESPERATE MAN
Eric Church

·                STRONGER THAN THE TRUTH
Reba McEntire

·                INTERSTATE GOSPEL
Pistol Annies

·                CENTER POINT ROAD
Thomas Rhett

·                WHILE I’M LIVIN’
Tanya Tucker


30. Best New Age Album
For albums containing at least 51% playing time of new vocal or instrumental new age recordings.

·                FAIRY DREAMS
David Arkenstone

·                HOMAGE TO KINDNESS
David Darling

·                WINGS
Peter Kater

·                VERVE
Sebastian Plano

·                DEVA
Deva Premal


31. Best Improvised Jazz Solo
For an instrumental jazz solo performance. Two equal performers on one recording may be eligible as one entry. If the soloist listed appears on a recording billed to another artist, the latter’s name is in parenthesis for identification. Singles or Tracks only.

·                ELSEWHERE
Melissa Aldana, soloist

·                SOZINHO
Randy Brecker, soloist

Julian Lage, soloist

·                THE WINDUP
Branford Marsalis, soloist

·                SIGHTSEEING
Christian McBride, soloist

32. Best Jazz Vocal Album
For albums containing at least 51% playing time of new vocal jazz recordings.

·                THIRSTY GHOST
Sara Gazarek

·                LOVE & LIBERATION
Jazzmeia Horn

·                ALONE TOGETHER
Catherine Russell

·                12 LITTLE SPELLS
Esperanza Spalding

·                SCREENPLAY
The Tierney Sutton Band

33. Best Jazz Instrumental Album
For albums containing at least 51% playing time of new instrumental jazz recordings.

·                IN THE KEY OF THE UNIVERSE
Joey DeFrancesco

Branford Marsalis Quartet

Christian McBride

·                FINDING GABRIEL
Brad Mehldau

·                COME WHAT MAY
Joshua Redman Quartet

34. Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album
For albums containing at least 51% playing time of new ensemble jazz recordings.

·                TRIPLE HELIX
Anat Cohen Tentet

·                DANCER IN NOWHERE
Miho Hazama

·                HIDING OUT
Mike Holober & The Gotham Jazz Orchestra

Brian Lynch Big Band

·                ONE DAY WONDER
Terraza Big Band

35. Best Latin Jazz Album
For vocal or instrumental albums containing at least 51% playing time of newly recorded material. The intent of this category is to recognize recordings that represent the blending of jazz with Latin, Iberian-American, Brazilian, and Argentinian tango music.

·                ANTIDOTE
Chick Corea & The Spanish Heart Band

·                SORTE!: MUSIC BY JOHN FINBURY
Thalma de Freitas With Vitor Gonçalves, John Patitucci, Chico Pinheiro, Rogerio Boccato & Duduka Da Fonseca

Jazz At Lincoln Center Orchestra With Wynton Marsalis & Rubén Blades

·                CARIB
David Sánchez

Miguel Zenón


36. Best Gospel Performance/Song
This award is given to the artist(s) and songwriter(s) (for new compositions) for the best traditional Christian, roots gospel or contemporary gospel single or track.

·                LOVE THEORY
Kirk Franklin; Kirk Franklin, songwriter

·                TALKIN’ ‘BOUT JESUS
Gloria Gaynor Featuring Yolanda Adams; Bryan
Fowler, Gloria Gaynor & Chris Stevens, songwriters

·                SEE THE LIGHT
Travis Greene Featuring Jekalyn Carr

·                SPEAK THE NAME
Koryn Hawthorne Featuring Natalie Grant

·                THIS IS A MOVE (LIVE)
Tasha Cobbs Leonard; Tony Brown, Brandon Lake, Tasha Cobbs Leonard & Nate Moore, songwriters

37. Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song
This award is given to the artist(s) and songwriter(s) (for new compositions) for the best contemporary Christian pop, Christian rap/hip-hop, or Christian rock single or track.

·                ONLY JESUS
Casting Crowns; Mark Hall, Bernie Herms & Matthew West, songwriters

·                GOD ONLY KNOWS
for KING & COUNTRY & Dolly Parton; Josh Kerr, Jordan Reynolds, Joel Smallbone, Luke Smallbone & Tedd Tjornhom, songwriters

·                HAVEN’T SEEN IT YET
Danny Gokey; Danny Gokey, Ethan Hulse & Colby Wedgeworth, songwriters

Tauren Wells

·                RESCUE STORY
Zach Williams; Ethan Hulse, Andrew Ripp, Jonathan Smith & Zach Williams, songwriters

38. Best Gospel Album
For albums containing at least 51% playing time of newly recorded, vocal, traditional or contemporary/R&B gospel music recordings.

·                LONG LIVE LOVE
Kirk Franklin

·                GOSHEN
Donald Lawrence Presents The Tri -City Singers

·                TUNNEL VISION
Gene Moore

·                SETTLE HERE
William Murphy

CeCe Winans

39. Best Contemporary Christian Music Album
For albums containing at least 51% playing time of newly recorded, vocal, contemporary Christian music, including pop, rap/hip hop, or rock recordings.

·                I KNOW A GHOST

·                BURN THE SHIPS

·                HAVEN’T SEEN IT YET
Danny Gokey

·                THE ELEMENTS

·                HOLY ROAR
Chris Tomlin

40. Best Roots Gospel Album
For albums containing at least 51% playing time of newly recorded, vocal, traditional/roots gospel music, including country, Southern gospel, bluegrass, and Americana recordings.

