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Grammy Gold

Mar/02/2024 / by Sujata Murthy

The growing presence of South Asians at the music awards ceremony

On a night dominated by Taylor Swift, Miley Cyrus, and driving rain, there was plenty for celebrators of South Asian music to cheer about. This year’s Grammy Awards at Arena in Los Angeles took place in early February in the midst of one of the heaviest torrential rain falls the City of Angels has ever seen. In fact, the venue was outfitted with tents to help keep the hundreds of artists from the rain. With each passing year and increasing number of South Asians are not just cheering on their favorite artists or attending the Grammys as members—they are the ones being celebrated and recognized. With Raj Kapoor serving as the executive producer of the show, there was something for every generation of music fan.

Making history as the first South Asian to win three Grammy awards in one year, Zakir Hussain won Best Global Music Album, with his fusion band Shakti with John McLaughlin. This was Shakti’s first album in more than 45 years. Adding new members Shankar Mahadevan, V. Selvaganesh, and Ganesh Rajagopalan, they also received their first Grammy. Hussain also won Best Global Music Performance for “Pashto” and for Contemporary Instrumental Album for “As We Speak,” both featuring Rakesh Chaurasia. 

The Grammy floor was filled with music royalty and celebrities—from Beyonce and Oprah to Miley Cyrus to actress Meryl Streep. 

Next year, look for more South Asians on the Grammy stage—performing!


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