New Delhi: Indian sitar player Anoushka Shankar’s album “Love Letters” has been nominated in the Best Global Music Album category of the Grammy Award this year. Singer Shilpa Rao has collaborated with Anoushka for the musical chapter.
“Anoushka Shankar, what should I say, thank you for all the love and hard work you have put into this album, and thank you so much for this beautiful collaboration. Big love to everyone who is part of this album. This is one step closer to the dream,” said Shilpa, who has teamed up with Anoushka on the track “Those words” that featured on the album “Love Letters”, a report in The New Indian Express (TNIE) said.
Another Indian who is indirectly a part of the nomination is sitarist-actor Neha Mahajan. She has been credited for the song “Mi Sangre”, one of the tracks in Ricky Martin’s album ‘Pausa’, which has been nominated in the Best Latin Pop category.
Then there is Mumbai-born and US-bred singer-songwriter Priya Darshini who bagged her first-ever Grammy nomination in the Best New Age Album category for her debut album, ‘Periphery’. It has nine songs. The album, manufactured by Chesky Records, is a blend of American pop and traditional Carnatic music with songs like ‘Jahaan’, ‘The Banyan Tree’ and ‘Sanware sanware,’ the report added.
“A live album, recorded entirely on one mic getting a nod from the Academy is quite surreal. I have dreamt of this day since I was little, but I never really thought dreams like this could come true for someone like me — a tamizh ponnu (tamil girl) from Goregaon! I thank the universe for proving me wrong,” Priya wrote in an Instagram post.
This is what Chesky Records wrote about ‘Periphery’. “It explores the various connotations of what ‘home’ means to Priya Darshini, as she introspects on her cultural identity as a South Indian growing up in Mumbai and transplanted to New York City”.
Indian American producer Vivek J. Tiwary has been nominated in the Best Musical Theater Album category for the Broadway hit, “Little Jagged Pill”. Tiwary is one of the producers of the musical, which is based on Alanis Morissette’s classic work, the report said.
Beyonce, Taylor Swift, and Dua Lipa are leading in the 2021 Grammy Awards nominations. Beyonce is leading the contender at the 2021 Grammy Awards with nine nods. She is followed by Taylor Swift, Roddy Ricch, and Dua Lipa, who earned six nominations each, TNIE reported.
The 63rd Grammy Awards will be held on January 31, 2021. The ceremony will be showcased live in India on Vh1 India.