Steven Curtis Chapman

·                TESTIMONY
Gloria Gaynor

·                DEEPER OCEANS
Joseph Habedank

·                HIS NAME IS JESUS
Tim Menzies

·                GONNA SING, GONNA SHOUT
(Various Artists)
Jerry Salley, Producer


41. Best Latin Pop Album
For albums containing at least 51% playing time of new Latin pop recordings.

·                VIDA
Luis Fonsi

·                11:11

·                MONTANER
Ricardo Montaner

·                #ELDISCO
Alejandro Sanz

·                FANTASIA
Sebastian Yatra

42. Best Latin Rock, Urban or Alternative Album
For albums containing at least 51% playing time of new Latin rock, urban or alternative recordings.

·                X 100PRE
Bad Bunny

·                OASIS
J Balvin & Bad Bunny

·                INDESTRUCTIBLE
Flor De Toloache

·                ALMADURA

·                EL MAL QUERER

43. Best Regional Mexican Music Album (Including Tejano)
For albums containing at least 51% playing time of new regional Mexican (banda, norteño, corridos, gruperos, mariachi, ranchera and Tejano) recordings.

·                CAMINANDO
Joss Favela

·                PERCEPCIÓN

·                POCO A POCO
La Energia Norteña

·                20 ANIVERSARIO
Mariachi Divas De Cindy Shea

·                DE AYER PARA SIEMPRE
Mariachi Los Camperos

44. Best Tropical Latin Album
For albums containing at least 51% playing time of new tropical Latin recordings.

·                OPUS
Marc Anthony

·                TIEMPO AL TIEMPO
Luis Enrique + C4 Trio

·                CANDELA
Vicente García

·                LITERAL
Juan Luis Guerra 4.40

Aymée Nuviola


45. Best American Roots Performance
For new vocal or instrumental American Roots recordings. This is for performances in the style of any of the subgenres encompassed in the American Roots Music field including Americana, bluegrass, blues, folk or regional roots. Award to the artist(s).

·                SAINT HONESTY
Sara Bareilles

·                FATHER MOUNTAIN
Calexico And Iron & Wine

·                I’M ON MY WAY
Rhiannon Giddens with Francesco Turrisi

·                CALL MY NAME
I’m With Her

·                FARAWAY LOOK

46. Best American Roots Song
A Songwriter(s) Award. Includes Americana, bluegrass, traditional blues, contemporary blues, folk or regional roots songs. A song is eligible if it was first released or if it first achieved prominence during the Eligibility Year. (Artist names appear in parentheses.) Singles or Tracks only.

·                BLACK MYSELF
Amythyst Kiah, songwriter (Our Native Daughters)

·                CALL MY NAME
Sarah Jarosz, Aoife O’Donovan & Sara Watkins, songwriters (I’m With Her)

·                CROSSING TO JERUSALEM
Rosanne Cash & John Leventhal, songwriters (Rosanne Cash)

·                FARAWAY LOOK
Dan Auerbach, Yola Carter & Pat McLaughlin, songwriters (Yola)

Vince Gill, songwriter (Vince Gill)

47. Best Americana Album
For albums containing at least 51% playing time of new vocal or instrumental Americana recordings.

·                YEARS TO BURN
Calexico And Iron & Wine

·                WHO ARE YOU NOW
Madison Cunningham

·                OKLAHOMA
Keb’ Mo’

·                TALES OF AMERICA
J.S. Ondara

·                WALK THROUGH FIRE

48. Best Bluegrass Album
For albums containing at least 51% playing time of new vocal or instrumental bluegrass recordings.

·                TALL FIDDLER
Michael Cleveland

Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver

·                TOIL, TEARS & TROUBLE
The Po’ Ramblin’ Boys

·                ROYAL TRAVELLER
Missy Raines

·                IF YOU CAN’T STAND THE HEAT
Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen

49. Best Traditional Blues Album
For albums containing at least 51% playing time of new vocal or instrumental traditional blues recordings.

·                KINGFISH
Christone “Kingfish” Ingram

·                TALL, DARK & HANDSOME
Delbert McClinton & Self-Made Men

·                SITTING ON TOP OF THE BLUES
Bobby Rush

·                BABY, PLEASE COME HOME
Jimmie Vaughan

·                SPECTACULAR CLASS
Jontavious Willis

50. Best Contemporary Blues Album
For albums containing at least 51% playing time of new vocal or instrumental contemporary blues recordings.

·                THIS LAND
Gary Clark Jr.

·                VENOM & FAITH
Larkin Poe

·                BRIGHTER DAYS
Robert Randolph & The Family Band

·                SOMEBODY SAVE ME
Sugaray Rayford

·                KEEP ON
Southern Avenue

51. Best Folk Album
For albums containing at least 51% playing time of new vocal or instrumental folk recordings.

·                MY FINEST WORK YET
Andrew Bird

·                REARRANGE MY HEART
Che Apalache

·                PATTY GRIFFIN
Patty Griffin

·                EVENING MACHINES
Gregory Alan Isakov

·                FRONT PORCH
Joy Williams

52. Best Regional Roots Music Album
For albums containing at least 51% playing time of new vocal or instrumental regional roots music recordings.

·                KALAWAI’ANUI
Amy Hānaiali’i

Northern Cree

·                GOOD TIME
Ranky Tanky

Rebirth Brass Band

·                HAWAIIAN LULLABY
(Various Artists)
Imua Garza & Kimié Miner, producers


53. Best Reggae Album
For albums containing at least 51% playing time of new reggae recordings.

·                RAPTURE

·                AS I AM
Julian Marley

Sly & Robbie & Roots Radics

·                MASS MANIPULATION
Steel Pulse

·                MORE WORK TO BE DONE
Third World


54. Best World Music Album
For albums containing at least 51% playing time of new vocal or instrumental World Music recordings.

