Shakti Triumphs at Grammys, Clinches Best Global Music Album for ‘This Moment’

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GG News Bureau
Los Angeles, California, 5th Feb.
 In a glorious moment for Indian music, Shakti, the fusion band led by singer Shankar Mahadevan and tabla maestro Zakir Hussain, clinched the esteemed Best Global Music Album award at the 66th Grammy Awards for their outstanding work on the album ‘This Moment’. The ceremony, held at the Crypto.com Arena in Los Angeles on Sunday night (Monday morning in India), witnessed a jubilant celebration of cultural fusion and musical excellence.

The album, which features eight tracks blending Indian classical music with jazz, was released in 2023 after a hiatus of 46 years since the band’s last album. Shankar Mahadevan and violinist Ganesh Rajagopalan proudly received the trophy on stage, while Zakir Hussain and percussionist Selvaganesh Vinayakram joined them via video call, amplifying the global resonance of their achievement.

Expressing gratitude, Shankar Mahadevan dedicated the award to his wife, remarking, “Thank you, boys. Thank you, God, family, friends, and India. We are proud of you India. Last but not least, I would like to dedicate this award to my wife whom every note of my music is dedicated to.”

The band received an outpouring of congratulatory messages from fellow musicians and celebrities, including Ricky Cage, who lauded their accomplishment on his official X (formerly known as Twitter) account. Cage praised the band’s success, highlighting the brilliance of Indian musicians on the global stage.

Notably, Zakir Hussain secured his second Grammy of the evening, having previously won in 2020 for his album ‘Global Drum Project’. This year, he clinched another Grammy for his collaboration with Bela Fleck and Edgar Meyer on the album ‘Pashto’, featuring flautist Rakesh Chaurasia, which won the Best Global Music Performance award.

In addition to Shakti’s triumph, Indian composer Ricky Kej, a previous Grammy winner in 2015, secured his second Grammy for his album ‘Shanti Samsara: World Music for Environmental Consciousness’, winning the Best New Age Album award. Kej’s album, featuring over 500 musicians from over 40 countries, aimed to raise awareness about pressing environmental issues.

While the Grammys celebrated remarkable achievements by international artists like Taylor Swift, Miley Cyrus, Olivia Rodrigo, and Lana Del Rey, the recognition garnered by Shakti and other Indian musicians underscored the diverse and vibrant landscape of global music.

The Grammy Awards, presented by the Recording Academy of the United States, stand as a pinnacle of artistic and technical excellence in the music industry. Hosted by comedian Trevor Noah for the fourth consecutive time, the 66th Grammy Awards showcased the enduring power of music to transcend boundaries and unite cultures.

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