"I am still waiting for the news to sink in."
Bangladeshi singer-songwriter Armeen Musa and her mother, Dr Nashid Kamal, have been nominated for ‘Best Global Music Album’ at the 65th Annual Grammy Awards.
Their song ‘Jaago Piya’, which was featured on the Berklee Indian Ensemble’s debut album Shuruaat, enabled them as the first Bangladeshis to be nominated for the famous music awards.
Armeen confirmed the news and said: “Still in disbelief.”
She said afterwards: “This is an absolute honour to be in consideration.
“I am still waiting for the news to sink in.”
‘Jaago Piya’ is the first in a series of original compositions from the Berklee Indian Ensemble. It was originally written and voiced by Armeen.
Meanwhile, her mother wrote the Bengali version of the lyrics.
Alongside Armeen, legendary Asian musicians such as Ustaad Zakir Hussain, Shankar Mahadevan and Shreya Ghoshal, also appear on the Berklee Indian Ensemble’s (BIE) debut album Shuruaat.
Armeen Musa, one of Bangladesh’s most popular musicians, was the first Bangladeshi student in the Berklee Indian Ensemble and a Visva-Bharati trainee in Indian Classical music.
She has received critical acclaim for songs such as ‘Bhromor Koiyo Giya’, ‘Lona Deyal’ and others. Also, the popular music troop ‘Ghaashphoring Choir’ was founded by her.
Dr Nashid Kamal is a highly accomplished artist in her own right, with a career spanning over four decades.
Nashid Kamal is one of the leading researchers and performers of Nazrul Shongeet and Bengali Folk songs.
A classical and semi-classical Bengali music artist, Nashid Kamal also performed in many other foreign languages including Urdu, Japanese, Chinese, Rumanian and Turkish.
She is also an eminent academic and researcher in demographics and a prolific writer.
The other nominations are Love, Damini (Burna Boy), Queen Of Sheba (Angélique Kidjo & Ibrahim Maalouf), Between Us… (Live) (Anoushka Shankar, Metropole Orkest and Jules Buckley featuring Manu Delago) and Sakura (Masa Takumi).
The 2023 Grammy Awards ceremony will take place at the Crypto.com Arena in Los Angeles on February 5.
The ‘Big Three’ categories – album, record, and song of the year, each feature lots of competition between Beyoncé and Adele, much as they did six years ago. Each of those categories has three additional nominees: Lamar, Lizzo, and Harry Styles.