·                GECE
Altin Gün

·                WHAT HEAT
Bokanté & Metropole Orkest Conducted By Jules Buckley

·                AFRICAN GIANT
Burna Boy

·                FANM D’AYITI
Nathalie Joachim With Spektral Quartet

·                CELIA
Angelique Kidjo


55. Best Children’s Album
For albums containing at least 51% playing time of new musical or spoken word recordings that are created and intended specifically for children.

Jon Samson

·                FLYING HIGH!
Caspar Babypants

·                I LOVE RAINY DAYS
Daniel Tashian

·                THE LOVE
Alphabet Rockers

·                WINTERLAND
The Okee Dokee Brothers


56. Best Spoken Word Album (Includes Poetry, Audio Books & Storytelling)

·                BEASTIE BOYS BOOK
(Various Artists)
Michael Diamond, Adam Horovitz, Scott Sherratt & Dan Zitt, producers

·                BECOMING
Michelle Obama

Eric Alexandrakis

·                MR. KNOW-IT-ALL
John Waters

Sekou Andrews & The String Theory


57. Best Comedy Album
For albums containing at least 51% playing time of new recordings.

·                QUALITY TIME
Jim Gaffigan

·                RELATABLE
Ellen DeGeneres

·                RIGHT NOW
Aziz Ansari

·                SON OF PATRICIA
Trevor Noah

·                STICKS & STONES
Dave Chappelle


58. Best Musical Theater Album
For albums containing at least 51% playing time of new recordings. Award to the principle vocalist(s) and the album producer(s) of 51% or more playing time of the album. The lyricist(s) and composer(s) of a new score are eligible for an Award if they have written and/or composed a new score which comprises 51% or more playing time of the album.

Saint Aubyn, Derrick Baskin, James Harkness, Jawan M. Jackson, Jeremy Pope & Ephraim Sykes, principal soloists; Scott M. Riesett, producer (Original Broadway Cast)

·                HADESTOWN
Reeve Carney, André De Shields, Amber Gray, Eva Noblezada & Patrick Page, principal soloists; Mara Isaacs, David Lai, Anaïs Mitchell & Todd Sickafoose, producers (Anaïs Mitchell, composer & lyricist) (Original Broadway Cast)

·                MOULIN ROUGE! THE MUSICAL
Danny Burstein, Tam Mutu, Sahr Ngaujah, Karen Olivo & Aaron Tveit, principal soloists; Justin Levine, Baz Luhrmann, Matt Stine & Alex Timbers, producers (Original Broadway Cast)

Imogen Heap, producer; Imogen Heap, composer (Imogen Heap)

·                OKLAHOMA!
Damon Daunno, Rebecca Naomi Jones, Ali Stroker, Mary Testa & Patrick Vaill, principal soloists; Daniel Kluger & Dean Sharenow, producers (Richard Rodgers, composer; Oscar Hammerstein II, lyricist) (2019 Broadway Cast)


59. Best Compilation Soundtrack For Visual Media
Award to the artist(s) and/or ‘in studio’ producer(s) of a majority of the tracks on the album. In the absence of both, award to the one or two individuals proactively responsible for the concept and musical direction of the album and for the selection of artists, songs and producers, as applicable. Award also goes to appropriately credited music supervisor(s).

·                THE LION KING: THE SONGS
(Various Artists)

(Various Artists)

·                ROCKETMAN
Taron Egerton

(Various Artists)

·                A STAR IS BORN
Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper

60. Best Score Soundtrack For Visual Media
Award to Composer(s) for an original score created specifically for, or as a companion to, a current legitimate motion picture, television show or series, video games or other visual media.

·                AVENGERS: ENDGAME
Alan Silvestri, composer

·                CHERNOBYL
Hildur Guðnadóttir, composer

·                GAME OF THRONES: SEASON 8
Ramin Djawadi, composer

·                THE LION KING
Hans Zimmer, composer

·                MARY POPPINS RETURNS
Marc Shaiman, composer

61. Best Song Written For Visual Media
A Songwriter(s) award. For a song (melody & lyrics) written specifically for a motion picture, television, video games or other visual media, and released for the first time during the Eligibility Year. (Artist names appear in parentheses.) Singles or Tracks only.

Randy Newman, songwriter (Chris Stapleton)
Track from: Toy Story 4

·                GIRL IN THE MOVIES
Dolly Parton & Linda Perry, songwriters (Dolly Parton)
Track from: Dumplin’

Natalie Hemby, Lady Gaga, Hillary Lindsey & Aaron Raitiere, songwriters (Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper)
Track from: A Star Is Born

·                SPIRIT
Beyoncé Knowles-Carter, Timothy McKenzie & Ilya Salmanzadeh, songwriters (Beyoncé)
Track from: The Lion King

·                SUSPIRIUM
Thom Yorke, songwriter (Thom Yorke)
Track from: Suspiria


62. Best Instrumental Composition
A Composer’s Award for an original composition (not an adaptation) first released during the Eligibility Year. Singles or Tracks only.

·                BEGIN AGAIN
Fred Hersch, composer (Fred Hersch & The WDR Big Band Conducted By Vince Mendoza)

·                CRUCIBLE FOR CRISIS
Brian Lynch, composer (Brian Lynch Big Band)

·                LOVE, A BEAUTIFUL FORCE
Vince Mendoza, composer (Vince Mendoza, Terell Stafford, Dick Oatts & Temple University Studio Orchestra)

John Williams, composer (John Williams)

·                WALKIN’ FUNNY
Christian McBride, composer (Christian McBride)

63. Best Arrangement, Instrumental or A Cappella
An Arranger’s Award. (Artist names appear in parentheses.) Singles or Tracks only.

