Pakistani singer Arooj Aftab wins Grammy nomination for Best New Artist

Pakistani singer Arooj Aftab wins the Grammy nomination for Best New Artist!

The Grammy nominations for the 2022 edition were unveiled on Tuesday.

Pakistani neo-Sufi singer Arooj Aftab becomes the first Pakistani female artist to be nominated for the Best New Artist.

The best New Artist category also includes artists such as Olivia Rodrigo, FINNEAS, The Kid LAROI, and Jimmie Allen as well as a nomination for Best Global Performance.

Grammy’s the Best New Artist has been described as a “category that recognises an artist whose release achieved a breakthrough into the public consciousness and notably impacted the musical landscape”.

Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan was nominated in 1996 for Best Traditional Folk Album and Best World Music Album.

Aftab’s song ‘Mohabbat’ from album Vulture Prince made it to former US president Barack Obama’s 2021 summer playlist as well. 

Hailing from Lahore, Arooj Aftab attended Boston’s Berklee College of Music where she studied music production and engineering.

Her sound is heavily inspired by classical music, including ghazal. 

Saman Siddiqui

Saman Siddiqui, A freelance journalist with a Master’s Degree in Mass Communication and MS in Peace and Conflict Studies. Associated with the media industry since 2006. Experience in various capacities including Program Host, Researcher, News Producer, Documentary Making, Voice Over, Content Writing Copy Editing, and Blogging, and currently associated with OyeYeah since 2018, working as an Editor.

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