The 65th Grammy Awards was held at the Crypto.com Arena in Los Angeles, California and the ceremony was many things in one, from a culmination of Black Excellence as the Academy celebrated the golden jubilee of HipHop to a happy night for many music fans, especially Africans.
The music industry’s most famous names were present and four African artistes were among a long list of global musicians who were adjudged, winners for the 2023 Grammy awards.
The Grammys are easily one of the most fun red carpets in Hollywood, and without a doubt, A-listers across the globe made their return and flooded the red carpet with gorgeous and breathtaking outfits.
Here is a list of African celebrities spotted at the just-ended 65th Grammy Awards.
The first African highlight of the show was the host for the night, South African comedian Trevor Noah who has now hosted the award show for the third year straight.
Wow! What a night! 🤯 A huge thank you to everyone that attended or watched from home! 🙏🏾 My mind is still trying to process everything that happened! Congrats to all the winners and nominees! Thank you for sharing your incredible gifts with the world! 🙏🏾#grammys pic.twitter.com/SXxCi5Uh8E— Trevor Noah (@Trevornoah) February 6, 2023
Nigeria’s Tems who has become nothing short of a global sensation became the first female Nigerian artist to win a Grammy award as she adds this win to her abundant collection of awards. Tems shined bright in all her appearances from her Roc Nation brunch attendance to the Grammy night where she made a statement on the red carpet wearing Viviane Westwood’s evening gown.
Zakes Bantwini, Nomcebo Zikode, Wouter Kellerman
South African trio Wouter Kellerman, Zakes Bantwini, and Nomcebo Zikode showed up to snag this year’s Best Global Music Performance award for their hit single “Bayethe” they showed up in style on the red carpet.
Guilty Beats who had worked on Beyonce’s Rennaisance album was spotted at the Cyrpto.com Arena for the Grammy weekend and awards night. The producer became a Grammy winner when Beyonce’s Rennaisance album was adjudged the best dance/electronic album, after losing the best album of the year honor to Harry Styles.
Rocky Dawuni, one of Ghana’s most celebrated musicians received a nod for Best Global Music Performance with his recent single “Neva Bow Down”. Even though the award went to South Africa’s “Bayethe, Rocky Dawuni didn’t miss the show.
Akosua Dentaa Amoateng MBE
Ghanaian socialite and founder of GUBA, Dentaa Amoateng, was also spotted at the Grammy night but her role at the ceremony this year transcends her attendance for the night. Over the Grammy weekend, Dentaa, having invited the current CEO of The Recording Academy, Harves Mason Jr to Ghana last year, put together the first-ever Grammy Africa Nominee Brunch, a networking event that saw numerous African celebrities like Stonebwoy, Rocky Dawuni, etc in attendance.
At the first-ever Grammy Africa Nominee Brunch, we also spotted Selorm Fiadjoe, a Ghanaian gallerist who came to the notice of Harvey Mason Jr. when the latter was in Ghana, enjoying the country’s hospitality grace. He got the opportunity to showcase his work, an embroidery and kente installation of Rihanna to high-profile guests from across the world who were in attendance including Harvey Mason Jr and Panos A. Panay who serves as President of the Recording Academy.
The Grammys ain’t complete without Queen Rihanna, so we brought out a beautiful embroidery and kente Art version of her from Ghana 🇬🇭 to Los Angeles 🇺🇸. Kindly tag her if you believe in the power of Art. 🙏🏿 pic.twitter.com/mpFkoJu7eV— BIG SKEP 🇬🇭 🦅🌍 (@Selorm_Fiadjoe) February 6, 2023
Stonebwoy’s presence was unmissable at the 65th Grammy awards night. The Ghanaian superstar and Def Jam signee was seen conversing with Taylor Swift, freestyling with Kabaka Pyramid, winner of this year’s Best Reggae Album category, and performing several other activities.
Kwame Adusei didn’t have to attend the Grammy’s in person but his works were yet again on the world stage as Ciara kicked off the Grammy weekend in a custom black velvet backless gown by Kwame Adusei when she visited the Recording Academy’s Black Music Collective event.
YES MA’AM! Ciara stuns in a custom Kwame Adusei gown paired with custom Greg Lauren 💕 pic.twitter.com/jIQC1tyFkO— MEFeater Magazine (@mefeater) February 3, 2023