·                BLUE SKIES
Kris Bowers, arranger (Kris Bowers)

·                HEDWIG’S THEME
John Williams, arranger (Anne-Sophie Mutter & John Williams)

·                LA NOVENA
Emilio Solla, arranger (Emilio Solla Tango Jazz Orchestra)

·                LOVE, A BEAUTIFUL FORCE
Vince Mendoza, arranger (Vince Mendoza, Terell Stafford, Dick Oatts & Temple University Studio Orchestra)

·                MOON RIVER
Jacob Collier, arranger (Jacob Collier)

64. Best Arrangement, Instruments and Vocals
An Arranger’s Award. (Artist names appear in parentheses.) Singles or Tracks only.

·                ALL NIGHT LONG
Jacob Collier, arranger (Jacob Collier Featuring Jules Buckley, Take 6 & Metropole Orkest)

·                JOLENE
Geoff Keezer, arranger (Sara Gazarek)

·                MARRY ME A LITTLE
Cyrille Aimée & Diego Figueiredo, arrangers (Cyrille Aimée)

·                OVER THE RAINBOW
Vince Mendoza, arranger (Trisha Yearwood)

·                12 LITTLE SPELLS (THORACIC SPINE)
Esperanza Spalding, arranger (Esperanza Spalding)


65. Best Recording Package

·                ANÓNIMAS & RESILIENTES
Luisa María Arango, Carlos Dussan, Manuel García-Orozco & Juliana Jaramillo-Buenaventura, art directors (Voces Del Bullerengue)

·                CHRIS CORNELL
Barry Ament, Jeff Ament, Jeff Fura & Joe Spix, art directors (Chris Cornell)

·                HOLD THAT TIGER
Andrew Wong & Fongming Yang, art directors (The Muddy Basin Ramblers)

·                I,I
Aaron Anderson & Eric Timothy Carlson, art directors (Bon Iver)

·                INTELLEXUAL
Irwan Awalludin, art director (Intellexual)

66. Best Boxed Or Special Limited Edition Package

·                ANIMA
Stanley Donwood & Tchocky, art directors (Thom Yorke)

·                GOLD IN BRASS AGE
Amanda Chiu, Mark Farrow & David Gray, art directors (David Gray)

·                1963: NEW DIRECTIONS
Josh Cheuse, art director (John Coltrane)

·                THE RADIO RECORDINGS 1939-1945
Marek Polewski, art director (Wilhelm Furtwängler & Berliner Philharmoniker)

Masaki Koike, art director (Various Artists)


67. Best Album Notes

Judy Cantor-Navas, album notes writer (Various Artists)

Robert Marovich, album notes writer (Various Artists)

·                PEDAL STEEL + FOUR CORNERS
Brendan Greaves, album notes writer (Terry Allen And The Panhandle Mystery Band)

Jeff Place, album notes writer (Pete Seeger)

·                STAX ’68: A MEMPHIS STORY
Steve Greenberg, album notes writer (Various Artists)


68. Best Historical Album

Andrew Batt & Kris Maher, compilation producers; Simon Gibson, mastering engineer (Bobbie Gentry)

Robert Russ, compilation producer; Andreas K. Meyer & Jennifer Nulsen, mastering engineers (Vladimir Horowitz)

Spencer Doran, Yosuke Kitazawa, Douglas Macgowan & Matt Sullivan, compilation producers; John Baldwin, mastering engineer (Various Artists)

Jeff Place & Robert Santelli, compilation producers; Pete Reiniger, mastering engineer (Pete Seeger)

Brian Kehew, Steve Woolard & Andy Zax, compilation producers; Dave Schultz, mastering engineer (Various Artists)


69. Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical
An Engineer’s Award. (Artists names appear in parentheses.)

·                ALL THESE THINGS
Tchad Blake, Adam Greenspan & Rodney Shearer, engineers; Bernie Grundman, mastering engineer (Thomas Dybdahl)

·                ELLA MAI
Chris “Shaggy” Ascher, Jaycen Joshua & David Pizzimenti, engineers; Chris Athens, mastering engineer (Ella Mai)

·                RUN HOME SLOW
Paul Butler & Sam Teskey, engineers; Joe Carra, mastering engineer (The Teskey Brothers)

·                SCENERY
Tom Elmhirst, Ben Kane & Jeremy Most, engineers; Bob Ludwig, mastering engineer (Emily King)

Rob Kinelski & Finneas O’Connell, engineers; John Greenham, mastering engineer (Billie Eilish)

70. Producer Of The Year, Non-Classical
A Producer’s Award. (Artists names appear in parentheses.)

·                JACK ANTONOFF

• Arizona Baby (Kevin Abstract) (A)
• Lover (Taylor Swift) (A)
• Norman F***ing Rockwell! (Lana Del Rey) (A)
• Red Hearse (Red Hearse) (A)​

·                DAN AUERBACH

• The Angels In Heaven Done Signed My Name (Leo Bud Welch) (A)
• “Let’s Rock” (The Black Keys) (A)
• Mockingbird (The Gibson Brothers) (A)
• Myth Of A Man (Night Beats) (A)
• Southern Gentleman (Dee White) (A)
• Walk Through Fire (Yola) (A)

·                JOHN HILL

• Heat Of The Summer (Young The Giant) (T)
• Hundred (Khalid) (T)
• No Drug Like Me (Carly Rae Jepsen) (T)
• Outta My Head (Khalid With John Mayer) (T)
• Social Cues (Cage The Elephant) (A)
• Superposition (Young The Giant) (T)
• Too Much (Carly Rae Jepsen) (T)
• Vertigo (Khalid) (T)
• Zero (From “Ralph Breaks The Internet”) (Imagine Dragons) (T)

·                FINNEAS

• When We Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? (Billie Eilish) (A)

·                RICKY REED

• Almost Free (Fidlar) (A)
• Burning (Maggie Rogers) (T)
• Confidence (X Ambassadors Featuring K.Flay) (T)
• Juice (Lizzo) (T)
• Kingdom Of One (Maren Morris) (T)
• Power Is Power (SZA Featuring The Weekend & Travis Scott) (T)
• Tempo (Lizzo Featuring Missy Elliott) (T)
• Truth Hurts (Lizzo) (T)
• The Wrong Man (Ross Golan) (A)

71. Best Remixed Recording
A Remixer’s Award. (Artists names appear in parentheses for identification.) Singles or Tracks only.

