Grammy needs to create Afrobeats category, says Bankulli

Entertainment executive Bankulli has urged the Recording Academy to create a category for the Afrobeat genre.

The Grammy nominee made this known recently on his Instagram post after singer Wizkid’s loss.


Wizkid was nominated in the ‘Best Global Music Performance’ category, recognising new vocal or instrumental Global music recordings.

He also received a second nomination in the ‘Best Global Music Album’ category for albums containing at least 51% playing time of new vocal or instrumental Global Music recordings.

However, the singer lost both nominations as Pakistani Arooj Aftab’s, “Mohabbat” won the ‘Best Global Music Performance’ award while Beninese Angelique Kidjo’s, “Mother Nature”, won the ‘Best Global Music Album’ category.

Reacting to the news on his Instagram, Bankulli said “AYO means Joy – @wizkidayo You have consistently over a decade now bring nothing but joy and Smiles to our lives with music you put out.

#Madeinlagos #album broke all known records pushing #Afrobeats Genre and sound to every home across the World. You are our hero and unborn generations will speak about your impact and Records broken.

“Sometimes life doesn’t give what we want, not because we don’t deserve it but because we deserve more life. #Hero #YoungLegend

#Afrobeats. ITS TIME @recordingacademy CREATE #AFROBEATS #CATEGORY…Congratulations to winners representing Africa.”

<<The Nation>>