Tracy Young, remixer (Madonna)

Wuki, remixer (Miley Cyrus)

·                THE ONE (HIGH CONTRAST REMIX)
Lincoln Barrett, remixer (Jorja Smith)

·                SWIM (FORD. REMIX)
Luc Bradford, remixer (Mild Minds)

·                WORK IT (SOULWAX REMIX)
David Gerard C Dewaele & Stephen Antoine C Dewaele, remixers (Marie Davidson)


72. Best Immersive Audio Album
For vocal or instrumental albums in any genre. Must be commercially released on DVD-Audio, DVD-Video, SACD, Blu-Ray, or burned download-only/streaming-only copies and must provide a new surround mix of four or more channels. Award to the surround mix engineer, surround producer (if any) and surround mastering engineer (if any).

·                CHAIN TRIPPING
Luke Argilla, immersive audio engineer; Jurgen Scharpf, immersive audio mastering engineer; Jona Bechtolt, Claire L. Evans & Rob Kieswetter, immersive audio producers (Yacht)

Jim Anderson, immersive audio engineer; Robert C. Ludwig, immersive audio mastering engineer; Ulrike Schwarz, immersive audio producer (Ken-David Masur & Stavanger Symphony Orchestra)

·                LUX
Morten Lindberg, immersive audio engineer; Morten Lindberg, immersive audio mastering engineer; Morten Lindberg, immersive audio producer (Anita Brevik, Trondheimsolistene & Nidarosdomens Jentekor)

·                THE ORCHESTRAL ORGAN
Keith O. Johnson, immersive audio engineer; Keith O. Johnson, immersive audio mastering engineer; Marina A. Ledin & Victor Ledin, immersive audio producers (Jan Kraybill)

·                THE SAVIOR
Bob Clearmountain, immersive audio engineer; Bob Ludwig, immersive audio mastering engineer; Michael Marquart & Dave Way, immersive audio producers (A Bad Think)


73. Best Engineered Album, Classical
An Engineer’s Award. (Artist names appear in parentheses.)

Daniel Shores, engineer; Daniel Shores, mastering engineer (International Contemporary Ensemble)

·                BRUCKNER: SYMPHONY NO. 9
Mark Donahue, engineer; Mark Donahue, mastering engineer (Manfred Honeck & Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra)

Keith O. Johnson & Sean Royce Martin, engineers; Keith O. Johnson, mastering engineer (Hermitage Piano Trio)

·                RILEY: SUN RINGS
Leslie Ann Jones, engineer; Robert C. Ludwig, mastering engineer (Kronos Quartet)

·                WOLFE: FIRE IN MY MOUTH
Bob Hanlon & Lawrence Rock, engineers; Ian Good & Lawrence Rock, mastering engineers (Jaap Van Zweden, Francisco J. Núñez, Donald Nally, The Crossing, Young People’s Chorus Of NY City & New York Philharmonic)

74. Producer Of The Year, Classical
A Producer’s Award. (Artist names appear in parentheses.)

·                BLANTON ALSPAUGH

• Artifacts – The Music Of Michael McGlynn (Charles Bruffy & Kansas City Chorale)
• Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique; Fantaisie Sur La Tempête De Shakespeare (Andrew Davis & Toronto Symphony Orchestra)
• Copland: Billy The Kid; Grohg (Leonard Slatkin & Detroit Symphony Orchestra)
• Duruflé: Complete Choral Works (Robert Simpson & Houston Chamber Choir)
• Glass: Symphony No. 5 (Julian Wachner, The Choir Of Trinity Wall Street, Trinity Youth Chorus, Downtown Voices & Novus NY)
• Sander: The Divine Liturgy Of St. John Chrysostom (Peter Jermihov & PaTRAM Institute Singers)
• Smith, K.: Canticle (Craig Hella Johnson & Cincinnati Vocal Arts Ensemble)
• Visions Take Flight (Mei-Ann Chen & ROCO)

·                JAMES GINSBURG

• Project W – Works By Diverse Women Composers (Mei-Ann Chen & Chicago Sinfonietta)
• Silenced Voices (Black Oak Ensemble)
• 20th Century Harpsichord Concertos (Jory Vinikour, Scott Speck & Chicago Philharmonic)
• Twentieth Century Oboe Sonatas (Alex Klein & Phillip Bush)
• Winged Creatures & Other Works For Flute, Clarinet, And Orchestra (Anthony McGill, Demarre McGill, Allen Tinkham & Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra)

·                MARINA A. LEDIN, VICTOR LEDIN

• Bates: Children Of Adam; Vaughan Williams: Dona Nobis Pacem (Steven Smith, Erin R. Freeman, Richmond Symphony & Chorus)
• The Orchestral Organ (Jan Kraybill)
• The Poetry Of Places (Nadia Shpachenko)
• Rachmaninoff – Hermitage Piano Trio (Hermitage Piano Trio)

·                MORTEN LINDBERG

• Himmelborgen (Elisabeth Holte, Kåre Nordstoga & Uranienborg Vokalensemble)
• Kleiberg: Do You Believe In Heather? (Various Artists)
• Ljos (Fauna Vokalkvintett)
• LUX (Anita Brevik, Trondheimsolistene & Nidarosdomens Jentekor)
• Trachea (Tone Bianca Sparre Dahl & Schola Cantorum)
• Veneliti (Håkon Daniel Nystedt & Oslo Kammerkor)

·                DIRK SOBOTKA

• Bruckner: Symphony No. 9 (Manfred Honeck & Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra)


75. Best Orchestral Performance
Award to the Conductor and to the Orchestra.

·                BRUCKNER: SYMPHONY NO. 9
Manfred Honeck, conductor (Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra)

·                COPLAND: BILLY THE KID; GROHG
Leonard Slatkin, conductor (Detroit Symphony Orchestra)

·                NORMAN: SUSTAIN
Gustavo Dudamel, conductor (Los Angeles Philharmonic)

·                TRANSATLANTIC
Louis Langrée, conductor (Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra)

·                WEINBERG: SYMPHONIES NOS. 2 & 21
Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla, conductor (City Of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra & Kremerata Baltica)

76. Best Opera Recording
Award to the Conductor, Album Producer(s) and Principal Soloists.

George Benjamin, conductor; Stéphane Degout, Barbara Hannigan, Peter Hoare & Gyula Orendt; James Whitbourn, producer (Orchestra Of The Royal Opera House)

·                BERG: WOZZECK
Marc Albrecht, conductor; Christopher Maltman & Eva-Maria Westbroek; François Roussillon, producer (Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra; Chorus Of Dutch National Opera)

Paul O’Dette & Stephen Stubbs, conductors; Jesse Blumberg, Teresa Wakim & Virginia Warnken; Renate Wolter-Seevers, producer (Boston Early Music Festival Chamber Ensemble; Boston Early Music Festival Vocal Ensemble)

·                PICKER: FANTASTIC MR. FOX
Gil Rose, conductor; John Brancy, Andrew Craig Brown, Gabriel Preisser, Krista River & Edwin Vega; Gil Rose, producer (Boston Modern Orchestra Project; Boston Children’s Chorus)

·                WAGNER: LOHENGRIN
Christian Thielemann, conductor; Piotr Beczała, Anja Harteros, Tomasz Konieczny, Waltraud Meier & Georg Zeppenfeld; Eckhard Glauche, producer (Festspielorchester Bayreuth; Festspielchor Bayreuth)

77. Best Choral Performance
Award to the Conductor, and to the Choral Director and/or Chorus Master where applicable and to the Choral Organization/Ensemble.

·                BOYLE: VOYAGES
Donald Nally, conductor (The Crossing)

Robert Simpson, conductor (Ken Cowan; Houston Chamber Choir)

·                THE HOPE OF LOVING
Craig Hella Johnson, conductor (Conspirare)

Peter Jermihov, conductor (Evan Bravos, Vadim Gan, Kevin Keys, Glenn Miller & Daniel Shirley; PaTRAM Institute Singers)

·                SMITH, K.: THE ARC IN THE SKY
Donald Nally, conductor (The Crossing)

78. Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance
For new recordings of works with chamber or small ensemble (twenty-four or fewer members, not including the conductor). One Award to the ensemble and one Award to the conductor, if applicable.

Christopher Rountree & Wild Up

·                FREEDOM & FAITH

·                PERPETULUM
Third Coast Percussion

Hermitage Piano Trio

·                SHAW: ORANGE
Attacca Quartet

79. Best Classical Instrumental Solo
Award to the Instrumental Soloist(s) and to the Conductor when applicable.

·                THE BERLIN RECITAL
Yuja Wang

·                HIGDON: HARP CONCERTO
Yolanda Kondonassis; Ward Stare, conductor (The Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra)

Nicola Benedetti; Cristian Măcelaru, conductor (Philadelphia Orchestra)

·                THE ORCHESTRAL ORGAN
Jan Kraybill

Tessa Lark; David Alan Miller, conductor (Albany Symphony)

80. Best Classical Solo Vocal Album
Award to: Vocalist(s), Collaborative Artist(s) (Ex: pianists, conductors, chamber groups) Producer(s), Recording Engineers/Mixers with 51% or more playing time of new material.

Susan Narucki (Donald Berman, Curtis Macomber, Kathryn Schulmeister & Nicholas Tolle)

·                HIMMELSMUSIK
Philippe Jaroussky & Céline Scheen; Christina Pluhar, conductor; L’Arpeggiata, ensemble (Jesús Rodil & Dingle Yandell)

Matthias Goerne; Leif Ove Andsnes, accompanist

·                SONGPLAY
Joyce DiDonato; Chuck Israels, Jimmy Madison, Charlie Porter & Craig Terry, accompanists (Steve Barnett & Lautaro Greco)

·                A TE, O CARA
Stephen Costello; Constantine Orbelian, conductor (Kaunas City Symphony Orchestra)

81. Best Classical Compendium
Award to the Artist(s) and to the Album Producer(s) and Engineer(s) of over 51% playing time of the album, if other than the artist.

·                AMERICAN ORIGINALS 1918
John Morris Russell, conductor; Elaine Martone, producer

Giancarlo Guerrero, conductor; Tim Handley, producer

Paul Appleby & Natalia Katyukova; Silas Brown & Harold Meltzer, producers

·                THE POETRY OF PLACES
Nadia Shpachenko; Marina A. Ledin & Victor Ledin, producers

Hannu Lintu, conductor; Laura Heikinheimo, producer

82. Best Contemporary Classical Composition
A Composer’s Award. (For a contemporary classical composition composed within the last 25 years, and released for the first time during the Eligibility Year.) Award to the librettist, if applicable.

Derek Bermel, composer (Derek Bermel, Ted Nash, David Alan Miller, Juilliard Jazz Orchestra & Albany Symphony Orchestra)

·                HIGDON: HARP CONCERTO
Jennifer Higdon, composer (Yolanda Kondonassis, Ward Stare & The Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra)

Wynton Marsalis, composer (Nicola Benedetti, Cristian Măcelaru & Philadelphia Orchestra)

·                NORMAN: SUSTAIN
Andrew Norman, composer (Gustavo Dudamel & Los Angeles Philharmonic)

·                SHAW: ORANGE
Caroline Shaw, composer (Attacca Quartet)

·                WOLFE: FIRE IN MY MOUTH
Julia Wolfe, composer (Jaap Van Zweden, Francisco J. Núñez, Donald Nally, The Crossing, Young People’s Chorus Of NY City & New York Philharmonic)


83. Best Music Video
Award to the artist, video director, and video producer.

·                WE’VE GOT TO TRY
The Chemical Brothers
Ellie Fry, video director; Ninian Doff, video producer

·                THIS LAND
Gary Clark Jr.
Savanah Leaf, video director; Jason Cole, Danielle Hinde & Alicia Martinez, video producers

·                CELLOPHANE
FKA twigs
Andrew Thomas Huang, video director; Alex Chamberlain, video producer

Lil Nas X & Billy Ray Cyrus
Calmatic, video director; Candice Dragonas, Melissa Larsen & Saul Levitz, video producers

·                GLAD HE’S GONE
Tove Lo
Vania Heymann & Gal Muggia, video directors; Nathan Schottenfels, video producer

84. Best Music Film
For concert/performance films or music documentaries. Award to the artist, video director, and video producer.

·                HOMECOMING
Beyoncé Knowles-Carter & Ed Burke, video directors; Dora Melissa Vargas, video producer

·                REMEMBER MY NAME
David Crosby
A.J. Eaton, video director; Cameron Crowe, Michele Farinola & Greg Mariotti, video producers

·                BIRTH OF THE COOL
(Miles Davis)
Stanley Nelson, video director; Nicole London, video producer

·                SHANGRI-LA
(Various Artists)
Morgan Neville, video director; Emma Baiada, video producer

·                ANIMA
Thom Yorke
Paul Thomas Anderson, video director; Paul Thomas Anderson, Erica Frauman & Sara Murphy, video producers

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Kanye West, Dr. Dre announce ‘Jesus Is King Part II’ album



Kanye West, Dr. Dre announce ‘Jesus Is King Part II’ album

“Jesus” is being resurrected — just three weeks after its first incarnation.

Kanye West, 42, and legendary producer Dr. Dre, 54, took to Twitter Monday to post nearly identical messages announcing a second installment of West’s “Jesus Is King” album. The first installment of the long-delayed gospel album dropped in late October to mixed reviews.

“Ye and Dre Jesus is King Part II coming soon,” both posted alongside a photo of the two of them in a studio, reports the New York Post.

West’s post has so far racked up over 291,000 likes, while Dre’s has gotten 44,000.

The pair have not previously collaborated, although Yeezus has long been a fan of the six-time Grammy Award-winning “Nuthin’ but a ‘G’ Thang” rap icon.

“He’s the definition of a true talent,” West once wrote in a Rolling Stone essay.

The early announcement from the procrastinating superstar comes on the heels of West’s news of his first-ever opera, named for the longest-reigning monarch of Babylon, and him telling celebrity pastor Joel Osteenthat he no longer cares for fame and money but is “in service to God.”

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Potpourri of personal, societal life experiences



Potpourri of personal, societal life experiences

Book:     It Happened That Night & Other Stories



Author:     Lekan Malik



Publisher:   Technoprint Publications, Lagos



Pages:      102



Reviewer: Adjekpagbon Blessed Mudiaga





t Happened That Night & Other Stories” is Lekan Malik’s debut prose work into the highly competitive field of literary creativity and global book market.



The twelve tales in the book include: “It Happened That Night”, “It Was The Knife That Did It”, “Face To Face With Death”, “A Stranger’s Head”, “The Robbing Masquerade”, “Hand Of Frustration”, “When It Wasn’t Easy…”, “I Wish I Could Help Him”, “Grave Of Voices”, “The Awaiting Priest”, etc.



Multidimensional human experiences ranging from personal health challenges, murder, religious and abstract imagination about death, robbery, poverty, ethnic discrimination, mystical voices, etc. are the rice and stew of the stories.


Through the introduction page, the author informs that the cover story; ‘It Happened That Night,’ “is a personal and unforgettable experience of the writer with some creativity…” This implies that the first story in the book is a ‘unitruefiction’ (a combination of fiction and nonfiction).


It borders on the psychological hallucinations the author went through while sick at a particular time. He describes certain experiences he had like many folks do when they are seriously ill- some hear imaginary voices or ringing tones.



A contemporary and quite disturbing issue that has become commonplace in Nigeria these days is the killing of wives by their husbands and vice versa, coupled with ethnic discrimination in marital relationships that has destroyed many marriages over the years. These are the musings of “It Was The Knife That Did It,” where an alcoholic husband known as Obinna kills his wife, Sade, as a result of inter-tribal discrimination by both his family members of Igbo origin and his wife’s Yoruba family members who collectively contributes to the rancor that snowballs into hate between the couple, and the wife eventual death.



“Face To Face With Death,” happens to be the most hilarious and entertaining story in the entire collection based on the reviewer’s assessment. Apart from being an interesting satirical reminder of certain common religious activities noticeable among Christians and Islamic so-called representatives of God on earth, it shows how some people try to run away from death after boasting that they are ready to die. Despite claiming to be searching for death, which makes him to visit a pastor and an Islamic cleric to ask them where he could see death face to face, Alabi, a young man later sees death in human forms that came to rob him of his possessions, but he refuses to die.


Another noteworthy story is “When It Wasn’t Easy…” It highlights how some relatives deceive their nieces from the village in the guise to further their education in the city, only to introduce them into prostitution for personal benefits.



Experiences bordering on life after death and some traditional values, beliefs and practices among the Igbo and other Africans are the meat and potatoes of “Grave of Voices.” Here, the author awakens the reader’s memory to similar gothic occurrences such as the types in Perpetual Obidiegwu’s novel titled “Priceless Jewel,” and William Shakespeare’s drama titled “Hamlet.”


Disobedience of some traditional/cultural practices by some Africans who claim to be Jewish than the Jews, and Arabic than the Arabs, seems to be the author’s satirical concentration in “Grave of Voices,” where Kolade, a Yoruba man- the central character of the story, refuses to obey the traditional culture of his Igbo in-laws who wants him to release the dead body of his wife, Amarachi to them for burial in their home town.



He buries his late wife in his compound. This leads to her nocturnal protests to the hearing of Yakubu the gateman. He informs Kolade about the strange voices he hears from late Mrs. Kolade Amarachi’s grave at night. But the stubborn widower says Yakubu maybe either drunk or dreaming. Kolade later hears the voice at night saying “Take me home” as Yakubu had earlier told him he has been hearing at night.



The story reminds the reviewer about a similar life experience related by a friend who lives in Ikorodu area of Lagos, where one night he saw the spirit of a young lady rising from the sitting-room of an apartment he rented some year ago. The spirit went to the locked entrance door, hissed, opened it and went out at exactly midnight. This made the reviewer’s friend to approach the landlord of the house to inquire whether someone was buried in the sitting-room of the apartment. The landlord confirmed that he buried his matured late daughter there two years before the occupant parked in. Hence, the claim that when people are buried it is the end of their life is a figment of ignorance. Spirits rise from graves to live at night between 12 – 4am before Aurora’s footsteps.



The only story in the anthology that has a sprinkle of descriptive stream is “A Stranger’s Head”. Unexpected springing of surprises and twists in the plots of the entire stories are the author’s commendable hallmark of narrative style.


However, deficiencies noticed in the book include typos, syntactic errors, and mechanical noise in some pages. Some Yoruba words used in some of the stories ought to have also been translated in English for non-Yoruba readers.



Lekan Malik studied English and Literature at Lagos State University. He is also a budding poet whose works have been published in some anthologies.

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Sola Shobowale, Okey Bakassi, Chi Gul, Yinka Davies light up Mouka’s Green Gala Night



Sola Shobowale, Okey Bakassi, Chi Gul, Yinka Davies light up Mouka’s Green Gala Night


t was a brilliant showcase of creativity, glitz and artistic exploration at the Green Gala Night organised by the nation’s leading mattress and other bedding products manufacturer, Mouka, to round off its 60th anniversary penultimate weekend in Lagos as it was brightened with command appearance of leading Nollywood stars and On Air Personalities.



Leading the pack was Nollywood star actress and filmmaker, Sola Sobowale, who two weeks ago, received the prestigious recognition in the Africa Movie Academy Award for best actress in leading role as ‘Alhaja Eniola Salami’ in Kemi Adetiba’s blockbuster, ‘King of Boys’.


Other celebrities in attendance include Adebayo Davies, an actor (Baba Landlord in Flat mates); Chioma Omeruah (Chi gul), an actress and comedian; Lotachukwu Ugwu, an actress (popularly known as Kiki in the TV series Jenifa’s Diary); Yinka Davies, a celebrated singer and actress; Arese Ugwu, author and social media financial expert (popularly known as Smart money Arese); Sisi Yemmie Blogger, Vlogger and all-round creative to complete the galaxy of stars at the night.



The night was anchored by ace comedian and actor, Okechukwu Anthony Onyegbule, popularly known as Okey Bakassi.



While responding to journalists’ questions, Sobowale described quality sleep as a necessary ingredient to a healthy and productive life of a busy professional like her, while thumbing up for the Mouka brand.



In his welcome remarks, the Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of the company, Mr. Raymond Murphy, explained that the last 60 years has been a long and successful journey for Mouka, adding that the company has built an enduring brand in the last six decades.



“This is a big milestone for us. At 60, we are the market share leader in the foam and beddings sector” he said, while praising the stakeholders and shareholders of the company for giving quality and wholesome support to the company over the years.



He maintained that the last 60 years have been eventful for the company in terms of job creation, value creation for shareholders and business partners and high level of governance compliance.



“Our mantra within the company is good to great. Good for us is never good enough. We continue to strive for greatness.” Murphy told journalists at the venue.


Others highlights of the night included the cutting of the anniversary cake and the winning of exciting prizes by guests who marveled at the exhilarating ambience and the touch of class that surrounded the celebration.



The foundation for Mouka was laid 60 years ago in the historic city of Kano when the scion of the Faiz Moukarim family started the Moukarim Metalwood factory to manufacture furniture and iron beds.



Since then, Mouka has gone into manufacturing of foam and spring mattresses, as well as other bedding products at its three production facilities across Nigeria.



The company has also developed an extensive distribution network with more than 1,000 branded sales outlets nationwide.

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